Faculty

Keynote Speakers

Prof Dean Ho

Provost’s Chair Professor
National University of Singapore

Prof Tracey Thorley

Professor of Health Policy
University of Nottingham

Prof Nick Watts

Director, Centre for Sustainable Medicine
National University of Singapore

A/Prof Camilla Wong Ming Lee

Chief Pharmacist
Ministry of Health

Moderators and Speakers

Mr Philip Chiu

Head of Professional Service
Mannings - DFI Retail Group

A/Prof Chun Wai Mai

Head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
UCSI University

Dr Valerie Ng Yun Ting

Senior Manager, Integrated General Hospital
MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation

Dr Tan Poh Leng

Founder, CEO, Director
PharLyfe+ Pte Ltd

Dr Suvit Teerakulchon

Vice President
The Pharmacy Council of Thailand

Prof Dean Ho

Provost’s Chair Professor
National University of Singapore

Professor Dean Ho is director of The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, director of the N.1 Institute for Health, and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Along with his collaborators, he manages over 10 clinical trials and developed CURATE.AI, an artificial intelligence platform personalising treatment for a broad spectrum of indications, and IDentif.AI, which optimises therapy against SARS-CoV-2 and antimicrobial resistance.
He is an elected fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He leads a World Health Organization working subgroup for the regulation AI for Health. He authored the best-seller Medicine Without Meds, a blueprint on accelerating innovation for patients and caregivers; proceeds benefit the WisDM Patient Impact Fund at NUS.
Professor Ho and his discoveries have been featured on National Geographics, Channel News Asia, CNN, The Economist, The Straits Times, National Geographic, Forbes, The Washington Post, and NPR. He has received numerous awards, including the Tech Heroes from Crisis Pathfinder Award from the Singapore Computer Society and the NSF CAREER Award.

Prof Tracey Thornley

Professor of Health Policy
University of Nottingham

Professor Tracey Thornley is a qualified pharmacist and health economist specialising in supporting outcomes evidence across healthcare policy and practice.
At an international level, Professor Thornley is chair-elect of the Data and Intelligence Commission, and an executive committee for the community pharmacy section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, where she supports work on antimicrobial stewardship and mechanisms to combat resistance, alongside data and intelligence.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, she acted as an advisor to support managed responses at a national and localised level. She was loaned to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to take a more active lead with variant intelligence and surveillance, as head of both the Research Innovations Partnerships team and the Health Innovation and Policy Integration Team.
As professor of Health Policy at the University of Nottingham, Professor Thornley is seconded out across government, acting as scientific advisor for surveillance transformation and the national biosurveillance network for UKHSA.

Prof Nick Watts

Director, Centre for Sustainable Medicine
National University of Singapore

Professor Nick Watts is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Medicine, leading NUS’s efforts to accelerate the transition to net zero and resilient healthcare systems across the world.
Prior to working with NUS, Professor Watts worked as the chief sustainability officer for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, where he spearheaded efforts to deliver low-carbon healthcare, leading the Greener NHS team with a budget of almost 1 billion SGD.
Professor Watts is a medical doctor, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Public Health, and has worked as the executive director of the Lancet Countdown and as the founder of the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.

A/Prof Camilla Wong Ming Lee

Chief Pharmacist
Ministry of Health

A/Prof Camilla Wong has 30 years of experience in healthcare and is currently the chief pharmacist at the Ministry of Health and director of allied health at the Sengkang General Hospital. Recognised as a leader in healthcare, she has been appointed to numerous committees spanning a variety of portfolios that encompass quality and safety.
A/Prof Wong plays an integral role in the development of career pathways and competency frameworks for pharmacists and allied health professionals. She has been a role model and mentor to numerous healthcare professionals, with many helming leadership and headship positions. As chief pharmacist, A/Prof Wong oversees the National Pharmacy Strategy and PharmForce initiative that focuses on establishing a healthy, motivated and resilient pharmacy workforce to deliver value-added services.

Mr Philip Chiu

Head of Professional Service
Mannings - DFI Retail Group

Mr Philip Chiu holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and an MSc in Community Pharmacy from Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He has made significant contributions to the pharmaceutical field as past president of The Pharmaceutical Society of Hong Kong, from 2015 to 2017, and as member of the Steering Committee on Primary Healthcare Development, the Expert Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance for the HKSAR Government, and advisory boards for the Schools of Pharmacy at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and CUHK. He is a founding fellow of the College of Pharmacy Practice and contributes to pharmacy education as an adjunct tutor at the School of Pharmacy, CUHK, and an honorary tutor in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy at HKU.

A/Prof Chun Wai Mai

Head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry,
UCSI University

Associate Professor Dr Mai Chun Wai, head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCSI University, holds a postdoctoral certificate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and was a visiting researcher to the British Antarctic Survey (Cambridge), University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), and the National Research Council (Naples).
His research focuses on applying genomic and proteomic techniques in cancer drug discovery. He has secured research grants and consultancy projects exceeding USD 1.2 million. With over 90 publications and an H-index of 27, Dr Mai’s contributions have earned over 2,000 citations and more than 200 cumulative impact factors.
Recognised as a chartered scientist by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr Mai chairs the Focus Group Pharmacology at the International Pharmaceutical Federation and holds leadership roles in the Malaysian Pharmacists Society. He has also received numerous prestigious awards, including the FIP Early Career in Pharmaceutical Science Award

Dr Valerie Ng Yun Ting

Senior Manager, Integrated General Hospital
MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation

Dr Valerie Ng is a member of the Integrated General Hospital Programmes team at the MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT) and is involved in strategy and planning for care model redesign. Her main area of focus is on Mobile Inpatient Care-at-Home (MIC@Home), to establish MIC@Home as a clinically viable, financially sustainable, and value-driven care modality that is an alternative to regular inpatient care for both acute generalist and specialist care.
Prior to her role in MOHT, Dr Ng was a clinical pharmacist at the Singapore General Hospital, with collaborative prescribing rights for inflammatory bowel disease and other disciplines. She provided longitudinal care for patients in multidisciplinary teams and worked closely with the teams for service expansion, process improvement, research, and education.

Dr Tan Poh Leng

Founder, CEO, Director
PharLyfe+ Pte Ltd

Dr Tan Poh Leng was a community pharmacist for several years before returning to the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2019 to pursue postgraduate studies. Her PhD research was on identifying challenges of medication dysphagia and developing solutions to address them. This led to her founding the startup PharLyfe+ with her PhD supervisor A/Prof Chan Sui Yung and then–fellowship program student Ms Chua Qi Shan, to supply medicated oral films and their premixes.
PharLyfe+ has received investment from NUS Enterprise and a grant from Enterprise SG. It was among the top 3 teams in the 2023 Shanghai Yangpu Startups Competition Singapore Division Finals and among the top 5 teams in The Big Spark, a reality programme on Channel News Asia. It has also received widespread media attention locally, in Asia, North American, and Europe.

Dr Suvit Teerakulchon

Vice President,
The Pharmacy Council of Thailand

Dr Suvit Teerakulchon, 1st vice president of the Pharmacy Council of Thailand and president of the Alumni Association of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Chulalongkorn University, held senior director positions for Thai Herbal Products, Covidien, Abbott, AstraZeneca, Baxter, Bayer, and SmithKlineBeecham for over 40 years.
His job positions such as General Manager, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, & Laos; Country Manager; or Asia Pacific Vaccine Director have contributed to his vast experience in developing markets and managing more than 1,000 employees. He has been certified as a trainer for the American Marketing Association (AMA) and has been invited to be a speaker for many universities and organisations.
Dr Teerakulchon holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, an MBA, and a PhD in Business Management.