Dr Seah Kiat Ying, Sky
Deputy Head (Academic)
Programe Director of Msc (Real Estate)
NUS Department of Real Estate

Dr Seah has a Ph.D in Business with an expertise in real estate finance and urban economics. She oversees undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum matters within the Department of Real Estate.  Dr. Seah’s broad research interest covers from examining racial differences in housing markets, social capital investment to studying institutional investment in real estate.  She teaches courses in urban economics and real estate investment.  Her work is published in Regional Science and Urban Economics, Economics Letters, Urban Studies, and Real Estate Economics.

Dr. Seah is an award-winning educator.  She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor degree from the National University of Singapore.  Prior to joining the school, she was a senior officer at the Jurong Town Corporation (now JTC Corporation), served as Secretary of the accreditation committee of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers, was a Consultant at the Office of the Chief Economist of Freddie Mac and a visiting lecturer at the Economics Department of the University of Virginia.

Mr Francis Tan
Economist, First Vice President
Global Economics and Markets Research
United Overseas Bank (UOB)

Francis joined UOB’s Global Economics and Markets Research team in 2012. He is responsible for macroeconomic research focusing on Singapore, with his daily research work including the running of economic models and the crafting of analysis reports. His interest is in the field of development and financial economics and he is passionate about the future development and economic opportunities for ASEAN countries via financial innovation.

Francis provides regular economic commentaries in English and Mandarin through local print and broadcast media.

Before joining UOB, Francis held roles in Asian and global financial institutions as an investment strategist and an investment manager. His career also included stints as an economist at the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Singapore Tourism Board, where he specialised in Tourism Economics.

Francis holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Economics and a Master of Social Science in Applied Economics from the National University of Singapore. Continuing his academic interests in the field of applied economics, Francis also contributed a chapter titled “Tourism Demand in Singapore: Estimating Neighbourhood Effects” in the Handbook of Tourism Economics (2013) and published a paper titled “Growth and Environmental Quality in Singapore: Is There Any Trade-off?” in the Ecological Indicators journal in 2014.