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.
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. Sarah LEE
Having joined TRPC since September 2018, Sarah brings with her policy experience from the public sector. She previously worked at the Ministry of Defense, Singapore, where she developed an expertise on issues of both diplomatic and operational nature. Sarah then embarked on a year of teaching at the college level, to further develop her communication skills and appreciate a more varied scope of issues. Through these experiences, Sarah has honed her research and analytical skills, and now hopes to be able to advance them to do meaningful work in her interest area of technology.
Sarah holds a Master’s (Dist.) degree in Asian Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Bachelor’s (Hons.) degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore. In her free time, Sarah enjoys travelling, sampling new cuisines, swimming and watching political dramas on Netflix.
Ms. Faiza SALEEM
Faiza is a policy and research analyst with experience in socio-economic policy issues, impact investing, and the social enterprise space. She has worked with a range of organizations in the past, most recently with a policy think-tank at the National University of Singapore. Previously, she has successfully led projects with the World Bank, Agha Khan Development Network, and non-profit organizations. She has also worked at Acumen Pakistan and the UN Capital Development Fund in NY. Her research interests include the role of ICT in public service delivery, poverty and income inequality, women’s empowerment and water resource management.
Faiza is a Fulbright scholar, with a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. In her free time, she enjoys reading politics and international affairs, traveling, and taking language classes.
Cheryl joined TRPC in November 2016 bringing with her her knowledge of the Asia Pacific telecoms competitive landscape and experience in conducting industry trend analysis for the sector.
Cheryl’s research interests include development economics, over-the-top (OTT) applications, IoT and the evolving telco regulator role. Cheryl graduated with a Bachelor of Business Economics from the University of Exeter in 2014.
In her free time, she enjoys travelling, yoga and supporting animal rights.
Hiromi is a government affairs and legal professional with experience in Southeast Asia and the US. Before joining TRPC, she was an analyst for the Philippines office of Vriens & Partners, where she helped clients understand the Philippine political landscape and advised them on technology policy and government engagement strategy. Among the issue areas she focused on were financial technology, data privacy, and misinformation. Prior to coming to Asia, Hiromi worked in domestic and global legal affairs at Tiffany & Co. She has also interned at the Wilson Center and the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC.
Hiromi received her bachelor’s degree in International Politics, magna cum laude, and certificate in Asian Studies from Georgetown University.
Gareth Tan is a policy specialist with expertise in policy issues relating to ASEAN and its member-states, and a strong interest in regional and national policy towards Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Prior to joining TRPC, he held the position of Policy Research Analyst at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, where he consulted with corporate, academic and diplomatic clients on the politics, economics and international relations of Myanmar and Thailand. Before that, he was a Research Assistant at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Asia Competitiveness Institute, where he oversaw business case studies and conducted econometric analyses of sub-regional economies.
Gareth holds a Master of Studies in World Literatures from the University of Oxford. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Related Literatures from the University of York. Gareth enjoys reading about East and Southeast Asian history, and engaging with the literature of both regions. His favourite dynasty is the Song and he enjoys the work of Mo Yan.
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.
Mr. Stacy BAIRD
Stacy Baird is Consulting Director for TRPC and an attorney (D.C. and PA Bar). Since 2005, Mr Baird has been a strategic advisor to Fortune 100 companies, governments and NGOs on information technology and intellectual property public policy issues. Mr. Baird is also Executive Director of the Clean Energy Forum’s Intellectual Property Program which serves as the interface between private and public-sector partners and in bilateral relations in the US-China Clean Energy Research Center, a broad-ranging research and development program funded by US and China’s governments.
Mr. Baird served as Senior Policy Advisor and Technology and Intellectual Property Counsel to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell from 2000-2005, working on the landmark USA Patriot Act, identity theft and financial services, the Homeland Security Act, immigration and border security, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. 1998-1999, Mr. Baird served as Brookings Legislative Fellow to Rep. Howard Berman, the Ranking Member on the Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee primarily responsible for issues related to the then-nascent Internet, copyright, patent reform related to genomics and business methods, and export control issues. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Baird held positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency working on legislation and environmental enforcement matters.
Mr. Baird resides in Hong Kong and has held appointments as Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. His writings have appeared in law journals including the Stanford Law and Policy Review and I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society published jointly by Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University’s H.J. Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.
Ms. Jenny Wan
Jenny joined the company in May 2018 but she is no stranger to the TRPC as she used to work for the Telecoms Research Project based at the University of Hong Kong and as a research associate of TRPC, during which she was responsible for the planning and execution of various market and policy research projects, conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses, as well as organizing the Telecoms InfoTechnology Forums.
Before joining TRPC Hong Kong, Jenny worked for the Hong Kong Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry responsible for policy research in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector. Jenny received her doctorate from the University of Hong Kong where she also holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science with a major in Economics.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling and listening to music.
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.