Susan Sim is Vice President for Asia of The Soufan Group. She has worked in various capacities in
the Singapore government – in law enforcement, intelligence analysis, and diplomacy – and was also a journalist based in Indonesia during the fall of Suharto.
A graduate of Oxford University, United Kingdom, Susan started her career in government as a probationary police Inspector. She was posted to the Internal Security Department as an intelligence analyst, where she was heading the counter-terrorism and counter-espionage research units when she decided to try journalism. After a stint on the political desk of The Straits Times, Susan was posted to Jakarta as the Indonesia Bureau Chief, where she covered the events leading to and following the fall of President Suharto. She was then recruited by the Singapore Foreign Service and deployed to Washington DC as Deputy Chief of Mission.
In 2009, she founded Strategic Nexus Consultancy, a boutique research firm specializing in homefront security and counterterrorism issues. In December 2010, she joined The Soufan Group, an international strategic consultancy with offices in New York, Doha, London and Singapore.
Currently Adjunct Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Susan has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, as well as the Southeast Asia specialist for the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) Global Study on Countering Violent Extremism. She has been a speaker at the NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey, since 2008, as well as Adjunct Lecturer at the Home Team Academy (Singapore) and Consulting Editor to the Home Team Journal. She is also on the Editorial Board of Police Practice & Research, an international journal that presents current and innovative police research as well as operational and administrative practices from around the world.
Susan was appointed to the board of the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore (NCPC) in 2009 and chairs its research committee. To celebrate the NCPC’s 30th anniversary, she wrote Making Singapore Safe: Thirty Years of the National Crime Prevention Council (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2011). She is currently working on another book on the NCPC’s public education campaigns with Dr Majeed Khader and Carolyn Misir of the Singapore Police Psychological Services Division.
Other publications include a political biography of EW Barker, Singapore’s first independence law minister, to be launched in late 2016, and Setia dan Bakti: 50 Stories of Loyalty and Service, a tribute to Singapore Police Pioneers (SPF, 2015). Susan has also contributed to the Pearls in Policing 2012 report, Homeland Security and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2013), Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders Around the World (Taylor & Francis, 2015), Trends in Policing: Interviews with Policing Leaders Around the World (Taylor & Francis, 2016, forthcoming) and has written on suicide bombing and terrorist rehabilitation for the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series. She has also led several commissioned research projects studying the terrorist landscape and government responses in Southeast Asia.