Dr. Yap Kwong Weng

Dr. Yap Kwong Weng

Principal Advisor, Advisory and Executive Director, KPMG-A*STAR Joint Lab

KPMG in Singapore

Kwong Weng is a Principal Advisor with KPMG in Singapore, and also the Executive Director of the KPMG-A*STAR Joint Lab. He develops the firm’s strategy in Singapore and focuses on transformation and growth strategy, including regional M&A projects. He also heads the KPMG-A*STAR Joint Lab, which creates innovative solutions using machine learning, cybersecurity, automation and predictive analytics. 

Kwong Weng has accumulated years of experience in frontier market entrepreneurship, organizational strategy, and research focusing on market growth, geopolitics, change management and entry strategy in ASEAN. Prior to joining the private sector, he trained as a US Navy SEAL and spent a 12-year military career in the Singapore Commandos jumping from planes and navigating dense jungle terrain in Southeast Asia.

He took the leap to head to Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia as a General Manager with Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) and also helmed an energy company dealing with oil blocks, construction and infrastructure. In 2014, he co-founded an e-commerce platform in Vietnam that provides online services for global travelers with local experiences. CNN named the company “one of the top 10 start-ups to watch out for in Asia” only a year later after it was formed. In addition to private sector expertise, he is the Regional Advisor (Indochina) of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Asia’s leading public policy school, where he taught executive education programs on change management, regional markets and organizational leadership to senior policy makers and business leaders.

Kwong Weng is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Rotary Peace Fellow. He is the Chair of Global Dignity Cambodia, a chapter of the larger non-profit that advocates for the principles of dignity. Since 2013, Kwong Weng has been organizing dignity events for Cambodian children through story-telling and providing a platform for them to share their stories; making dignity more relevant to everyday lives and shaping our understanding towards becoming a better human being. He is the author of Leap: Journey of a Young Global Leader in Singapore (Marshall Cavendish, 2016).

Education and qualifications
  • BA, State University of New York at Buffalo

  • MBA, University of Manchester

  • MPA, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

  • PhD, University of Glasgow

  • Fellow, Chartered Management Institute, United Kingdom

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