The SAS School Board


Welcome to the School Board landing page. Here you can find out more about non-profit school board governance including our governing documents, the role of the Board of Directors and the individual volunteer board members who work collaboratively as fiduciaries for the school.

SAS celebrates 63 years of teaching and learning and the SAS community can be very proud of the school, the faculty, our staff, and the students. We are committed to aim for continuous excellence in all aspects of our board governance practices so that SAS will foster a world-class environment for teaching and learning for the next several decades and beyond.


Warm regards,
Ehab Abou-Oaf
Board Chair

About the School Board

What does the board do?

  • Adopt and uphold the mission, vision, and strategic direction of SAS
  • Ensure the long-term viability and financial health of SAS
  • Hire, support, and evaluate the superintendent
  • Ensure that SAS maintains compliance with the law and high ethical standards
  • Board committees:
    • Finance committee
    • Facilities committee
    • Governance commitee
    • Investment advisory committee
    • Process review committee (audits)
    • Ad hoc task forces
  • Time commitment:
    • Board meetings (up to eight per year)
    • Committee meetings (up to eight per year)
    • Board retreats (x2 two-day retreats per year)
    • General board meetings open to the SAS community (two per year)
    • Additional 15-25 volunteer hours per month

Who is on the board?

  • 12 volunteer SAS parents
  • Board members may not be employees of or do business with the school
  • Board members serve three-year terms and four members are elected each year
  • Seats that become vacant mid-term may be filled by board appointment

What makes a great board?

The school board seeks members who possess those personal attributes which contribute to effective board membership:
  • ability to take a long-term view and act as a fiduciary
  • absence of a personal agenda
  • high ethical standards
  • ability to work well as part of a team
  • commitment to the mission, vision, and strategic direction of SAS
  • good communication skills
  • sensitivity to the needs and concerns of SAS’s diverse community in board activities

Meet the School Board

Ehab Abou-Oaf – Board Chair

Member since June 2016
Term ending May 2020

Ehab is currently the President of Mars Chocolate for the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Northern Africa region and is a member of the Mars Global Chocolate Board of Management. Ehab covers a broad geography that is home for two thirds of the world’s consumers, leading a multi-billion dollar business. He has 26 years of professional experience in the FMCG world leading and building businesses across different markets/regions and in diverse business situations as well as cultures. He lived and worked in China, Japan, Singapore, Saudi, Egypt, and Belgium. Ehab started his career in Research & Development at Procter & Gamble and evolved into various roles of increasing importance within R&D across the world, prior to joining Mars in 2000.

Ehab is an Egyptian/Belgian citizen. He holds a B.Sc. with Honors in Engineering from the American University in Cairo, following his graduation with the International Baccalaureate Diploma from the United World College of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Canada. He is married and is a father of three children (a 2015 graduate from UC Berkeley, an SAS eleventh grade student, and an SAS sixth grade student).

Ehab brings with him extensive school board experience. Ehab served on the board of Trustees of the International School of Beijing from 2009 to 2014, first as the Vice Chair from 2009-12 and then as the chairman of the board from 2012-14. He has also served on the executive council of Food Industry Asia as Vice-President since 2014 and was elected President for the year 2016-17.

Ehab joined the SAS board in June 2016 and serves on the Governance Committee. Ehab is the board chair for 2017-18.

Georgina Bach

Member since 2018
Term ending May 2020

Georgina brings a deep understanding of fundraising and advancement to the board from her service on the SAS Foundation Board where she has worked closely with our superintendent and the administrative team. Georgina is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Her professional background is in marketing, community engagement, and fundraising.

She and her husband, Jeremy, have lived in Singapore for seven years and have children in fifth, seventh and ninth grade. She has been very active at SAS, serving as a room mom for five years and on the PTA Board for the past two years. She also has co-chaired the Eagle Gala and coordinated service trips for Caring for Cambodia. Since 2016, Georgina has served as the PTA representative for the middle school and as a member of the SAS Foundation board. Prior to SAS, Georgina served as PTA president of her children's school in Las Vegas.

Liwen Chen

Member since June 2019
Term ending May 2022

Liwen is an experienced commercial lawyer with over 15 years of experience representing large corporations and investment funds in all forms of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and early-stage venture financings. She practiced for eight years with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York and Hong Kong, where she routinely worked with clients such as Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Centerbridge Partners, Merck & Co, Humana Inc. and FountainVest.

As an integral part of her practice, Liwen frequently advises corporate directors on fiduciary duty matters in the context of some most significant board decisions. She brings a wealth of expertise in handling board duties, conflicts of interests and best governance practices. Currently she is a partner of MagStone Law and serves as general counsel of ZQ Capital, a boutique investment firm. Specialized in cross-border deal making, Liwen has deep appreciation of both Western values and Asian traditions and is skilled in building consensus among parties of different backgrounds and interests.

Liwen received her LL.B from Fudan University in Shanghai and a master's degree from Columbia Law School. She has a daughter in 9th grade and a son in 4th grade at SAS.

Tina Datta

Member since June 2019
Term ending May 2022

Tina Datta's CV

Roy Diao

Member since June 2017
Term ending May 2020

Roy has over three decades of professional experience in financial services and asset management. Currently he works for Schroder Investment Management. Previously he has held key executive positions at Oddo Meriten Asset Management Asia, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fischer Francis Trees & Watts, and JP Morgan & Company.

After graduating from Brown University and prior to entering the business world, Roy taught English at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Roy has served as a member of SAS Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) since 2013, including as Chair from 2016 to 2018. Roy currently serves as Chair for the Finance Committee (2018 to present). Roy joined the SAS family in 2010 and his son is currently in ninth grade.

Laura Entwistle

Member since September 2015
Term ending May 2021

Laura Entwistle is the founder and CEO of EmancipAction, a non-profit organization which seeks to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the developing world through its strategic work with best-in-class non-governmental organizations and forward thinking governments.

Laura has extensive experience living and working in Asia, having spent more than a decade advising clients in Hong Kong, China, and India. After receiving an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Laura gained professional experience in the corporate sector with the Boston Consulting Group in New York and Hong Kong. Together, these equipped her with the tools for her work on the social issues that she cares deeply about: education and social justice. During her five years living in Mumbai, Laura served as President of the Board of Trustees at the American School of Bombay and founded the Mumbai Chapter of Room to Read.

Laura currently lives in Singapore along with her husband, Brooks, and their three daughters Bryanna (twelfth grade), Kayla (tenth grade), and Ashley (ninth grade). Laura serves on the Board of Directors of the Battery Dance Company, a world leader in cultural diplomacy, inspiring and empowering disadvantaged youth around the world through the arts.

Zain Fancy

Member since 2018
Term ending May 2021

Zain is currently Managing Director of Clifton Partners, a property investment and management firm in Singapore.

Zain has over 20 years of property investment and finance experience in the US, Asia and Australia. He led and helped to build Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing business across several countries in Asia Pacific including China, India, Hong Kong, Australia, India and Korea. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley, Zain sat on the boards of numerous property companies in the region.

Zain graduated with honors from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1996 and graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover in 1992. He is active in social work for the Ismaili community across several countries in Asia.

Robb Fipp

Member since June 2019
Term ending May 2022

Robb brings more than 20 years of substantive leadership and entrepreneurial experience in building investment and advisory firms in the U.S. and Asia.  He is currently Head of Marketing and Investor Relations for Astignes Capital, a Singapore-based Alternative Investment management firm.

Prior to joining Astignes, Robb was a Managing Director with UBS Asset Management in Singapore, where he served as Head of Business Development, APAC and Middle East for UBS’s hedge fund platform, UBS-O’Connor.  Before working in finance, Robb’s career path was largely entrepreneurial, co-founding and running several global businesses including a geopolitical and business intelligence advisory firm, venture capital firm, and the partnerships and alliances group for an enterprise software company.

Robb graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Communications and Germanic Studies.  Along with his wife Lindsay, he has spent 11 of the past 14 years living in Asia, including two separate stints in Singapore.  Robb and Lindsay joined the SAS community in 2011 and have three boys who are in Pre-K, fifth and seventh grade.

Gaurav Malik

Member since June 2019
Term ending May 2022

Gaurav Malik is a partner at Olympus Capital, an Asian mid-market focused private equity fund.

Gaurav has over 20 years of experience in private equity investments and has served on multiple private and public company boards. He has extensively worked with Asian Companies in the areas of capital allocation, building capabilities, hiring and retaining world class teams, building robust systems and processes to help them transition to a professional board managed business.

Gaurav holds a five year integrated Masters degree in Mathematics and Computers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; an MBA (Gold Medalist) from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Gaurav is married to Ritu Malik and they have two children at SAS – Sanat currently in twelfth grade and Nishka in eighth grade.

Ilian Mihov

Member since June 2014
Term ending May 2020

Ilian is currently the dean of INSEAD – the first dean to head the global business school from Singapore. INSEAD is one of the world’s leading graduate business schools. In 2016, Financial Times ranked the INSEAD MBA program as number one in the world. In addition, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago, and Johns Hopkins University/Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

In Asia, INSEAD partners with Tsinghua University in Beijing and with China Europe International Business School. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

Ilian has been a professor of economics at INSEAD since 1996, where he teaches macroeconomics and econometrics. His research is in the areas of monetary policy and fiscal policy. Ilian is a graduate in business administration from University of South Carolina and earned his MA and PhD in economics from Princeton University. Ilian also served as a visiting associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia Business School and research fellow for Center for Economic Policy Research.

Ilian’s volunteer experience includes advisory work for the World Economic Forum, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the Bulgarian National Bank. He also founded Bulgaria’s Access to Public Information organization.

In his spare time, he enjoys music, running, and water sports. Ilian and his wife Ralitza have been residents of Singapore since 2002. They have two children, eldest daughter who just graduated in 2018 and a ninth grader at Singapore American School.

Samba Natarajan

Member since May 2015
Term ending May 2021

Samba is the chief executive officer of Group Digital Life, Singtel. He joined Singtel in May 2014 as managing director of Digital Enterprise leading a team focused on identifying, executing, and operationalising growth opportunities from emerging technology trends. Samba is also a member of the board of directors of Globe Telecom in the Philippines.

He brings more than 25 years of corporate and consulting experience across a wide range of senior roles in the areas of strategy, business development and finance. He worked for Citibank from 1988 to 1997 and McKinsey & Company since 1999. In his last role with McKinsey, he was the leader of Southeast Asia TMT practice, consulting with C-level executives in customer organisations, including Singtel, in the areas of growth, transformation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions and commercial operations.

Samba holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering with distinction from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India; a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India, where he was an industrial scholar and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he was a Hope Fellow, Ford Fellow, and Palmer Scholar.

Samba has two children at SAS - a daughter who graduated in 2015 and a son in tenth grade.

Tom Wu

Member since 2018
Term ending May 2021

Tom currently serves as CEO of Noah Holdings (Singapore), a private wealth management business. He has nearly three decades of experience in financial services, including serving as CFO for two NYSE/NASDAQ listed companies for 8 years. He also held key executive positions with a number of financial institutions including, Bank Julius Baer, J.P. Morgan, AllianceBernstein, and Moody’s Investors Service in New York where he evaluated numerous school districts’ finances, borrowing needs, and their credit ratings in the U.S.

He also served as an independent director and member of the audit committee of the board of directors of an NYSE listed company/Seven Days Inn (NYSE: SVN), one of the largest hotel lodging companies in China for four years between 2011 to 2014.

Tom started his career as a high school teacher where he taught mathematics at the Air Academy High School at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fountain Valley School, both in Colorado Springs, Colorado for three years.

Tom graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in mathematics, Colorado College with a degree in education, and Syracuse University with a master’s degree in public policy, with a concentration in public finance.

Tom joined the SAS family in 2013; his daughter recently graduated in 2018 and a son who is in twelveth grade.

Governance Documents

Board Committees

Committees

The Board operates through the following committees:

Board Committees Members

Facilities committee:

The facilities committee shall be responsible, at policy and planning levels, for the construction, maintenance, and security of the school’s physical assets and for the security of faculty, staff, and students and shall develop a long-range master plan for space use and stewardship of physical assets and resources.

Samba Natarajan (Chair), Zain Fancy, Georgina Bach, Robb Fipp, Tina Datta Aaron Kim, Brian Rogove, Jin Teik Oon

Finance committee:

The finance committee shall work with the administration to prepare the annual operating and capital budgets and a long-range financial plan; monitor all financial activities in greater detail than the board as a whole; develop financial policies; and bring all such items to the board for approval, along with regular financial reports for the board’s information. The finance committee shall also oversee the investment advisory committee. 

Roy Diao (Chair), Gaurav Malik, Tom Wu, Zain Fancy, Tanuj Dutt, Nimeesha Takalkar, Jeremy Brest

Governance committee:

The governance committee shall work to ensure that the board composition reflects the strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives needed to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the school. The committee shall ensure that the governance system and processes align with the school’s strategic objectives and direction. The committee shall also assist the board in the superintendent’s annual performance assessment and shall conduct an annual review of the board’s performance. The governance committee shall also oversee the process review committee. 

Ilian Mihov (Chair), Georgina Bach, Laura Entwistle, Liwen Chen, Mark Tan, Dwight Hutchins

Investment advisory committee:

The Investment advisory committee (IAC) is a subcommittee of the finance committee. The IAC shall invest and monitor the school’s investments, reserves, and endowments and ensure that they are managed in accordance with relevant board policies and the school’s strategic objectives.

Tanuj Dutt (Chair), Shiv Puri, Anu Sahai, Garth Bregman, Catherine Poyen, Gaurav Malik, Eck Meng Goh

The board also convenes ad hoc committees and task forces to support the school. Such committees include the community engagement task force and the election task force.

Board Meetings

BOARD MEETINGS

DATE

LOCATION

TIME

Board retreat August 18–19, 2018 Off-site Full day
Board meeting September 17, 2018 SAS 6:00 p.m.
Board meeting October 29, 2018 Orchard Mandarin Hotel 5:30 p.m.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)* October 29, 2018 Orchard Mandarin Hotel 7:30 p.m.
Board meeting November 19, 2018 SAS 6:00 p.m.
Board meeting January 28, 2019 Orchard Mandarin Hotel 5:30 p.m.
Budget presentation* January 28, 2019 Orchard Mandarin Hotel 7:30 p.m.
Board meeting March 11, 2019 SAS 6:00 p.m.
Board meeting April 29, 2019 SAS 6:00 p.m.
       

*AGM, budget presentation, and Election EGM are public meetings to which all are encouraged and invited to attend.

Committee chairs will report committee activity at each board meeting and when minutes are kept, will be included with the board minutes document. 

Note: If you would like view board minutes and reports, please click here. This page is only available to the SAS community.

Budget Information

The SAS Board of Directors, in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities, views the development and approval of the annual budget as one of its most important duties. The budget process begins early in the school year and culminates in late February in an open meeting at which the administration presents its proposed budget and schedule of fees. The board then considers community input before a final review and adoption of the budget in early March.

Note: If you would like more details about the budget information, please click here. This page is only available to the SAS community.

School Membership

Are you a member of the Singapore American School Limited?

The Singapore American School Limited is the legal entity under which the Singapore American School (SAS) operates. Members participate in the governance of SAS by voting at Annual General Meetings, Extraordinary General Meetings and by voting for candidates standing for election to the board. Application for parent membership to the school has been a part of the standard application for admission since 2001. All parents, legal guardians, staff, and faculty are members. There is no fee for membership. If you are unsure of whether or not you are a member, please email secretary of the board, Heather Ungerman, at board@sas.edu.sg for assistance.

Contact the Board

If you would like to contact the board or are interested in volunteering for one of our committees or task forces, please contact board@sas.edu.sg.