About the Director - Associate Professor Sing Tien Foo
Tien Foo is Dean's Chair Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES). He currently serves as the President-elect of the Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES) (2018-2019), and is a board member of AsRES (since 2000) and Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC) (since 2008).
Tien Foo has published 90 peer-reviewed papers in international refereed journals including Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Management Science, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Energy Economics, and the field journals, such as Journal Urban Economics, Urban Studies, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Annals of Regional Science, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research. Tien Foo has co-authored three books, and one of the book, "Kiasunomics" has been ranked as the 2nd Best Seller (non-fiction) in Time's Chart, and the 4th Best Seller of the Asian Chart of WH Smith). He won twelve international best paper awards. He has been invited as the Post-doctoral honorees (2012) and the Fellow (2017) of the US-based Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics, the Homer Hoyt Institute. Tien Foo has been nominated for the Outstanding Referee Award 2017 for Real Estate Economics.
At the national level, Tien Foo serves as a member on the panel of assessors under the Appeal Board (Land Acquisition), Ministry of Law, Singapore (since 2010), and the Professional Development Committee (or formerly known as Examination and Professional Development Committee) of the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA), Ministry of National Development (Since October 2014). He is also the co‐founder and principal investigator for the Singapore's NUS‐REDAS Real Estate Sentiment Index. He serves as the Advisor of PropTech Association of Singapore (SPTA) (2018).
In NUS, he teaches modules on real estate finance, real estate securitization, real estate investment, property tax and statutory valuation at both the undergraduate and post‐graduate levels.
Tien Foo obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Cambridge, U.K. under the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship and the Overseas Research Students award. He also holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree with 1st Class Honors in Estate Management from the National University of Singapore.