Associate Professor Audrey Chia

I work at the intersection of Business, Medicine and Environment. Many of the world’s current problems are best addressed from multiple perspectives. I examine issues ranging from sustainable development, pandemics, diversity, environment, social innovation and philanthropy, and suggest how we can do better.

Audrey Chia is Associate Professor at the NUS Business School, with a concurrent joint appointment at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. She is also Programme Management Chair of the MSc. Environmental Management Programme, which is a collaboration by 9 faculties and schools across NUS.

Prof. Chia’s research applies leadership, change and innovation as theoretical foundations to address health, environmental and social challenges. Her research has been published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and the Academy of Management. She has served as an invited expert on social entrepreneurship, innovative philanthropy, innovative financing and sustainable development at meetings of the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, OECD, and the Asia-Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance. She has spoken at conferences of the Academy of Management, the Integrated Care Foundation, the European Union Workplace Innovation Network, the World Health Summit and the Xiong An International Health Forum. She has also served as a judge at venture competitions, among them Singtel Futuremakers , DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge, the NUS Medical Grand Challenge and the Swiss Re Resilience Award.

Prof. Chia has served as consultant on Leadership, Change, Managing in Asia and Diversity & Inclusiveness to many organisations, including Bridgestone, Dentsu, Deutsche Bahn-Schenker, Total, Catalyst, DHL, Jones Lang LaSalle, L’Oreal, McDonald’s, Maersk, Mitsui, Panasonic, Samsung, Telenor, Royal Brunei Airlines, PT Astra, Temasek Foundation, and the Brunei Ministry of Health.

Prof. Chia directs NUS Business School’s Leadership Development Programme, which attracts participants from five continents. She also conducts Leadership Ethics at Yale-NUS College. From 2011-2017, she was Programme Director of the NIHA (NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia) Healthcare Leadership Programme for senior leaders in the public, private and NGO sectors from 15 countries across Asia. She has received three University awards, four Faculty awards and numerous commendations for excellence.

Areas of expertise prepared to comment on (keywords): 

Leadership, social innovation, social finance, diversity & inclusion, global health, healthcare management, philanthropy, planetary health, health and the environment, sustainable development.

Selected past media coverage:

How social enterprises can help us meet the SDGs (opinion piece), Asian Development Blog,  August 24, 2016
Who is included in 'inclusive growth'? (opinion piece), Today, August 23, 2016

Leadership: An intervention for COVID-19 and beyond (webinar), NUS Medicine, June 5, 2020

Why it is crucial to view from another’s perspective, Health Outcomes and Medical Education Research (HOMER), January 29, 2019

Going, going, Ghosn: does Nissan boss’ downfall signal the end for the Japanese carmaker?, This Week in Asia, November 23, 2018

Making 'environment-plus' the future of conservation*, The Straits Times, January 6, 2020
*This is behind a paywall. You can find a version of this article here.

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Director of the Leadership Development Programme
NUS Business School & Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine