Mr. Yip Mun Foong James
Lead Independent Director

Mr Yip is the Group’s Lead Independent Director and was appointed to the Board on 29 July 2013, and last re- elected on 31 March 2014.

Mr. James M. F. Yip has been an experienced banker with over 25 years’ experience working for large international financial institutions including Barclays, Amro, Toronto Dominion, First Chicago, Continental, Rabobank and finally as Global Head of Capital Markets & Syndications at Singapore-based Overseas Union Bank.  In his banking career, he has been involved in commercial, corporate and investment banking as well as in financings of infrastructure projects in Australia, Indonesia and China.  After leaving banking, Mr. Yip spent two years as general manager of an investment subsidiary of the Changi Airport Group that specialises in airport investments and airport management consulting globally, with a focus in China, India and the Middle East.   He is currently a senior advisor to a fund management group helping to raise both equity and debt for an investment management company that is working on the potential listing of a hospitality real estate investment trust in the Singapore Exchange.

Mr. Yip holds a post-graduate diploma in management studies from the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago and a post-graduate diploma in financial management from the Stern School of Business Administration, New York University. He is also a pioneer recipient of the executive diploma in directorship jointly awarded by the Singapore Institute of Directors and the Singapore Management University. Mr. Yip currently sits on the board of China Essence Group listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange as an independent director. He was also an Independent Director of Auhua Clean Energy PLC, which was previously listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in London.