Dr Collin Koh Swee Lean
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Swee Lean Collin Koh is research fellow at the Maritime Security Programme, the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies which is a constituent unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, based in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has research interests on naval affairs in the Indo-Pacific, focusing on Southeast Asia. Collin has published several op-eds, policy- and academic journal articles as well as chapters for edited volumes covering his research areas. His most recent publications include: In for the Long Haul: Sustaining the INDOMALPHI Trilateral Maritime and Air Patrols in the Sulu/Celebes Seas, published by Naval Forces (2017); Reasons for Optimism? China, Japan and Unilateral Naval Restraint in the East China Sea, in International Security in the Asia-Pacific: Transcending ASEAN towards Transitional Polycentrism (edited by Alan Chong, 2017); and Incident Prevention and Mitigation in the Asia Pacific Littorals: Framing, Expanding, and Adding to CUES, co-written with Graham Ong-Webb and Bernard Miranda in the RSIS Working Papers series (2017). Collin has also taught at Singapore Armed Forces professional military education and training courses. Besides research and teaching, he also contributes his perspectives to various local and international media outlets including Associated Press, BBC, Bloomberg, Channel NewsAsia, Reuters, South China Morning Post and The Straits Times, and participates in activities with geopolitical risks consultancies. At present Collin is in the process of compiling a database consisting of up to 18 selected countries in the Indo-Pacific, comprising information related to their naval forces development and structures, national policy discourses, confidence-building and cooperative measures, as well as incidences of the threat and use of force at sea. This is a continuation of his doctoral dissertation which compares naval modernization in Southeast Asia with those from the surrounding broader Indo-Pacific region.
Senior Systems Engineer, Radar Electronic Support and Electronic Attack Systems Engineering Departmant,
Erdem Akgün is a senior systems engineer at ASELSAN since 2003 at Radar Electronic Support and Electronic Attack Systems Engineering Departmant. He has graduated as an Electronics Engineer in 2003 and received his MsC degree as an Electromagnetics Engineer in 2006 from Middle East Technical University. He is a leader of a system engineer team at ASELSAN responsible for developing Radar Electronic Support Systems for submarine and surface ship platforms.
Captain Rob Hendriks
Centre for Ship Signature Management, Germany
Captain Rob Hendriks (55) joined the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1979 as a Weapons Engineer. Apart from education, he served in several operational duties on board of RNLN submarines and frigates and he has worked in various parts of the Navy. During the first half of his career, ‘shore duty’ was mostly related to submarines, both in the Submarine Service and in the Naval Weapon Establishment as System & Trials Engineer. After his “Advanced Staff Course” (2000) he served for three years at the Netherlands Defense College and 4½ years as head of the office of the Defense Materiel Organization (DMO) for the technical development and procurement of RNLN radar, IR, EW and navigation systems. From January 2008 to September 2011 Captain Hendriks served as Director of the German-Netherlands Centre for Ship Signature Management (CSSM), located at Kiel (Germany). From October 2011 until October 2014 he was Director of the Sensor, Weapon and Integration Technology Division at the Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization. Since October 2014 he was re-assigned to the Centre for Sip Signature Management in Kiel. Captain Hendriks has obtained a masters degree in “Military Warfare” at the University of Amsterdam (2003) and is a graduate of the Netherlands Institute for Foreign Affairs (1999).
Shoal Engineering, Australia
Graeme Dunk has extensive experience in defence and defence industry, initially as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Since leaving the RAN in 1994 he has conducted his own consulting business, and subsequently has had a variety of business development, project management and strategic management roles in industry, including both in Australia and internationally. In the period 2012-2017 he was the Executive Manager of Australian Business Defence Industry, a national defence industry association. He is currently the Strategy Advisor at Shoal Engineering.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in pure mathematics, a Master of Science degree in maritime defence technology and a Master of Defence Studies degree in strategic studies. He is a member of the City and Guilds of London Institute. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian National University on the subject of defence industrial sovereignty.
Commodore Anil Jai Singh, IN (Retd)
Vice President and Head-Delhi branch,
Indian Maritime Foundation
Commodore Anil Jai Singh took early retirement for the Indian Navy in March 2011 after serving three decades as a submariner which included the command of four submarines and a Fleet ship. He is presently the Vice President of the Indian Maritime Foundation and also has a corporate career.
As a Joint Director of Submarine Acquisition and later Naval Plans in the Naval Headquarters he had a ringside view of the Navy’s submarine acquisition programmes. He was also India’s Defence and Naval Adviser in London from 2006 to 2009. His last appointment was as the Deputy Assistant Chief (Maritime) in the MoD’s Integrated Defence Staff where he was closely associated with promoting private sector participation and indigenization in defence manufacturing and some of his initiatives are now coming to fruition.
A specialist in ASW from the former Soviet Union, he is an alumnus of the prestigious Staff College and the Naval War College and holds a Post-graduate degree in Defence and Strategic Studies. He also co-chairs the National Defence and Aerospace Committee of a leading industry association in India.
He takes keen interest in matters maritime and has spoken and written on the subject frequently in India and abroad.
Captain Simon Chelton
Royal Navy (Retd.); Managing Director,
CCL International and Associate Fellow, RUSI
Simon Chelton served in the Royal Navy between 1976 and 2009, as a logistics officer, with service in ships and submarines before shore service which included policy appointments in the Ministry of Defence, Directing Staff roles in senior leadership education at the Joint Services Command and Staff College and the Defence Leadership and Management Centre, and four years as Defence Attaché in Japan, between 2003 and 2007. A Japanese speaker who has been working with Japan since 1987, Simon is also a graduate of the National Institute for Defence Studies in Tokyo.
From 2009 to 2012 he was Vice President of Corporate and Business Development North East Asia at BAE Systems, and was involved in the creation of new industrial relationships and connections, in support of a strategic initiative to work more closely with Japan. Whilst at BAE Systems, he was also a Director of the UK/Japan 21st Century Group, a top-level bilateral government advisory group.
In 2012, he created a specialist consultancy that works with companies to develop new defence industrial collaboration opportunities emerging between Japan, the UK and other countries beyond the US. He is also, since 2013, an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) based in London, with a focus on Japanese defence and defence industrial policy.
Vice President Asia,
Sonardyne International Limited
Anthony Gleeson is the Vice President Sonardyne Asia Pte Ltd. He is a strong focus on relationship building. Graduating from the University of Bedfordshire in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) in Mapping Science, Anthony first worked in the Offshore Oil and Gas industry. In 2001 he joined a world renowned marine navigation company, as a Customer Support Manager, he was also part of the Engineering Development Team for their Inertial Navigation Systems, Motion Sensors, Subsea Tracking Systems and Cross-Platform Military Integration, before moving to Singapore to open a regional office. He joined Sonardyne Asia in 2009 and is currently the regional Vice President with reasonability for the Middle East, Indian, Asia Pacific and Australasian markets.
Lieutenant (N) Magnus Lind (Retd)
Project Manager NLT (TS47),
Swedish Defence Material Administration
Lt(N) Magnus Lind is the Project Manager for Project NLT(TS47)/ Swedish next generation Light Weight Torpedo (LWT) system at FMV, SWEDEN (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration). The objective with the project is to acquire an optimized LWT for ASW in extreme littoral waters with high sea traffic intensity.
Magnus has been working as Project manager for NLT since 2013.
Magnus has a background as PWO(UW) in Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF), where he served on different types of surface ships (FPB Kaparen-class, FS Gavle-class and Visby-class. During trials for FS Visby-class he was deeply engaged in making the Visby- class operative for ASW actions. He is an experienced LWT(TS45) user.
Lieutenant Commander Malte Kutscher (R)
Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik GmbH
Malte Kutscher joined the German Navy in 2000. After graduating the officers course he studied economics at the university of the German Armed Forces in Hamburg, which he graduated in 2005.
During his Navy service he took part in various multinational forces, serving as navigation and communication officer in the minehunting squadron. He retired from the Navy as Lieutenant Commander in 2013. Meanwhile started his postgraduate studies. In 2015 he joined Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik, nowadays working as Sales Manager for hydroacoustic products with the major sales region in Asia and Oceania. In 2017 he graduated as M.Sc. at a University of Applied Sciences.
Naval EW Program Manager,
Captain Takahiro Nishiyama
Deputy Director of Plans and Programs Division,
Maritime Staff Office, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF)
Capt Nishiyama is the deputy director of plans and programs division at the Maritime Staff Office of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force also known as JMSDF. Some of his previous assignment from the previous years include being an operations officer in 2004, staff for plans and programs division in 2009, and operation officer and executive officer at 2011, a commanding officer in 2012, followed by the staff for plans and programs division, JSO and Cabinet Secretariat before his present assignment.
Captain Sukjoon Yoon (R)
Senior Research Fellow,
Korea Institute for Military Affairs
Sukjoon Yoon is a Navy Captain, Republic of Korea Navy (retired), and is currently a senior fellow of the Korea Institute for Military Affairs (KIMA). Before joining KIMA, Captain Yoon’s more than thirty years of commissioned service included thirteen years at sea as surface warfare officer and several command and staff appointments.
Admiral Rahmat Eko Raharjo
Director of Sea Operations,
Bakamla (Indonesia Coast Guard)
Captain Mohd Razib bin Tahir
Commanding Officer, Submarine Training Centre,
Royal Malaysian Navy
Captain Mohd Razib bin Tahir was born on 28th August 1971 in Batu Pahat, Johor. He joined The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) as Cadet Officer Intake 41 in 1st July 1990 and was commissioned 2 years later as Acting Sub-Lieutenant in the Executive Branch on 1st July 1992. In 27 years of service, he held various appointment at sea as well as ashore. His first submarine training was in Golcuk, Turkey and later was selected for Scorpene Submarine Course in Brest, France in 25th March 2005.
Captain Mohd Razib also qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer and selected to United Kingdom for Advance Warfare Course in 2nd May 2000. Several important post was appointed to him. Among those are Principle Warfare Officer onboard KD LEKIR, Principle Warfare Officer for KD JEBAT and also Executive Officer of KD TUN RAZAK. His first command was KD TUN RAZAK, Scorpene Submarine Prime Minister Class since 5th November 2009 until 22nd September 2014. Captain also decorated himself with a Master Degree in Science Social from Malaysian Armed Forces Defense College. Hence, he is appointed as Commanding Officer of Submarine Training Center from since 17th January 2017 until now.
Consulting Director, Defence & Security,
Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific
Janesh Janardhanan is the Consulting Director specializing in Defense & Security at Frost & Sullivan, Asia Pacific. He has over 13 years of consulting expertise, working closely with large MNCs, Government Agencies, technology houses and Startups in the areas of growth strategy, competitive positioning, international expansion, government regulations, etc.
Janesh has delivered over 60 high-impact consulting projects with Defense & Homeland security clients across the world including developing the Safe City Opportunity Map in Asia Pacific. He is widely quoted & interviewed on leading international publications including the BBC, CNBC, Forbes, Books on Robotics published by John Wiley & Sons, etc.
Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Janesh was the Co-founder & CEO of India’s first mainstream robotics company, signed large-ticket deals with leading consumer electronics MNCs, and built multi-award winning robotics platforms.
Janesh completed his MBA from the National University of Singapore. He was a Singapore Ministry of Education Scholar for his B.Eng (Mechanical, Hons) at the National University of Singapore.
Business Development Manager,
With a background in enterprise software, Micah has worked to simplify the adoption process and make Laser Scanning technology readily available for both military and commercial customers. In 2016 as 2G Robotics was preparing to launch their flagship ULS-500 PRO, Micah joined the team to help guide the technology towards new market applications. As 2G Robotics’ Manager of Business Development he has overseen the creation of numerous partnerships to create innovative ways to address the problems encountered in the field.
Ariane Group GmbH
Admiral Thanee Phudpad
Royal Thai Navy
Captain Piamsuk Tanvibul
Secretary of Naval Secretariat Department,
Royal Thai Navy
Colonel Teo Chin Leong
Commanding Officer of 171 Squadron,
Republic of Singapore Navy
Colonel TEO CHIN LEONG joined the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997. Colonel Teo was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Local Study Award and graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Business (Merit) in Actuarial Science in 1996.
Colonel Teo spent his early days aboard the Mine Countermeasure Vessels, holding appointments such as Navigating Officer and Operations Officer, before being selected as the pioneer crew of the RSN Submarine Force. After completion of his submarine training with the Royal Swedish Navy, Colonel Teo assumed his first appointment as the Operations Officer aboard RSS Centurion and as Executive Officer of RSS Conqueror. Colonel Teo assumed as Commanding Officer of RSS Conqueror after completion of the Joint Combined Staff Course at Norfolk, USA, in 2007.
Beyond sea-going appointments, Colonel Teo held various shore appointments such as Branch Head of Operations Planning Branch in the Naval Operations Department, Head Operations Branch of Submarine Squadron, Head Operations (Submarine Project Office) in Naval Plans Department, and Head of Naval Warfare Centre.
Colonel Teo’s awards and decorations include the SAF Long Service and Good Conduct (10, 12, and 20 Years) Medals with 15-Year clasp, SAF Long Service Award (10, 15, and 20 Years), and SAF Good Service Medal.
Colonel Teo assumed the appointment of Commander Submarine Squadron in May 2017.