Dr Matthew Yap

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Born (1973-11-24) November 24, 1973 (age 50)
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • PhD
Alma mater
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Nottingham University, UK
  • Central Queensland University
  • University of London
OccupationAviation & Maritime Security consultant
  • Skillsfuture Fellowship Award
  • National Day Award

Dr Matthew Yap Choon Pian, 葉俊斌 (born 24 Nov 1973) is an Aviation Security and Maritime Security consultant based in Singapore. Dr Yap provides frequent commentary on maritime security[1] on Lianhe Zaobao, a mainstream press in Singapore, border security[2] and COVID[3] on the New Straits Times, a mainstream press in Malaysia. In 2008, Dr Yap founded ASHTREE INTERNATIONAL, and in 2016, joined ADVANCER GLOBAL[4] as its wholly owned subsidiary.[5] Amongst the notable projects awarded to ASHTREE included, Changi East Development Package-1,[6] awarded to Samsung Koh Brothers Joint Venture (SSKBJV), for the construction of Changi Airport Runway 3, Changi East Package-2,[7] awarded to Hock Lian Seng Sembawang Design Corporation Joint Venture (HLSSDCJV), for the refurbishment of Changi Airport Runway 2, and Changi East Development Package-3, awarded to China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), for the construction of the cross-runway taxiway and the Airport Road Connector. Dr Yap is a visiting adjunct at the NATO Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence[8] (MMSCOE), Istanbul and specialises in International Ship and Port Facility, and was deployed as an IMO consultant at the IMO regional security workshop[9] at Vanuatu, South Pacific. Dr Yap also share counter terrorism insights at the IACSP[10] security symposiums and CYDEF[11] Cybersecurity Conferences.


Dr Yap is born and raised in Singapore and started his primary and secondary education in Catholic High School. After completing his pre-university in National Junior College, Dr Yap completed national service before pursuing his bachelors at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 1998. Dr Yap completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with Nottingham University, United Kingdom in 2000 and his Doctorate with Central Queensland University, Australia in 2002. Dr Yap also completed his Legum Baccalaureus (LL.B) with University of London, United Kingdom in 2019. Dr Yap possess a number of ICAO and IMO certification including:

  1. ICAO National Inspector from Aviation Security Company (AVSECO), Hong Kong, 2011
  2. ICAO Aviation Security Programme Manager (AVSEC PM) from Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), Singapore, 2012
  3. ICAO Safety Management System (SMS), 2018
  4. ICAO Aerodrome Inspector, Bangkok, Thailand, 2019
  5. ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP), Montreal, Canada, 2019
  6. IMO Model Course 2.19 Company Security Officer
  7. IMO Model Course 2.20 Ship Security Officer
  8. IMO Model Course 2.21 Port Facility Security Officer

Career in the Military and Police [12]

Dr Yap was commissioned as a Singapore Armed Forces Field Artillery Officer in 1993 and continued to serve in active military service until 2005. During Operations Iraqi Freedom (2003), Dr Yap served a rotation at the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) as the Senior National Liaison Officer. Dr Yap continues to serve in the Artillery Brigade as an Artillery Chief of Staff, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His first employment after military service was with the Airport Auxiliary Police Force, where Dr Yap served as Deputy Commander until 2007.

Volunteer Service

Dr Yap enrolled to be a special constabulary police officer in 2005, as the final intake of Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) at the old police academy.[13] Dr Yap is currently the Head of the volunteer special constabulary unit for the Police Coast Guard, holding the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police. Dr Yap is also a certified Police Coast Guard (PCG) Emergency Response Team (ERT) officer for boarding operations. Dr Yap also served as the Board of Directors and International Area Director for the Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Alliance (VLEOA). Dr Yap leads the Frontiersmen Far East Command,[14] a non-combatant UK military veteran association. Dr Yap mentors Taiwan and Shanghai police officers as adjunct professor for their research papers and dissertations.[15] Dr Yap also facilitates training exchanges with Chinese maritime security organisation to combat piracy.[16]


Dr Yap was awarded the 2018 Skillsfuture Fellowship Award[17] by Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore. Dr Yap was awarded the National Day Award - Pingat Bakit Setia (Polis)[18] in 2019.


  1. 陈可扬, 文 / (2019-12-25). "新加坡海峡四天发生五起海上抢劫 三起涉及船员被殴打或禁锢". 早报 (in 中文(简体)‎). Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  2. David, Adrian (2020-05-30). "Move to tighten borders lauded | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  3. David, Adrian (2020-05-31). "Asean must work together to re-open economy post-Covid-19 | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  4. "联合早报". stock.zaobao.com.sg. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  5. "Ashtree Int'l: the future is secure". investor-one.com. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  6. hermes (2015-10-23). "$1.1b contract awarded for 3-runway system at Changi". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  7. hermesauto (2016-08-15). "Changi awards $1.11b contract for three-runway operations". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  8. "News 2017 – IACSP SEA – South East Asia Region". www.iacspsea.com. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  9. "Regional Maritime Security Workshop held in Port Vila, Vanuatu". en.portnews.ru. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  10. "Dr. Matthew Yap , Ph.D". Fleming. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  11. "Cyber Defence Conference". www.cydef.asia. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  12. "Our Leadership Team". vleoa. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  13. hermes (2017-07-23). "Reliving memories of Old Police Academy". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  14. "Home". fareastcommand. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  15. "新加坡校园荣誉志愿特警制度及对我国的启示 - 论文 - 百度文库". wenku.baidu.com. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  16. "炽石战术2020年3月海上护航作业培训(Maritime Boarding Officer Training)开课啦!". WeChat Official Accounts Platform. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  17. "SkillsFuture - SkillsFuture Fellowships 2018 Biographies". www.skillsfuture.sg. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  18. Singapore, Prime Minister's Office (2018-11-17). "PMO | Recipients". Prime Minister's Office Singapore. Retrieved 2020-06-01.

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