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Leadership Team

About SAMH


Leadership Team

The Board provide leadership and oversight to steer SAMH towards effective governance and organisational excellence. Their continued efforts ensure that SAMH remain committed to its vision of ‘Mental Wellness for All’.


President Halimah Yacob
  • President of Singapore, and a strong supporter for the local mental health cause


Adj Assoc Prof Lee Cheng JP
  • Senior Consultant, Vice Chairman, Medical Board (Clinical)
  • Programme Director, National Addictions Management Service
  • Head, Emergency Services, Institute of Mental Health

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Assoc Prof Lee Cheng has been a member of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) since 1997. He has held many appointments within SAMH and was the Vice President till 2021. He is also a board member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) since 2014 for which he serves in the Services Committee and Advocacy and Research Committee to help to enhance service delivery and advocacy in the area of mental health. He was also the President of Silver Ribbon Singapore from 2011 to 2017.

Assoc Prof Lee is the Vice Chairman Medical Board (Clinical) at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) since March 2012. He was also appointed the Programme Director for the National Addictions Management Service in IMH in May 2017.

He has been the President of the Singapore Psychiatric Association since 2013. He is also a member of the Singapore Medical Council’s Complaints Panel since 1 December 2012 as well as a member of the Specialist Advisory Board to the Singapore Armed Forces in Psychiatry since 1 January 2014. He has received many awards over the years including the Healthcare Humanity Award in 2008, the Public Service Star Service Award in 2010, the National Healthcare Group Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 as well as the Friends of MSF (Ministry of Social and Family Development) Award in 2017.

He will receive his appointment as a Justice of the Peace for a term of 5 years with effect from 24 April 2018.


Adj Assoc Prof Ong Say How
  • Senior Consultant/Chief, Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health
  • Head & Senior Consultant, Child & Adolescent Mental Wellness Service, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital

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Dr Ong is a senior consultant child psychiatrist and Chief of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in IMH. He obtained his Masters in Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1999 and Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2001 from the National University of Singapore. Since his return from a fellowship in New York in 2005, he has been deeply engaged in outpatient services for children and adolescents with psychological problems and has conducted research work in mood disorders, schizophrenia and ADHD. In Child Guidance Clinic, he uses art and other creative-expressive therapies to help children and young teenagers who suffer from anxiety, depression and trauma. In his free time, Dr Ong enjoys appreciating art in all its forms in art galleries, museums, live performances and pop-up art events. He is a frequent speaker in public forums and media interviews on child mental health issues. His authorship also spans various relevant topics on children and adolescent mental health.
Dr Lee Kwok Cheong

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Dr Lee was the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Institute of Management Holdings Pte Ltd from Aug 2005 to June 2019 and its Senior Advisor from July to December 2019. Prior to that, he was CEO of NCS Pte Ltd from 1996 to 2005. Dr Lee is also an Adjunct Professor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) since March 2010. He was previously an Adjunct Associate Professor at NTU Business School.

Dr Lee has served on many boards and national committees in education, manpower and IT areas. He was a Member of the Future Economy Council’s Essential Domestic Services (EDS) Sub-Committee, which steers industry transformation in healthcare, early childhood education and adult education. Currently, he is an Independent Director of Nera Telecommunications Ltd; Board Member of ILA Vietnam Ltd. Co., Worldwide Education and Training Limited, Singapore Pools (Pte) Ltd as well as the TENG Company. Dr Lee also chairs the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) R&D Tax Technical Advisory Panel.

Dr Lee graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California at Berkeley. He attended the INSEAD Avira Program and Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dr Lee received Singapore’s Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2010 and Public Service Star (BBM) in 2016. He was awarded a Doctor of Business honoris causa by the RMIT University in 2014; Doctor of Science honoris causa by the University of London in 2016 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Stirling in 2018.

Dr Lee had a 27-year successful career in IT consulting and services before moving to education in 2005.


Ms Joanne Chio
  • Director Icon Singapore Clinical Trials

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Joanne has significant experience in the management and delivery of clinical trials programmes and has an in-depth knowledge of the oncology research landscape. Currently, she holds the position as the Director of Clinical Trials with Icon Group , Australia’s largest dedicated cancer care provider with a global presence. Her portfolio includes implementation of robust clinical trial programmes at Icon Cancer Centers situated at private hospitals across Singapore and Hong Kong.

Prior to this appointment, she has worked at the National University Cancer Institute of Singapore (NCIS) as Head of Clinical Trials (HORG), Department of Haematology and Oncology. Under her leadership, the team grew significantly over 10 years to manage more than 250 cancer trials, including a number of first-in-man and first-in-class early drug studies.

Joanne has worked in various multinational pharmaceutical companies holding various functions in sales, marketing, product development and clinical research in the field of Oncology and Psychiatry.

Joanne contributed to the academia and served as a member of the Chemical & Life Sciences Advisory Committee at Nanyang Polytechnic, to ensure diploma courses serves the needs of the industry.

Joanne devotes her time to promoting mental health awareness, an important area often neglected and stigmatised by most people. Since 2007, Joanne has been serving as a board member with the Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH) and has held a few terms as Honorary Treasurer and Secretary.


Ms Caroline Kwong
  • Managing Director,
  • The Global Value Investment Portfolio Management Pte Ltd

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Appointed a Non-Executive Director of HLA since 22 February 2016, Ms Kwong was last re-elected on 22 April 2016. She is also a member of the ARC and NC of HLA.

Ms Kwong is currently the Managing Director of The Global Value Investment Portfolio Management Pte Ltd, an investment management company based in Singapore. Her investment focus is on commercialization of leading edge technology beneficial to a clean environment and sustainable living.

Ms Kwong has extensive experience in fund raising, corporate finance, capital markets and debt restructuring arising from her senior management positions previously held at Laurel Capital Kingsway LLP, United Kingdom; HL Bank (which is the Singapore branch of Hong Leong Bank Berhad); Mycom Berhad (now Dutaland) and Olympia Industries Berhad Group, Malaysia; PrimeEast Capital Ltd (now BNP Paribas Hong Kong), Hong Kong; and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (Asia) Ltd (now Deutsche Bank), Singapore and Hong Kong.

Ms Kwong holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Major in Finance and Human Resources Management, and Minor in French, from the California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Science in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Dr Francis Yeoh
  • Professorial Fellow and Chair for Entrepreneurship at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore

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Francis Yeoh is presently Professorial Fellow at the NUS School of Computing, teaching entrepreneurship and mentoring startup companies.  In a career spanning over 30 years, he has been involved in various aspects of research and technology management, innovation and entrepreneurship.  He had been a research scientist, research institute director, tech company CEO, investor, professor and government policy maker.

He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, from Loughborough University (UK) and a Masters degree from the MIT Sloan Fellows programme for innovation and global leadership.

Assoc Prof Leslie Lim
  • Senior Consultant, Dept of Psychiatry, Singapore General Hospital
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Adj. Associate Professor,  Duke Graduate NUS Medical School

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My interest in psychiatry stemmed from interest in the study of emotions and behaviour. Fully aware that psychiatry is a highly stigmatized profession, I nevertheless chose to embark upon this specialty to help alleviate the suffering of those marginalized by their illness and treatment. It was a difficult decision as I had to leave behind my interest in Internal Medicine. I also had to forsake 3 overseas music scholarships to take up undergraduate training in the faculty of Medicine. I trained in Psychiatry at St George’s Hospital Medical School Psychiatry training programme in London. I was President of SAMH for 12 years.
Adj Assoc Prof Daniel Fung
  • Chief Executive Officer,
  • Institute of Mental Health

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Dr Daniel Fung is the CEO of the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 Singapore medical schools. Dr Fung is the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions and President of the College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. Dr Fung has co-authored over 200 peer reviewed research papers, books and book chapters.


Ms Saw Seang Pin
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
  • Executive Manager, Global Resourcing, OM International

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Ms Saw Seang Pin is a lawyer. Most of her legal career was spent in investment banking, most notably ten years with Deutsche Bank as senior legal counsel for DB’s Asia-Pacific derivatives and structured products business.

After 15 years in law, Seang Pin changed direction and joined the non-profit sector. She spent ten years in the Singapore international headquarters of OMF International, a faith-based NGO operating in Asia-Pacific, in a variety of roles including leadership development, corporate structuring, and recruitment. She then joined another NGO (Operation Mobilization) to work on a project to enhance the financial sustainability of majority world workers, and is now Executive Manager to the Associate International Director for Global Resourcing for OM.

Ms Oh Peck Li Jasmine
  • Head Counsel,
  • Global Privacy and Compliance

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Qualified as an attorney for over 25 years, Jasmine manages legal and compliance risks and provides legal solutions as the Asia Pacific head counsel in US multinationals for SE Asia, Australia, Japan, China and other countries to achieve business objectives. She has over 15 years’ experience in APAC legal leadership and support in diverse industries such as McDonald’s Corporation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Solectron Corporation, where annual company revenues range from US$6 billion to US$24 billion. She has managed commercial transactions in China and emerging markets since 1999 to support fast growing revenues.

Jasmine has a Bachelor of Laws from National University of Singapore; a Master of Laws in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California; and a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD (Paris).

Adj Asst Prof Joseph Leong Jern-Yi
  • Senior Consultant,
  • Dept. of Community Psychiatry / Rehabilitation Psychiatry Service, Institute of Mental Health

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Adj Asst Prof Joseph Leong is a trained psychiatrist with focus on Rehabilitation and Recovery. He is passionate in helping persons integrate back to their family, to work and to the community as contributing members of society. He is the incoming President for Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Singapore. He also volunteers his experience as Expert Advisor for Club HEAL, Caregiver Alliance, Hougang Care Center and St Andrew Nursing Home. He was recognised  with the Distinguished Public Service Star Award in 2013.
Ms Lim Cheng Pier
  • Regional Director,
  • South East Asia & Pacific Cambridge Assessment English University of Cambridge

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Lim Cheng Pier currently holds the position of Regional Director for South East Asia & Pacific at Cambridge Assessment English, University of Cambridge.

She has extensive experience at growing emerging and untapped markets. Her monetisation capabilities is demonstrated by her achievements at LEGO, National Instruments and Apple.

Her leadership acumen is driven from her diverse exposure of cultures across Asia Pacific coupled with senior management discipline in her rich career with Multi National Corporations.

Her beliefs in creating sustainable growth through cultural diversity is anchored by her active engaged driven platform proven by her constant participation as advisory committee at SAMH, Tech Whye Primary School and other non-profit organisations.

Cheng Pier enjoys reading and music. Her passion in arts forms the basis of her inspiration to drive diversity and change.

Mr Colin Yeo
  • Pharmacist (locum), NTUC Fairprice

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Colin has more than three decades of regional and country management experience in the Healthcare and Medical Device industries across Asia with consistent track records in exceeding goals, fostering business growth and market expansion.

Some of the multinationals which Colin had worked for includes Roche, Eli Lilly, Pharmacia, Wyeth, Celgene, Becton Dickinson and Link Healthcare (A Clinigen Company). He has experienced in various functions including Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and Business Operations (which had oversight of Human Resource, Logistics/Supply Chain, IT and Training) whilst in Pharmacia and General Management in Celgene and Becton Dickinson.

Colin was previously the Vice President, Asia for Link Healthcare (A Clinigen Company), and he is now a pharmacist (locum) at NTUC Fairprice.

Besides working for MNCs in the pharma and medical device spaces, Colin displayed his entrepreneurial spirit in operating a retail pharmacy business and his consulting business, having consulted on several projects including projects with IQVIA.

Colin offered his voluntary community services as a Board member with 1 term as Vice President and several terms as Honorary Treasurer & Secretary in Singapore Association for Mental Health. He was awarded 10 and 15 years of Long Service Medal by the relevant Ministry. Colin is a team player with good leadership qualities.

Colin is a pharmacist with a Master of Business Administration with the National University of Singapore.

He is married with 2 children.

Dr Lim Chau Sian
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine, Changi General Hospital
  • Director, Addiction Medicine and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Services, Changi General Hospital

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Dr Lim Chau Sian is a consultant psychiatrist with the Department of Psychological Medicine in Changi General Hospital and is appointed Director of Addiction Medicine and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry services.  He also serves as Vice Chairman to the Section of Addiction Psychiatry in the Academy of Medicine Singapore.  He has passion for medical education and is appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor with NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Duke-NUS Medical School. In 2019, he was awarded a Fellowship to the Japanese Society of Psychiatrists and Neurologists for outstanding young career psychiatrists.
Dr Raja Sathy Velloo
  • Senior Consultant, Institute of Mental Health

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Dr Raja works as a senior consultant at Institute of Mental Health. He is a general psychiatrist with a special interest in the assessment and treatment of individuals with special needs. He is also a senior lecturer with NUS and LKC school of medicine.
Mr Winston Ngan (Co-opted)

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Mr Winston Ngan is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank (Singapore) Limited, PEC Limited, United Overseas Insurance Limited, Azalea Asset Management Pte Ltd and Vinfast Auto Pte Ltd.

Winston was formerly a partner and the Head of Assurance for the Financial Services Singapore and ASEAN of Ernst & Young LLP, where he was overseeing the growth and strategic priorities of the Financial Services Assurance practises in Singapore and in ASEAN. He has more than 26 years of professional service experience.

Winston holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours)in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology UK and a Master of Business Administration (Accounting) from York University, Canada.  He is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Australia.

Winston is a member of the Board of Trustee of the SNEC Health Research Endowment Fund and a committee member of the SingHealth Fund-SNEC Institute Fund.


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