Dr Finian Tan is the Chairman of Vickers Venture Partners – an international venture capital company with presence in Singapore, Shanghai and California. Before he started Vickers, Dr. Tan was the Managing Director and head of the Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) group of banks in Singapore and Malaysia.
Prior to joining CSFB in 2002, Dr. Tan was a partner and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm- Draper Fisher Jurvetson Eplanet – being in charge of their Asia Pacific operations. In his time there, he spearheaded the investment into Baidu in 2000. Though Baidu was a small start-up, with no revenue and with just one customer for its search engine at that time, Dr. Tan saw Baidu's vast potential for success and he invested US$7.5 million for 25% of the company and had two board seats out of seven. During his tenure as head of the CSFB group of banks in Singapore, Dr. Tan remained as chairman of DFJ ePlanet’s Asian investment committee and remained on the board of DFJ ePlanet (S) Ltd until 2009.
As part of his earlier career path, Dr. Tan has spent three years at Goldman Sachs, where he started as a Vice President at J.Aron and Co (Singapore) Pte and was eventually the Regional Director and Head of J.Aron and Co (Singapore) Pte. in charge of the Asia-Pacific Region. Dr. Tan has also spent time with Shell Eastern Petroleum Ltd, in Singapore and was later posted to Shell Japan Ltd, where he was promoted to Chief Trader.
Dr. Tan currently serves on numerous boards and committees all around the world, such as ST Electronics Ltd (Parent ST Engineering listed on Singapore Exchange), California Intercontinental University (USA, Chairman), Real Time Gaming Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore), The Wellness Group Pte Ltd (Co-owner of TWG Tea), Matchmove Global (Singapore, Chairman), Spicy Horse (China) and Mainspring Technology (Indonesia), W Residence Council (Singapore, Chairman) and the Sentosa Cove Owners' Council (Singapore, Chairman).
He has also previously served as Chairman or Board Member on numerous boards and committees, including Cambridge Industrial Trust Management (Chairman of the board and Chairman Exco and HR committees, CIT listed on Singapore Exchange), United Eagle Airlines (China), Sunfun Info Co Ltd (China) listed in Taiwan, Asia Food Channel (Singapore, Founding Chairman, now owned by Food Network USA), Media development Authority of Singapore (Singapore, Chairman Audit Committee and Investment Committee), Singapore Polytechnic (also on Exco), Singapore Government Parliamentary Committee for Trade and Industry Resource Panel, Defence Science and Technology Agency (Singapore), the Life Sciences Investment Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), SMA (Singapore-MIT) Governing Board, Singapore National Computer Board, The National University of Singapore (also member of the investment committee), The National Cancer Centre (Singapore), The Eastern Cluster of Hospitals in Singapore (Singhealth), Tuas Power Pte. Ltd (Singapore)., Sentosa Cove Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), Majulah Connection (Singapore), the Singapore Venture Capital Association and the Singapore-Shandong Business Council.
In addition, Dr. Tan has served in the Singapore Government as Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and later as Deputy Chairman of the National Science and Technology Board in Singapore and Co-Chairman of the TIF fund (worth US $1 billion). In 1997, he was a member of the Economic Review Committee of Singapore chaired by Minister Lee Yock Suan, and in 2002, he was part of the working group of the Economic Review Committee of Singapore chaired by current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
On top of all his business accomplishments, Dr. Tan is also involved in Singapore’s non-profit scene. He is the Founder and was the Founding Chairman of Bizworld Asia, a non-profit organisation which has volunteers teaching kids about business. He was also a Council Member of the National Arts Council in Singapore and on the board of Governors of the Gabrielite Foundation in Singapore.
Dr. Tan received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in Engineering from Cambridge University on the Shell/Cambridge Scholarship. The Shell Scholarship is awarded competitively to the top 3 candidates from 11 commonwealth countries, and he was the first Singaporean recipient of the award. Dr. Tan was also concurrently on the Christ College Scholarship, an award given to the best college entrants of the year. He was also President of the Cambridge University Malayan and Singapore Society and represented Christ College, Cambridge in Squash. He received his B.Sc. Degree in Engineering from the University of Glasgow, where he also won all the academic awards available for the examinations, including an award for being the top student for his course, as well as the most distinguished graduate award.
Dr Tan served in the National Service in Singapore as an officer, having graduated as the best officer cadet.