Dato Dr Kim Tan, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, receives prestigious honour from the University of Surrey and Guildford Borough Council.
The Guildford Roll of Honour award is presented to an exceptional individual who has made a substantial impact to the economic wealth, social wellbeing or artistic culture of Guildford and the surrounding area.
Dato Dr Tan, who completed his undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral studies in biochemistry at the University of Surrey, has been in business locally for many years. His interests lie in social venture capital investments in Africa and Asia. He is Chairman of Springhill Management Ltd and Inqo Investments, and a partner in a number of social venture capital funds.
Co-founder of Transformational Business Network (TBN), a UK charity with over 70 social transformational businesses in developing countries, Dato Dr Tan is an advisory board member of a number of charitable organisations including PovertyCure, Sustainia and the Africa Health Fund. He is also the inventor and developer of market-leading sheep monoclonal antibodies and poultry diagnostic tests.
Speaking about his award, Dato Dr Tan said, “It is a great honour to receive this recognition from the community where I developed my interest in biochemistry.
"Apart from being a wonderful town to live and study, Guildford has been an exceptional place to develop innovations in science as well as social investments. I have been privileged to have made a small contribution in promoting Guildford’s innovative culture and environment.”
Keith Robson, Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Surrey, added, “The University is proud to be supporting this prestigious annual award, which honours a select group of individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the economy of Guildford and the surrounding region.
“The award is presented to Dato Dr Tan in recognition of his many outstanding international achievements in social enterprise, his invaluable work supporting the development of local business and the significant contribution this has made to Guildford’s reputation as an area of innovation and growth.”
Dato Dr Tan was presented with the award at a special celebratory black tie dinner at Guildford’s historic Guildhall in front of representatives from business, education and public service on Monday 21 July.