Robert Yap has more than four decades of experience in the logistics and supply chain management field.
As the Chairman of Supply Chain City®, Asia’s premier supply chain nerve centre, Robert constantly pushes the boundaries of innovation. He is the Executive Chairman of Y3 Technologies, a leading information technology and supply chain solutions company, as well as the Chairman of Supply Chain Angels, a fund dedicated to invest in supply chain related start-ups.
In his efforts to develop the talent pipeline in the supply chain industry, Robert established SCALA®, an academy to support the development of logistics and supply chain talents. Robert further contributes to the development of talents through the participation of various government-related councils, including the Council for Skills, Innovation and Productivity, the Committee on the Future Economy and the logistics sector's SkillsFuture Sectoral Tripartite Committee.
Robert is also the Emeritus Chairman of Supply Chain Asia – a regional community of more than 45,000 supply chain professionals, and he is widely recognised for his thought leadership and contribution to the logistics and supply chain industry. In 2016, Robert was named ‘Businessman of the Year’ at the prestigious Singapore Business Awards. He was conferred the NUS Business School Eminent Business (Senior) Alumni Award in 2014 and the Lifetime Achievement Award (Logistics) by the World Chinese Economic Forum in 2013. He also received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007 and the Asia Logistics Hall of Fame award in 2003.
Robert is currently President of Singapore National Employers Federation, 2018 Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, Singapore Chairman of the Malaysia–Singapore Business Council, as well as on the Singapore Computer Society Honorary Advisory Council and École hôtelière de Lausanne Singapore Advisory Board. Robert also contributes to various government-related councils which include being a part of the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence – Employers & Business, as well as an industry advisor to the Joint Implementation Committee established by the Singapore and Chongqing government which oversees the third Government-to-Government project in Chongqing.