Doris Sohmen-Pao

Doris is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI). 

Doris joins HCLI from the Singapore Public Service Division where she served as the Director for External Outreach, with a focus on developing relationships and synergies between the public and private sectors. 

Doris also worked as a Director at Civil Service College, where she created programmes around digital skills. Before joining the Singapore Civil Service, Doris was one of the founding leaders of Yale-NUS College. Her first role at the College was as the EVP of administration where she set up and oversaw the admissions, finance, human resources, public affairs and grounds and building departments. Her last posting at Yale-NUS was as the EVP for Institutional Projects - a role which covered public affairs, institutional research, alumni affairs and external outreach. 

Doris’ experience spans industries and geographies. She was the Director of Human Capital at Bain &  Company SEA, and before that, the Director of the MBA Programme at INSEAD and then at Singapore  Management University, where she created and launched the MBA programme. She was also briefly at Ngee Ann Polytechnic as a Visiting Lecturer. 

Her experience also extends to working in multiple media ventures, including an internet start-up, Time Inc. International, Hearst New Media and Price Waterhouse LLP in their telecom and media division. Over the years, she has worked in Hong Kong, London, New York, France and Singapore. 

Doris graduated with a B.A. in Politics and Environmental Studies from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. She has experience working on a number of boards of educational institutions including Princeton University, United World College (SEA), the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the INSEAD Advisory Committee of Southeast Asia. 

Currently, she serves on the boards of the Institute of HR Professionals and serves on the EXCO of the International Women’s Forum (Singapore) and the Singapore National Gallery. 

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