Board of Advisors

Professor Kua Ee Heok, MBBS(Mal), MD(S'pore), FRCPsych(UK), PBM.

Head and Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine (1998 - 2009)
National University of Singapore

Chief and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
National University Hospital

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and President of the Gerontological Society of Singapore.

President-Elect of the Pacific-Rim College of Psychiatrists and Editor of the Asia Pacific Psychiatry journal.

Training in Psychiatry at Oxford University (1978-80) and Geriatric Psychiatry at Harvard University (1984).

Member of the WHO research team on Dementia.

CEO/Medical Director of IMH from 2000-2002.

Published over 180 scientific papers and 19 books on ageing, stress and addiction. Has won awards, including first prize in ASEAN Psychiatry Research and the Sandoz Award for Gerontology.

Professor Sarah Harper

Sarah Harper is Professor of Gerontology at University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing. Her research concerns globalisation and global ageing, and the impact of population change, and the implications at the global, societal, and individual level of the shift in population ages from predominantly young to predominantly old societies. Current research interests include late life work and flexible retirement among the self-employed, and among those working in the new technology industry; age discrimination and employment practices; and the impact of labour market replacement migration on intergenerational relationships. Formerly a Professor in Public Policy at the University of Chicago, she has undertaken research in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific with particular interest in China, Japan and Malaysia. She is the first holder of the title of EPF Chair in Old Age Financial Protection in the University of Malaya.

Dr Kanwaljit Soin

Dr Kanwaljit Soin is a Consultant Orthopaedic & Hand Surgeon in private practice. In addition to her full time practice, she has founded various organizations to help the status of women and the less advantaged in society. She has also held numerous positions in welfare, advocacy and professional organizations. She was a Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore from 1992 – 1996.

Currently she is the Vice Chair of HelpAge International, a UK based international NGO serving disadvantaged older people worldwide. She is also the Chair of Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully (WINGS) in Singapore. She is a Board Member of Washington University International Advisory Council.

She was nominated “Woman of the Year” in 1992 in Singapore and in 2000 she was presented “Women Who Make a Difference Award” by the International Women’s Forum, Washington D.C. She was a founder member of AWARE “Association for Action & Research” in 1985 and served as its president from 1991 – 1993.

She was also a founder member of UNIFEM (Singapore) and the Association of Women Doctors. She served as the Chair of UNIFEM Singapore from 1997 to 2002. Moreover, she was a past president of International Women’s Forum, Singapore from 2001 to 2003.

She was Jury Member of Selection Committee for the prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 2000 and 2004.

She was a member of a medical team under UNIFEM Singapore 5 charity medical missions to Indonesia and Thailand in 1998 and 1999. She was leader of a charity medical mission to East Timor in 2003.

Her medical education was in Singapore at the National University of Singapore where she graduated top of her class in 1966 with MBBS (Hons) with medals for every subject. She then obtained further degrees from Australia and Singapore – FRACS and M Med in Surgery. She was a Colombo Plan Scholar for hand surgery in 1972 to Australia.

Professor Philip Taylor

Professor Taylor is the Director of Human Resource Management, Australian Retirement Research Institute, Federation Business School, Federation University, Australia. Before the current appointments, he was Director, Research & Graduate Studies of Monash University. Prior to that he was Professor of Employment Policy at Swinburne University of Technology. He had also held appointment as Executive Director of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Ageing, University of Cambridge. He has researched and written in the field of age and the labour market for more than 20 years. His interests include the management of labour supply, individual orientations to work and retirement, employers’ attitudes and practices towards older workers and international developments in public policies aimed at combating age barriers in the labour market and prolonging working life. He is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Senior Victorians.


Associate Professor Ng Tze Pin

Ng Tze Pin is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health specialist. He is currently Associate Professor Fellow at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, where he is both Research Director of the Department’s psychiatric research programme, and the Gerontology Research Programme ( He is the Principal Investigator of the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Studies (SLAS), which is systematically following a large population cohort of older adults in Singapore for research on ageing and health. He has published numerous research papers on gerontological subjects and is an Editorial Board member of Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders and other journals. He has provided consultancy services and was on the advisory panels and scientific working groups of a number of government and non-governmental organizations, and conducted numerous training courses, public lectures and talks on gerontological topics at many local and international meetings. He is also a visiting scientist at the Department of Palliative Medicine, National Cancer Centre and Visiting Consultant at Alexandra Hospital/ Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Associate Professor Libby Brooke

Libby Brooke is based at Business Work and Ageing Centre for Research, Swinburne University of Technology. Her gerontology publications include the topics of social support, social health, public housing, homelessness, veterans’ communities and community and residential care. She has been researching issues concerning older workers since the late 1990s. Her publications include older workers and age discrimination, their economic costs and benefits and human resources policies in information technology employment. She is currently directing a five-year project which supports the employment pathways of older workers into aged care work applying the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health’s ‘workability’ framework.

Helen Lim

Helen Lim joined the Singapore Public Sector in 1971 after graduating from Monash University, Australia with Bachelor of Economics and Statistics. Her postings at Public Service Commission, Ministry of Health and Civil Service Institute gave Helen a broad experience in national scholarship administration, personnel management and training civil service-wide. From 1985 onwards, Helen moved on to the private sector, and gained further HR expertise in MNCs and large conglomerates, namely Xerox Singapore / Malaysia. Haw Par Corporation, Ethyl Corporation and Uniroyal Chemical Corporation. In the last 2 USA-based MNCs, she headed the HR function for Asia Pacific region. Her main focus was on recruiting talent for each location and handling mergers and acquisition people-related issues.

In March 2006, Helen was invited by Singhealth to pioneer the Silver Connection Movement. In the 3 years with Singhealth as Programme Consultant, she was instrumental in creating a successful movement, engaging mature employees of Singhealth through a customized ESS Personal Effectiveness Workshop to stay employed. She further developed meaningful initiatives to invite retirees back to the healthcare workforce, on flexible part time basis.

Since March 2009, Helen founded Silver Spring - a social enterprise based on a business model of helping Seniors become resilient, and seeking new challenges. In Dec 2009, she embarked on running a Cafe called Chatters @ Silver Spring, which is manned by seniors. Helen’s focus is on career counselling, placements and life coaching. She is a certified Masters Coach and ReCareer Coach. She is also a Senior Consultant with Next Career Consulting.

Ernest Chew

Ernest Chew has over 35 years of corporate experience of which 25 years were in HR Management in Singapore and in the Asia Pacific region. A veteran HR practitioner, he has held Senior HR management positions with American, European and Local Global Corporations. Ernest is fully versatile in all areas of HR having deep and extensive experiences in learning and development, compensation and benefits, talent and organization development as well as business partnering and human resource management. Ernest has worked in manufacturing and non manufacturing corporations in the aviation , semiconductor, petrochemical, pharmaceutical industries.

Ernest has conducted training in team building, supervisory development, performance management, compensation management, facilitation skills, cross culture training. He is also an adjunct lecturer in a local polytechnic and has taught human resource electives in private universities’ MBA programmes.

Ernest has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and a degree in Business Administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has a Diploma in Training and Development from Institute of Training and Development, UK and has also completed the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment programme.