Mr NEO KOK BENG, Adjunct Associate Professor
Prof Neo Kok-Beng is an award-winning innovator and entrepreneur. Kok Beng has built up a portfolio of highly-scalable and global companies with deep-science in the areas of Biomedical, Financial and Space technologies – through its unique acceleration program that is “Global-Business & World-Class” in approach. He was awarded the Singapore’s President Design Award, the US Government Innovation Initiative Award, and NUS Innovation and Enterprise Award.
Prof Neo teaches innovation strategies and entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore (the #1 university in Asia) and holds adjunct associate professorship at the business school, engineering school and entrepreneurship center. He is highly-rated and well-recognized for executive education for MNCs and large corporations; including China (New Oriental Group, Zimmer and QingDao Bank), Japan ( Fujitsu, Panasonic, Hitachi, Nippon Paint, Suntory and Asahi Glass), Singapore (Temasek Holdings, SingTel, StarHub and Cerebos), Thailand (PTT national oil company), Indonesia (Pertamina national oil company and TelKom Indonesia), Brunei (EDB) and Sri Lanka (John Keele Hospitality Group). Through the Lean LaunchPad@Singapore program, he has taught more than 300 universities professors and researcher in 60 new ventures teams and startups in medical, engineering and information technology fields.
He currently runs a venture accelerator that has raise more than USD10 million and achieved more than USD100 million valuation with global clients – using the methodology of “GLOBAL and WORLD-CLASS” business. He was the founder/CEO of AWAK, spin-off from UCLA, which build the 1st wearable (1kg) artificial kidney to improve the life of kidney failure patients. He has catalyst numerous projects and serves as Chairman, including Roceso Technologies (Medical Robotics/Rehab for Stroke patients), TinyMOS (Astronomy camera), Lumos Helmet (Smart helmet for cyclist), Reidao (Digital Real-Estate Assets using BlockChain) and SG Cosmos (immersive environment for satellite training and simulation). He is currently partnering a former NASA Scientist to set up a global Space Technologies accelerator,, and has running space technology promotions with participation of NASA astronaut.
Prof Neo is also an Associate Faculty of the Science, Technology & Globalization project in Harvard University. He teaches senior policy leaders (including ministers, ambassadors, permanent secretaries and directors-general) in the “Innovation for Economic Development” and “Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship” programs. He was a Fellow of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
He is also the founding Academic Committee member and Faculty of the Stanford University’s Bio design program in Singapore. It aims to train the next generation of Asian medical technology innovators. He also co-teaches the Asian Innovation & Entrepreneurship Immersion Program with Tsinghua University.
He is a much sought-after expert in innovation and entrepreneurship and actively contributes to nation building, public and community services through contributions in the areas of innovation entrepreneurship. His contributions include resource panel and committee members of the Singapore’s Government Parliamentary Committee on Trade, Finance and Industry; Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, SPRING Singapore (government agency for SME), Ministry of Education, A*STAR and National Research Foundation.
Prof Neo is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) has served as Vice-President and Honorary Treasurer. He currently serves on the Engineering Accreditation Board (to audit and accredit degrees) and the Engineering Achievement & Awards Committee.
Prof Neo graduated with an MBA (NTU) on Hewlett-Packard Scholarship, and PostGrad Diploma (ICIS) on Singapore Computer Systems Scholarship, and B.Eng (Hons) from NUS. He was awarded an Executive Certificate in Innovation & Strategy from the Sloan School of Management, MIT. He was also a Fellow of Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His research and writings are in the areas of innovation policy innovation strategies, innovative organization and innovation entrepreneurship.