Associate Professor Matthew Tan is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor (Aquaculture) with JCU Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) - College of Science and Engineering - James Cook University.
He is also currently the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Oceanus Tech Pte Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oceanus Group – One of the world’s largest land based aquaculture company which is listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange. A/Prof Tan was previously holding the joint appointment of Chief Technology Officer in the holding company (from Sept'13 to Oct'17) until his recent appointment as CEO of Oceanus Tech. In his current capacity, he will continue to provide technical oversight to the holding company.
Prior to joining the Oceanus Group, A/Prof Tan was previously the CEO of an environmental engineering company where he served for more than 10 years and has been involved in the extensive implementation of engineering solutions to waste water and aquaculture industry in both Singapore and Asia. He has a vision of developing evidence-based science and technology that is both ECO friendly and sustainable. In the past 13 years, he has been extensively involved in application development for the aquaculture industry and has successfully developed a set of land based protocols for the sustainable farming of food-fish in Singapore and Asia
A/Prof Tan is a veteran in the aquaculture industry and is responsible for the development of Oceanus Group's Risk Management framework and farms' operational protocols and oversaw the development and implementation of the company farm’s Bio-security plan which includes the validation & adoption of sustainable technologies, implementation of water monitoring system, animal nutrition & feed formulation and possible use of Recirculating Aquaculture technologies in their farms.
Alongside Oceanus Group push towards consolidating and standardising its operational procedures, he is also in the midst of developing the Group’s operations manual to enable the smooth operations of their aquaculture facilities.
Oceanus Tech is the Research & Development arm of the holding company. Her primary responsibilities include acquisition and adoption of proven cutting edge technologies for use in aquaculture, collaboration with tertiary institutions, test bedding of new technologies on a commercial platform, acquisition or licensing of relevant technologies and provision of consultancy services to their partners and the industry
As Singapore Representative (private sector) to APEC PPFS (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation - Policy Partnership for Food Security), A/Prof Tan is also currently the Co-Chair of APEC PPFS Working group responsible for Sustainable Development in Agricultural and Fishery sectors. In his capacity as Co-Chair, he co-ordinates discussions between APEC governments and the private sector on the use of technology and combined resources for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Fishery Sectors within the APEC region.
A/Prof Tan is also graduate of SEAFDEC (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre) – Asia’s leading fishery institution; where he received training under a Government of Japan – Trust Fund Programme in hatchery and grow-out, sea weed and Benthic Diatom culture and production.
He was also previously serving as an Associate Professor (ADJ) with School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University.