Alex Lin, former head of ecosystem development at the Singapore government’s innovation agency SGInnovate, has joined integrated engineering group ST Engineering, Tech in Asia reported yesterday.

He will head corporate venturing unit ST Engineering Ventures, which was set up with $150m in capital in July. The division is expected to invest in sectors relevant to the corporate’s long-term growth, such as autonomous driving, cybersecurity, data analytics and robotics.

Lin left SGInnovate earlier this month, a step he had announced at the end of July. Lin had been head of SGInnovate since December 2013, when it was still known as Infocomm Investments.

Infocomm Investments was originally set up as the VC arm of statutory board Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), but the government undertook a large-scale restructuring effort of several agencies in 2016 to better support smart technologies, also turning IDA into Government Technology Agency of Singapore, or GovTech.

Lin had earlier been a director at Singapore University of Technology and Design from August 2012 to October 2013 and before that was an entrepreneur-in-residence at NTU Ventures, the tech transfer office of Nanyang Technological University.

He holds a PhD in cognitive science, awarded by Stanford University in 1996.

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