Staff and Associates

Ms. LIM May-Ann
Managing Director

Currently the Managing Director for TRPC Pte Ltd, May-Ann has over 10 years of experience in online engagement strategy, especially with the youth demographic across ASEAN and the Asia Pacific. Her career has spanned a number of research institutions, including the World Bank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and the Singapore Internet Project with Nanyang Technological University. Her research interests include media and communications, technology developments and applications, mobile platforms, disaster relief and development work in universal education, poverty eradication, clean water, sanitation.


Mr. Michael KHOO 
Associate Research Director

Michael Khoo is a Associate Research Director at TRPC, having first joined the company in 2011. He is a graduate from the University of Sydney, where he spent a year and graduated with a Master of Political Economy. His overseas education has exposed him to the various schools of economic thought, many in contrast to that of mainstream orthodox economics today. Prior to that, Michael graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics.

His research interests include video gaming, intellectual property rights, social media and next gen devices. He sees ICT as an integral part of the fabric of society today, particularly in promoting democracy and development.


Ms. Evelyn OOI-WIDJAJAIMG_20160925_090932
Senior Research Analyst

Evelyn is an experienced policy analyst who has experience on topics including digital banking, urban transportation, fiscal policy and goods and services tax. Having worked in government think tanks in Singapore and Malaysia, she is comfortable traversing between academia, government and private companies. She gets a sense of fulfilment when she sees research making an impact on policy.

Evelyn’s research interests include macroeconomics, economic enablement, skills development and civic education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from Singapore Management University and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.

In her free time, she enjoys reading historical fiction, exploring museums and engaging in semi-intellectual conversations.


Ms. Grace GOWN
Senior Analyst

Grace joined TRPC in August 2017, as an experienced public policy professional. She has worked both in the public and private sectors, with wide-ranging experience developing, implementing and influencing government policy. Topics she has worked on include; promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, advocating for the harmonization of health sector legislation, and developing practicable recommendations to improve the child safety regulatory framework.

She graduated with a Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Laws (Hon II) from Macquarie University, Australia. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and exploring different neighbourhoods, visiting galleries, and discovering new podcasts to listen to.


Ms. Cheryl TANCheryl
Research Analyst

Cheryl joined TRPC in November 2016 bringing with her her experience in conducting market and industry trend analysis of the ICT sector in the Asia Pacific region. Cheryl’s research interests include development economics, over-the-top (OTT) applications and the IoT. Cheryl graduated with a Bachelor of Business Economics from the University of Exeter in 2014. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, diving, supporting animal rights and anything in the mystery and suspense genre.


Ms. Zsuzsanna VARI-KOVACSZsuzsanna Vari Kovacs
Research Analyst

Zsuzsanna has extensive experience in the field of public policy research, both in academia and international organizations such as the United Nations, Transparency International, Global Integrity and the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

She has worked on technology policy and regulation, innovation, open data, good governance, national competitiveness, and the role of ICT in education and development. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling and volunteering.

She graduated with a BA in International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.


Mr. Sarthak LUTHRA
Research Analyst

Sarthak joined TRPC in August 2017, as an Analyst. He is an experienced public policy and strategy consulting professional. Prior to this, Sarthak worked in the FinTech industry in India, with organizations such as FINO PayTech and ACCESS Development Services. He spearheaded projects catering to ICT applications in financial services, education, and health. His milestone project involved developing user centric product offerings for the underserved communities, across rural India. Sarthak has also worked closely with governmental institutions and private sector to develop impact investment strategies to mobilize capital towards national level policy projects. His research interests encompass Financial Inclusion, Youth Labour Market Policies, E- Governance, Health and Digital Trade. In Singapore, Sarthak worked with a diverse group of multinational corporations, academic institutes, and think tanks, including organizations such as Microsoft Corporation, Impact Investment Exchange Asia, NCSS, and Asia Competitiveness Institute. Sarthak is a Li-Ka Shing’s Master degree scholar and a gold medalist from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore. He also received awards to represent the school at the GPPN Student Conference at Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brasil and Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Sarthak also holds a MSc. Degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from University of Warwick, United Kingdom and a B.A. (Hons.) Economics, from University of Delhi, India. Sarthak strongly believes in delivering high impact ICT based policy solutions to empower communities across the globe. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, entertaining his cats, and exploring local food delicacies.


Ms. Layla ALIBio Pic (2)
Research Assistant

Layla Ali joined TRPC in February 2016 as a first time research assistant, a career change after 15 years in the food and beverage industry where she was responsible for the daily operations of the restaurant, coordinating private events, managing the monthly inventory and sales report, training and managing staffs. During this time, she has excelled in customer service, ensuring high standards of food and beverage qualities are met.

Layla will be responsible for assisting in research projects for TRPC. Among Layla’s talents is playing the ukulele. She also enjoys adventurous travel.


 

Regional Associates

 


Mr. Terry GRAHAM

Terry is a Research Affiliate at Hong Kong University’s Telecommunications Research Project (TRP), a leading research and consulting organization in Hong Kong. Terry has been engaged on a wide range of telecom and ICT projects, focused primarily on Asia, performing detailed research, political assessment and investment due diligence.

He is widely published in the sector, including Telecommunications Development in Asia (HKU Press, 2008). He has completed public policy projects commissioned by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Hong Kong), the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Hong Kong Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, APEC, PECC, ITU, UNDP, UNESCAP, Asia Foundation, European Union (EU), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the World Bank, the United States State Department, and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), among others.

Recent projects have addressed topics as diverse as National Information Infrastructure (NII) policies and programs, national competitiveness and promotion of information society, social media and disruptive technology strategy, investment analysis, and executive training. At one time he was a research analyst with the U.S. Information Technology Office (USITO) in Beijing, and has worked with the Institute for the Future, Tarifica, the Broad Group, and others. He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, USA and is fluent in Mandarin, German and French.

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