2014 Outstanding Alumni Award Winners

Class of 1987
Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
Regional Vice President & Managing Director of Asia Pacific (South)
SAS Institute Pte Ltd

Ms. Tan Yen Yen is an alumna from the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS) Class of 1987. She is currently SAS Institute’s Regional Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific (South) and is responsible for directing strategic growth, as well as driving SAS revenue, profit and client satisfaction.

Prior to joining SAS, Yen Yen was responsible for revenue, growth, strategy development and operations as Senior Vice President of Applications at Oracle Asia Pacific. Before that, Yen Yen was Vice President and Managing Director at Hewlett-Packard Singapore (HP) where she was responsible for overall leadership of HP Singapore and driving profitable growth for HP’s Enterprise Business.

Yen Yen plays an active role in Singapore’s Infocomm Industry. Yen Yen is currently the Chairman of Singapore Science Centre, Advisor Mentor of TNF Ventures and holds directorships at Singapore Press Holdings, Gemalto, the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), and Cap Vista. She was recently appointed to the Board of Singapore Institute of Directors. She is also on the Industry Advisory Committee for NUS School of Computing. Previously, she served as Chairman of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation, a Director of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore and Deputy Chairperson of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) Internet and Media Advisory Committee. She was a member of Singapore Institute of Management’s International Academic Panel, MICA’s Government Parliamentary Council, and the Economic Strategies Committee’s IT Working Group subcommittee.

In recognition of Yen Yen’s contributions to the industry, Yen Yen has received many awards – among them, the 2009 Women’s Weekly Most Inspiring Woman award, 2010 International Management Action Award (IMMA), and Singapore Computer Society (SCS) 2011 IT Leader Award.

On top of it all, Yen Yen is an active sportswoman who enjoys golf, scuba diving, skiing, swimming, jogging and cycling. She has participated in several triathlons and completed her first half iron man at the 2011 Aviva 70.3, Singapore.

Class of 1988
Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
Chief Executive Officer
ICT & MedTech

Mr. Oliver Tian graduated from NUS’ Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS) in 1998. He is now the Chief Executive Officer at ICT & MedTech and is an industry veteran with more than 28 years experience in IT consulting for governments and multinational enterprises across Asia Pacific. He began his career with Accenture (then Arthur Anderson Associates), and progressed to become HP Consulting’s General Manager for ERP services, HP Education’s Regional Director, Veritas Software’s Senior Director of Services and Parametric Technology’s Director of PTU Univeristy, respectively, working with more than 150 organisations in the region over the past three decades. Currently, he is also HutCabb Services’ CEO and Director, holds directorships at Learning Express Centre and Core Resolution, as well as a Partner at Oliver Tian Associates.

In the mid-1990s, Oliver worked closely with the Center for International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC) and the Ministry of International Trade and Information (MITI) to formulate strategic programs to aid Singapore’s IT Computerization program, with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). In 1991, Mr Tian was awarded JICA’s Colombo Scholarship Plan to explore advanced technologies from Japan and spearhead national initiatives in Singapore.

Oliver served on the NUS School of Computing Industry Advisory Council as well as the Alumni Advisory Board to the President of NUS. Oliver has been an ex-officio of the Singapore Computer Society as well as the National Representative to the UNESCO International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). In addition, he has been the Fund Raising Chair for the Singapore Children’s Society from 2002 to 2003, and part of the SME 21 Implementation Committee from 1998 to 2000, and E-Learning Initiative Planning Committee from 1999 to 2001. Due to his dynamic leadership and active involvement in the industry, he currently serves as the President of the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA), the Immediate Past President of the NUS Computing Alumni Association (CAA) and is a Founding Member of Internet of Things (IoT) Asia.

For his services to the industry and community, he has received awards such as the 2003 Singapore Children’s Society’s Gopal Haridas Award, the 2007 NUS Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2014 Enterprise Asia Promising Entrepreneur Award.