The Keppel Technology Advisory Panel (KTAP) was established in 2004 as a key platform to advance the Group’s technology leadership. Its members include eminent business leaders and industry experts from across the world.
KTAP convenes once a year with key members of Keppel Corporation’s Board and senior management. Distinguished guest speakers are often invited to these meetings to share the latest developments in their respective fields. Apart from meetings, frequent discussions are co‑ordinated by the Secretariat on topical issues such as nuclear energy and sludge co‑incineration.
Over the years, KTAP members have contributed a broad range of ideas and technology foresight to Keppel. The areas covered include drilling, subsea construction, cooling, waste‑to‑energy, as well as potentially disruptive technologies. KTAP has also been exploring advancing our technologies and capabilities in new areas.
Seated, from left: Loh Chin Hua (CEO of Keppel Corporation), Dr Lee Boon Yang (Chairman of Keppel Corporation), Dr Liu Thai‑Ker and Professor Jim Swithenbank. Standing, from left: Professor Tom Curtis, Ang Wee Gee (CEO of Keppel Land), Professor Minoo Patel, Dr Malcolm Sharples, Chow Yew Yuen (CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine), Sven Bang Ullring, Dr Brian Clark, Professor Stefan Thomke, Professor Chan Eng Soon, Professor Ng Wun Jern, Chua Kee Lock, Thomas Pang (CEO of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation), Dr Ong Tiong Guan (CEO of Keppel Infrastructure) and Professor Foong Sew Bun.
Mr Ullring was Chairman of the Executive Board of Det Norske Veritas, Oslo from 1985 to 2000 and President and CEO of NORCONSULT, Oslo from 1981‑1985. He worked for SKANSKA, Malmo, Sweden from 1962 to 1981 and was Director of the International Department from 1972. He was an Independent Director on Keppel Corporation’s Board from 2000 to April 2012.
He was the Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s First, Second and Third Maritime and Research and Development Advisory Panel. He is a fellow and Honorary fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.Professor Ng Wun Jern BSc (Civil Engineering), QMC, University of London; MSc (Water Resources) and PhD, University of Birmingham, PE(S), FIES, FSEng.
Professor Ng is the Executive Director at the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute, and Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. He has some 400 publications on water and wastewater management, has founded spin‑off companies based on his IPs, and serves as technical advisor to various environmental companies across ASEAN, China and India.Dr Brian Clark Schlumberger Fellow Emeritus; B.S. Ohio State University; PhD, Harvard University.
Dr Clark holds over 100 patents related to the exploration and production of oil and gas, primarily in wire line logging and logging while drilling. He was recognised as the Outstanding Inventor of the Year for 2002, by the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, and as the Texas Inventor of the Year for 2002, by the Texas State Bar Association. Dr Clark is a member of the United States’ National Academy of Engineering and a member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.Professor Minoo Homi Patel Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects; Chartered Engineer; BSc (Eng) and PhD, University of London and an Honorary Member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors.
Professor Patel was formerly Head of the School of Engineering at Cranfield University and is a Founder Director of the science park company BPP Technical Services Ltd and its subsidiary BPP Cables Ltd. He also sits on the Boards of Keppel Offshore & Marine and BMT Group Ltd.Dr Malcolm Sharples President, Offshore Risk & Technology Consulting Engineering Inc.; BESc. (Engineering Science), University of Western Ontario; PhD, University of Cambridge; Athlone Fellow; Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and Recipient of the Blakely Smith Medal for work in Offshore Risk Analysis; Registered Professional Engineer.
Dr Sharples was previously Vice President of American Bureau of Shipping focusing on their worldwide offshore business line, and President of Noble Denton & Associates which offered marine warranty engineering and surveying for worldwide offshore operations.
He consults worldwide on offshore structures/ vessels for regulatory compliance for USA and Canadian offshore structures, safety audits, process safety, and has been involved in accident investigations as an expert witness for legal proceedings. He is an active member of several industry standards committees, including SNAME, Canadian Standards Association, ISO Committees, and has published numerous papers on offshore structures including offshore wind farms and post‑mortem storm damages of MODUs. He is a Director of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. and Keppel Amfels USA.Professor Thomas (Tom) Curtis BSc (Honours) Microbiology, University of Leeds; M.Eng and PhD Civil Engineering, University of Leeds.
Professor Curtis is a professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and a recipient of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Dream Fellowship, the Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Fellowship, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Research Development Fellowship. He currently leads the Engineering Frontiers for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) Engineering Biology Project. Before entering academia, Professor Curtis worked in construction and public health policy and has worked in the US, Brazil, Bangladesh and Jordan.Professor Jim Swithenbank BSc, PhD, DSc, DEng, FREng, FInstE, FIChemE, Energy and Environmental Engineering Group.
Professor Swithenbank is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chairman of the Sheffield University Waste Incineration Research Centre, and a member of numerous international combustion and energy committees. He was the President of the Institute of Energy from 1986 to 1987, and served on many UK government/DTI/EPSRC Committees. He is a prolific researcher with over 400 refereed papers to his credit and the holder of more than 30 patents. Professor Swithenbank’s current work is largely focused on energy and environmental issues of CHP, fossil fuels, biomass, wastes and hydrogen.Professor Stefan Thomke BSc (Electrical Engineering), University of Oklahoma; MSc (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Arizona State University; SM (Operations Research), SM (Mgmt.), PhD (Electrical Engineering & Mgmt.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. rer. oec. (Honorary), HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, AM (Honorary), Harvard University.
Professor Thomke has published widely and is an authority on innovation management. He is the William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and has chaired several of the university’s executive education programmes. Prior to joining Harvard, he was with McKinsey & Company in Germany.Professor Chan Eng Soon B.Eng (First Class Honours) & M.Eng, National University of Singapore (NUS); PhD, Masachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Chan, Provost’s Chair Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore, is a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, and the Institution of Engineers Singapore. He is the CEO of the Technology Centre for Offshore & Marine, Singapore and Programme Director for Offshore & Marine in the Science & Engineering Research Council of A*STAR.
Professor Chan was Vice Provost (Special Duties) of NUS and Keppel Chair Professor in the Faculty of Engineering. Prior to his Vice Provost position, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Faculty and Head of the Civil Engineering Department. He was also the Executive Director of the Centre for Offshore Research and Engineering, National University of Singapore, and Director of Tropical Marine Science Institute.
Professor Chan has served on the Management Board and Board of Governors of various institutions and research centres. He now contributes as a member of the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Council and the Board of Directors of PUB and DSO National Laboratories. Professor Chan’s research interests include marine hydrodynamics, wave‑structure interactions, sediment transport and coastal processes.Dr Liu Thai‑Ker B. Architecture (First Class Honours and University Medal) and Doctor of Science honoris causa, University of New South Wales; Master in City planning with Parson’s Memorial Medal, Yale University.
Dr Liu is an architect‑planner and Senior Director of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd. He is also the Founding Chairman of Centre of Liveable Cities since 2008. Dr Liu has served as the Adjunct Professor of School of Design and Environment and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He is also the Adjunct Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.
Dr Liu is a member of several governmental bodies in Singapore, and planning advisor to around 30 cities in China. He was the Architect‑Planner and CEO of the Housing & Development Board from 1969 to 1989 and CEO and Chief Planner of Urban Redevelopment Authority from 1989 to 1992. Dr Liu served as the Chairman of the National Arts Council from 1996 to June 2005; and Singapore Tyler Print Institute from 2000 to 2009. He served as the chairperson of the External Review Panel, Arts Quality Framework appointed by the Ministry of Education in 2009 and a founding member of the Board of Trustees, Arts & Culture Development Fund, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts in 2010.Chua Kee Lock BSc. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Wisconsin at Madison; M.Eng, Stanford University.
Mr Chua is the Group President & CEO of Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd. Prior to joining Vertex Group, he was the President and Executive Director of Biosensors International Group, Ltd. From 2003 to 2006, Mr Chua was a managing director of Walden International. Between 1987 to 1997 and 2001 to 2003, he served in various senior roles within the NatSteel Group. Positions held included Vice President of Transpac Capital, CEO of Intraco Ltd and Deputy President of NatSteel Ltd. Between 1998 to 2000, Mr Chua was the Co‑founder and President of MediaRing.com Ltd, a voice‑over‑Internet services company which was successfully listed in Singapore in late 1999.
Mr Chua also serves as independent board member of Yongmao Holdings Ltd, an SGX listed company.Professor Foong Sew Bun Fellow, Singapore Computer Society; Dip (Electronics and Communications Eng.) Singapore Polytechnic; MSc. and BSc. (Computer Science) University of Texas at Austin.
Professor Foong is the Global Head of Digital Transformation (Retail, Private Banking, Wealth) for Standard Chartered Bank, responsible for agile digital transformation of operations and legacy to provide differentiating banking services. Prior to Standard Chartered, Professor Foong was with IBM from 2000 to Sep 2016, where he started as the first Software Architect for IBM India and South Asia, and eventually became the first in IBM Asia Pacific and first Singaporean to be recognised as an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2007/2008 for his sustained track record of technical leadership and innovations. As a former IBM executive, Professor Foong led top clients of IBM and IBM technical community as the Chief Technology Officer for ASEAN and Singapore, Lead Cloud Advisor in the global IBM Cloud Advisor leadership team, Chairman of the IBM Growth Market Unit Distinguished Engineers Board. He served on top global IBM technical councils including the corporate Technology Team Advisory Council, IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team and the S&D Technical Leadership Team.
Prior to IBM, Professor Foong spent 10 years in IT industry with healthcare, banks, university, and led design and implementation of top secret fighter craft simulators for defence. He was also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore from 2008 to 2013 and an Adjunct Professor since 2014.
Professor Foong serves in several major government and industry committees, including the Services and Digital Economy R&D Executive Committee with National Research Foundation; Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants IT Services Advisory Committee; member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants CFO Committee; Singapore Polytechnic Department of Electrical and Electronics Advisory Committee; committees by the Singapore Computer Society; and former Chairman and Senior Advisor of the National Infocomm Competency Framework Steering Committee.