Dr. Nicholas Koh

Dr. Nicholas Koh, also known as Mr Koh Kian Chiang, is a distinguished industry professional with an extensive background in marine technology and in business in the Middle East.

Having spent over 20 years in the Sultanate of Oman and the GCC, Dr. Koh has been the brainchild and dealmaker behind numerous landmark projects in the region, with a total project value of over $S1 billion under his belt. Dr. Koh’s keen business acumen has seen him play pivotal roles in navigating unchartered waters in the region, leading businesses in Asia to succeed amidst the tough commercial climate of the Middle East. His creative approaches to partnerships and structuring deals have been instrumental in overcoming challenges and creating long-term successes for companies in international business.

In 2023, Dr. Koh was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering by his alma mater, the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, in recognition of his engineering abilities and his invaluable contributions to the University. Contributing his time-honed expertise in marine engineering, Dr. Koh strategically co-developed a Master of Science program in Marine Technology with the University, which was highly valued by the maritime industry for its ability to develop the next generation of leaders with strong technical and management competency.

Dr. Koh is the Chairman of Transocean Fortune Integrator (Water) Pte. Ltd, a commercial vehicle established to utilise the unique resource of Deep Ocean Water to contribute to significant economic diversification through a “blue economy” in the Sultanate of Oman.

Dr. Koh is also the author of “My Bowl of Hei Bee Hiang Rice – A Singaporean Growing Up In Difficult Times”, with valuable comments by the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

Dr. Nicholas Koh has been appointed as the Advisor to Board of Soon Aik Group in June 2024.