Executive Committee

The National Book Development Council of Singapore’s Executive Committee for 2014-2016.

You can download the Press Release announcing the new Executive Committee, as well as Annex A, with the below information, and Annex B, Ms Lim Li Kok’s final address as Chairperson.


Ms Claire Chiang

Ms Claire Chiang is the Senior Vice President responsible for the strategic direction, management and operation of Banyan Tree and Angsana Galleries. She is also the Chairperson of the Banyan Trees Global Foundation, which was established in 2009. In 2010, she assumed the roles of Chairperson, China Business Development and Chairperson, Human Capital Development Task Force. Ms Chiang has served two terms as a Nominated Member of Parliament, she is the Director and Non-Executive Chairperson of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Chairperson of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund. She sits on the Global Governing Board of the Caux Round Table as Vice-Chair for Asia. Following her appointment as Justice of Peace in 2008, she was appointed to the Board of Visiting Justices in 2010. Her other duties include chairing the Employer’s Alliance and the Shirin Fozdar Trust Fund, as well as co-chairing the Pro-Family Business Council and the Partner Connection Fund. Ms Chiang is a member of the Board of Governors of Raffles’ Girls School, a member of Singapore General Hospital Medifund Committee, and a mentor for the Young Women’s Leadership Connection mentorship programme. She volunteers with Help Every Lone Parent and the People’s Association. In 2010, she became a member of the Advisory Council, National Committee for United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Singapore.


Ms Lim Li Kok

Ms Lim is the Managing Director of Asiapac Books Pte Ltd, a publishing house which she founded in 1983. Asiapac is renowned for producing illustrated books and comics on a range of subjects covering Asian wisdom and culture. She is an active member of the NBDCS since 2000, and has served in various capacities as Hon. Secretary, Vice Chairperson and Chairperson. Ms Lim is also an active member of the Singapore Book Publishers Association, the Singapore Chinese Book Publishers Association, and the Singapore Society of Asian Studies. She was conferred the title of 'Spirit of Enterprise Award: Year 2004 Honouree'.


Mr Chua Hong Koon

Chua Hong Koon is the Publishing Director at World Scientific Publishing Company. Hong Koon has more than 30 years of publishing experience working with major publishers like Pearson and Oxford University Press. He has published many types of books, from children’s books to assessment and reference books, school and higher education textbooks, trade and professional books, also Christian books. Hong Koon served as an Exco member of the Singapore Book Publishers Association for several years. He is currently an executive member of the National Book Development Council of Singapore. He has a Science degree and also a Law degree.


Mr Leo Vincent

Leo Vincent started his first job in the book industry in 1983 with MPH Bookstores. He left MPH in 1999 to start his own business at Advance Library Services Pte Ltd. ALS has established itself as one of the 'shelf-ready' vendors providing a full spectrum of library services including collection development, full cataloguing services, and sourcing of print and non-print materials for both academic and public libraries and has launched Apollo in 2014 to facilitate e-procurement for all library institutions.


Mrs Kiang-Koh Lai Lin

Mrs Kiang-Koh Lai Lin was the Director of Reading Initiatives Division, National Library Board (NLB) before her retirement in March 2014. The Division aims to foster a reading culture in Singapore through the development of active reading communities to build a nation of readers. Presently she serves as Consultant of the National Archives of Singapore. Lai Lin also served as the Information coordinator, Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section, International Federation Library Associations (IFLA) from 2000 to 2005. The SCL News of the IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section, June 2005 issue won the Newsletter of the Year in 2005. Lai Lin was awarded The Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 1990 and The Long Service Award in 2000. Lai Lin also received the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarian (CONSAL)’s Outstanding Librarian Award, Silver Medal 2009 during the 14th General Conference of the CONSAL in Hanoi.


Ms Jennifer Yin

Jennifer Yin is Director - Volunteer Engagement at the National Heritage Board. She was previously responsible for Singapore’s four language promotion secretariats—the Speak Good English Movement, the Promote Mandarin Council, the Tamil Language and Malay Language Councils. Jennifer was also Director International Relations and Director Programmes and Outreach at the National Library Board. She led the [email protected] strategy and concept plan. Her early career was at Times Publishing, The Singapore Monitor and the South China Morning Post. She was also concurrently Advisor, SEA, of the World Economic Forum for 15 years.

Ms Evelyn Wong

Evelyn is an independent consultant and writer, with over 35 years’ experience in Canada and Singapore as researcher, writer, educator, director and consultant in industrial relations, international relations, leadership and sustainable development. She has authored and edited publications on labour issues and corporate social responsibility. A Singaporean, born and raised in Canada, she is author of Something Special and The Naughty Mynah, bilingual children's picture books sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.

Mr R Thuraimanikam

R. Thuraimanikam is the Vice President of the Singapore Tamil Writers Association. He has written for Tamil language newspapers like Tamil Murasu, Tamil Malar and Tamil Nesan and he was the Editor of magazines like Mannavar Poonga and Kolgai Mullakam. He has also compiled short stories he wrote for the Singapore Tamil radio into two books, Vallar Pirai (Crescent) and Yellai Kottu (Boundary). One of his short story compilations, Kalam Kadanthu Vittathu (Time Has Passed) was published in 1990, in conjunction with the celebration of Singapore’s 25th National Day.

Ms Valerie Cheng

Valerie is the Director of Content and Services, National Library Board, a division focused on inspiring reading and lifelong learning among children and adults.  In the course of her career, she has dabbled in industry policy, strategic planning, public communications, industry development and HR.  She was appointed Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate) of the Media Development Authority prior to joining NLB.  In her youth, she was part of the editorial team of her university student newspaper.

Mr Melvin Choo

Melvin Choo has been involved in publishing and book distribution for the past 12 years.  He was written journals and articles for various international publishers. His company, Alkem Company (S) Pte Ltd is one of the largest independent book distributor in South East Asia supplying to booksellers, libraries, schools, tertiary institutions, projects and corporate institutions. Its customer includes National Library Board, World Bank, Asia Development Bank, Singapore Polytechnic and many more. In addition, Alkem is also publisher of academic and children content.

Dr Gwee Li Sui

Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic artist, and a literary critic. His works of verse include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), and The Other Merlion and Friends (2015). He wrote Singapore’s first long-form graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone, in 1993. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, Gwee has written and lectured on a range of cultural subjects. He wrote FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014) and edited Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009), Telltale: Eleven Stories (2010), Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore (2011), Singathology: 50 New Works by Celebrated Singaporean Writers (2015), and Written Country: The History of Singapore through Literature (2016).



R RamachandranR Ramachandran
Email: [email protected]

Mr. R Ramachandran has long been associated with the promotion of reading, writing, publishing and library development in his previous appointments as Director, National Library, Deputy Chief Executive, National Library Board and subsequently Secretary — General International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). He has been a member of the National Book Development Council of Singapore since 1969, serving in various capacities as Hon. Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman.