Bios of Current Members

Mabel Yap, PhD 

email mabel.yap(at)

Dr. Yap is director, Manpower Standards and Development, at the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH). Prior to this, she established and led the Health Services Research and Evaluation, at the MOH to evaluate programs and generate knowledge to support evidence-based policy making. She is also adjunct associate professor at the Duke–NUS Graduate Medical School, Centre for Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR). Her current projects include the use of interRAI to inform service planning and policy and overseeing education and training of health care professionals in Singapore. She received her PhD (nutrition) from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and her postgraduate diploma (human nutrition) from Deakin University, Australia. Dr. Yap also has a master’s degree in science (public health) and a medical degree from the National University of Singapore. She was instrumental in WHO revising the BMI cut-offs for obesity amongst Asians. In her spare time she enjoys photography, travel, and cooking.

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