Mr. Qian Jianrong is the co-founder of CWG. As Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for the overall development of the Group's corporate direction and policies.
Prior to founding CWG, Mr. Qian held the position of Deputy Section Chief at the Bureau of Education of Zhangjiagang Municipal Government in Jiangsu Province from September 1988 to December 1991, where he was responsible for the overall management of the Zhangjiagang city's school-run enterprises. Subsequently, in January 1992, Mr. Qian joined the Hainan Nanyang Development Group as Vice Chairman and assisted the Chairman in daily operations of the group until 1994. In 1996, Mr. Qian founded a private education business together with Mr. Mao En, Mr. Liu Dahong, Mr. Gong Ming, Mr. Wu Hongzhi, and Mr. Tian Honglei, which is currently held under an investment holding company, Chiway Holding Group Co., Ltd. ("Chiway Holding"). Mr. Qian is currently the majority shareholder and non-executive Chairman of Chiway Holding, a related company of CWG.
Mr. Qian currently holds the positions of Chairman of the Federation of Industry and Commerce of Changning District in Shanghai, Vice Chairman of the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Federation of Industry and Commerce.
Mr. Qian graduated from Soochow University with a Bachelor of Science in 1988, and obtained a Master in Business Administration from the China Europe International Business School in 2000.
Mr. Chua Hwee Song was appointed to the Board on 6 July 2015 as an Independent Director before crossing over to the executive bench on 1 June 2016, in the role of Executive Director and Group Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Chua takes on active roles contributing to the financial and accountancy professions. He currently serves as council member of the CFO Advisory Council under the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC), as well as member of the CFO Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).
Mr. Chua has many years of experience in capital markets and corporate finance. He is the founder and Managing Director of Tembusu Ventures Pte Ltd ("Tembusu"), where he co-founded a private equity fund that invests in growth companies throughout Asia. His areas of investment interest include Real Estate, Education and Technology.
Prior to Tembusu, Mr. Chua was with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), where he led the promotion of technology entrepreneurship and development of the enterprise financing infrastructure in Singapore, with a specific focus on the industry development of the venture capital and private equity industry. While at the EDB, he served on the Investment Committee managing the US$1.3 Billion Technopreneurship Investment Fund, as well as the Singapore Israel Industrial R&D Fund.
Mr. Chua obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, and 1st Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering, in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from King' College, University of London. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Accountant, Singapore.
Mr. Tian Honglei is the co-founder of CWG and Vice President and Head of Human Resource and Compliance for the Group. He is responsible for (i) reviewing and approving all human resource requirements, matters and policies of the Group; and (ii) reviewing and ensuring that the Group's daily business operations and processes adhere to its internal process policies.
Prior to his appointment as our Executive Director, Mr. Tian was Assistant Vice President from 2009 to 2012, and was promoted to Vice President of CWG in 2012. He has been overseeing the Group's human resource and compliance functions since 2011. Mr. Tian joined Chiway Holding in 2002 as an Investment Director and was responsible for the analysis and implementation of investment projects and a restructuring exercise involving Chiway Holding. He was the Vice General Manager with a subsidiary of Chiway Holding, Shanghai Chiway Education Investment (Group) Co., Ltd from 2006 to 2009, where he was responsible for planning and implementing business strategy. Prior to joining Chiway Holding, Mr. Tian held management positions in various PRC companies where he led their investment projects.
Mr. Tian holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Economics from the Renmin University of China.
Mr. Thio Shen Yi was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2016. He is our Lead Independent Director and Chairman of our Nominating Committee and Corporate Disclosure Committee. He is also member of our Audit and Risk Management Committee, and Remuneration Committee.
He is Founding Partner and Joint Managing Director at TSMP Law Corporation, and a leading figure in Singapore's legal community. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008 at the early age of 40, and is often cited as a leading individual in dispute resolution in the top international legal publications.
He focuses on dispute resolution, primarily as counsel, and occasionally as arbitrator. Mr. Thio's wide practice includes corporate litigation, financial and commercial disputes, information technology, construction and engineering disputes, and competition law.
Mr. Kwok Wei Woon was appointed to the Board on 5 August 2014. He is the Chairman of our Audit and Risk Management Committee. He is also a member of our Remuneration Committee, Nominating Committee, and Investment Committee.
Mr. Kwok is currently the Deputy GM of SooChow Securities CSSD (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a licensed fund manager in Singapore that is 75% owned by SooChow Securities and 25% by CSSD (China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Development Co. Ltd). He is also a director of China Reform Overseas Management Co Ltd & China Reform Puissance Overseas Holdings Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of 3 SGX main-board listed companies.
He has more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry and had previously held senior roles with global financial institutions like JP Morgan (Executive Director); UBS AG (Director, Advisory Consultant, North Asia); Standard Chartered Bank Singapore (Deputy GM, Wealth Management).
Mr. Kwok is Fellow of Singapore University of Social Science and an adjunct lecturer with Kaplan teaching finance and business related subjects. He also occasionally provides corporate trainings to bankers from several Chinese banks like ICBC, BOC, China Merchant Bank and Industrial Bank of China.
In addition, he also volunteers in non-profit organizations and elected as President of Financial Planning Association of Singapore (FPAS); President of University of New South Wales Alumni Association Singapore and Vice President of Australian Alumni Singapore.
Mr. Kwok graduated with a Master of Commerce degree (majoring in advance finance) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (majoring in Accounting and Finance) from University of New South Wales. He is a certified accountant with CPA Australia and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
Mr. Lai Huen Poh was appointed to the Board on 28 July 2016. He is Chairman of our Remuneration Committee and a member of our Audit and Risk Management Committee, and Nominating Committee.
Mr. Lai is Partner and Managing Director at RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (RSP), one of the largest architectural practices in the world. He has more than four decades of industry experience, which include the steering of RSP's expansion into important markets such as India, Dubai, Malaysia, China and Vietnam. Some of his notable projects in Singapore include the Republic Plaza, ITE East and Central campuses, Clarke Quay and ION Orchard.
He has been an active contributor in the industry, serving as Board member of Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Singapore Land Authority, on BCA committees such as Construction Best Practice, Structural Robustness as well as on the International Panel of Experts on Construction Productivity. For his contribution to the nation through his service on the Strata Titles Board, he was conferred the Meritorious Service Award in 2011 by the Ministry of National Development
He is a Registered Professional Engineer (Civil), a Chartered Engineer (UK) and member of associations that include Association of Consulting Engineers, Institute of Civil Engineers and the Singapore Structural Steel Society. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Sheffield, UK.