Robert Yap is the Executive Chairman of the YCH Group, Singapore’s leading end-to-end supply chain company with operations spanning across Asia Pacific. He has close to four decades of experience in the logistics and supply chain management field.
Robert has been widely recognised for his thought leadership and contribution to the SCM industry. In 2016, Robert was named ‘Businessman of the Year’ for the year 2015 at the prestigious Singapore Business Awards. He was previously conferred the NUS Business School Eminent Business (Senior) Alumni Award in 2014 and the Lifetime Achievement Award (Logistics) by the World Chinese Economic Forum in 2013. Robert is also the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007, and the Asia Logistics Hall of Fame award in 2003.
Robert is currently President of Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), Deputy Chairman of International Enterprise Singapore (IES), Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Singapore, and Singapore Chairman of the Malaysia – Singapore Business Council (MSBC). He also advises various business and strategic committees such as the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (SINCPEC), the ASEAN SME Advisory Board and the Singapore Management University’s School of Information Systems. Robert also contributes to various local government-related councils which include the Committee on the Future Economy, the National Productivity Council (NPC), the SkillsFuture Council, and Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence – Employers & Business (ACCORD). Robert is also the Founding Chairman of Supply Chain Asia – a regional community of more than 30,000 supply chain professionals.
Robert has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D), honoris causa, in Business Administration from the Wisconsin International University. He has also completed the Harvard Business School Owner President Management program. From 2009 to 2012, he was also appointed as Honorary Adjunct Professor by the College of Business, City University of Hong Kong.