Tan Yinglan, Head (Projects), National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office (Singapore)

Tan Yinglan

Tan Yinglan

Advisor & Founders Space Chapter Leader

Tan Yinglan is the Head (Projects), National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office (Singapore). In his role, he oversees the National Framework for Innovation and Enterprise and is serving / has served on boards of high-tech growth ventures and venture capital funds in Asia (Details of portfolio investments here.)

Tan Yinglan had previously been the first Director of 3i Venturelab China, a joint-venture between private equity firm 3i (LSE:III) and INSEAD, one of the world’s leading business schools. He had also been the Senior Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore), where he oversees the Economic Development Board Investments portfolio. Yinglan also worked at the World Bank, as a Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellow.

During graduate school at Stanford, he had co-founded, raised angel funding and sold an online dating startup (which is still featured as a case study in Stanford).

Yinglan was educated at Harvard (as a JFK Fellow), Stanford (Ms in Mgmt Sci.) and Carnegie Mellon (Dual Degrees in ECE and Econs). A Certified Risk Analyst, Yinglan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University and has taught modules on Entrepreneurial Finance and Entrepreneurial Management at Singapore Management University and at the Advanced Management Programme. He also guest lectures at Fudan University, Shanghai.

Yinglan is the author of The Way Of the VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board.(Wiley, 2009) and and Chinnovation – How Chinese Innovation is going to Change the World (Wiley 2010). He has been featured on China Central TV (China’s largest TV network), Dragon TV, The Deal, China Daily, Korean Times, Business FM 89.9 (Malaysian), The Edge (Singapore) and Business Lines (India).

Yinglan has been named as one of 100 Leaders Of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium in 2010. Yinglan was named as one of the first international Kauffman Fellows from Singapore, a fellowship which identifies, develops, and networks the next generation of global leaders in the venture capital industry. He is also a Singapore Chapter Leader of Founderspace and a Rotarian.

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