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Mr. Tony Chew

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Asia Resource Corporation Ptd Ltd

 

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Managing Director,
NUR Investment and Trading Pte Ltd

Dr. Yeo Lay Hwee

Senior Fellow

 

Director, EU Centre in Singapore

 

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Ms. Kay Kuok

Executive Chairman,
Shangri-La Hotel Limited, Singapore

Mr. Philip Ng

Chief Executive Officer,
Far East Organisation

Mr. S. Iswaran

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry)
Parliament of Singapore

Mr. Ow Chio Kiat

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Stamford Land Corporation Ltd

Mr. Gautam Banerjee

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Blackstone
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Pontiac Land Group

Ms. Lee Chen Chen

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Mr. Nicholas Fang

Director, Security and Global Affairs

 

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DBS Group Holdings and DBS Bank

Mr. David Wong

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Bank of China (Hong Kong)

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Mr. Heinrich Jessen

Chairman, Jebsen and Jessen

 

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Mr. KV Rao

Resident Director, ASEAN, Tata Sons Ltd.

 

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Mr. Yeoh Oon Jin

Immediate Past Executive Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore

 

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Mr. Jerry Ng

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Mr. Manu Bhaskaran

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CEO, Centennial Asia Advisors

 

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Deputy Chairman and Executive Director, PrimePartners Corporate Finance

 

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Mr. Ho Tong Yen

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Chief Sustainability Officer,
Keppel Ltd

 

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Ms. Cheryl Chen

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President, S&P Global Foundation; and

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Mr. Aaron Choo

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Ms. Fang Eu Lin

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Ms. Rohini Nambiar

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Mr. Philip Kwee

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Chief Operating Officer, Pontiac Land

 

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Ms. Evelyn Tan

Assistant Director, Policy Programme (ASEAN)

Ms. Janessa Kong

Senior Policy Research Analyst, ASEAN

Dr. Selina Ho

Council Member

 

Assistant Professor in International Affairs and Co-Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

 

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Ms. Khor Yu Leng

Associate Director (Sustainability) and Senior Fellow

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Mr. En Lee

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Ms. Smitha Menon

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Dr. Denis Hew

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Mr. Satyanarayan Ramamurthy

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Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

 

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Mr Tony Chew is Executive Chairman of Asia Resource Corporation which has diversified business interests in the Asian Region. He is also Chairman of Macondray Holdings Pte Ltd, Alliance Asia Holdings Pte Ltd, and board member of Heineken Myanmar Limited, Grand Royal Group International Co Ltd, Myanmar Supply Chain & Marketing Services Co Ltd, Cycle & Carriage Automobile Myanmar
Co Ltd and KFC Vietnam Company.

Companies which he founded or led include Pepsi-Cola Vietnam, KFC Vietnam, JetStar Asia Ltd, Myanmar Airways International, Pepsi-Cola Philippines, Del Monte Pacific Ltd, RHB-Cathay Securities, Sterling Tobacco Corporation, Hua Feng Paper Mill, International Beverages Trading Company (Myanmar), Cycle & Carriage Automobile Myanmar Co Ltd, Heineken Myanmar, etc. He also served on boards of SGX companies including Keppel Corporation, Keppel Tat-Lee Bank, Keppel Bank, CapitaLand Commercial and Del Monte Pacific.

In Singapore, he plays an active role in promoting regional businesses, having served as Chairman of Singapore Business Federation, Network Indonesia, Vietnam Business Club; Board Member of Singapore Trade Development Board, Economic Review Sub-Committee on Entrepreneurship & Internationalization, Regional Business Forum, and ASEAN Business Advisory Council. He was also Member of the Economic Strategies Committee, National Productivity and Continuing Education Council, and founding Chairman of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.

He is currently Co-Chairman of ACCORD Employers & Business Council, Board Member of Singapore Health Services, Member of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN & East Asia Governing Board, Chinese Development Assistance Council Board of Trustees, and Advisor to Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He was conferred the Singapore National Day Meritorious Service Medal (2013), Public Service Star (2008) and Public Service Medal (2001), as well as NUS Outstanding Service Award 2011, SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Award (2015) and SBF Appreciation Award 2017.

Dr YEO Lay Hwee is Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore. She is also Council Secretary at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Adjunct Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Senior Associate at the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Adjunct Faculty at the Singapore Management University and teaches part
time at the National University of Singapore.

Lay Hwee sits on several Advisory Boards including Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University, KU Leuven’s Master in European Studies Programme; Leiden Asia Centre in Leiden University: Asian Vision Institute (Cambodia) and the Student Think Tank for Europe-Asia Relations. She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of a multi-year research project on “Trends in Global Governance and Europe’s Role” (TRIGGER) led by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) (https://trigger-project.eu/)

Her research interests revolve around comparative regionalism, multilateralism and governance networks. She has written extensively on issues pertaining to Asia-Europe relations in general, and specifically on the ASEM process and EU-ASEAN relations. She participates actively in various research networks, and contributes regularly to policy dialogues and academic workshops. Her most recent book which she co-edited with Professor Tommy Koh is on ASEAN-EU Partnership: the Untold Story.

Gautam Banerjee is a Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Blackstone Singapore. Gautam served as Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore for nine years until his retirement in December 2012. He spent over 30 years with the firm in various leadership roles in Singapore, India and East Asia.

Gautam’s roles outside of Blackstone include serving as an independent director on the Boards of Singapore Airlines Limited, Singapore Telecommunications, Piramal Enterprises Limited and GIC Private Limited.

During his nearly four decades in Singapore, Gautam has worked closely with the not‐for‐profit sector, statutory boards, educational, art and cultural institutions. He is currently a term‐trustee of SINDA, Chairman of the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE), pro‐chancellor of the National University of Singapore and a board member of the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). His former roles have included being a member of the Legal Service Commission, a board member of the Economic Development Board (EDB), the National Heritage Board and a member of the Governing Boards of the School of the Arts and Yale‐NUS college.

Gautam was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009 and was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Singapore Government in 2014.

Chen Chen Lee is an Advisor (Diplomacy) to Asialink at the University of Melbourne. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the country’s oldest think tank and founding member of the ASEAN-ISIS network of think tanks. Prior to this, she held the role of Policy Programs Director with the SIIA from 2015-2019. From 2010-2014, she headed the Strategic Planning and Coordination Division at the ASEAN Secretariat, reporting directly to the Secretary-General of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Chen Chen has worked in the public policy and international development sector for over a decade. She has written and published articles on ASEAN’s centrality, Southeast Asia’s digital economy, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, haze and climate change in ASEAN, green finance and sustainable infrastructure, etc. She is also a consultant to the ASEAN-Australia Counter Trafficking. Chen Chen has lived and worked in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

Nicholas Fang graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He joined Singapore’s oldest think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, in 2010. He is currently director, security and global affairs, at the institute, which has been ranked top local think tank, and among the best in Asia and the Pacific over the past 10 years. In that capacity, he has represented Singapore in several Track 1.5 fora, including the Japan-Singapore Symposium and the China-Singapore Forum. His key focus areas of research include security and defense, information, influence and interference operations, and the rising threat of misinformation across the globe. Nicholas started his working life as a journalist and has worked at The Straits Times and regional broadcaster CNA. Nicholas was appointed Nominated Member of Parliament in February 2012, and served a two-and-a- half-year term where he focused on issues pertaining to international affairs, media, defense and security, and sports.

Oh Ei Sun is a Senior Fellow at Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He was a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include the political economy of Southeast Asia and international relations, particularly those involving China.

Previously, Ei Sun served as Political Secretary to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was also senior research fellow & lecturer in various public and private universities in Malaysia, China, Australia and the United States.

Ei Sun has also been an avid commentator and columnist on politics, economics and current affairs for various international media, and a frequent speaker at high-level international forums.

Ei Sun was Administrative Officer at the International Telecommunication Union, and scientific & legal consultant to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, both in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ei Sun is a Justice of the Peace (JP) of Sabah, Malaysia, and also a council member of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association. He founded and serves as president of Ma-Zhong (Malaysia-China) Friendship Association Sabah, Malaysia.

Ei Sun earned his degrees in law and policy, business management, mechanical and aeronautical engineering, as well as German literature, all from the University of California, USA.

Heinrich Jessen is chairman and principal partner of Jebsen & Jessen, a diversified South East Asian industrial group. He is also partner and director in the five independent business groups that make up the Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise.

Heinrich started his career as a tropical biologist before joining the family enterprise in 1995. In Jebsen & Jessen he has worked as group director – environment, health & safety, general manager of two of the group’s packaging companies and regional managing director of its material handling joint venture MHE-Demag. He has been chairman of Jebsen & Jessen’s executive board since 2010.

Heinrich is a member of the Eastern Asia Review Commission of Air Liquide International. He is also a member of the Yale University President's Council on International Activities and a member of both the Steering Committee and the Dean’s Leadership Council of the Yale School of the Environment. He is Past Chairman of the Young President’s Organization Intercontinental Chapter and has previously served on the boards of the Singapore National Employers Federation, the United World

College of South East Asia, the Parkinson Society Singapore and the Singapore Environment Council. He was awarded Singapore Businessman of the Year in 2016. Heinrich earned a B.Sc. from George Washington University and an M.E.M. from Yale University.

K V Rao, holds a Masters in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India. He has worked in diversified industries and enterprises, in leadership positions, including a stint with the Singapore Civil Service as a Director with International Enterprise Singapore. He is specialized in International Business, and has an experience that covers 40 countries in the developed and emerging markets, with a focus on Asia.

He is currently the Resident Director – ASEAN, for Tata Sons Private Limited, promoter of the Tata Group. Concurrently, he serves as Board Member & Chairman of several Tata Regional Subsidiaries. He is active in community work, arts and industry bodies.

Company Boards :-

  • Chairman of Trust Energy Resources, Tata Power International, Tata Capital and Tata Capital Advisors in Singapore
  • Chairman (President Commissioner) of PT Tata Motors Indonesia and PT Tata Motors Distribusi Indonesia
  • Board Member of Tata International, Tata Chemicals International, TML Holdings (Tata Motors), Qubit Investments (Tata Industries), World-One Development Company and World-One (Sri-Lanka) Projects (Tata Housing) and Life Insurance Corporation in Singapore, amongst others

 

Public Bodies, Industry Platforms :-

  • Term Trustee, Board of Trustees SINDA (Singapore Indian Development Association) focused on community development, and served as Vice President of the Executive Committee till 2021.
  • Member Board of Advisors – Singapore Institute of International Affairs ( SIIA)
  • Chairman of CII-IBF (Confederation of Indian Industry India Business Forum, Singapore Office)
  • Vice Chairman of the South Asia Business Council of the Singapore Business Federation, apex industry body of Singapore
  • President of SIFAS (Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society)
  • Served as Member of Board of Advisors of SICCI –
  • Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry till Dec 2020.

He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, 2011 award from his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India.

He is a blogger, speaker, and has a keen interest in Indian Classical Music. Mr. Rao is a Singaporean and has lived in Singapore for 25 years, blessed with two sons and spouse is an Electronics Engineer and senior IT professional.

Oon Jin was the Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore before his retirement following a 38-year career with PwC. He was a key member of the firm’s Leadership Team for more than 15 years and had led the firm through key growth milestones. Oon Jin also chaired several of the firm’s regional joint ventures such as PwC SEA Consulting and PwC SEA Corporate Finance.

He was also a member of the PwC Executive Board for the CaTSH firm, which comprises the PwC firms in Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition, Oon Jin was a member of the PwC Strategy Council, which comprises leaders from the largest 21 firms in the PwC global network.

Oon Jin serves as the Chairman of Singapore Land Authority (SLA). Oon Jin is currently the Vice Chairman of Singapore Business Federation and an Independent Director of Singapore Exchange Limited. He was previously a board member of Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and National Arts Council (NAC).

In addition, Oon Jin serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Nanyang Business School as well as a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Committee, which was set up by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He was a Council Member of Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

He was previously the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Institute of Directors, past Council Member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and past Chairman of the Auditing & Assurance Standards Committee of ISCA.

Oon Jin has continued to support the non-profit sector over the years. He is currently a board member and audit committee chairman of Kidney Dialysis Foundation. He also serves on the board of Governors for the Lien Foundation. He was previously on the board of Shared Services for Charities.

Jerry is the Founder and Chairman of Bank Jago. Before this, he spent over ten years as CEO of Bank BTPN, which he transformed from a small pension bank to the 7th largest bank in Indonesia and a leader in mass market and digital banking in SE Asia. His 35 years of experience in financial services began at Citibank, and subsequently include senior leadership roles at Bank Central Asia, Bank Danamon, and Astra Financial Services. Following the Asian financial crisis, Jerry was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency, a government task force established to restore the banking industry back to normalcy.

He sits on the Board of Trustees for the SymAsia Foundation in Singapore, World Wildlife Fund in Indonesia, Blum Center for Developing Economies at the UC Berkeley, the Advisory Board of the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University, and most recently, the Global Advisory Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia.

Jerry graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He has attended multiple Executive Management programs, including those at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School, and is also an Eisenhower Fellow.

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama is a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, whose expertise and publications span economic diplomacy, digitalisation and sustainable governance.

His advice has been sought by the EU institutions, G7/20 governments and all the principal organisations on economic cooperation, including APEC, ASEAN, OECD, World Trade Organization, World Bank and various UN agencies. He is also affiliated with the London School of Economics, ECIPE in Brussels and other academic institutions.

He has been called to witness in the US Congress, European Parliament, UK House of Commons and other legislative assemblies. Lee-Makiyama is also a regular commentator on BBC, Financial Times, Nikkei, Al Jazeera, CNBC, CNN and Monocle24.

Prior to academia, he was posted to the UN and World Trade Organization by the Government of Sweden and he has also worked in the private sector. He was born in Tokyo, is a native citizen of Sweden, and educated in law, economics, and public administration in London, Stockholm and Massachusetts.

Associate Professor Simon Tay is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is concurrently a tenured Associate Professor, teaching international law at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.

His book, Asia Alone: the Dangerous Post Crisis Divide from America (Wiley 2010) was well reviewed in the Economist, Financial Times and regional media. His commentaries feature regularly in regional newspapers. Professor Tay is also a prize winning author with five books of stories and poems. In 2010, his novel City of Small Blessings was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize. He recently published a collection of short stories titled “Middle and First”.

From 1992 to 2008, he served in a number of public appointments for Singapore. These included serving as Chairman of Singapore’s National Environment Agency; and as an independent Nominated Member of Parliament (1997-2001). In 2006, Professor Tay received a National Day Award.

Adam Rahman is the Head of Corporate Affairs for Citi in Singapore. In this role, Adam oversees all internal and external communications, reputational risk management and government relations functions. He is also responsible for raising the brand profile of Citi and developing the thought leadership strategy of the firm in Singapore. He also serves on a number of management committees including the Country Management Committee, Country Coordinating Committee and the Country Business Risk and Control Committee. Reporting directly to Citi’s Head of ASEAN and Citi Country Officer for Singapore, Adam is part of the ASEAN Management Committee.

Outside of Citi, Adam is actively involved in the area of public service. He serves as a District Councillor of the South East Community Development Council (SECDC) of Singapore which aims to assist the needy and enable greater understanding amongst various communities. In addition, Adam serves on the Board of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (www.iras.gov.sg). Adam is also a Council Member with the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). Adam is also on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and on the Advisory Board of the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Previously, Adam has also served on the Board of the Health Sciences Authority (www.hsa.gov.sg) and chaired the Branding and Marketing Outreach Working Group of the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF) and was on the IBF Standards Committee.

In August of 2008, Adam was awarded the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) by the President of the Republic of Singapore as a national recognition of his contributions to the community. In November 2015, Adam received the Public Service Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) from the President for rendering valuable public service to the people of Singapore. In April 2018, Adam was appointed as a Justice of Peace by the President (https://www.pmo.gov.sg/Justices-Peace).

Mr Bhaskaran is a Partner of the Centennial Group, a strategic advisory firm headquartered in Washington DC. As Founding CEO of its Singapore subsidiary Centennial Asia Advisors, he co-ordinates the Asian business of the Group which provides independent economic research on Asian political and macro-economic trends for investment institutions, government agencies, multilateral institutions and companies with interests in Asia, leveraging off 40 years of studying Asia.

Mr Bhaskaran is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore where his main interests are in analyzing macro-economic policy frameworks in Singapore.

Prior to Centennial, Mr Bhaskaran held senior positions at Societe Generale’s Asian investment banking division where he supervised Asian economic and investment strategy analysis and was a member of the Executive Committee, in charge of Asian equity research. In 12 years with the firm, Mr Bhaskaran helped to establish its business presence in Southeast Asia and in South Asia while also helping to develop the firm’s highly-rated equity and economic research. Prior to that, Mr Bhaskaran worked for the Singapore government, supervising a team that prepared strategic political and economic assessments of Asia for senior Singapore government officials.

Mr Bhaskaran holds a range of other positions. In terms of public service, he served as Chairman of a high-level government committee reviewing the regulation of moneylenders in Singapore in 2014-2015. He is also Member of the Competition Appeals Board, Singapore. In addition, he is a Member of the Regional Advisory Board for Asia of the International Monetary Fund; Council Member, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA); and Vice-President, Economics Society of Singapore.

Mr Bhaskaran also serves on the boards of several companies whose businesses span the ASEAN region including CIMB Investment Bank (a subsidiary of CIMB Bank, Malaysia’s second largest bank and which operates across ASEAN), Japfa Ltd (listed in Singapore) and Luminor Capital.

Mr Bhaskaran was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge University where he earned an MA (Cantab) and at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he obtained a Masters in Public Administration. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr Gerald Ong Chong Keng is Deputy Chairman and Executive Director of the PrimePartners Corporate Finance Group and a Director of Metro Holdings (listed on the SGX-ST).

Mr Ong has more than 25 years of corporate finance related experience. He has held senior positions at various financial institutions including NM Rothschilds & Sons (Singapore) Ltd, the DBS Bank Group, Tokyo- Mitsubishi International (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Hong Leong (Malaysia) Group. During his time with these institutions, Mr Ong’s duties encompassed the provision of a wide variety of Corporate Finance services including advisory, M&A activities and fund raising exercises incorporating various structures such as equity, debt, equity-linked and derivative-enhanced issues.

Mr Ong has been appointed as Honorary Consul for Liechtenstein in Singapore. He has also been recognised as an IBF Distinguished Fellow and sits as a member of various MAS led committees. He is also an Advisor of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). He is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School.

Mr Ho Tong Yen is the Director of Group Corporate Communications at Keppel Corporation and concurrently CEO of Keppel Care Foundation. He was previously CEO of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co Ltd from 2011 to 2015. Before that, he held various positions in the Singapore Government, including Press Secretary to then Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in the Prime Minister’s Office and was concurrently a Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. He had also served as a diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations in New York and the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei.

Mr Ho has a BSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master in Public Management from the National University of Singapore. He was a Lee Kuan Yew Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University and a Lien Ying Chow Fellow at the Nanyang Technological University. He is also a Director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra Company Ltd and a Council Member of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

Cheryl Chen is the President of S&P Global Foundation and leads the grantmaking efforts of the S&P Global Foundation in its key focus areas to diversifying tech and data and creating environmental resilience. As Senior Director, Social Sustainability, she works with key functions and teams around social risks and responsibilities in global human rights.

Before this role, she was Director of Global ESG Strategy and Engagement at S&P Global and oversees the work around corporate ESG disclosure, practices and performance. She joined the company as the Director of Corporate Responsibility for Asia Pacific in 2018 to scale S&P Global Foundation grant programs, employee volunteerism and sustainability practices in the region.

She started her career as a management associate in Citi Singapore and was Vice President, Head of Corporate Citizenship for Citi Singapore before joining S&P Global. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the private sector with a focus on how corporate citizenship and cross-sector partnerships can contribute towards sustainable development.

She serves as a District Councilor with the South East Community Development Council since 2014 and is currently an advisory committee member of the National Youth Fund of Singapore and management committee member of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation. She is also a Council Member with the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, an independent think-tank in Singapore.

Cheryl graduated with a Double Degree in Bachelor of Science (Economics) and Bachelor of Business Management (Major in Finance) from Singapore Management University (SMU) and obtained the Master of Social Science at SMU in 2015. She lives with her husband and two sons in Singapore.

 

Eu-Lin leads the Sustainability & Climate Change practice where she helps clients strategise, implement, report and obtain assurance across a range of Environmental, Social and Governance issues.
This includes but not limited to in the areas of carbon measurement, decarbonisation and net zero pathways, climate risk assessments, Sustainability Development Goals prioritisation, green and sustainable finance, sustainability strategy and sustainability reporting. She has worked in London and Singapore and served clients across financial services, government, real estate, marine, oil and gas, consumer, resources and telecommunications. Her experiences are across advisory, audit, governance and risk management.

Eu-Lin is a Singapore Chartered Accountant and graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. She is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School. Eu-Lin is an accredited Carbon Tax verifier and serves on committees in the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment.

Eu-Lin serves on not-for-profit boards where she is a board member and Audit & Risk Committee Chairman of a healthcare related board and board member and Audit & Risk Committee Chairman of an international school. She is also the board member of an Institute of Higher Learning where she sits as an Audit Committee member and the Deputy Chairman of its business school.

Philip Kwee is the Chief Operating Officer of Pontiac Land Private Limited, a privately-owned real estate company based in Singapore. The company owns a portfolio of prime assets in Singapore,
Australia, United States of America, and the Maldives.

Prior to joining Pontiac Land, Philip was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and also worked for Singtel. He has a Master of Arts (Law) from the University of Cambridge. Philip is also a Board
Member of Capella Hotel Group.

Selina Ho is Assistant Professor in International Affairs and Co-Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She researches Chinese politics and foreign policy. Specifically, she is interested in how China wields power and influence via infrastructure and water disputes in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Her work stands at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations. Selina is the author of Thirsty Cities: Social Contracts and Public Goods Provision in China and India (Cambridge University Press, 2019), co-author (with David M. Lampton and Cheng-Chwee Kuik) of Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia (University of California Press, 2020), and co-editor (with Kanti Bajpai and Manjari Chatterjee Miller) of The Routledge Handbook of China-India Relations (2020). She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including International Affairs, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Journal of Contemporary China, among others. Selina is the editor (with Kanti Bajpai) of Amsterdam University Press’s “Politics and International Relations in Asia” book series.

Selina served a two-year term as Chair of the Master in International Affairs Program from January 2019-December 2020. She is currently a non-resident senior fellow with the Asia and Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. She was appointed a Global Futures Council Fellow with the World Economic Forum in September 2017-September 2018.

Selina received her Ph.D. from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, where she also received a Master in International Public Policy (Honors). She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a B.A. in History (Honors). Prior to academia, Selina was a Singapore civil servant.

Ms KHOR Yu Leng is senior economist at Segi Enam Advisors Pte Ltd, and Associate Director (Sustainability) at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. She works on business development and ESG  risk for corporates and supply chains, including assignments for Fortune 100 and regional companies, financial institutions, international NGOs, and government agencies (e.g., the EU Commission, Malaysia and others). For 15 years, Yu Leng has followed the progression of sustainably produced commodities into the regulatory (forced labour and climate-aware) and green finance era. There have been many touch points with the financial sector, where she started her career.  She has worked on market studies for palm oil, biofuels, rubber, timber, biomass, other agribusiness and suppliers of input, equipment and logistics; along with deep dive risk analysis studies for these and other sectors (e.g., e-commerce, telecommunications, mining). She has advised big buyers, SMEs and smallholders about sourcing and market opportunities, with a rising focus on the economics of carbon and conservation. Her comments are featured regularly in the media, including Malaysia’s BFM 89.9, Channel News Asia, China Daily, Bloomberg and Reuters.

 

Trained at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Yu Leng started her career in stockbroking and banking. She is a regional specialist with a global network. She is also an independent director at SIPEF (listed on Euronext), and at non-profit Rimba Collective, a FMCG-led fund targeting USD 1 billion for 500,000 hectares for long-term forest conservation and restoration in Southeast Asia. She has also covered China deals and supply chains in ASEAN and she is Associate Fellow at the Institute of China Studies at University Malaya.

En Lee is Managing Director, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investments in Asia at LGT, the world’s largest family-owned private banking and asset management group with over USD 300Bn in assets under management. He leads and manages the regional impact investment portfolio in Southeast Asia and China. En was a Partner and is currently a Senior Advisor of Lightrock, LGT’s global impact investing platform and serves on the Board of LGT Bank (Singapore). Prior to LGT, he was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong advising investment funds and previously a Corporate Solicitor at Freshfields in London specializing in private equity, M&A, and capital market transactions.

A recognized industry leader, En has served on the World Economic Forum ESG Advisory Group, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore Sustainable Finance Steering Group. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Triple P Financial Inclusion Fund and the Boards of UN Global Compact Singapore, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, and the Singapore Venture & Private Capital Association where he co-chairs the ESG Committee. En graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a CAIA charterholder. He was selected as an Aspen Institute Finance Leaders Fellow and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Smitha Menon heads the Restructuring and Insolvency practice at WongPartnership LLP and represents Singapore on the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration. Her other international appointments include being the Asia Co-Chair of the International Insolvency Institute, Asia Group Leader of the World Law Group’s Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and a board member of the Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection. She is an Honorary Member of the board of the Singapore network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore and on the Singapore Income Tax Board of Review Panel. She has a dual portfolio practice in international arbitration and insolvency.

 

Smitha’s expertise in restructuring and insolvency and international arbitration has been recognised in various publications including The Legal 500Who’s Who Legal  (Asset Recovery, Restructuring & Insolvency, Arbitration and Commercial Litigation)Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessIFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide, asialaw Leading Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific, Euromoney asialaw, Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law, IFLR1000: Financial & Corporate, Best Lawyers and India Business Law Journal’s “A-List” of international lawyers specialising in India-related matters. She has also been listed in the Global Restructuring Review‘s 40 under 40 list (2016) of the world’s leading restructuring lawyers, Asia Legal Business‘ 40 under 40 list (2018) and in 2020, she was the only Singapore practitioner below 40 ranked in Who’s Who Legal for Restructuring & Insolvency (2020).

Prior to taking up his current appointment as Senior Research Fellow, Dr Denis Hew was Director of the APEC Policy Support Unit (PSU) from 2011 to 2022. PSU is the research arm of the APEC, which is a regional grouping that promotes trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this position, he led a team of skilled professionals that provided high quality evidence-based research and technical support to APEC Senior Officials, Committees and Working Groups.

Dr Hew also spent two years in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its Southeast Asia department, where he managed technical assistance programs on regional cooperation and integration. From 2001 to 2008, Dr Hew was Senior Fellow and Regional Economic Studies Coordinator at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Singapore, which is one of the region’s oldest and most established research institutes. During his time at ISEAS Singapore, Dr Hew was also the Managing Editor of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin, an academic journal that focuses on policy-relevant economic issues in Southeast Asia.

Dr Denis Hew is a financial economist by training and holds a Bachelors (Hons) in Economics from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and Masters and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He has published extensively on policy issues related to economic integration in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.

Satya Ramamurthy is currently Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Development Finance, Structured Finance Department, Asia Pacific at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and is based in Singapore. Prior to joining SMBC, he was a long-standing senior KPMG Partner having spent more than 30 years with that firm. During his tenure with KPMG, he held Global and Regional leadership roles, most notably: Global Co-Head of Public Transport, ASPAC Head of Government & Infrastructure and Singapore Head of Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare.

Satya has extensive experience working with the government and private sector in Asia and the Middle East on transformative programs like public-private partnerships, corporatisation and design of market structures. He has led these programs in both economic (business parks, transport, telecoms, water and waste) and social (healthcare, housing and education) infrastructure sectors. He brings deep experience in structuring business, financing and operating models to balance public and private sector objectives.

Satya is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.