The Panel comprises representatives from MSF, NCSS and other agencies who will assess the applications. Click below to see more.
Professor Ho Lai Yun has been the Co-Chairperson of the VCF Evaluation Panel since 2008, having joined as a Panel Member in 2006. He has also served in various capacities in NCSS, MSF, as well as other social service organisations in the social service sector:
- Member, Services Committee, NCSS (since 2003)
- Board Member, NCSS (2004 - 2010)
- Member, Advisory Board, NCSS's Social Service Training Institute, SSTI (2004 - 2006)
- Member, Advisory Board,NCSS's Social Service Institute, SSI (2012 - 2014)
- Member, Standing Committee on Disability, MSF (since 2007)
- Chairman, Advisory Panel on Early Childhood Intervention, MSF (since 2012)
- Board Member, SPD (since 2012)
- Vice Chairman, Singapore Children's Society (since 2002)
In addition to being a Justice of Peace since 2008, he has been the Director of MOH's Child Development Programme since 1991 and is a member of the Specialists Accreditation Board since 2006, while remaining as Senior Consultant with the Division of Manpower Standards and Development.
Prof Ho also has a big heart for all children, selflessly serving with his vast experience in the domains of newborn medicine and child development. He was awarded the C. Henry Kempe Distinguished Career Award by the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in 2008, for his works in child protection in the region and internationally.
Ms Ang Bee Lian is the Director of Social Welfare at the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). In her role at MSF, Ms Ang provides views and advice on the standards of social work practice and the professional development of social service practitioners in the sector.
Qualified as a social worker, Ms Ang has worked within the statutory and voluntary sectors in the children, youth, elder care, disability and juvenile rehabilitation settings, and in a variety of policy, practice and management roles. She has been instrumental in contributing to the strengthening of capability in the social service sector. She is also the immediate former Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Social Service.
Ms Ang was presented with the Outstanding Social Worker Award in Singapore in 2000. In 2003, she was a recipient of the Leader Mentor Awards at the Global Leadership and Mentoring Congress in Singapore.
Ms Ang holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
VCF Panel Member
Ms Tan Li San joined the National Council of Social Service as CEO (Designate) on 6 January 2020, and formally took over as Chief Executive Officer on 1 June 2020.
Prior to this, Li San held the position of Deputy Secretary (Industry and Information) at the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) where she oversaw MCI’s infocomm and media industry development, digital inclusion, and information policy portfolios, as well as its corporate functions.
Li San has held various Singapore government positions during her career, including roles in the Ministry of Manpower, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Ministry of Finance, Public Service Division, and the Civil Service College.
Li San’s experience in the social service sector included serving on the boards of Beyond Social Services, and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).
She was also a member of the Social Service Sector Strategic Thrusts (4ST) Steering Committee. She currently sits on the boards of SG Enable, Charity Council and raiSE.
VCF Panel Member
Ms Seah Yang Hee is the Deputy CEO and Group Director (Service Planning & Funding) in the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). She provides directions in service development, planning, implementation, innovation, improvements and service standards in the social service sector. She also guides the efficient and effective management of NCSS funding for Social Service Agencies to meet the needs of vulnerable groups in Singapore.
Prior to joining NCSS in April 2020, Ms Seah was in the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) where she led the development of the KidSTART pilot, which seeks to enable children from low-income backgrounds to have a good start in life through support in early childhood development. She also guided a team that provides government funding for the preschool sector.
Ms Seah holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She has 25 years of work experience in the social sector and has held various appointments in the Ministry of Social and Family Development in areas such as elderly policy development, rehabilitation and protection, and Comcare and social support.
VCF Panel Member
Mr Eugene Seah joined Surbana Jurong Group on 1 January 2017 as Senior Director, Group CEO's Office, to spearhead and oversee the Group’s special projects, in particular Group Initiatives on Sustainability, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Productivity. He was appointed to enable the Group to realise the benefits accruing from these cutting-edge initiatives and, in turn, enhance its competitive edge in both the local and international arena.
Eugene is highly experienced in Quantity Surveying and often injects sustainability and green approaches into his work to achieve project efficacy. He is a certified Green Mark professional and is qualified in sustainable building design, construction law and arbitration, and information technology and computing. Eugene is a registered Mediator in the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers. He is also a Member of the National Youth Achievement Award Council and a member of the Water Network of PUB.
Passionate about teaching, Eugene is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Building School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. He lectures in the industry on topics such as Construction Productivity, ICT in Construction, Construction Law, Sustainability and Building Information Modelling.
VCF Panel Member
Dr Mathew Mathews is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
He leads the Society and Identity cluster where he examines issues surrounding societal cohesion. He has also been involved in a number of research projects where he evaluated the usefulness of various social programmes provided by government agencies and the social service sector. Mathew has taught various courses related to social policy, and has published in a range of academic outlets.
Besides his academic interests, he serves the community as President of Alive Community Network and sits on the advisory boards of OnePeople.sg and Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing. He also is a Research Advisor to the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
VCF Panel Member
Dr Victor Tong Joo Chuan is currently the Director of Social and Cognitive Computing Department with A*STAR's Institute of High Performance Computing. He is also the Chairman of Trampolene Limited, a research & technology non-profit organisation that provides solutioning to bring about change and positive impact to the lives of the underprivileged, disadvantaged and vulnerable. His research interests include social computing, social innovation, biomedical informatics, data mining and urban systems.
Dr Tong previously served as a Senior Innovation Advisory Board Member of Pfizer, New York, USA, the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company, providing advice to the Executive Leadership Team, and was the pioneering Research Manager in charge of ramping up SAP Research headquarters for the Asia-Pacific Japan region in Singapore. SAP is the world's largest enterprise IT software company. Dr Tong has received over 20 professional awards for his work, including the MIT TR35 Award for the World's Top 35 Science and Technology Innovators under the age of 35, World Economic Forum Young Scientist, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and the Singapore Youth Award for Science & Technology. Dr Tong also has a PhD in Biochemistry from the National University of Singapore.