Laurence is the Director for AI Industry Innovation at AI Singapore, and is driving the adoption of AI by the Singapore ecosystem through the 100 Experiments and AI Apprenticeship programmes.
A visionary and serial technopreneur, Laurence identified and introduced Singapore's enterprises to:
- Linux and open source in 1999, by being the first RED HAT partner and authorized training center in Asia Pacific
- High Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster in 2001, by building A-STAR IHPC first compute cluster (all of the initial HPC clusters in NUS, NTU, SMU were built by Laurence and his team)
- Grid Computing in 2003, by building and operating Singapore's first Grid platform - IDA's National Grid Pilot Platform
- Cloud Computing in 2007, by architecting both the Cloud business and technology for then Singapore Computer Systems' Alatum Cloud (now owned by Singtel)
- Advanced Open Source Analytics in 2011, by building Revolution Analytics Inc business in Asia and R&D team in Singapore. Revolution Analytics was acquired by Microsoft in 2015.
Laurence has been appointed as a Microsoft Regional Director in 2018 - an elite, worldwide group of around 150 technology thought-leaders who will provide the Microsoft senior leadership team with unbiased third-party industry feedback on technology trends and Microsoft technologies. Regional Directors are appointed on a pro-bono basis. They are recognized as leaders in their space as well as for their achievements in communicating the benefits of emerging technologies to their ecosystem.
Laurence graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) with First Class Honours in Engineering, and holds a Masters in Knowledge Engineering from NUS.