Mr Lim Siong Guan
Mr Lim Siong Guan is a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College.
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.
Mr Lim has served as Group President of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Advisor to the GIC Group Executive Committee, 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.
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 he co-authored, “The Leader, The Teacher And You: Leadership Through A Third Generation”, which co-won the Singapore Literature Prize for English Non-fiction in 2014. He is also co-author of the book “Winning with Honour: In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership, and Life”. He has written a third book, “Can Singapore Fall?”, based on his lectures as the fourth S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, delivered at the Institute of Public Policy.
A frequent speaker on the topic of leadership and change management, Mr Lim is a member of the International Board of the stars Foundation in Switzerland, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes development of next generation leaders. He chairs the Board of Directors of SwissRe Asia Pte. Ltd., the Asian subsidiary of Swiss Reinsurance headquartered in Zurich, and is also Lead Independent Director of Wilmar International Ltd.
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. Mr Lim 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 Ms Chew Gek Khim, Executive Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited.
Ms Chew Gek Khim
Ms Chew Gek Khim is a lawyer by training. She is Executive Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited, and of the Tecity Group. She is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited, and sits on the Board of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd. and the Singapore Exchange Limited.
Ms Chew is also Deputy Chairman of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore, and Chairman of Tan Sri Tan Foundation in Malaysia. She is a Member of the Securities Industry Council of Singapore, and of the Board of Governors at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Ms Chew graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984. She was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2010, the Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards in 2016.
Mr Philip Ng
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
Rekanext Capital Planners
An engineer by training, Mr Alwi Hafiz has been in professional services, consulting and IT for almost 30 years. Alwi is a founding partner of Rekanext Capital Planners and co-founder of a startup focusing on data analytics and adaptive technologies applied to the education sector.
Mr Alwi was appointed as Trustee Emeritus of Nanyang Technological University in 2018 after serving as a council member and thereafter a trustee from 2001 to 2017. He is also a board member of Mendaki Social Enterprise Network (SENSE), Mercy Relief and the Malay Heritage Foundation. He previously served on the Boards of the Land Transport Authority, Yayasan Mendaki and the Association of Muslim Professionals.
Active in the industry and community, Alwi believes strongly in environmental, social and business sustainability and has a passion for tapping on innovation and technology to improve lives and livelihoods.
Mrs Belinda Charles
Mrs Belinda Charles was the former Academy Dean of the Academy of Principals, Singapore. Prior to that, she was formerly a principal within the St. Andrew’s School family – 12 years at the junior college and 9 years at the secondary school. A teacher since 1971, Mrs Charles has also taught in Tanjong Katong Technical School and Nanyang Junior College, before becoming founding principal of Bukit Batok Secondary School in 1985.
In recognition of her services to education, Mrs Charles was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1996.
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.
Ms Joanne H. Lim
Joanne H. Lim is the founder of The Right PerspectiveSG, a consultancy specialising in writing and strategic communications.
After graduating from high school, where she authored the school’s creed, “Live with Passion, Serve with Compassion”, Joanne was awarded a full scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree at Princeton University in the United States. During her time at Princeton, Joanne was awarded the President’s Prize and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society for outstanding academic excellence.
After graduating from Princeton, Joanne worked at PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA), one of the world’s leading port operators. Following PSA, Joanne was awarded a merit scholarship to pursue a Masters in Wealth Management at the Singapore Management University, where she graduated among the top five of her class and was awarded the Portcullis Wealth Management Prize. After attaining her Masters, Joanne worked at Goldman Sachs and UBS AG, before joining the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). She founded The Right PerspectiveSG in 2013.
Joanne was awarded the Singapore Literature Book Prize (Non-Fiction) in 2014 for “The Leader, The Teacher & You”, a book on leadership and governance. She also co-authored “Winning with Honour”, a book on success in life, family, and work that was launched in April 2016. Joanne’s first children’s book, “Meme the Monkey Wins in Life”, a book on what it really means to win in life, was published in December 2019.
Ms Joyce Tan
Joyce has served as Managing Director of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund. She has been with GIC for more than 20 years and held various roles as Director of Technology, Director of Data Management &Asset Valuations and Director of Investment Operations. As Director of Technology, she was responsible for GIC’s global IT operations and support, application development and maintenance. She was
responsible for charting GIC’s IT-Business Solutions strategy and using IT to enhance GIC’s ability to be the leading global long term investor.
As Director of Investment Operations, Joyce was responsible for the broad spectrum of operations such as trade processing and settlements, income entitlements, follow-up on mergers and acquisitions, market data management, asset pricing operations, asset model valuations, performance measurement, management and client reporting of all financial assets under management.
Joyce graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the National University of Singapore and completed The General Managers Program in Harvard Business School. She also served as a Board Advisor of CME Clearing Europe (2016-2017).
Mr Keith Magnus
Keith Magnus is Chairman, Asia, and Global Partner at Evercore. He was appointed to establish Evercore’s office in Singapore in 2013 as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr Magnus secured the prestigious title of Best M&A Adviser in Singapore for three consecutive years (2015, 2016 and 2017) at the Asset Triple A Awards. To date at Evercore he has personally originated and advised on over S$36 billion worth of transactions. He has been named a star investment banker by the Business Times in 2017.
Mr Magnus is the youngest Singaporean in recent years to have headed an investment banking business for a major bulge bracket firm in a major financial centre, when he was appointed Country Head of Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank at age 30. Prior to Evercore, Mr. Magnus was the Chairman and Head of UBS’ Investment Bank in Singapore and Malaysia, and previously the Managing Director and Head of Singapore and Malaysia Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr Magnus started his banking career at JPMorgan Chase.
With extensive M&A advisory and equity and debt capital markets experience, Mr. Magnus has a track record of originating and executing numerous landmark deals in Asia. He has advised some of the region’s most blue chip companies, financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds and billionaires in the region on over 110 transactions and over S$100 billion worth of deals, and won over 20 deal awards by leading industry publications for thought leadership and execution.
Active in the community, Mr Magnus serves as board member of the Nanyang Business School Advisory Council, Centre for Fathering (“Dads for Life”), Anglo-Chinese Schools Foundation, NUS Medicine International Council, Chairman of Alpha Singapore and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation. He has previously served as a Director of Sentosa Development Corporation and Chairman of the Anglo-Chinese School PSG.
Ms Lim Soo Hoon
Ms Lim Soo Hoon became the first female officer to be Permanent Secretary in the Singapore Public Service, when she was appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, in 1999. In 2005, Ms Lim was appointed Permanent Secretary (Public Service Division), Prime Minister’s Office.
In 2012, Ms Lim was appointed Permanent Secretary (Finance) (Performance) in the Ministry of Finance, where she oversaw the Ministry’s central role in creating a high performance government through the efficient and effective use of resources and integrating key programmes, processes and systems across government agencies. She promoted more digital services, and more data sharing within the government as well as with the public.
For her significant contributions to the Public Service, Ms Lim was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1998, and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2004.
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 May Loh
May Loh was with the Singapore Legal Service and served in the Competition Commission, Attorney-General’s Chambers and as a District Judge in the State Courts. May was seconded to the Singapore Administrative Service in the Ministry of Manpower, where she worked on manpower policy, labour relations (tri-partite compact) and international relations (free trade agreements). More recently, she led development work in Stewardship Asia to promote effective stewardship and governance in businesses across Asia. An alumnus of the University of Kent and Harvard Law, May now devotes her time on governance & sustainability, serving various boards including the Securities Investors Association and the Singapore Government’s Charity Council sub-committee on Transparency.
May took a break from work to deal with family matters, during which time she began serving at a pro-bono legal clinic and on the board of The Helping Hand. She enjoys fine art and painting, exhibiting together with others in ‘From Within’ (November 2018); and singing with friends in various choral groups. After some struggle, May has accepted that she cannot cook and is therefore deeply grateful for her supportive spouse who is also a talented chef.
Mr Mohamed Irshad
Mohamed Irshad is the founder and president of Roses of Peace – a youth driven non-profit organisation that seeks to strengthen religious harmony in Singapore. Through its activities, Roses of Peace has effectively reached out to over 40,000 people and engaged over 2,000 youths since its inception in 2012. The unique programmes delivered by Roses of Peace – such as interfaith conferences, youth forums, Faith in Leadership Symposium and more recently, its Ambassador Programme and Connectors Programme – have united the hearts of people across faith, race and tradition by deepening understanding and strengthening trust, for a common cause of promoting peace, harmony and social cohesion.
Having been an active youth leader since his student days, Mohamed Irshad strongly believes that it is at the heart of showing care and compassion, that we will build lasting peace and shape a resilient community. In 2018, he was appointed as a Nominated Member of Parliament. He also serves as a member on the Facebook Community Leadership Global Advisory Board and on the Mosque Management Board of Masjid Abdul Gafoor (Singapore).
He also advises and serves as an ambassador for several organisations in Singapore and across the globe, including REACH Singapore, OnePeople.sg, Singapore Kindness Movement and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). In recognition of his exemplary contributions to the community, Mohamed Irshad has been awarded the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award and the MUIS Youth Inspiring Award in 2018.
Mr Nicholas Chua
Mr Nicholas Chua is Deputy CEO of Ho Bee Land, and is responsible for identifying and evaluating business opportunities to expand the Group’s investment and development portfolio, both locally and overseas. Prior to his current appointment, he held several senior management roles since joining the Group in 2002.
Before joining the Group, Mr Chua was with DBS Group Holdings Ltd. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from the University of Oregon.
Mr Richard Hoon
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.
Mr Vincent Ang
Mr Vincent Ang is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Solomon’s Guild. Mr Ang is a seasoned technologist, consultant and business leader with over 20 years of corporate management experience, working with SMEs, MNCs and Fortune 500 companies in diverse industries such as professional services, technology, mining and hospitality.
Mr Ang has co-founded, developed and operated several businesses in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is actively involved with the business and local community in Singapore and an honorary lifetime member of The Entrepreneurs’ Network. His passion is to help people discover their life purpose and to equip others to live meaningful and significant lives.
Mr Ang serves as the Chairman of the first chapter of the Honour Champions Community.
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.