Matthew TanChief Executive Officer - Asia at Assentoft Aqua Asia
Associate Professor Matthew Tan is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor (Aquaculture) with Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) - College of Science and Engineering - James Cook University, Australia.
He is also currently the Chief Executive Officer, Asia of Assentoft Aqua Asia Pte Ltd.
As Singapore Representative (private sector) to APEC PPFS (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation - Policy Partnership on Food Security), A/Prof Tan is also currently the Co-Chair (WG1) for Sustainable Development in Agricultural and Fishery sectors. In his capacity as Co-Chair, he co-ordinates discussions between APEC governments and the private sector on the use of technology and combined resources for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Fishery Sectors within the APEC region and was responsible for the setup of APEC Centre for Sustainable Development in Agriculture & Fishery sectors too.
A/Prof Tan was previously the Group Chief Technology Officer (Oceanus Group) and CEO & Director of Oceanus Tech Pte Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oceanus Group – One of the world’s largest land based aquaculture company which is listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange.
A veteran in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for the development of Oceanus Group's Risk Management framework and farms' operational protocols and oversaw the development and implementation of the company farm’s Bio-security plan which includes the validation & adoption of sustainable technologies, implementation of water monitoring system, animal nutrition & feed formulation and possible use of Recirculating Aquaculture technologies in their land based farms (42 farms with a total combined of area of about 100 sq. km, 40,000 breeding tanks which is spread over 300 km and a 5,000 floating cage facility).
A/Prof Tan is also graduate of SEAFDEC (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre) – Asia’s leading fishery institution; where he received training under a Government of Japan – Trust Fund Programme in hatchery and grow-out, sea weed and Benthic Diatom culture and production.
He was also previously serving as an Associate Professor (ADJ) with School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University.