Speakers’ Profile Dr Mark Strom (Keynote Speaker) Author of “The Arts of the Wise Leader” Our keynote speaker for ATS2006, Dr. Mark Strom, author of AWL will use the platform to equip teachers with the basic principles and understanding of AWL, which is a conversationbased leadership development program that aims to bring out the best in an individual through conversations and stories. As an adviser to senior government and commercial leaders, Mark has partnered senior leaders over more than 16 years in renewing leadership and culture in ways that are realistic about context and respectful of people. As an historian of ideas, he has developed an ability to synthesize and bring to life ancient and modern intellectual and historical traditions, and to translate rich insights from these traditions into perspectives and tools for commercial and civic leaders. As CEO of an undergraduate and postgraduate educational institution, invited by the board to turn this complex 83 year old institution around, Mark has had a unique context in which to prove his own ideas in practice. His PhD research was an interdisciplinary exploration of intellectual and social contexts of leadership in the ancient world and today. Dr Low Guat Tin Associate Professor in Policy and Leadership Studies National Institute of Education Dr Low Guat Tin is an Associate Professor in Policy and Leadership Studies, National Institute of Education. Her basic training is in school psychology and she moved on to study educational management in The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She spent 12 years of her life studying in Australia and the US. She has also consulted with many organisations in Singapore and her expertise has also brought her to HongKong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Macau, Thailand and Philippines. Dr Low is a much sought after speaker. She has also written 18 books and published numerous articles in professional journals. Dr William Tan Scientist and Medical Doctor, Olympic Wheelchair Athlete Dr William Tan, MBBS (Newcastle), PhD (Auckland), MOH (Harvard), MSc (Oxford), M Phil (Hons, Auckland), MHlthSc (Sydney), Sc M (Hons, Massey), MHSc (Auckland), BSc (NUS), PBM, MRSNZ Scientist and Medical Doctor, Olympic Wheelchair Athlete, International Motivational Speaker Dr Tan is a Singapore wheelchair marathon champion who has competed in many international games, including the 1988 Seoul Paralympics, the Commonwealth Games as well as the Asia-Pacific Games. In addition, he has also been devoted to championing as well as fundraising for needy causes in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has helped raised more than $14 million for charities locally and internationally, over the last 18 years. He had also received widespread international recognition including the Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award (Humanitarian/ Voluntary Leadership) given by the Junior Chamber International, USA in 1997; the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Youth Work in 1998 and the ASEAN Youth Award in 2000. On 26th February 2005, Dr Tan became the first person in the world to undertake a wheelchair push in Antarctica. He has also completed 10 marathons in 7 continents in 70 days.
Ms Pam Hu Director, Community and International Relations, The Media Development Authority (MDA) Pam brings with her many years of experience in marketing & sales, marketing communications, human resource training & development, public administration in both the government and private sectors. Her current appointment as Director with the Media Development Authority’s Community & International Relations portfolio strengthens the MDA's presence in the local and international communities through a robust media literacy outreach programme that aims to equip every citizen to be media aware & savvy. Targeting at students, parents, educators and the public, the innovative outreach programme will stimulate demand of media consumption and instil the mindset of creativity and inquiry. Her previous appointments as the Director of the e-Lifestyle Marketing of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore aims to create an ICT culture where people from all walks of life are comfortable with and adept at using computers and appliances at home, work and play. Her mission is to make Singapore an e-inclusive society where every citizen, regardless of age, language, social or educational background, will have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of living an e-lifestyle. Pam's past portfolio, with the then National Computer Board (NCB) include: managing and promoting the IT manpower development programmes to nurture, attract and convert IT talents; heading the IT Literacy skills outreach & promotion for workers; managing the local enterprises computerisation Programme (LECP) administration and outreach programme to the Small & Medium Enterprises; managing the Human Resource and Development programme in the NCB’s Research & Development arm, ITI. Prior to joining the NCB in 1985, Pam started her career as an IT trainer in the private sector. Pam graduated from the University Of Leeds, U.K. with a Bachelor of Science in Data Processing, a Master of Science in Systems Analysis from the University of Aston, U.K. and a Certificate from the Institute of Training & Development, Slough College, U.K. Pam is married with 2 children, age 18 and 17. In her spare time, she plays the piano and works out in the gym. She also loves baking and reads stories to children. Speakers’ for workshop: Mr Martin Tan Executive Director, Young Leaders FoundationSingapore Martin is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Young Leaders Foundation (YLF) Singapore as well as a member of the Leadership Team for Young Leaders Foundation International. He is a member on the Family Matters! Singapore Committee and chairs the Teenage Development Work Group in Family Matters! Singapore. Martin previously served as the Executive Director from 2002 to 2003. He conducts seminars and workshops for schools and youth organisations on topics relating to Youths, Leadership and Social Activism. Young Leaders FoundationSingapore is a recipient of the YOCDF awarded by National Youth Council (NYC) and supported by National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), and Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA). Mr Vincent Ong Founder and Managing Director, IM Innovations Pte Ltd Over the last 12 months, Vincent and his team have been reaching out to schools to promote 3D visualization. Supported by strategic partners, such as Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Science Centre, AMD, NTU CAMTech and MAXON Computer GmbH, this IDA-supported initiative called the Virtual Paper Napkin programme is to equip our students, our future professionals with a 3D mindset and skillset, to embrace the digital knowledge economy. Besides preparing students to be innovative creative professionals, engineers or scientists, he envisage that schools will eventually build a portfolio of high quality 3D digital assets and applications for more effective teaching and learning. Vincent has more than 20 years of corporate experience in the infocomm industry holding various positions in sales, marketing and management. He was in Silicon Graphics for 9 years and held the post of General Manager. He also worked for NEC, Wang Computers and Digital Equipment. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore. Vincent had served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Nanyang Technological University's Centre for Graphics and Imaging Technology and was involved in establishing the Nanyang Centre for Supercomputing and Visualisation. Significant achievements include establishing the SGI-Ngee Ann Polytechnic Digital Effects Studio, a three year national initiative to address the shortage of skilled manpower in the broadcasting and production industry in Singapore.