Dr Thomas Chong
Dr Thomas Chong is the Lead Member of the Advisory Board at Charis Manor Nursing Home.
A Fellow of Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Thomas served on the Singapore Government Parliamentary Committee Resource Panel in the early 2000s and is currently a Member of the National Council Against Drug Abuse.
A former trainer of police trainers, Thomas is also a certified Trainer for Adventure Learning, Experiential Learning, Problem-based Learning and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He completed his National Service in the Singapore Artillery as a Regimental Sergeant Major before extending his service as a Consultant to Headquarters Singapore Artillery.
Thomas has served in the public sector (5 different Ministries and statutory boards including PMO), private sector (including Apple, IBM World Trade Asia, IBM ASEAN, IBM Singapore and a dot.com that listed on the Malaysian stock exchange) and the charity sector. A multiple-award winner at IBM including the IBM Asia-Pacific President's Award 1998, IBM ASEAN and IBM Singapore, Thomas co-led the provision of e-learning content of his former e-learning company to all schools during the 2003 school closure (April 1-10), with the support of IBM, the Singapore Ministry of Education and the then Infocomm Development Authority. He had also conceptualised and ran the program for Singapore’s first Computer Playground that promoted computer literacy to 80,000 Singaporeans in the late 1990s, under government agency funding.
Fluent in Malay, Bahasa and English, Thomas' 3 books raised funds for charity e.g. "Singapore My Home" launched by then-Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan. Other books he edited included "Tun Mahathir's Legacy", commissioned by Perdana Leadership Foundation, Malaysia and produced by Malaysia’s largest group of franchised private kindergartens, Krista.
Active in grassroots organisations since 2000, appointed by People's Association, Thomas was honoured with a Most Outstanding Grassroots Leader Award in 2016 by then-Advisor to Marsiling Grassroots Organisations, Madam Halimah Yacob, President of Singapore. Thomas also currently serves as an International Advisor with Top10Asia (Malaysia).
As a pioneer Deputy Director of the then-Workforce Development Agency back in 2004 (recently restructured as Workforce Singapore and Skills Singapore), Thomas conceptualised and ran the inaugural training workshop series for Directors of Nursing in 2004/5. Trained in Psychology, Thomas had worked with homes for seniors in northern Minnesota and used his post-graduate training in Curriculum and Instruction to address cognitive development of seniors. A chess player and Life Member of the Singapore Chess Federation, Thomas had also served as Recruitment Director (Volunteer) at the Association for Gifted Children, Singapore.
His PhD research areas include preschool education, technology, parental involvement and indigenous (Malay) studies. Thomas has completed his third Master’s degree, the Master’s in Guidance and Counselling at James Cook University (under sponsorship).