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.
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.
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.
Mr. Adam C. STOUT
Consultant and Analyst
Adam Stout has expertise in e-commerce, payments, data, logistics, SMEs and the digital economy. He has worked extensively with the APEC and the APEC Business Advisory council on the challenges of getting SMEs into e-commerce and both the economic and the socioeconomic advantages of digitization. His business background and regulatory experience lets him to approach both business and government issues through a unique lens. He has spoken throughout APEC, held training workshops and lectured around his vary topics of expertise.
He holds his MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business. He has experience in finance, manufacturing, aerospace and has founded his own data transfer company. He holds a bachelor degree from Princeton University in Economics with a focus on developing economies. His general interests are developing technologies and the impacts they will have in the future. During downtime, he can be found playing both types of football, hiking, mountain biking, skiing and generally enjoying what the world has to offer through travel.
Rubez is a research analyst. A liberal arts graduate, she has had a depth of research experience in a myriad of fields; Government policy, International Relations, Development Studies, Anthropology and Sociology. She is interested in examining the development of technology and its relation to the human experience.
A Shelby Davis and United World College (UWC) Scholar, her work has taken her across the globe – Norway, USA, Israel, Chile and Cambodia; where she has lived, worked and researched for the past 7 years. Her experience spans across the private and public sector, engaging with government associates, policy analysts, human rights activists and academics. She continues to investigate policy-making and its impacts on society.
In her spare time, Rubez writes for an online magazine exploring the tensions of work, play and faith. She also sits on the scholarship committee of the UWC in Singapore, where she selects future scholars.
Ms. Cheryl TAN
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-KOVACS
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.
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.
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.