Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is a multi-disciplinary international board with expertise in broad areas of technology. SAB convenes annually in Singapore to advise on NRF’s policies and programmes.

The SAB’s role is to:

  • Highlight critical issues and emerging global trends in basic and investigator-led research where Singapore could fill a gap or meet a need;
  • Identify, with the NRF, new areas of research where Singapore can reap the benefits of cutting edge science and build the foundation for enterprise and industry growth;
  • Review and advise on the proposals and plans prepared by the NRF; and
  • Assist and advise the NRF on the management of R&D, including the allocation of funding and the assessment of research outcomes.
SAB members are appointed by the Chairman of the NRF Board. The SAB is chaired by Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge.

The SAB comprises the following members:

Sir Richard Friend 
Chairman of SAB 
Cavendish Professor of Physics, 
University of Cambridge

Professor Patrick Aebischer
Emeritus President, 
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and 
Chairman, Novartis Venture Fund
Professor Bertil Andersson
Adviser to NRF
Former President of Nanyang Technological University

Professor Paul Blom 
Director, Max Planck Institute for 
Polymer Research
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
Chief Scientist & Engineer for New South Wales, 
Professor Yuval Elovici
Department of Information Systems Engineering, 
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Dr Marko Erman
Chief Technology Officer,
Thales Group
Professor Harvey Fineberg 
President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Dame Professor Lynn Gladden 
Executive Chair, 
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 
United Kingdom

Professor Sarah Jayne-Blakemore
Professor of Psychology and 
Cognitive Neuroscience, 
University of Cambridge
Professor Steven Koonin
Professor, Information,
Operations & Management Sciences,
New York University

Dr Goh Eng Lim 
Senior Vice President,
Chief Technology Officer
(Artificial Intelligence), 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Professor Cherry Murray
Professor in Physics,
University of Arizona


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