The CLASS Board of Directors
Our directors come from different categories:
- Authors (Local & International)
- Publishers (Local & International)
CLASS has a good mix of directors to ensure that a balance of interests is maintained in its decision-making while the interests of author and publisher members are well represented.
Partner in the Intellectual Property & Technology Group
Alban is a preeminent lawyer with a specialised focus on complex patent litigation and other contentious IP related cases.
Alban is a partner in the Intellectual Property & Technology Group based in Singapore. He currently leads the ASEAN and Japan focus practice of the firm. He has been in practice for over 30 years.
Alban represents major software companies, computer manufacturers, well known trade mark owners, pharmaceutical companies, book publishers, international airlines and well known hotel chains, as well as collection agencies and advertising agencies. He also represents a number of Japanese clients. He is regularly engaged in complex patent litigation and other contentious IP-related cases, and has also been involved in a number of high profile IP cases before the Singapore Court of Appeal. He also handles multi-jurisdictional IP litigation cases.
He has written and presented many articles and papers in the spectrum of IP law. Alban is the author of the book Enforcing Injunctions, co-contributor of Essays on Computer Law, and general editor of A Guide to Singapore Patent Law. He has also authored the Patent section of the Halsbury Law of Singapore, and the Singapore chapter on Patent Claim Interpretation.
Alban has been consistently ranked as a leading intellectual property lawyer by the Asia Pacific Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000 and the Chambers Asia-Pacific editions.
Ang Kwee Tiang
Regional Director, Asia Pacific IFPI (the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry)Learn More
KT is the Asia Pacific Regional Director for IFPI, the organization representing the recorded music industry worldwide with more than 1,300 record producer and distributor members from over 60 countries. He coordinates IFPI's priorities across the region, leading legal policy and government affairs and anti-piracy actions to develop the framework for copyright that is essential for the further development of the music industry in the region.
KT oversees the Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong and a Representative Office in Beijing. He also supervises all of the IFPI national groups and collecting societies across the region and is engaged in an active program to put in place the legal rights and effective collecting societies for IFPI member companies throughout the region.
Prior to his IFPI appointment in January 2013, KT Ang was the Asia Pacific Regional Director of CISAC for 24 years where he had helped to create, revitalize and/or develop most of the authors/publishers copyright collective management organizations in the region including in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Macau, Mongolia, Brunei, China, India and Indonesia. He had also served as a director or advisor on the boards of many of those organizations. It was during this time when he worked with IFRRO and developed the work plan that led to the creation of CLASS.
KT Ang has a first degree in law from the National University of Singapore, a Masters of Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in UK, US and EU Copyright Laws from King's College, University of London. He has undertaken more than 100 expert advisory missions and speaking engagements at the invitation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to developing countries in Asia, on copyright law and the creation of copyright societies.
Director at MarketAsia Books Pte Ltd, Learning Press Pte Ltd and Booksmith ProductionsLearn More
Christopher is a publishing veteran with about 30 years of experience, having joined the industry in the last century --- an increasingly rare qualification which he enjoys sharing with newcomers to the business. He has held key positions in local and international publishers, including Oxford University Press, McGraw-Hill Education, Marshall Cavendish and World Scientific Publishing Company.
Christopher has also helmed the publications modules at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University.
Secretary, Australian Society of Authors; Board member of China Book International Advisory BoardLearn More
Currently, in addition to being Director, The Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore (CLASS)
- Tony Lund is Director, MHM Limited, Japan a private company representing over 150 foreign publishers in Japan
- Company Secretary, the Australian Society of Authors;
- Board member, China Book International Advisory Board
- Director, Board of Directors, Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand and Chair of their Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
- Member, Finance and Audit Committee, Beechworth Health Services, Victoria, Australia
- Previously based in Singapore, Managing Director, Asia and Global Board member representing Asia Pacific, Cambridge University Press.
Harmen van Paradijs
Vice President Human Sciences Publishing Group & Managing Director Springer Nature Singapore Pte LtdLearn More
Harmen van Paradijs is Vice President of the Human Sciences Publishing Group at Springer Nature, based in Singapore. He has responsibility for the books and journals in Humanities and Social Sciences published under the Springer and Palgrave Macmillan imprints. He leads an editorial team located in 10 cities across the globe. He is also the Managing Director for Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Harmen received his Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Upon obtaining his degree he joined McGraw-Hill Publishing Company as a sales representative in the Netherlands, and later as marketing manager in the UK. He returned to the Netherlands to join Pearson Education and held various marketing and sales roles. Harmen joined Springer in the Netherlands in 2005 as publishing editor for the education program. In 2012 he moved to Singapore to set up the editorial office for South-East Asia, East Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
CEO: Paul Wee, PBM
Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore Limited (CLASS)Learn More
Paul Wee is the Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore Limited (CLASS).
He has helmed CLASS since its formation in 2000, first as its General Manager and soon after as its CEO. From zero licensing 18 years ago, Paul has managed to transform CLASS into one of Asia’s most successful copyright management organizations with annual distribution of royalties totalling about $20million to its members.
While serving CLASS, he was also engaged by the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) as its Regional Development Representative from 2006-2014 to help establish and develop copyright management organizations in Asia where he has successfully helped set up CMOs in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. He has also been involved as a speaker for both IFRRO and the UN’s World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) on licensing and respect for copyright to regional government officials.
Prior to heading CLASS, Paul was a school teacher, noted newspaper crime reporter, magazine editor/publisher and producer for national TV, where he created Singapore's first motoring show, “Wheel Power”, for the then Television Corporation of Singapore before it became MediaCorp.
Paul has a MBA from the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University of Australia. In 2010, he was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the President of Singapore for his active service to the community as a volunteer grassroots leader.