Joel Loo has over 13 years of experience in research and development, and his expertise lies in creating innovative internet solutions. Passionate about using technology to revolutionise learning, he founded CommonTown in 1999 and turned it into a profit-making company in three short years.
Prior to CommonTown, Joel was a pioneer at the Institute of Systems Science (ISS) where he developed several ground-breaking intelligent systems in collaboration with Singapore Museum, Singapore Airlines and JTC. He also managed several R&D projects involving advanced programming languages and courseware. In 1995, he spearheaded ISS’s partnership with Times Publishing Group and led a team to produce a series of courseware titles which won the Singapore Designers’ Award (Merit) the following year.
Joel has also worked in the United States, pioneering research in online collaborative technologies at the Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC) headquarters in Austin, Texas. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Evelyn Chew co-founded CommonTown with Joel Loo in 1999 and transformed it from a dotcom with $0 revenue to a successful web portal and e-learning company with a reputation for being swift, innovative and nimble. Since then, she has led major repository projects including MOE edumall2.0 and MOE iSHARE System. Her expertise in large federated repositories and interoperable solutions, and her deep knowledge of the wide and complex range of internet technologies are keys to the success of the company.
Prior to CommonTown, Evelyn was with Kent Ridge Digital Labs where she spent six years doing research and development work. Evelyn was also the lead programmer in the Times Publishing CDROM courseware project, which won the Singapore Designers’ Award in 1996.
Evelyn completed her Bachelor of Science in 1992 and received her Masters in Knowledge Engineering in 2001.
Wong Seng Hon has been a board member of CommonTown since its founding, and brings with him over 30 years of experience in information technology management and business venture development. He is also a board member of BuzzCity, and was consultant to the National Library Board for its Library 21 master plan and business development. From 1999 to 2002, he ran the Incubator at Kent Ridge Digital Labs which spun off more than a dozen new companies funded by venture capital and corporate investors.
Seng Hon began his career at the Ministry of Defence where he managed a portfolio of advanced information technology programmes such as office automation, networking, computer aided instruction and combat simulation systems.
Thereafter, he joined the National Computer Board as Senior Director. He supported the Board’s role as Singapore’s IT master-planner by setting up the environment scanning and corporate planning systems, and spent four years as the Board's representative in Silicon Valley.
Seng Hon also served as the CEO of Sembawang Media from 1995 to 1998, starting up a string of Internet businesses, including Pacific Internet, for Sembawang Corporation. He seed-funded pioneering Internet companies like Silkroute Ventures and Information Frontiers, and was a founder and board member of Asia Internet Holding.
Seng Hon has an MA from Cambridge University and a MSc specialising in Operational Research and Industrial Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
Philip Lim Feng is a board member of CommonTown, as well as the IP Academy and ACE Steering Committee. He is also the CEO of Exploit Technologies, the strategic marketing and commercialisation arm of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore, where he manages A*STAR’s intellectual property from commercialisation to technology maturisation and productisation.
Prior to joining the company, Philip was with Singapore Food Industries where the division enjoyed annual revenues of over $100 million. Philip also spent 20 years with the Ministry of Defence, holding positions as the Chief of Engineering in the Army, the Chief of Logistics in the Army and the Brigadier General/Head Joint Logistics. In recognition for his significant contributions to the Singapore Armed Forces, Philip was awarded the Commendation Medal (Military) in 1995 and the Public Administration Medal, Silver (Military) in 2004.
Philip holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) and a Masters in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, where he was awarded the Chua Joon Eng Gold Medal for academic excellence. He also holds a Master of Science from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the UK, and attended Harvard Business School’s Management Development Programme in 2001.