PROFESSOR TOMMY KOH
MR ALBERT CHIU
DR EDMUND LAM
Dr Edmund Lam is the Chief Executive Officer & Director of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore Limited (COMPASS), which has been lending its financial support to JASS since the association's inception. COMPASS is a leading collective management organisation (CMO) in Asia, having recorded consecutive annual growth since 1993. It is also one of the most efficient CMOs in terms of the expense-to-royalty-collection ratio.
Dr Lam himself brings a wealth of experience and expertise gained from heading an organisation of musicians and safeguarding their rights. He was also the Regional Chairman of the Asia Pacific branch of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) from 1999 to 2010. CISAC represents more than 200 members from 103 different countries. During Dr Lam’s leadership tenure, composers’ and authors’ rights, and collective management became more established in Asia, with many of them enjoying continuing growth in revenue and significant improvements in their documentation.
Dr Lam is a strong supporter of Singapore’s local music and artistes. In his spare time, he is also a sports enthusiast who participates in marathons and triathlons, and regularly practises boxing and Muay Thai.
Dr Lam took over the Chairman position from Mr Albert Chiu in April 2019. Previously, he was our Vice-Chairman and Treasurer. Dr Lam also heads the Finance and Human Resource Committee as well as the Nomination Committee at JASS.
MS SUSAN LEONG LAI ONN
Ms Susan Leong is a Senior Director of Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC and has been practising law for over 30 years. She co-heads the Asset Recovery & Insolvency practice group and oversees the systems and processes for loan recovery of local and foreign financial institutions. Ms Leong advises major financial institutions on all aspects of banking litigation and insolvency, fraud, compliance, risk management, bank documentation and product development. She also heads the Private Clients Practice Group.
Ms Leong enjoys playing both classical and jazz piano and is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, and a Fellow of the Trinity College of Music (London) in Piano Performing. She won First Prize (Open Section, Pianoforte division) in the First National Music Competition in 1980 and was the recipient of the Philips Award of the Open Section of the Singapore Musical Society’s Annual Piano Competition. Ms Leong was offered a place to study piano performance at the prestigious Royal College of Music London in her late teens but had to give it up for academia.
Besides serving as the Vice-Chairman of JASS, Ms Leong also serves as Director at the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), as well as the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital. She has also been appointed as mentor at the Young Women’s Leadership Connection which is a platform for young women seeking guidance in their professional careers and personal lives. She believes in giving back to the community that helped build her up, and in creating a lasting legacy for future generations.
Ms Leong assumed the Vice-Chairman position in April 2019 and also chairs the Gala and Fundraising Committee at JASS. Her combined knowledge of music as well as her legal and corporate experience help to ensure balance in the organisation and guide JASS in its corporate governance and stability.
PROF JEREMY MONTEIRO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & MUSIC DIRECTOR
Dubbed “Singapore’s King of Swing,” Cultural Medallion recipient Professor Jeremy Monteiro has garnered critical acclaim all over the world, having performed and/ or recorded with the likes of James Moody, Michael Brecker, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Mann, Paulinho DaCosta, Ernie Watts, Charlie Haden, Carmen Bradford, Matt Monro, Toots Thielemans, and Simon & Garfunkel.
In 1988, Singapore made a small piece of jazz history at an international level when Jeremy became the first Southeast Asian to play and lead a band of established musicians on the mainstage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, performing as “Monteiro, Young & Holt and Friends.” The band included the Grammy-winning rhythm section of the original Ramsey Lewis Trio, bassist Eldee Young and drummer Redd Holt, together with guest saxophonists John Stubblefield and guitarist O’Donel Levy.
Having performed all over the world, in November 2014, Jeremy performed on one of the main stages of the EFG London Jazz Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and at the famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
In November 2015, he returned to the EFG London Jazz Festival to play at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room with his group “Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico with the Jazz-Blues Brothers,” which has an album on the label most associated with the recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, the iconic Verve record label. Jeremy is the only Southeast Asian jazz musician to have had an album released on the Verve label.
Jeremy marked his 40th anniversary as a professional musician in September 2016 with a concert which included international and local artistes such as Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, Carmen Bradford, and Singaporean jazz singers, Jacintha Abisheganaden and Melissa Tham.
He has also released several albums in the past two years including “Brazilian Dreams,” “Montage,” “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and most recently, “Remembering Theresa” in early 2018. He will release his latest jazz album, "Yesterday Once More - A Jazz Tribute to The Carpenters," with an album launch concert in September 2018.
Since 2012, he has served as International Arts Ambassador for EFG Bank, headquartered in Switzerland and sponsor of one of the most prominent jazz festivals in the world, EFG London Jazz Festival.
In addition, he is a Fellow of the London College of Music and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in the UK, and Visiting Professor of the University of West London.
Jeremy is also a founder of the Composers & Authors Society of Singapore Limited (COMPASS), an organisation responsible for the protection of music copyrights in Singapore, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of its Licensing Committee.
In 2016, he established the Jazz Association (Singapore) (JASS) together with a group of jazz supporter-friends, to bring Jazz to people in all parts of Singapore, help raise its level of excellence especially in the area of youth development, and work towards making Singapore a leading jazz city of the world.
Today, Jeremy continues to bring Jazz to all corners of Singapore and Singapore jazz to countries all around the world with his musician friends and with the Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra (JASSO) and the Jazz Association Singapore Youth Orchestra (JASSYO!).
MS KAREN LI-MEI CHAN
Ms Karen Li-Mei Chan is a Director and the Chief Risk Officer of DWS (Deutsche Asset Management) for Asia. She also acts as the APAC Chief Control Officer overseeing the regional Legal, Compliance, Anti-Financial Crime and Risk teams, A member of the APAC Leadership team, Ms Chan leads the DWS APAC Innovation Hub that drived technology ideas and serves on various Group-wide committees.
Ms Chan joined DWS in Singapore in 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Alternatives and Fund Solutions team and was subsequently appointed to be the Regional Controls Officer for Asia. She played a leading role in the DWS IPO in 2018 and continues to influence the direction of the firm’s overall Asian footprint. Prior to joining DWS, Ms Chan was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in London and Singapore, heading its Asset Management Sales and Distribution Compliance team in Europe and Asia. She was also the Head of Compliance at EFG Private Bank in London.
As a devoted mother, Ms Chan actively advocates and supports a number of charities that focus on empowering women and girls and address issues such as domestic abuse and gender inequality. She heads Deutsche Bank Singapore’s Women’s Network, “Women in the Community,” which raises awareness on topical issues and organises events and workshops that equip women in low-income families and shelters with skills and knowledge to enhance their employability and financial security.
Ms Chan heads the Audit Committee at JASS.
MR ABDULLAH BIN TARMUGI
Mr Abdullah Bin Tarmugi is a former Member of Parliament and served in the public service for 27 years. During his time in Parliament, he held various political offices including Deputy Speaker, and was Minister for Community Development from 1994 to 2002, and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs from 1993 to 2002. From 2002, Mr Abdullah was Speaker of Parliament until 2011 when he retired from politics.
In January 2012, Mr Abdullah was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights by then-Singapore President Tony Tan, and a permanent member by current President Halimah Yacob.
Mr Abdullah has remained very active after retiring from politics, and is currently a Director in three commercial companies- GuocoLand Limited, Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd, and Summit Power International Pte Ltd. He also serves on the board of various non-business entities including The Courage Fund Limited and the S R Nathan Education Upliftment Fund. Mr Abdullah is also a member of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Board of Trustees.
Mr Abdullah is a great lover of Jazz and music in general, and even started learning the cello after his retirement from public service.
As a Director of the JASS Board, he hopes to contribute as a cultural diplomat by helping JASS to widen its reach and make jazz inclusive across varied communities.
Mrs Sandra Chang is a Director of Raffles Yacht Group where she has been involved in multiple, high-level, superyacht projects as advisor and consultant to the interior designers since the Group’s establishment. Upon her graduation from London University in Business Studies, she honed a shrewd business acumen over the years working in the family offshore industry. Alongside her husband, Julian, they were instrumental in pioneering many internationally renowned projects in this field.
To date, her acute sense of style and detail, combined with years of experience in yachting and its inimitable lifestyle makes her the perfect soundboard for yacht owners and designers alike. The mega-yachts she has built have won prestigious awards around the world at the Monaco Yacht Show, Fort Lauderdale Show and at the Asia Boating Awards. Raffles Yacht Group also advises yacht owners on acquiring art work and other decorative items suitable for installation on board. She travels extensively sourcing for these bespoke, special pieces that enchant her clients.
Mrs Chang also serves as Vice-President & Ambassador for The International Seakeepers Society, Asia. She co-chairs fundraising activities for the Asian arm of The International Seakeepers Society, USA, in Singapore. The primary aim is to promote active engagement from the private sector - “marine oriented communities” across the world via the yachting community, and spreading awareness about marine research locally, and in Asia.
The inhouse educational outreach programme for schools in Asia , through its own specially-designed lesson plan, creates awareness of conservation of our ocean environment and at the same time, focuses strongly on the eradication of one-time plastic usage with proposed alternatives and change of habits. The main focus is to expand marine conservation activities, coastal cleanups and coral reef preservation efforts to the rest of the ASEAN countries, with the aim of: Research, Educate, Protect & Restore.
Being an avid jazz lover, Mrs Chang is delighted to be a Board Director of the Jazz Association (Singapore). She aims and will endeavour to contribute to the association’s cause of elevating the jazz scene, bringing the joy of jazz to all in Singapore and making Singapore a leading city of jazz. An experienced yoga practitioner, she greatly appreciates classical Western opera, yachting, is an avid reader, and a very keen traveller.
MRS SANDRA CHANG