Lynette TanCEO Space Faculty and Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL)

As Chief Executive of SSTL, Lynette develops the organisation’s industry initiatives, leads its startup accelerator programmes and drives its consulting business, identifying opportunities for government organisations, companies and individuals to participate in the growing Asian space industry. In addition to running SSTL’s very own space accelerator programme for tech startups, she is also the managing Partner of Project Cyclotron, an exclusive programme with the Singapore government that assists early stage, deep tech, space start-ups.

She is a Karman Fellow, an international award given to individuals whose achievements in space are outstanding. She is also an advisor to German space start up, MyelinS.

Lynette is active in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics interest amongst youths and women. For her efforts and accomplishments, she received the Lancôme Visionary Award in 2018 and was recently recognised for her “Outstanding Contributions to the Science & Technology Industry” by a leading women’s publication. She was also recognised as a Trailblazer on the inaugural “Singapore 100 Women in Tech List” in 2020 for her outstanding efforts to put Singapore on the map of the space industry and for being a pioneer in the region’s space sector.

Before her career in space and deep tech, Lynette held a management position in the M&A division at a global pharmaceutical company where she managed regional deals up to USD 30 million. She was awarded the Asia Pacific President Award and the GSK Spirit award.  She also spent 6 years in the Singapore government service and was a centre director in the Asia Pacific team. During the 6 years, Lynette was actively involved in developing market opportunities across a variety of industry sectors including automotive, mining, digital media and pharmaceutical.

Lynette is also Founder of Space Faculty, a spin-off of SSTL that creates a dedicated learning and development pathway for companies and individuals. It draws on the collective experience of experts across different fields with over a decade of experience in the deep tech and space sectors. Its programmes are created to drive experimentation, learning and leadership among early learners, youths, adults and industry professionals. Lynette believes that while space is the starting point, it will lead into all the related branches of deep tech – from IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to predictive analytics, robotics and blockchain technology.

Lynette has an Executive MBA with INSEAD and prior to that, received her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. For her Undergraduate degree in the same field, she obtained the highest distinction, the Alumni Award, the Franklin A Boyle award amongst others at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.  She was a recipient of the Sundstrand-EDB scholarship in 1999 which awards only one scholar a year.

Lynette is a mother of two active children who keep her fit.

Advisory Roles

  • Advisor to UK space start up, Myelin-S
  • Industry advisory board member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Asia
  • Advisory committee member of the Bukit Timah Primary School
  • Committee member of SG75, our Singapore competition

Awards and Achievements

2022 – Inspiring Asian Business Leader, awarded by the Economic Times

2020 – Admitted as a Karman Fellow, an international award given to individuals whose achievements in space are outstanding

2020 - Recognition on the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech List for individuals who have impressed and inspired and created an impact at the international levels. Lynette was also acknowledged as a Trailblazer in her field on the list.

2018 - Lynette is active in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics interest amongst youths and women. For her efforts and accomplishments, she was recognized by a Singapore leading female magazine for her “Outstanding Contributions to the Science & Technology Industry” and the Lancome Visionary Award in the same year.

Lynette is featured in multiple leadings news and publications including:

Singapore: The Peak, Straits Times, Lianhezaoabo, Women’s Weekly, Channel News Asia, Channel 8 News

United States & International: Fortune, CNBC, Economic Times, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong International Business Channel.

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