Outstanding Science Alumni Awards 2006
KWOK Kain Sze
KWOK Kain Sze
BSc 1967, BSc(Hons) 1968
Chief Scientific Officer (Food & Beverage), Fraser & Neave Ltd
KWOK Kain Sze graduated from the University of Singapore with an honours degree in 1968. He obtained a PhD degree in 1972 from Cornell University, USA, and has over ten published papers.
Dr KWOK joined the Fraser & Neave Group of Companies in 1981 and is currently the Chief Scientific Officer (Food & Beverage). He started his career with Fraser & Neave (S) Pte Ltd as Chief Chemist and was appointed as Research & Development Manager in 1982. In 1990, he was promoted to General Manager, Operations & Research. During the period 1992 to 1996, he was appointed Vice-President & Technical Director of F&N Coca-Cola (S) Pte Ltd and held directorship positions in subsidiary companies in Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Dr KWOK returned to F&N Corporate in 1997 to become General Manager, Manufacturing and R&D of the Dairies Division before taking up the positions of Director - Corp R&D and General Manager (Strategic Procurement) which cover both the dairies and soft drinks business activities of Fraser & Neave.
Over the years, the new products developed by Dr KWOK's technical team are marketed under the brands F&N, 100Plus, Seasons, Magnolia, Meadow Gold and Daisy, all of which are well-known household names in the region.
Dr KWOK was elected a fellow of Singapore National Institute of Chemistry in 1995. He has served as a member in various government and institutional bodies such as the Scientific Advisory Committee of Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health, the Consultative Committee of Faculty of Science Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, and the Board of Management of the Institute of Science & Forensic Medicine. He was also a member of the Expert Committee on Food & Agro technology in the Ministry of Trade & Industry and the Advisory Committee for the Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology.
Dr KWOK is a member of the board of directors of the following companies: Interflavine Pte Ltd, Myanmar Brewery Ltd, F&N Vietnam Foods Co Ltd, F&N Coca-Cola Beverages Sdn Bhd, F&N Boncafe Beverages Pte Ltd, F&N United Ltd, F&N Foods Pte Ltd, F&N-DCH Holdings Pte Ltd and Red Lion Holdings Pty Ltd. He is also Deputy Chairman of China Dairy Group Ltd, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
Dr KWOK was married to the late Dr WONG Sau Fong and has three daughters.
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