IPOS Welcomes Dr. Ming Tan As Managing Director of IPOS International

03 January 2020

IPOS Welcomes Dr. Ming Tan As Managing Director of IPOS International

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ming Tan as Managing Director of its new subsidiary, IPOS International.

In her role, Ming will direct the strategic growth and oversee all operations at IPOS International, which houses over 100 intellectual property experts in areas such as IP strategy and management, patent search and analysis, and IP education and training. IPOS International was launched in August 2019 to support both private and public enterprises in their innovation journey. Ming brings extensive experience in bridging and delivering successful public-private partnerships to IPOS International.

Ming was previously Head of Stewardship of the COMO Group, a Singaporean portfolio of lifestyle companies operating in 14 countries worldwide. Her responsibilities spanned philanthropy, sustainability, brand and new business development, data protection, and corporate affairs, with a shared focus on common vision, brand integrity, stakeholder engagement and long-term value creation.

In addition, she serves on the boards of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore's national performing arts centre and St Joseph’s Institution (International). A Rhodes scholar representing Singapore, Ming earned her doctorate from the University of Oxford, and her bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University.

On joining IPOS International, Ming says: “A vibrant economy depends on ideas and innovation. I’m excited to join a team deeply committed to cultivating both within Singapore and the wider region – an effort that requires partnership across and beyond government. IPOS International brings technical expertise and experience to serve the entire ecosystem – from individuals to multinational corporations – to encourage the development, protection and commercialisation of their intellectual property and intangible assets.”

Daren Tang, Chairman of IPOS International adds: “We are thrilled to welcome Ming to IPOS International. Her leadership skills, wide and varied experiences in the private sector as well as her commitment to philanthropy and social causes put her in an excellent position to lead IPOS International. I am fully confident that under her stewardship, IPOS International will become an even more critical part of IPOS’s plans to develop a vibrant innovation ecosystem, grow intangible asset-rich companies, and deliver value from global innovation flows.”


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