A member of SCS since 1974, William – or more affectionately known as Bill – has contributed to various initiatives and, more recently, serves on the SCS Career Compass Steering Committee. This year, Bill is conferred the highest award of Honorary Fellowship, joining the ranks of 18 other Honorary Fellows.
Prior to achieving this accolade, Bill’s induction into the “Hall of Fame” of the IT Leader Awards in 2007 also attested to his longstanding contributions to the tech profession. Actually Bill’s fervent commitment to grow the tech ecosystem can be traced back to as early as some five decades ago when tech was neither mainstream nor sexy.
With a Master’s degree in Operational Research & Management Studies from the Imperial College and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester under his belt, Bill joined the International Computers Ltd (ICL) in 1970 in the UK and returned to serve ICL Singapore in 1973.
Forty-eight years on, Bill continues to live out his love for tech and exemplify the pioneering spirit with the founding of Stream Global Pte Ltd in 2008 to give a hand to aspiring startups. Working alongside the National Research Foundation (NRF), Stream Global co-invests in promising startups and helps them carve a niche in the tech space. Calling his company a venture catalyst over a venture capital rm, Stream Global has been instrumental in shaping Singapore’s technopreneurial landscape today.
Equally passionate about promoting tech education and nurturing a capable tech talent pool, Bill facilitated the partnership between ICL, British Computer Society (BCS) & BTec and Ngee Ann Polytechnic to set up the Centre for Computer Studies in 1983, which helped to boost Singapore’s IT manpower from a low base of 1,800 in 1980 to 10,000 in 1990. Bill was also actively involved in Singapore’s Intelligent Nation 2015 Masterplan, and sat on judging panels of many national and industry awards and competitions such as the IMDA Data-Driven Innovation Challenge and SGTech Awards.
Bill spending time with his family