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Available position

1. Director, Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics


  • Leadership and Project Management

    • Support the Academic Director to establish Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics(SKBI) as a Centre for Excellence for applied financial research and thought leadership in Asia and continue to raise the international visibility and profile of the Institute;
    • Design and implement, jointly with Dean and Academic Director, strategic plans for SKBI;
    • Work closely with the Academic Director and senior leadership in the University, other Schools, Institutes and Offices to develop and achieve initiatives that require multi-disciplinary research.
    • Work closely with the Academic Director to plan and execute the Institute's annual workplan with input from the Dean, Chairman of SKBI, and the Advisory Board;
    • Monitor deliverables and key performance indicators to ensure workplan objectives and targets are met; and
    • Efficiently manage the day-to-day operations the Institute; manage and administer approved projects according to the University guidelines and policy, budgets, project deliverables and timelines.
  • Development, Stewardship and External Relations

    • Represent SKBI locally and globally, manage and promote the Institute's international and other external relations with all relevant internal and external stakeholders including media, other educational and business organisations, local government officials, and eminent visitors;
    • Articulate the developmental needs of the Institute in collaboration with the Academic Director and play the major role in devising and implementing the Institute's fundraising strategy;
    • Tap into current industry interests and explore opportunities for developing executive education and customised training as well as for collaboration, fundraising, and networking purposes; and
    • Interact with government agencies to jointly build capabilities/knowledge in financial economics that can improve policy making.
  • General Management

    • Implement operational processes and ensure smooth operation of the Institute;
    • Plan and manage the human resources of the Institute within the context of university-wide policies and procedures;
    • Maintain congruous relationships with partners, collaborators, and donors;
    • Manage and provide periodic reporting for SKBI's board, the Dean, and other constituents;
    • Plan and manage the financial resources of the Institute;
    • Articulate the developmental needs of the institute and play a major role in devising and implementing the Institute's fundraising strategy;
    • Develop sustainable avenues for funding to support the objectives of SKBI; and
    • Develop good corporate governance standards and ensure its compliance by SKBI.


  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in the finance industry or economic/financial policy and evidence of successful leadership in an academic, business, regulatory, or policy environment.
  • Ability to appreciate of both academic and applied research in finance, broadly, or financial markets, asset management, or financial innovation is required.
  • Have great understanding of Asia's economic and socio-political landscape to effectively navigate between academia, industry, and government organisations.
  • Possess a track record of applied research, or of other regulatory or corporate engagement in financial economics.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with an ability to motivate and interact effectively with academic leaders, faculty in different schools in SMU and beyond, business leaders and community, regulators, and their staff at various levels is required.
  • Possess strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • An articulate and persuasive presenter to large and small groups, possess sound judgment and a collegial work style that promotes teamwork and open communication. 

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application via

Last updated on 15 Apr 2016 .