Matthew Tan
Associate Professor Matthew Tan

Associate Professor Matthew Tan is currently Singapore Representative (Private Sector) to APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security. He is also the Co-Chair for Sustainable Development in Agricultural and Fishery sectors where he co-ordinates discussions between senior officials, APEC governments and the private sector on the use of technology and combined resources for Sustainable Development in the Agriculture and Fishery Sectors. He is also currently involved in assisting governments with their Economic Transformation – Aquaculture 4.0 in the light of food security.  


About APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security: https://apec.org/Groups/Other-Groups/Policy-Partnership-on-Food-Security.aspx


He is also currently holding the joint appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Asia – Assentoft Aqua Asia Pte Ltd.


A/Prof Tan was previously the Group Chief Technology Officer and CEO & Director of Oceanus Tech Pte Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oceanus Group – One of the world’s largest land based aquaculture company which is listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange.


A veteran in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for the development of Oceanus Group’s Risk Management framework and farms’ operational protocols and oversaw the development and implementation of the company farm’s Bio-security plan which includes the validation & adoption of sustainable technologies, implementation of water monitoring system, animal nutrition & feed formulation and possible use of Recirculating Aquaculture technologies in their land based farms (42 farms with a total combined of area of about 100 sq. km, 40,000 breeding tanks which is spread over 300 km and a 5,000 floating cage facility).


He is also graduate of SEAFDEC (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre) – Asia’s leading fishery institution; where he received training under a Government of Japan – Trust Fund Programme in hatchery and grow-out, sea weed and Benthic Diatom culture and production.


Matthew is also serving as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor (Aquaculture) with the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) – College of Science and Engineering – James Cook University, Australia.


Current external appointments:

  • Singapore Representative (Private Sector): Policy Partnership on Food Security, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).


  • Co Chair – APEC PPFS : Sustainable Development for the Agriculture and Fisheries Sector – Responsible for coordination of discussions between APEC governments and the private sector on the use of technology and combined resources for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Fishery Sectors within the APEC region and set-up of APEC Centre for Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Fisheries sectors (NTU and Temasek Poly).


  • Member – Technical Advisory Panel – Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) : Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR)


  • Member – Scientific Advisory Board – Pebble Labs, Inc :A USA based biotechnology company developing solutions to safely and sustainably increase natural crop yield and food security. Its mission is to develop breakthrough disruptive technologies that address the greatest agriculture, aquaculture, and environmental challenges facing the globe. Pebble Labs is committed to urgently solving these challenges.


  • Expert Member – Aquaculture: National Mirror Working Group for ISO TC 281 – SMF Standards Development Organization.


  • Advisor (HON) – Centre for Aquaculture and Veterinary Science, School of Applied Science, Temasek Polytechnic.


  • Member – Peer Review Group : Global Livestock and Aquaculture Policy Project – Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) – CHATHAM HOUSE – The Royal Institute of International Affairs.