Our board of directors

About TALKMED

Mr Chandra Das s/o Rajagopal Sitaram is our Non-Executive Chairman and Non-Independent Director and he was appointed to our Board on 23 December 2013. Mr Chandra Das has been the managing director of NUR Investment & Trading Pte. Ltd., a company engaged in trading and investment activities in India, Singapore and Myanmar since 1986. He also served as the Chairman of an investment company, Southern Africa Investments Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, from 1997 to 2011. From 1997 to 2006, Mr Chandra Das was a Director with CIES Food Forum (Paris), an association of food retailers. Prior to that, Mr Chandra Das served as the Chairman of the then Singapore Trade Development Board (now known as International Enterprise Singapore), which is a Singapore governmental agency tasked with driving Singapore’s external economy, from 1983 to 1986. He was also the Managing Director of Intraco Limited, an integrated solutions trading company listed on the Mainboard of the SGX-ST, from 1976 to 1986. From 1980 to 1996, Mr Chandra Das also served as a Member of the Parliament in Singapore. Between 1970 to 1971, Mr Chandra Das was the Singapore Trade Representative to the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

Mr Chandra Das graduated from the then University of Singapore (now known as the National University of Singapore) in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) In Economics and holds a Certificate-in-Education from attending the former Singapore Teachers’ Training College from 1958 to 1960.  Mr Chandra Das was the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (Defence & Foreign Affairs)  from 1985 to 1990 and was also the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (Finance, Trade and Industry) from 1990 to 1991. Mr Chandra Das has won several awards and allocades in his career including the Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and the Distinguished Service (Star) Awardin 2005, both awarded by the National Trades Union  Congress. He was also conferred Honorary Doctorates by University of Newcastle, Australia and by St John’s University, New York, in 2005.

Dr Ang Peng Tiam is our Executive Director and CEO and he was appointed to our Board on 10 September 2013. Dr Ang provides the vision and the strategic direction for our Group. From 1994 to 1997, Dr Ang was Senior Consultant and Head of Department in medical oncology at Singapore General Hospital, Singapore’s oldest and largest tertiary acute hospital and national referral center, as well as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. From 1991 to 1994, he was consultant and head of department at Singapore General Hospital as well. Prior to this, he was senior registrar for a year at Singapore General Hospital and resident registrar from 1986 to 1987. In between his stints as registrar in Singapore General Hospital, he was a fellow at the University Department of Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Centre at Houston, Texas from 1988 to 1989 and at the Division of Oncology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California from 1989 to 1990. Dr Ang started his career as Medical Officer in the National University Hospital after serving as Medical Staff Officer at the Medical Services Headquarters in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Dr Ang holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Singapore and a Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the National University of Singapore. He also holds a Certificate of Specialist Accreditation accredited by the MOH, Republic of Singapore, Specialists Accreditation Board. Dr Ang is holds fellowship in many institutions. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, the Academy of Medicine, United States of America, the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (UK) and the Royal College of Physicians, London (UK). In addition, he is also a member of the Royal College of Physicians.

Mr Sitoh Yih Pin is our Non-Independent Director and was appointed to our Board on 23 December 2013. Mr Sitoh is a Chartered Accountant and is currently the Chairman of Nexia TS Public Accounting Corporation, an accounting firm in Singapore. Prior to that, he worked as an Audit Manager at KPMG. Mr Sitoh currently serves as a Member of Parliament of Potong Pasir Constituency, the Chairman of Potong Pasir Town Council and as the Advisor to the Potong Pasir Grassroots Organisations. He is also currently a Management Committee Member of the Singapore Turf Club.

Mr Sitoh graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) in 1987. He is also a fellow member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

Prof Leong Ching Ching is our Independent Director and was first appointed to our Board on 1 October 2021.

Prof Leong is an economist and Vice Provost (Student Life) of the National University of Singapore. She is an Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Prof Leong is an expert on public governance, sustainability and environmental economics.

She graduated with an MA (Philosophy) and a PhD (Public Policy) from the National University of Singapore, as well as an MA (Journalism) at the University of London.

Before joining NUS, she was a journalist in both print and broadcast media, as an editor in The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia.

Mr Lam Kok Shang is our Independent Director and was first appointed to our Board on 1 January 2024. Mr Lam is a Chartered Accountant. He is presently a part-time lecturer at the Singapore Tax Academy and he also sits on the GST Committee of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals. He was formerly a partner of KPMG Singapore, heading the Indirect Tax Practice and was a member of the GST Tax Review Board from 2013 to 2018.Mr Lam has over 36 years of experience working in a public accounting environment, specialising in corporate tax and GST and covering sectors such as, among others, financial services, asset management real estate, government and healthcare.

Mr Lam holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore and he is a Graduate of Association of Certified Accountants in the UK. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and an Australian Chartered Accountant.

Mr Peter Sim Swee Yam is our Independent Director and was first appointed to our Board on 1 January 2024. He is a practising lawyer and a director of the law firm, Sim Law Practice LLC. He has to-date more than 41 years of legal practice.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1980 from the University of Singapore, now known as the National University of Singapore. In 2000, he was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat and the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat in 2008.

Currently, Mr Sim also serves as independent director of the following listed companies, namely Lum Chang Holdings Ltd, ST Group Food Industries Holdings Limited and Singapore Land Group Limited. Mr Sim has been a director of several listed and unlisted companies for more than 30 years.

Dr Tan Khai Tong is our Independent Director and was first appointed to our Board on 1 January 2024. Dr Tan is presently a consultant endocrinologist in private practice at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre. He was on the board of National Healthcare Group from 2014 to 2023.

He studied Medicine at the National University of Singapore. He graduated second in his medical class, in the final MBBS examination in 1982. He won the Singapore Medical Association Bronze medal, the Jane Prize in Paediatrics, the Bailey Memorial Medal and the Albert Lim Bronze Medal. He obtained the degrees of Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine (Singapore) and MRCP (UK) in 1986. He trained in Endocrinology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and at the Singapore General Hospital.