Entrepreneur becomes new chief of SCS

Singapore Computer Society appoints Chak Kong Soon, president of venture capital firm Stream Global, as head of the local IT industry group, taking over role from civil servant, Alphonsus Pang.

SINGAPORE--The Singapore Computer Society (SCS) has appointed a 25-year IT veteran, Chak Kong Soon, as its new chief.

Chak Kong Soon

Currently president of venture capital firm Stream Global, Chak had held several positions in the industry group including vice president and chairman of the student chapter. In 1999, he was named Young Professional of the Year in SCS's annual IT Leader Awards.

He also serves as a board member on several IT companies in the region and has founded a list of businesses including Finesse Software and Fuziq. He is also managing director of interactive digital media company, E1 Studio.

In its press statement announcing the appointment, SCS described Chak as "passionate about entrepreneurship and startups" as well as the IT industry, particularly, digital media and financial services. He serves as a mentor to several startups under the National University of Singapore Enterprise.

Chak takes over from Alphonsus Pang, who served as SCS president from 2009 and is currently the director of corporate serves at Defence Science Technology Agency, which is a statutory board under Singapore's Ministry of Defense.

Set up in 1967, the SCS represents IT professionals in Singapore and currently has a membership base of over 27,000, making it the largest local industry body here.