Mr Andrew Chew
Andrew is Chief Commercial Officer and a member of Executive Management at James Cook University (JCU), Singapore. Concurrently, he is CEO and director of James Cook Academy and Chairman of the board of directors of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Eagle Infotech. As Chief Commercial Officer of JCU Singapore, he is responsible for commercial strategy, marketing and growth of the organisation. He leads JCU’s entry into Continuing Professional Development (CPD) via the set-up of James Cook Academy and its acquisition of Eagle Infotech.
Initially Andrew started his career in Melbourne in financial management consulting and auditing with BDO Chartered Accountants and Consultants. Since then Andrew has worked in a variety of roles in hotel revenue management, property development, and education and training. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Monash University and Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management from James Cook University with Academic Medal.
Andrew serves on the Council of Advisors to Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS) and is Chair of the Marketing Interest Group, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC). He is a member of Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore (AustCham).
Professor Abhishek Bhati
As Campus Dean JCU Singapore, Abhishek contributes to JCU’s Tropical Asian i nitiatives. His efforts guide the learning, student experience and teaching and academic governance of programs offered in JCU Singapore. Abhishek Bhati’s research investigates resilience planning in tourism, sustainable development of cities and scholarship of l earning and teaching. In particular, he is interested in technology and the role it has as a catalyst for tourism industry changes; “Smart City” as a mechanism for future sustainable development; and the need for tourism to deliver United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent projects he has conducted have studied tourist vandalism and effectiveness of stakeholder responses to tourism developments. Prof Bhati’s other projects include incorporating ‘work integrated learning’ (WIL) based learning strategies in tertiary education.
He has been successful in securing collaborative grants with Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), external industry grants and several internal research grants. His current research interest is tourist behaviour management, resilience planning and scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
He holds a Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) and has conducted training for enterprises such as Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and WOW Vision. He has experience in developing and certifying training courses for SkillsFuture Singapore.
Ms Venna Chai
Ms Venna Chai is the Chief Financial Officer at James Cook University (Singapore) and a member of the Finance and Risk Management Committee. Venna has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector, the majority of which has been operating at senior executive and management levels. She obtained her Master of Professional Accounting in 2005. She is a CPA Australia. She heads a Department that is responsible for the Financial, Procurement, Strategies planning and Risk Management.
Mrs Liana Tang
Liana, founder of Eagle Infotech in 1988, and currently the Executive Director, grew it from a two-staff organisation to its present staff strength of more than 20. Holding a Bachelor of Science from the National University of Singapore and a Post Grad Diploma in Management Consultancy, she has over 30 years of experience in the training and adult education sector. During the Circuit Breaker, she spearheaded the team to steer from classroom training towards virtual training so that companies could still upskill their workforce. Liana continues to provide leadership so that Eagle can continue to soar and partner organisations to provide their staff with cutting edge skills.