Outstanding Science Alumni Awards 2007
CHONG Yoke Sin
BSc 1978, BSc(Hons) 1979, PhD 1984
CEO, National Computer Systems

Coming from a humble background, CHONG Yoke Sin was spurred to excel in her education. She graduated with BSc(Hons) and PhD degrees in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore in 1979 and 1984, respectively. In her quest for self improvement, she subsequently completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 1998.

Upon graduation from NUS in 1983, she joined IBM Corporation as a systems engineer where she sold and implemented solutions on mainframes to customers in the banking, government and region. After nine long years, she joined Hitachi Data Systems in 1992 where she looked after its consulting and systems implementation business for four years. Dr CHONG joined the National Computer Systems (NCS) in 1996 starting as General Manager for Business Development and setup its sales and contracts processes for the newly corporatised NCS. With her commercial experience and background, she was a key member in defining the company's directions and has led the NCS teams to win and deliver major IT projects, both locally as well as overseas. She was also active in the company's branding strategy as well as its continuous company-wide initiatives, playing an instrumental role in the growth of the company since corporatisation in 1996.

She subsequently progressed to assume the position of Chief Operating Officer and head of NCS' regional IT and communications engineering group. Nine years later, in 2005, in recognition of her contributions and capabilities, Dr CHONG was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of NCS, leading a team of 3000 professionals in one of Singapore's largest home grown information technology companies to become a forerunner IT and communications engineering services provider in the region. Under her successful realm, the business of NCS has grown tremendously with new major projects in Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Fiji.

A well-respected veteran in the IT industry, she is active in several IT and business associations. Dr CHONG is Vice-Chairman of the Singapore IT Federation (SITF) and also Chairman of the eGovernment Chapter of SITF. As eGov Chair, she leads Singapore companies in their forays for business with overseas Governments. She is also a member of the SICC IT advisory committee. Dr Chong also overseas several national project implementations and is member of many steering committees.
 
She also helps with university and polytechnic curriculum advice, and is a member of the NUS School of IT Advisory Council, the Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of IT advisory board and also Chairman of Innova Junior College. Recently, she was appointed to the Women's Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University where she advises on the public policy curriculum and programs of the KSG.
 
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