Is the Deputy Chief Executive (Industry), Chief Human Resource Officer, and Chief Data Officer at SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), a statutory agency under the Ministry of Education. He oversees the development of the continuing education and training system in Singapore, through managing funding and contractual partnerships with private training providers, institutes of higher learning, and enterprises. He also oversees the human resource function, and champions the data capabilities, governance, and reporting practices at SSG. He previously led the strategic policy and resource planning functions at SSG and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency.
Michael is an adjunct Senior Fellow at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and was a Senior Advisor to the Office of the President at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He formerly held the position of Director of Planning and Institutional Research at HKUST, and provided leadership and support for the University’s strategic and academic planning, decision-making, resource allocation, and assessment of institutional effectiveness. He also led the University’s participation in international rankings, and was an advisor to several
leading international ranking bodies.
The future of work is being disrupted by technological advancements, shifting demographics, extended careers, and more recently by a global pandemic with massive impact on businesses and individuals around the world. These disruptions have accentuated the inadequacies of traditional education and training systems in responding to rapidly evolving skills-needs of businesses and individuals. There is a need for a more flexible and agile system of education and training, where both public and private sectors play significant roles to help companies, workers, and society address the skills required for the future of work and living. Through strong multi-stakeholder partnerships, a dynamic, holistic, and collaborative learning ecosystem can be set up, for individuals to acquire new skills and confidently navigate the uncertain future.