Benson Soong, PhD (Cantab)

Benson is the Managing Director of iAcademy, an educational social entrepreneurship who brings affordable, internationally recognized tertiary education to developing nations void of such qualifications. iAcademy carries out their mission by working closely with selected local educational partners and internationally-recognised universities, and this tripartite relationship brings about real and impactful educational change in the communities they operate in. Concurrently, Benson is the Chief Academic Officer at Islington College (Nepal) and is a Visiting Scholar at London Metropolitan University (UK). Previously, he was the Managing Director of Informatics Global Campus / PurpleTrain, the strategic eLearning/mLearning business unit of SGX mainboard-listed Informatics Education Ltd. Prior to his appointment at Informatics, he co-founded eLC PL, an eLearning firm based in Singapore known for their work in the Defence sector, serving as Co-CEO and CLO.

Benson is also an Editor for the Journal of Information Technology Education, and serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Interactive Learning Research. He is also a Reviewer for the International Journal of Educational Research and Computers & Education, and serves as a Member of IDA's NICF Expert Panel. He is also a Trustee on the Board of Cambridge Assessment Singapore, and a Member of the School Advisory Committee for Haig Girls School, which is one of only two government all-girls' primary schools in Singapore.

Benson holds a PhD from Cambridge University (where his dissertation was nominated by the Faculty of Education for the BERA Doctoral Thesis Award for best PhD thesis in Education), a MSc from the National University of Singapore (which he completed under a full NUS post-graduate research scholarship), and conjoint BSc/BCom degrees from the University of Auckland (where he won the Senior Prize in MSIS).

Benson writes actively in the area of eLearning, knowledge management, and learning in general, and has written books, book chapters and journal articles in these areas. His book Study Less, Learn More! was a bestseller in Singapore in 2006 and was one of the most borrowed book in Singapore's public library system in 2008.