Biz Sch News 10 March 2015

Prof Chris Chia inducted into Hall of Fame

Practice Professor Christopher Chia has been inducted into the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) Hall of Fame. The award honours individuals who have shaped the Infocomm & Media (ICM) landscape of Singapore with their achievements and contributions.

“I am tremendously honoured and grateful that the Singapore Computer Society has conferred this award. I am humbled by the thought that I have been chosen to stand amongst a very few thus honoured and who have given a lifetime to this field.  The world of IT has in the short space of a few decades literally transformed the world of work, live and play. I am truly thankful to have had an opportunity to contribute to this transformation over the years as industry developer, regulator, user and now educator” says Professor Chia of the achievement.

Established in 1967, the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) is the largest IT professional body in Singapore, with more than 27,000 members. Previous Hall of Fame inductees include Mr Lim Swee Say (Minister, Prime Minister Office), Mr Wilson Tan (CEO, CapitaMall trust) and Ms Yong Ying-I (Chairman, IDA).

IT Leader Awards 2015 ceremony

Prof Chris Chia (4th from left) at the recent SCS Gala Dinner & IT Leader Awards Ceremony

Since the early ‘80s, Professor Chia has been instrumental in transforming Singapore’s vibrant media sector by supporting the growth of enterprises, nurturing talent, and fuelling the creation of compelling and innovative content and services. As the chief executive officer of the Media Development Authority (MDA) from June 2004 to October 2010, Professor Chia was responsible for transforming Singapore into a media hub. He increased the media sector’s revenues from $15B to $25B; and expanded the Interactive Digital Media segment in the areas of film, TV, publishing, interactive media, games, animation and music.


Prof Chia giving his acceptance speech

Professor Chia has also been the Executive Chairman of NTUC Media and Senior Advisor of NTUC, where he advised the Secretary-General on new media strategies. He was also Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), providing guidance to MICA’s efforts to the develop creative industries.

Prof Chia sharing his insights on transformational leadership during an NLB tour organised for NUS Business School staff

Prof Chia sharing his insights on transformational leadership during an NLB tour organised for NUS Business School staff

His transformational leadership is not limited to the infocomm industry. As a founding chief executive of the National Library Board (NLB) from 1995 until May 2004, he introduced innovative business processes at the organisation – an experience that is now well-documented in a Harvard case study.

Professor Chia is currently a Professor (Practice) and chairs the Executive Education Advisory Board at NUS Business School. He serves as a senior corporate advisor/director to private/public sector organisations in transformation management, ICT applications and strategic relations.

Watch the award video below (Video credit SCS/Circus Max)

Read more about the SCS IT awards here.