Ms Audrey Yap Su Ming, appointed as our Independent Director on 24 July 2014, is the managing partner of Yusarn Audrey, an ASEAN Intellectual Property ("IP") specialist and commercial law firm. Yusarn Audrey is headquartered in Singapore and has offices in Thailand and Malaysia, and collaboration partner offices in Europe and Philippines.
Known as one of Singapore's outstanding IP experts, Audrey has an international reputation, having received numerous awards for her role in shaping IP portfolios of companies and industries for value and monetisation, and advising countries on IP policies. Audrey is a qualified lawyer in Singapore and Malaysia, a solicitor of England and Wales, a registered patent agent in Singapore and a Notary Public.
Audrey served as a Board Member of Enterprise Singapore, Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore between 2018-2020. She has been serving as a Member of the Board of Directors in IP Office of Singapore ("IPOS") since 2015 and is an Adjunct Fellow with the IP Academy of Singapore.
Audrey is the only lawyer in Singapore who has been named as one of the World's Leading IP Strategists in a London based survey conducted by Intellectual Asset Management ("IAM") magazine for 13 consecutive years, from 2009 till 2021.
Audrey's past accolades include being listed as one of Singapore's leading lawyers in Who's Who Legal, as Asia Law's Market Leading lawyer for IP, and named as one of Singapore's Leading Trademark Professional in World Trademark Reporter. She was also named as one of the top Women Business lawyers in Singapore by Euromoney.
She served her term as President for Licensing Executives Society (LES) International from May 2020 to May 2021, a leading international association of IP and licensing professionals worldwide and she is the first from Singapore to achieve this.
She is also a board member of SMEC Committee, Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Council Member of the Workforce Advancement Federation (WAF) and Legal Advisor to the Franchise & License Association (FLA).
Audrey was the regional consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organisation ("WIPO"), a UN specialised agency, from 2004-2006 to look at harnessing IP for growth for ASEAN. Audrey was selected by WIPO to serve on a high level expert panel in 2015 on International Technology Transfer in Geneva under the WIPO Development Agenda framework. Audrey recently completed a study for WIPO in 2019 on public sector IP.
In 2012, Audrey served on the IPOS Steering Committee on a National IP Competency Framework as well as on the IP Sub Committee on "Developing a vibrant market place for IP transactions and commercialisation" for the purpose of the IP Hub Master Plan for Singapore, launched in March 2013.