Our Management

 

Lee Wing On

Executive Director

Wing On helms IAL as its Executive Director and concurrently serves as a Professor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Before that, he was Distinguished Professor and Director of the International and Comparative Education Research Centre and the Central Plains Education Research Centre at Zhengzhou University. Besides having served as Vice President and Chair Professor of Comparative Education at the Open University of Hong Kong and Dean of Education Research at Singapore’s National Institute of Education, Wing On has held senior management positions in internationally renowned higher education institutions over a span of two decades.

In the late 1990s to 2010, he assumed positions at the Education University of Hong Kong (formerly HKIEd) as Vice President (Academic) & Deputy to President, Acting President and Chair Professor of Comparative Education, Founding Dean of the School of Foundations in Education, as well as heading two Departments and the Centre for Citizenship Education. During this tenure, he was invited by the University of Sydney to be Professor of Education and Director (International) for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has also contributed actively as the Associate Dean of Education and Founding Director of Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong. From 2010 to 2013, he took over as the President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies and has served as Honorary Professor in many esteemed universities, including the University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney and Beijing Normal University.

Besides having an illustrious academic career, Wing On has contributed his expertise through many strategic committees in his public services in Singapore and Hong Kong. For example, in Singapore, he was the Chairman of the National Healthcare Group’s Research Ethics Committee on Community Health and had been a member of the Conference Ambassador Programme under Singapore Tourism Board’s Exhibition and Convention Bureau. In Hong Kong, he was active in driving education development under the belt of Education Commission, Curriculum Development Council, Quality Education Fund and the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation and Vocational Qualifications. In 2003, Wing On was awarded Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Government for his distinguished service.

Wing On is world-renowned in the fields of comparative education and citizenship education. Till date, he has published 34 books, 188 journal articles and book chapters, and was editor of three book series published by Routledge and Springer Publishing.

Lee Tong Nge

Director, Learning Services and Support

Tong Nge brings to IAL 40 years of experience as an academic and industry practitioner. He has held senior management and board positions across a range of sectors such as educational leadership, business development, finance, management, and training and development. Today, he oversees a spectrum of functions including programme implementation and evaluation, knowledge and communication management, finance, organisational development, and educational strategy at IAL.

Trained as an Engineer, he holds a Doctorate in Education from Leicester University, a Master of Business Administration from University of Dublin, a Master of Science and a Master of Laws from the National University of Singapore, as well as a LLB (Hons) degree from University of Wolverhampton. Tong Nge is also a Fellow member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

Sim Soo Kheng

Director, Research and Innovation

As the Director for Research and Innovation, Soo Kheng provides informational and analytic support to decision makers to facilitate strategic planning, policy-making, resource allocation and efforts to strengthen CET. She also assumes responsibility for establishing international and local research partnerships, and the dissemination of research outcomes to the wider research, policy and practitioner communities.

Before joining IAL, Soo Kheng held various communications and information management related roles within the public sector.

She holds a Master in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Philosophy) from the National University of Singapore.

Lee Wee Chee

Director, Learning & Professional Development

As the Director for Learning & Professional Development, Wee Chee oversees programmes and initiatives to develop and raise the capabilities of continuing education and training, and career development professionals as well as the exploration and use of innovative pedagogies and learning technologies to enhance adult learning. 

Wee Chee’s career before IAL centred around education, as he held various roles in Ministry of Education and Singapore Polytechnic. He holds a Master in Training and Development from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Arts (Merit) from the National University of Singapore.

 

Johnny Sung

Centre Director for Skills, Performance and Productivity

Johnny is Director of the Centre for Skills Performance and Productivity (CSPP). He is an international expert in the areas of comparative analysis in national workforce development systems and the role of skills in high performance working organisations. He leads a variety of research projects at CSPP ranging from skills research, e.g. on skills utilisation, adult competencies, high performance working and organisational talent, with large national samples to small projects that evaluate the impact of workforce development policy.

Renee Tan

Centre Director for Innovation and Development

As the Director for the Centre for Innovation and Development, Renee's responsibilities include planning and strategising programmes and initiatives to facilitate the roll out of iN.LEARN 2020 and encourage the taking root and adoption of learning innovation. Having held various positions at former Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and within IAL, Renee’s previous portfolio includes leading the professionalisation and growth of the Training and Adult Education (TAE) community, through initiatives such as Adult Education Network and Adult Education Professionalisation.  

Renee holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Bristol, Master and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the National University of Singapore, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education.

Helen Bound

Centre Head for Work and Learning

Helen heads the research Centre for Work and Learning (CWL) within IAL. CWL's research contributes to policy and practice in the continuing education and training sector in Singapore. Helen's research interests focus on learning across a wide variety of contexts, including workplace learning, learning in high technology environments, professional learning and learning through collaborative activity.

She has published widely on a range of topics including professional learning and development of continuing education/vocational teachers, workplace learning, generic skills, dialogical enquiry, learning spaces between classroom and work and the development of research instruments.

Her recent publication, with Peter Rushbrook, is “Towards a new understanding of workplace learning: The context of Singapore”. Helen has a background in vocational training and education, having coordinated the Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education at the University of Tasmania, (Australia) and before that spent some years as a trade union trainer. Her experience teaching in Australian secondary schools is the source of her deep interest in pedagogy and learning.

Yee Lai Fong

Deputy Director, Programme Planning and Partnership

As Deputy Director for Programme Planning and Partnership, Lai Fong oversees the Adult Education Network (AEN), Adult Education Professionalisation (AEP) and Business Development & Marketing functions, to raise professional standards of Adult Educators and connect the TAE community for learning and exchange.

Lai Fong started her career in workforce development policy at Skills Development Fund before moving on to the private sector, leading consultancy projects in leadership and organisation development. Prior to joining IAL, she spent 8 years at the Civil Service College as a principal specialist, supporting a number of whole-of-government projects, particularly on citizen engagement. Lai Fong holds a Doctorate in Human & Organisational Learning from the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development.