In order to pay tribute to the person who made outstanding contributions and excellent services to AABI, Dr. HUANG Chingyao, then-President of AABI proposed in 2018 to set up AABI Lifetime Achievement Award.
AABI Lifetime Achievement Award is neither an annual award nor a prize award, but a great honor for those who treasure their experience and endeavor in AABI.
Winners of AABI Lifetime Achievement Award shall meet the following
Mr. Wang, who is a senior economist, senior engineer, and master of Economics, had long acted as the manager in large state-owned enterprise. Since 1996, Mr. Wang had already entered into the venture capital industry and served as the managing director of Shanghai Science and Technology Investment Co., Ltd. Since 1999, Mr. Wang had successively worked as director of Shanghai Technology Innovation Center (STIC) and deputy director of Shanghai Torch Technology Development Center (legal representative). With his experience in this field, Mr. Wang is undoubtedly a professional in China’s technology entrepreneurial incubation industry.
For more than twenty years, Mr. Wang has devoted himself into venture capital and entrepreneurial incubation industries. In the previous years, he had also served as president of the Asian Association of Business Incubation (AABI), president of the Professional Committee of China Entrepreneurship Center, president of Shanghai Technology Business Incubation Association, and vice president of Shanghai Venture Capital Industry Association.
On completion of his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1968, Prof. Cham returned to Singapore to start his career with the University of Singapore. In 1980, Prof. Cham was invited by the Minister of Education to be the founding President of the Nanyang Technological University, a position he held until end of 2002.
Prof. Cham has a strong interest in entrepreneurship and believed NTU is an appropriate vehicle to promote it. During his tenure Prof. Cham created:
(1) The Innovation Center within campus housing about 20 companies which worked closely with students and faculty
(2) NTU Venture, an entity assisting professors in commercializing their discoveries. With seed money of S$1 million it grew to a value of S$50 million in 4 years
(3) The Nanyang Technopreneurship Center which conducted undergraduate and graduate programs in technopreneurship.
(4) The Center for Research for Small Enterprise Development which supports such activities by providing funding raised through private donations.
Other than engaging in academic contributions, Prof. Cham is also active in the corporate world and non-government agencies. For example, he was appointed directorships in major listed companies like Keppel Corp, WBL Ltd, Singapore Press Holdings and United Overseas Bank. Prof. Cham was the Chairman of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for 11 years.
April 1991 - March 1992 : Standing Director, Korea Management Association
March 1993 - February 1994: President, KyungBuk/Daegu Marketing Association
September 1997 - September 1998: Founding President, Korea Consumption Culture Association (KCCA)
February 1999 - February 2000: Non-Executive Director, DaeGu Bank (DGB)
September 1999 - September 2000: Vice President, Dae Han Management Association
February 2000 - January 2003: President, Daegu/KyungBuk Business Incubation Association
February 2000 - December 2003: Vice President, Korea Business Incubation Association (KOBIA)
March 2002 -February 2003: Vice President, Korea Venture Management Association
March 2003 - February 2004: Vice President/President Elect, Korea Marketing Association(KMA)
March 2004 - March 2005: President, Korea Marketing Association (KOBIA)
January 2004 -December 2005: President, Korea Business Incubation Association (KOBIA)
January 2005 -December 2007: President Emeritus, Korea Business Incubation Association (KOBIA)
January 2008 - Present: Advisor, Korea Business Incubation Association (KOBIA)
September 2007 - Present: Editor in Chief, Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (APJIE)