Dr. Virginia Cha
Chief, Research and Innovation, Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore (ISS, NUS)
Executive Advisor, NUS Entrepreneurship Center
Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneurship Science Initiative, INSEAD
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Singapore Management University (SMU)
Chairperson, RAVE Innovation Investments Pte. Ltd.
Member of the Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship 2012-2014, World Economic Forum
Virginia is an active researcher, educator, mentor, and angel investor in Singapore’s entrepreneur ecosystem after 32 years of executive management in technology companies, with previous roles as founder and CEO of venture-funded, hi-tech companies in Singapore and China with successful exits on NASDAQ and HKSE. Virginia’s research interests are in entrepreneur decision-making and shanzhai innovation models, and have written multiple teaching cases on these subjects. She is an active educator in entrepreneurship and teaches at multiple institutions in Singapore: “Technopreneur”, a National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) course at ISS; "New Venture Creation” course at Fudan University; multiple MBA entrepreneurship courses at INSEAD. In addition, she is an active mentor and angel investor to early stage startups, with focus in technology ventures at INSEAD, NUS, and SMU. She is also the chairperson of her own investment holding company with R&D office complex at Tsinghua Science Park in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, PRC.
Virginia earned her Ph.D. in Innovation from the National University of Singapore and her B.S. in Information Computer Science from the University of Hawaii. She started her career as a systems programmer at Burroughs Corporation in the U.S. in 1980. She has lived and worked in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and multiple cities in the U.S.