Dr Christopher Chia
Professor, NUS Business School, ex-MDA CEO

Dr Christopher Chia is currently a Professor (Practice) at the NUS Business School. He holds directorship at ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems), Millenia Hotel, Chrysvril Consultancy and 3DSense Academy.

Prior to this, Dr Chia was the Executive Chairman of NTUC Media and Senior Advisor of NTUC, where he advised the Secretary-General on new media strategies. Dr Chia was also Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, providing guidance in its development of the creative industries.

Dr Chia joined the National Computer Board (NCB) of Singapore in 1983. During his 11 years' stay at the NCB, he was a pioneer in government ICT applications quality management, IT manpower planning and development, IT culture promotion, postgraduate training management and IT R&D.

He joined the National Library Board (NLB) as its founding Chief Executive in 1995 until May 2004. He introduced cutting-edge innovation and business processes to the organization and transformed it into a lifestyle destination for half the population. The experience was documented in a Harvard Business School case study used by business schools the world over – to teach business transformation, logistics management and service excellence.

Dr Chia was the CEO of the Media Development Authority (MDA) from June 2004 to October 2010. MDA is responsible for the development and regulation of the media sector in Singapore. He oversaw the rise of the media sector's revenues from $15B to $25B; and the expansion of the Interactive Digital Media segment in film, TV, publishing, interactive media, games, animation and music.

Dr Chia has a Masters of Science and a PhD in Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology or UMIST. He is a popular speaker at national and international events and was conferred the "Friend of IT" Award by the Singapore Computer Society in March 2000, the International Management Action Award in 2001 for his leadership in reinventing Singapore's libraries; as well as the 2003 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by UMIST.