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 Paul Blom 
Director, Max Planck Institute for 
Polymer Research
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz 
Chairman, Cancer Research UK
Professor Jean-Lou Chameau 
President Emeritus, 
California Institute of Technology


Professor Harvey Fineberg 
President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Professor Anthony Finkelstein 
Chief Scientific Adviser 
for National Security, UK


Professor Anne O'Garra 
Associate Research Director, 
The Francis Crick Institute
Dr Goh Eng Lim 
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer 
(High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence), 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Mr Michael Idelchik 
Former Vice President (Advanced Technologies), 
GE Global Research


Professor Cherry Murray 
Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and Professor of Physics, 
Harvard University


Professor Ulrich Suter 
Emeritus Professor, ETH Zurich
Professor Zhang Tong 
Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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