NUS Medicine International Council

About the NIC

The NUS Medicine International Council (NIC) is an exclusive network of international leaders, academics and experts who will not only address the greatest challenges of our time—in healthcare, public health policy, population studies and ground-breaking research in cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases—but will also identify promising opportunities and innovations across multi-disciplinary areas including information technology, engineering, computing, social sciences and medicine.


NIC members are recognised for their service and scope of generosity to medical research and development and are actively engaged as ambassadors in the wider world. This distinguished group of men and women includes leaders in government, business, finance, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, law and other fields from around the world.

The invitation-only group of 100 members attend an exclusive pair of annual conferences, one in Singapore and the other abroad, in addition to numerous other intimate activities sponsored by the Council. These gatherings provide opportunities for members to connect in a meaningful way to the University’s aspirations and the breadth of ideas and people that define NUS today.

NIC meetings are designed to entertain and engage and present the latest innovations in medical science, healthcare, health policy and other areas of interest. NIC members are invited to provide advice on strategic priorities, serve as ambassadors to raise the visibility of the School’s achievements and set the pace of philanthropic support.

Member benefits include:

  1. Exclusive participation in two high-profile NIC meetings annually;
  1. Open introductions to leading minds in science, medicine and academia via regular meetings between researchers, doctors, educators and academia;
  1. Access to newsletters, research publications, education and scientific journals that are produced periodically by the NIC and NUS Medicine;
  1. The right to nominate two members annually to join the NIC.

Membership to the NIC is a one-year term, renewed annually.



Ambassador Frank Lavin (ret.), Chairman

Ambassador Lavin is currently the CEO and founder of Export Now, which helps companies sell on-line in China from their home offices.

He previously served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 2005-2007. In that capacity, Lavin served as lead U.S. trade negotiator for both China and India and was the senior policy official in the Commerce Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001-2005, where his duties included helping negotiate the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

Ambassador Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; an M.S. in Chinese Language from Georgetown University; an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and an M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Holman Chin, Director

Holman currently serves a dual role at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. As the NIC Director, he has helped to form the NUS Medicine International Council, an exclusive network of international leaders who share a common interest in solving the greatest challenges of our time. As the MSC Administrative Director, he manages a Centre of Excellence with a focus on translation research and community programmes to build mental wellbeing and resilience across the age continuum. He was previously the Deputy Director of the NUS Development Office.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Holman was the Vice President of Investments at Sutro & Co, before coming to Singapore in 2001 to advance social good. Holman earned a B.S. in Business Administration in Marketing and Finance at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

About the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

In working towards our vision "A Leading Global University centred in Asia, Influencing the Future”, the National University of Singapore has built a strong global reputation through its research and collaborations. Across 17 faculties and schools and research centres of excellence, we have engaged some of the world’s most brilliant minds to look into the future—from an Asian perspective.

Established in 1905, the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine is a leading medical educational and research institution in Asia. With 18 departments and two centres, the School covers a full spectrum of medical specialties. Clinical faculty also staff the National University Hospital (NUH), which is the primary training institution for the School’s students. Together with NUH, NUS Medicine has played a profound role in shaping doctors and scientists, who will be future leaders in healthcare, academic medicine and public service in Singapore, Asia and beyond.

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