Francis Koh is a Professor of Finance (Practice). He holds the appointments of Vice-Provost (Special Projects) and Director, MSc in Wealth Management Programme at SMU.
Prior to joining SMU, he was a tenured faculty at the National University of Singapore. While there, he also held several administrative positions, including Vice-Dean, Faculty of Business Administration and Director, Financial Management Program for Executives.
Between 1994 and 2002, Francis was employed by the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). He was involved in private equity investment projects in various countries in the region, including China, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. He was also involved in many corporate training and development initiatives at GIC.
Francis has also been active in consulting, executive development and public service. Organizations he had consulted for include Bank of Singapore, Citibank, GIC, IBM, IBF, Monetary Authority of Singapore, IMAS, MayBank, OCBC Bank, Singapore Airlines, Standard Chartered Bank and Wealth Management Institute. He is the Faculty Adviser on SMU’s Investment Committee, Council Member of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Council and its Investment Committee, and Board Member of the Singapore College of Insurance. He was appointed by MAS to the Financial Advisers Industry Review Panel in 2012 and the Advisory Committee on Money Lending set up by the Ministry of Law in 2014.
Francis has published in numerous academic journals. His academic articles have appeared in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of Business Venturing, Asia-Pacific Journal of Management and Singapore Economic Review. He has written book chapters and presented papers at international conferences, including meetings of the American FInance Association, Asia-Pacific Finance Assiciation and Academy of International Business.
In 2012, Francis was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (honoris causa) in Economics by the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. In 2013, he was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) on the occasion of Singapore’s 48th National Day. In 2014, he received the Meritorious Service Award (Bronze) from SAFRA. In 2015, he received a special medallion for 20 years of service from the Ministry of Education.
Francis obtained the degree of BBA (Hons) from the University of Singapore, MBA from the University of British Columbia and Ph.D from University of New South Wales. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Public Accountant of Singapore and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).