Mr Lim Siong Guan
Mr Lim Siong Guan is Advisor to the GIC Group Executive Committee. GIC manages Singapore’s foreign financial reserves. He has served as Head of the Singapore Civil Service, Permanent Secretary in the ministries of Defence, Education and Finance and in the Prime Minister’s Office, and as Chairman of the Economic Development Board and various other government agencies.
Having joined the civil service in 1969 as an engineer, he served two Old Guard Ministers – former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and former Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee – during his 37-year career with the civil service. He has described both leaders as his master teachers.
Citing Dr Goh Keng Swee in particular as his role model for leadership, Mr Lim is a great believer in the need for critical thinking, imagination and courage, as well as the urgency of being in time for the future. Because leadership is about “making good things happen”, he believes that, by definition, leadership must recognise values and principles, and that values form the compass for organisations entering into unknown territory.
Prior to his retirement from the civil service in 2006, he was recognised for his ability to draw out talent and for inspiring younger officers to innovate and excel. Mr Lim has compiled key lessons from his life experiences and his leadership insights into a book titled “The Leader, The Teacher And You: Leadership Through A Third Generation”, which co-won the Singapore Literature Prize for English Non-fiction in 2014.
A frequent speaker on the topic of leadership and change management, Mr Lim is an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College. He is also a member of the International Board of the Stars Foundation of Switzerland; a member of the Advisory Panel of SwissRe; and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Competitiveness Institute.
He is an alumnus of the University of Adelaide, Australia, which he attended on a President’s Scholarship and graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering in 1969. He attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore in 1975. He was awarded the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 2006.
Mrs Fang Ai Lian
Mrs Fang Ai Lian is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation, a Director of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited and Metro Holdings Limited, and has been an Advisor to Far East Organization Group since 1 May 2014. Mrs Fang is also Chairman of the Medishield Life Council, and a Member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Board of Trustees.
Mrs Fang qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 1973. She made history in 1981 when she was named a partner in Ernst & Young Singapore. It was the first time a woman had achieved partnership status in a professional services firm in Singapore. In 1996 she was appointed the firm’s managing partner, becoming the first woman to run any Ernst & Young office worldwide, and the first to head an international accounting firm in Singapore. In 2005 she became chairman of the firm. In 2008, she retired after 34 years with the firm. In April 2008, she became chairman of Great Eastern, the largest life insurance company in Singapore, a post she held until April 2014.
She served as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2006. She was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation, and the Tax Academy of Singapore, as well as a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited. In addition, she served in various capacities on the boards of charities, including the Breast Cancer Foundation and the Home Nursing Foundation.
As Chair of the Charity Council for more than eight years since its formation in October 2006, she dedicated her expertise to promoting good governance and best practices in the charity sector. Under her leadership, the Council developed new initiatives to enhance the standard of governance among charities here, including the Code of Governance in 2007 and the refined Code in 2011, the Charity Governance Awards in 2012 to inspire charities to achieve exemplary governance standards, and the Charity Transparency Framework to help charities improve their disclosure practices.
For her contributions, Mrs Fang received the Public Service Medal in 2001 and the Public Service Star in 2009. She is a Justice of the Peace, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore.
Mr Richard Magnus
Mr Richard Magnus retired as the Senior (now termed Chief) District Judge after 40 years in the Singapore Legal Service. He was Singapore’s first Representative to the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and has successfully represented Singapore in four international law negotiations.
In 2008, the Chief Justice acknowledged that “[t]he excellent state of the Subordinate Courts has been due to the untiring work of Senior District Judge [SDJ] Richard Magnus…[who] has left a legacy that our judicial system can be proud of…[H]is…work plans produced such impressive results in transforming the court process and the delivery of justice in Singapore that the World Bank decided to commend these judiciary-led reforms as a model of public sector governance that could be applied to countries whose court systems needed reforms to bring them to the age of the Internet.”
For his exceptional public service, Mr Magnus was awarded by the State the Meritorious Service Award in 2009. He now serves as the Chairman of the Casino Regulatory Authority; Chairman of the Public Guardian Board; Chairman of the Bioethics Advisory Committee; Chairman of the Public Transport Council; Chairman of the Political Films Consultative Committee; and a Member of the Public Service Commission. He is also Chairman of Temasek Cares CLG Limited, and is on the Board of Directors of the CapitaMall Trust, the Changi Airport Group, and various other organisations.
Mr Magnus is an Expert Member of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee and an alumnus of the National Agenda Council, World Economic Forum. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, and the John F Kennedy School of Government.
Haji Mohammad Alami Musa
Ambassador Mohammad Alami Musa is Singapore’s Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, and has been a leading figure in the promotion of positive inter-faith relations in Singapore and the region.
He is concurrently the Non-Executive President of MUIS Council (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore), and Head of Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
As a keen observer of Muslim development in multi-cultural societies, he was deeply involved in the Singapore Muslim Identity project, conceptualising, developing, writing and presenting seminars about the issue of identity of a minority Muslim community in a secular, multi-religious and culturally diverse society. He was involved in the research on Islam and its relations with other religions and the Religious Other. Regionally, he has been instrumental to start-up efforts to promote inter-religious relations.
Ambassador Alami started his career as a civil engineer in the Ministry of Environment in 1981. He was seconded to MUIS in July 2003 as Vice President and was President of MUIS from September 2003 to August 2013.
He is also Honorary Business Representative (Middle East and North Africa) for International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore).
Ambassador Alami graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) in 1979 from the University of Singapore. He received his Master of Science (Civil Engineering) from the National University of Singapore in 1987.
Our Panel of Community Advisors are men and women of stature whose understanding and commitment to Singapore are unquestioned, and whose advice and wisdom are earnestly sought. The panel is chaired by Mr Philip Ng, CEO of Far East Organization.
Mr Philip Ng
Far East Organization
Mr Philip Ng is the Chief Executive Officer of Far East Organization, Singapore’s largest private developer with more than 750 properties in the residential, hospitality, retail, commercial and industrial sectors. He is also a director of Hong Kong-based Sino Group, Far East Organization’s sister company, engaging in real estate activities in HK and China.
He serves as the Chairman of the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the MIT Corporation (USA).
A father of six children, Mr Ng holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours from King’s College, London University, UK and two Master degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, a Master of Science in Technology & Policy, and a Master in City Planning.
Mr Alwi Bin Abdul Hafiz
Golden Veroleum Liberia
An engineer by training, Mr Alwi Hafiz has been in professional services, consulting and IT for more than 25 years. A sustainability advisor to Golden Veroleum Liberia and Golden Agri Resources, Mr Alwi is concurrently a co-founder and partner of a startup focusing on data analytics and adaptive technologies applied to the education sector.
Mr Alwi serves as a board member of the Singapore Land Transport Authority and a member on the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University. He is also a board member of Mendaki Social Enterprise Network (SENSE) and previously served on the Boards of Yayasan Mendaki and the Association of Muslim Professionals. In 2012, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Suara Musyawarah Committee, a national committee to engage and gather feedback on the concerns, hopes and aspirations of the Malay community.
Active in industry and the community, Mr Alwi believes strongly in environmental, social and business sustainability, and has a passion for tapping on innovation and technology to make life better.
Ms Janet Ang
Ms Janet Ang is the Managing Director of IBM Singapore.
She has been in the IT industry for 32 years since joining IBM as a Systems Engineer with a BBA(Honours) from NUS in 1982. She has held various leadership roles in her 28 years as an IBMer and the 4 years at Lenovo including – Director, Sales Operations, IBM Asia Pacific; VP, Global Desktop Operations, Lenovo Group; VP, Strategic Client Services, IBM Greater China.
Ms Ang serves on various boards including PUB, iDA, ISS, NVPC, Caritas (Singapore) and is President of International Women’s Forum – Singapore. While living in Beijing, she served as trustee on the board of International School of Beijing, was the Vice-Chair of SingCham (China) and advisor to the NUS Business School Alumni North China Chapter.
Ms Ang enjoys singing and has been part of a choir at one time or another. She has a very supportive spouse and they have four lovely daughters.
Ms Chua Sock Koong
Ms Chua Sock Koong is Group CEO at Singapore Telecommunications Limited or Singtel, Singapore’s largest telecom provider. She has overall responsibility for the Group’s domestic, Australian and international businesses which connect close to half a billion customers worldwide.
A trained accountant and chartered financial analyst, she joined Singtel as Treasurer before being appointed CFO. She then held the positions of CEO and Group CFO, before being appointed Deputy Group CEO and eventually Group CEO.
Ms Chua serves a member of the Singapore Management University Board of Trustees and the Public Service Commission. She is also on the boards of Bharti Airtel Limited, Bharti Telecom Limited and key subsidiaries of the Singtel Group.
Ms Chua holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Honours) from the University of Singapore. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a CFA charter holder.
Mr Chua Thian Poh
Ho Bee Land Limited
As Chairman and CEO, Mr Chua Thian Poh is responsible for Ho Bee Land Limited’s group-wide strategic planning and direction, as well as its financial and investment decisions. Besides property investment and development in Singapore, Australia, China and United Kingdom, the Group’s business spans across industries including printing, trading, automobile and petroleum.
Having completed only secondary school education, Mr Chua believes in the importance of higher education and has established a S$6M Ho Bee Professorship in Chinese Economy and Business with Singapore Management University, a S$10M Chua Thian Poh Entrepreneurship Fund with Nanyang Technological University, and a S$12.5M Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme with National University of Singapore to develop the next generation of community leaders.
Mr Chua serves as President of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, and Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. He is Chairman of Business China, Ren Ci Hospital, Bishan East Citizens’ Consultative Committee, and the Chairman of Board of Trustees of Chinese Development Assistance Council. Mr Chua is also Honorary President of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Mr Chua was conferred The President’s Award for Philanthropy (Individual) in 2012, and received the Distinguished Service Order in 2014.
Mr Han Kwee Juan
Mr Han Kwee Juan is Chief Executive Officer for Citibank Singapore Limited. Having started his career with Citi as a summer intern in 1990, he has held a variety of roles over the last 20 years, including Global Cash & Trade, Global Relationship Banking, Global Transaction Services in Singapore, and Head of Strategy for ASEAN.
Mr Han is a council member of Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and sits on the National Advisory Council of the Ministry of Education’s COMPASS (Community and Parents in Support of Schools). He previously sat on the Board of Directors for Citicorp Investment Bank (Singapore) Limited and Citicorp Trustee (Singapore) Limited from 2006 to 2012 and was a board member of the Singapore Clearing House Private Limited from 2006 to 2010.
Married with two sons, Mr Han has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Information Systems degree from the National University of Singapore and a Masters of Banking and Finance from Nanyang Technological University. He is also a member of Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Business School Alumni Advisory Board.
Mr Richard Hoon
I Search Worldwide Group of Companies
Mr Richard Hoon’s varied work experience has led him across a broad range of industries: Oil and gas, electronics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, tourism, food & beverage, hotel, aviation, financial services, insurance and healthcare services.
Today, Mr Hoon is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of I Search Worldwide Group of Companies. He was also formerly the general manager of AEA International, the parent company of International SOS, the largest medical emergency assistance company in the world.
Married with three daughters, Mr Hoon is a fervent advocate of active fatherhood and serves as Chairman of the Centre for Fathering. Having a keen interest in art, he is also on the Board of Advisors of the Pinacotheque Singapore Art Museum, and the Board of Patrons of the Singapore Art Fair.
Mr Hoon is currently a member of the International Board of Directors of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and was the immediate past Regional Chairman of YPO in South East Asia and the former Chairman of YPO Singapore. He was also a founder and past President of the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization, Singapore.
Dr Jennifer Lee
Agency for Integrated Care
Dr Jennifer Lee is Chairman of the Agency for Integrated Care, and of the Advisory Board of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care.
Dr Lee was the Chief Executive Officer of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital from 1991 to 2004. Before joining KK Hospital, Dr Lee was the Chief Operating Officer of Singapore General Hospital from 1988 to 1991. Prior to that, she served in the Ministry of Health in various portfolios. Her most recent work has been in development of the ageing sector, as Senior Consultant with the Ministry of Health’s Ageing Planning Office from 2007 to 2015.
Dr Lee has been active in public and community service, She serves on the boards of Ministry of Health Holdings, The Esplanade Company and Parkway Trust Management, and is a corporate advisor to Temasek International Advisors. She was a Nominated Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2004, and was a past president of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (2002-2004). Over the years, she has also served on the boards of the Tsao Foundation, Mercy Relief Ltd, and The Substation.
Her interests span across healthcare, ageing, community service and the arts.
Mr Laurence Lien
Mr Laurence Lien is the Chairman of Lien Foundation, which in the last decade has become well-known globally for its forward-thinking and innovative approach towards philanthropy and social change.
He is also Chairman of the Community Foundation of Singapore, Deputy Chairman of Caritas Singapore Community Council, Vice-President of the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership, and Board Member of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University.
Mr Lien led the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) from 2008 to 2014. Under his leadership, NVPC has become an important enabler and capacity builder in the Singapore non-profit sector. He also led the founding of the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership and the Community Foundation of Singapore.
Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Mr Lien served in the Singapore Administrative Service. He holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Mr Lien was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship.
Mr Andy Lim
Mr Andy Lim is the Founder and Chairman of private equity firm Tembusu Partners, and Chairman and controlling shareholder of public listed company Viking Offshore & Marine Limited. He is also the Executive Director of Associated Leisure International, a family-holding company, and Chairman of MoneyWorld Group of Companies.
His other Board appointments include Chairman of the Overseas Experts Council (Singapore Branch) of Peking University’s China Centre for Strategic Studies, President of the Enterprise 50 Association, and a member of the Home Affairs Uniformed Services (HUS) INVEST Board of Trustee. He was the Chairman of Alpha Singapore (2002-2013), Council Member of the National Council for Anti-Drug Abuse (NCADA) (2005-2012), and Chairman of government cooperative for ex-offenders, ISCOS (2006-2012). In September 2004, Mr Lim was appointed Honorary Consul to the Republic of Lithuania. The Shanghai-Pudong Branch of the China Overseas Friendship Association also appointed him as one of its Council Members in May 2005.
Mr Lim took an Overseas Merit Scholarship to study Engineering in Cambridge University where he graduated with First Class Honors in 1979. After an 8 year stint with the Singapore government, he went on to receive an MBA Degree at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1989.
Mr Charles Lim
Trained as a lawyer, Mr Charles Lim entered the banking industry, managing legal and compliance matters for the Asia-Pacific and South-east Asian regions. He is currently the General Counsel (Managing Director) at GIC, where he oversees the Legal and Compliance Department.
Mr Lim plays an active role in the community. As a volunteer, he was previously responsible for the recruitment and training of volunteers for Club Rainbow (a charity for terminally ill children) and the founder of an award-winning website for Red Cross Singapore. In leading Credit Suisse’s corporate social responsibility and philanthropy efforts, he was awarded the CEO Leadership Award for corporate citizenship. At the Central Singapore Community Development Council, he has been serving as a District Councillor since 2008 and is now into his third term. For his contributions to the community, Mr Lim was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2016.
Mr Lim is an advocate and solicitor of Singapore, England and Wales, and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb). He graduated with LLB (Second Upper Honors) from the National University of Singapore, the postgraduate Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford (Worcester College), and a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration, attaining his Chartered Arbitrator qualification in 2004. He is also a member of the Users Council National Committee of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
Mr Lim Soon Hock
Mr Lim Soon Hock has more than 30 years of experience as a board member, CEO, technopreneur and private investor, across various industries.
Mr Lim is the Founder and Managing Director of PLAN-B ICAG Pte Ltd, a boutique corporate advisory firm. Formerly the Vice-President and Managing Director of Compaq Computer Asia Pacific, he has been involved in taking companies public, in M&As and consulting for several global MNCs and promising SMEs. He continues to sit on the boards of several government agencies, public listed and private companies, as well as not-for-profit organisations.
Mr Lim spent more than 25 years in public service and community service in various appointments and chairmanships on a voluntary basis. He is a Volunteer Mediator with the State Courts, a Member on the Singapore Mediation Centre’s Panel of Family Mediators and Associate Mediators Panel, and a Justice of the Peace.
Mr Lim is also the author of three books in the Vantage Views series, which is a collection of his thoughts on contemporary issues. All the proceeds from the books, amounting close to $1m, were donated to charity.
Ms Priscilla Shunmugam
Ms Priscilla Shunmugam designs womenswear that is inspired by and which celebrates Singapore’s multi-ethnic heritage.
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to a Chinese mother and an Indian father, Ms Shunmugam was accepted to read law at the National University of Singapore at age 20. Upon graduation, she worked briefly as a lawyer. In 2008, she spent a year in England, where she studied dressmaking and pattern cutting. After returning to Singapore in 2009, she launched her debut collection, Orientalism, in 2010, and Guardianship, a collection of modern cheongsams, followed soon after in 2011. Her signature style of marrying traditional motifs, textiles, colours and silhouettes into the contemporary wardrobe made a sartorial splash and a bold cultural statement.
In 2012, Ms Shunmugam was invited by the National Museum of Singapore to present a public lecture as part of its landmark In The Mood For Cheongsam exhibition. Titled “Cheongsam, Dim Sum or Me?”, her lecture explored the cheongsam’s history through several identity changes in the context of Singapore’s past, present and future.
That same year, Shunmugam was the only woman in fashion to be featured in Style Magazine Singapore’s 10th Anniversary’s list of The New Guard – a shortlist of “game-changers and taste-makers doing things their way”. She was also voted Singapore Designer of the Year at the 2012 Elle Awards in Singapore.
Ms Vemala Rajamanickam
Allen & Gledhill
Ms Vemala Rajamanickam is a Consultant at Allen & Gledhill.
Having been in practice for over thirty years, Ms Raja has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, including corporate acquisitions, dispositions and the re-organisation of private companies. She also advises on non-contentious employment law issues, immigration, probate and administration and estate duty matters.
Ms Raja serves on the board of various companies and also holds office as the company secretary and agent of various foreign companies. She is also involved in joint ventures and start-ups of manufacturing and industrial operations.
Ms Raja is co-author of Chapter 16 of International Agency, Distribution and Licensing Agreements (third edition) by Richard Christou, and is cited as a leading corporate and commercial practitioner by The Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2001/2002 and 2002/2003). She is also recognised as a leading insolvency and restructuring practitioner in IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2003).
Ms Raja graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1970, and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1971.
Dr Tan See Leng
IHH Healthcare Berhad
Dr Tan See Leng has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. As Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IHH Healthcare Berhad, and Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Parkway Pantai Limited, he provides strategic direction and leadership for overall operations within IHH and its largest operating subsidiary, Parkway Pantai. Prior to joining IHH and Pantai, Dr Tan founded a private primary healthcare group in Singapore.
An active member of various medical committees in Singapore, Dr Tan has served as an appointed member of the MediShield Life Review Committee in 2013, a member on the Ministry of Health’s Steering Committee for Primary Healthcare for the country for 2010 in 2003, and as an executive committee member for the National Healthcare Group Cluster’s University Cancer Program.
Dr Tan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Family Physicians Singapore (CFPS) and has served in various capacities including as its Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Vice President. He has also been Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, Office of Education. He also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Professor Edwin Thumboo
National University of Singapore
Professor Edwin Thumboo is an accomplished poet, academic and a pioneer of English literature in Singapore. He joined the University of Singapore in 1966, and received a Ph.D. from the university in 1970. He rose to the position of full professor, heading the Department of English Language and Literature from 1977 to 1993.
After the university merged with Nanyang University to form the National University of Singapore in 1980, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1980 to 1991. He was the first Chairman and Director of the university’s Centre for the Arts from 1993 to 2005, and continues to be associated with the university as an Emeritus Professor, a position he has held since retiring from full-time teaching in September 1997.
The eldest son of a Tamil schoolteacher and a Chinese-Peranakan housewife, as a child he was sometimes called names and marginalised because of his mixed parentage. Singapore’s national life was a key subject of his poetry and he soon established his reputation as a national poet committed to articulating a cultural vision for a multicultural Singapore. He believed that poets of post-independence Singapore should work towards creating a national literature, and he played a vital role in promoting Singapore literature, for example, through his work as General Editor of the literary journal Singa.
In August 2008, The Straits Times declared Professor Thumboo’s most powerful legacy as “spearheading the creation of a Singapore literature in English.” In 2015, his collection of poetry Gods Can Die (1977) was selected by The Business Times as one of the Top 10 English Singapore books from 1965–2015. Besides his many literary accolades, he was conferred a Public Service Star in 1981 with an additional Bar in 1991, and the Meritorious Services Medal in 2006 as Distinguished Poet and Literary Scholar.
Mr Kingsley Loh
Kingsley graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1999 and has worked in various sectors including education, healthcare, and fast-moving consumer goods.
His most recent endeavour was in the area of music education. As the co-founder of a classical piano school for primary school students, he spearheaded strategic planning, program development and overall management.
Prior to that, he was with Parkway Cancer Centre where he oversaw representative offices and marketing programmes in nine cities across five countries.
In the realm of social causes, Kingsley has worked with residents at a halfway house as a volunteer music coach, and also in humanitarian work in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
He loves sport fishing and is a cat lover (need we say more?) He is married and recently became the proud father of a young daughter. He believes a culture of honour and honouring is the best gift he can give to her and her generation.