Dr. William Wan graduated from the University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) in 1972 and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1973. He set up his own law firm and practiced for a period before he left for Canada and the US to pursue his graduate studies and other interests. He returned in the late 90s and continued practising as a senior partner in a respected law firm with a regional outreach. He is currently the General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement and is actively involved in several boards and committees of non-profit organizations and government agencies.
His original law firm was a pioneer in pro bono practice and he was one of the first to have engaged ex-offenders on his staff. He was also instrumental in the founding of the charity servicing ex-offenders that was renamed Prison Fellowship Singapore, of which he is the current chairman. During the 70s he was instrumental in founding the Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore and Operation Mobilization in Singapore was established from his law office with him as its first chairman.
During his time in Canada, he was a consultant to the Ottawa Police Department for several years, while pastoring a church and earning his graduate degrees from Regent College, in Vancouver, Carlton University in Ottawa, and Queen’s University in Kingston. He also took his PhD from University of Ottawa and did his law accreditation examinations at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
As a consultant to the Ottawa Police Department, he was the recipient of the coveted Solicitor-General’s Award for Crime Prevention and the Civilian Commendation from the Board of Police Commissioners for his work in police and community relations and education.
Dr Wan’s legal interest is in both civil and criminal litigation/trials. He is also a certified mediator.
As a published author, Dr. Wan contributes regularly to the Straits Times Opinion Page and numerous other newspapers and magazines. He was a columnist for a local magazine and the Community News of Ottawa. He has also contributed chapters to several books and his published books cover a wide range of subjects.
Dr. Wan is also a wide-ranging public speaker in churches and other public platforms.
His work in the community was recognized by a Muslim Foundation when they honoured him as a “Community Leader Extraordinaire” with the Abdeali Tayebali Life-Time Achievement Award 2015. He was also appointed by the President of Singapore as the Justice of the Peace.
Dr Wan’s professional involvements include:
- General Secretary, Singapore Kindness Movement
- Chairman, Prison Fellowship Singapore
- Vice-President, Singapore Scout Association
- Council Member, Public Hygiene Council, Singapore (‘PHC’)
- Consultant, Ottawa Police Department
- Justice of the Peace
- Visiting Professor, Eastern University
- Co-founder, Keep Singapore Clean Movement
- Co-founder, Christian Lawyers’ Fellowship
- Co-founder, Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore
- Co-founder, Rehabilitation Life Ltd