Yap Him Hoo
Director-General & Deputy CEO (Regulatory Programmes & Operations)
Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore
Dr Yap Him Hoo is the Director-General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Regulatory Programmes & Operations) of the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), the national authority entrusted with the mission to ensure a resilient supply of safe food, safeguard the health of animals, fish and plants, as well as facilitate agri-trade for Singapore. Dr Yap is also Singapore’s Official Delegate to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and the Secretary-General of the OIE Regional Commission for the Asia, the Far East and Oceania. In Singapore, he co-chairs the One Health Coordinating Committee with colleagues from the Health and Environment ministries. He is also a member of the Singapore Standards Council and the Vice-Chairman of its Food Standards Committee. Prior to his current post, Dr Yap was the Senior Director of the Infrastructure Division of the Singapore’s Ministry of National Development. His responsibilities included development of policies related to agriculture, food and veterinary matters; greenery and biodiversity matters; and construction and building control matters. Dr Yap graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1994 and completed the Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) in the University of California, Davis in 2003. He was involved in the activities of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), particularly in the areas of agriculture and forestry. He was part of the ASEAN Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Taskforce and worked on the establishment of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Animal Health and Zoonoses (ACCAHZ). The current initiative for the region, which Singapore is playing a lead role is addressing the issues of AMU/AMR in livestock production and aquaculture. Dr Yap received Singapore National Day Awards: Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2007 and Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2015.