About Tan Yinglan


Yinglan Tan (陈映岚)

Tan Yinglan is the Head (Projects), National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office (Singapore). He oversees the National Framework for Innovation and Enterprise and is responsible for the investments of high-tech growth ventures and venture capital funds and serves as board member / observer of selected high-tech ventures and early stage venture funds. He was responsible for launching the Technological Incubation Scheme (TIS) and the Global Entrepreneur Executives (GEE) Fund. Tan Yinglan had previously been the founding Director of 3i Venturelab China, a joint-venture between private equity firm 3i (LSE:III) and INSEAD. He had also been the Senior Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore), where he was the deskhead for Economic Development Board Investments portfolio. Yinglan had been at the Ministry of Defence (Singapore) where he was the recipient of the National Innovation and Quality Circle Award. Yinglan was also the Special Assistant to the Chief Economic Advisor of the World Bank, as a Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellow. During graduate school at Stanford, he had co-founded, raised angel funding and sold an online dating startup (which is still featured as a case study in Stanford).

Yinglan is a Council Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Fostering Entrepreneurship. Yinglan has been named as one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium in 2010, 100 Global Thinkers 2011 by Lo Spazio della Politica, a Leader of the Next Generation at the Symposium for Leaders of the Next Generation (STARS) in 2011. In 2010, Yinglan was also named as a Kauffman Fellow, a fellowship which identifies, develops, and networks the next generation of global leaders in the venture capital industry.  Yinglan was also named Outstanding Youth of China Synergy Program (2007) and Dragon100 Young Chinese Leader (2006).

Yinglan is the author of The Way Of the VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board.(Wiley, 2009) and Chinnovation – How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World (Wiley 2010). His book, The Way Of The VC, is used as a teaching text at various business schools and selected by Forbes columnist Marc Kramer as amongst the World’s Best Business Books. Chinnovation has been ranked #1 bestseller on Amazon.com in the Business & Management (International) category.

Yinglan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological Universityand teaches the Masters program in Technopreneurship & Innovation (Chinese). He has also taught at the UC Berkeley-Nanyang Advanced Management Programme and at the Advanced Management Programme at Singapore Management University and guest lectures at Fudan and Tsinghua University. He has conducted customized executive programs for executives in Apple, Cisco, Haier, Tencent, Nokia Siemens, 3i, UBS, Metersbonwe, the World Bank and for senior government officials in China, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Armenia, Brunei, Lebanon, Singapore, Laos, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Nepal on topics on innovation and venture capital. He is an international advisor to President of the Innovation Ecosystem (Romania) of the National Council for Research and Innovation, serves on the international judging panel for Startup Chile and is a mentor at Startup Weekend.

He is a frequently invited speaker at innovation and enterprise conferences around the world, including the World Economic Forum Global Council Meetings, AVCJ International Venture Conference, Future China Global Forum, Future Trends Forum, Dow Jones – Stanford – SHVCA Conference on Corporate Venturing, Stanford’s Triple Helix Conference and Echelon. Yinglan has been featured on CNBC, CCTV, China Daily, Dragon TV, Nature, The Nation, The Deal, Business Lines (India). Korean Times, Business FM 89.9 (Malaysian), Business Times (Singapore), The Edge (Singapore), SINA, China Economic Review, Shanghai Media Group and Innovation Management.

A Certified Risk Analyst, Yinglan was educated at Harvard (as a JFK Fellow), Stanford (Masters in Mgmt Sci.) and Carnegie Mellon (Dual Degrees in ECE and Econs). Yinglan has a wife and two kids, which his life revolves around. In his spare time, he is a Director at Rotary Club Pandan Valley (Singapore)

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