Judges


 

Mr Michael Yap

Managing Partner
TNB Ventures Pte Ltd

Michael Yap is the founder of TNB Ventures, a next generation venture capital and accelerator firm.  He is also a Professor (Adjunct) at National University of Singapore.

He was the CEO/Deputy CEO at various Singapore technology and media agencies. He was at Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore where he had oversight of all regulatory, licensing and policy matters related to media. Concurrently, he headed the national Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Program Office chartered to develop the new interactive sector in Singapore. He managed a $500 million development fund to help ignite and develop this new sector. 

Michael was the CEO of National Computer Board (NCB), the national authority responsible for Singapore’s overall IT policies and implementations, and a pre-cursor to the present-day Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (iMDA). At the NCB, Michael spearheaded various national programs to establish Singapore as an icon for info-communications adoption and innovation in the region.

Michael was the Managing Director of the world’s leading enterprise software company. He was responsible for the company’s activities in Singapore and business development across the Asia Pacific region.

Michael was the founder and CEO of a software product company. Michael started and built up a presence in more than 30 countries in Asia.  He led its successful divestment to public listed companies in India and Singapore.

He has been involved with the venture capital industry as a Venture Partner at one of Singapore’s most established VC firms. He was also Chairman of a mid-size government-backed VC fund. 

Michael has been on the board of directors of various public listed and private companies in Singapore and Malaysia. He had served as a board member of various public organizations including Singapore Science Center, Media Development Authority, National Computer Board, and member of the Board of Trustees, Singapore Institute of Technology. 

He has been recognized for his contributions including the World Economic Forum as one of the “Top 100 Future Global Leaders” and BusinessWeek as one of “50 Stars of Asia”.  



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