BRIF 2018

Belt and Road Initiative Forum 2018

Belt and Road: Opportunities and Networking Enabler (一带一路会议:机遇与关系网的桥梁)

“the BRI will benefit many countries that need more and better infrastructure. It is also compatible with keeping the regional architecture and international system open and inclusive …. Singapore will continue to support China’s constructive participation in the regional architecture as well as the international system.” (PM Lee Hsien Loong, People’s Daily, 6 April 2018).

Following the success of inaugural HCS Internationalisation Forum in 2016, HCS will be organising the Belt and Road Initiative Forum (BRIF) on 4 May 2018 as a platform for businesses to establish their bearings in the context of BRI, explore potential projects and collaboration, and develop appropriate strategies and approaches for overseas expansion. In line with the Singapore Government’s intent to position Singapore as a key interlocutor for BRI, and to continue the momentum for Singapore companies to succeed in overseas ventures, the theme of the BRIF2018 is “Belt and Road: Opportunities and Networking Enabler (一带一路会议:机遇与关系网的桥梁)”

Supporting organisations and Strategic Partners:

















Official Media Partner:

 Channel NewsAsia



  • Hear the latest trends and developments from senior government officials, renowned thought-leaders and industry captains, pertaining to BRI and the key winning strategies for successful ventures;
  • Valuable networking opportunities with C-suite level participants;
  • Strengthen capabilities and sharpen strategies for your overseas ventures to BRI countries;
  • Understand trade relations, government rules and regulations and the BRI; and
  • Learn how to manage cross-border transaction and supply chain in the digital economy.

Note: Bilingual (English/Chinese) session. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


Guest-of-Honour (Morning)

Ms Sim Ann 

Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Communications and Information 
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

Education and early career

Sim Ann was educated at the Hwa Chong Junior College from 1992 to 1993. In 1997, she obtained a B.A (Honours) from Oxford University , where she had studied since 1994. She was awarded an M.A from Stanford University in 2009. Sim Ann also has a Post Graduate Diploma from the Nanyang Technological University. Sim Ann started her career in 1998 as an Assistant Director for Finance Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Health. From 2000 to 2003, she worked at the Ministry of Home Affairs as an Assistant Director for Implementation Planning, before moving to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where she was Deputy Director for Trade until 2006. Between 2007 and 2009, she was the Regional Director (East China) for IE Singapore and in 2009, she became the Director for the National Population Secretariat until she left the Civil Service in 2011.

Political career

Sim Ann first stepped into the political arena in the 2011 General Elections when she contested in the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC as one of the four-member PAP team led by incumbent Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. The other PAP members are Christopher de Souza and Liang Eng Hwa. She is currently the MP for the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC. 


Programme at a Glance


synopsis TBC


30% of China’s Belt and Road investments globally are in Singapore. Currently, 60% of ASEAN project finance transactions are led by Singapore-based banks. Singapore and China have agreed on three areas of cooperation in the BRI: infrastructural connectivity, financial connectivity and third-country collaboration. Singapore and China have also committed to augmenting economic cooperation and deepening two-way investment ties, including an upgrade of the China-Singapore FTA. In addition, there will be greater access as a result of Singapore’s new FTA with Sri Lanka and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP). Against this backdrop:

  • How can Singapore companies capture new opportunities?
  • How can Singapore companies collaborate overseas companies on international projects or other business opportunities?
  • What can Singapore companies do to stay ahead of the competition? 

Moderator: Mr Tan Kiat How, CEO (IMDA)


BRI links 63% of the world’s population from 65 countries, accounting for 40% of global trade. To facilitate this massive project, the Chinese Government has committed billions of dollars on infrastructure-related projects in BRI countries.

This session will discuss different approaches for coordinating and working with suppliers and strategic partners in the context of BRI, and strategies for aligning the incentives of the different players throughout the supply chain to develop successful collaboration relationships.

Given the opportunities and challenges, how do businesses develop stronger business, distribution and logistics networks within Southeast Asia and the region?


1) Dr Shahzad Nasim (Executive Chairman, Meinhardt Group)
2)Mr Jonathan Lau (Head of Legal, Lazada eLogistics Group)
3) Mr Sam Goi (Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia Group)
4) Dr Shantanu Godbole (STSM, IBM Research, IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation)

Chair: Prof Ho Teck Hua (Provost and Senior Deputy President, NUS)

Special Lunch Conversation hosted by Channel NewsAsia 

“The New Silk Road”

It was a legendary trading route that for thousands of years connected Europe with Asia, and ancient Rome with Ancient China. Known as the Silk Road, it stretched through some of the most rugged terrain in the world 2000 years ago.

Now modern China is building a new Silk Road. The New Silk Road, also known as the One Belt One Road plan, is a hugely ambitious initiative launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013. It will link up over 65 countries and 4.4 billion people. That is about 60 percent of the world’s population.

Channel NewsAsia’s documentary team has travelled across the globe to 7 regions to investigate what the Silk Road means for individuals, companies and countries. The epic journey will take viewers from the future ports of China to naval bases in the Philippines, to safaris in Africa, wushu schools in Iran and ghettos in Greece.

The program received an Award for Best Documentary (International Affairs) at the New York Festivals.


Dialogue with Business Leaders, hosted by Mr Augustine Anthuvan (Executive Producer, Channel NewsAsia): 

1) Mr Teo Ser Luck (Chairman, Nufin Data and Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC)
2) Mr Jimmy Koh (Managing Director and Head of Business Insights and Analytics, Group Wholesale Banking, UOB)
3) Mr Sam Goi (Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia Group)
4) Mr Boon Swan Foo (Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Consortium Investment Management Limited)
5) Mr Xiao Qiang (Chongqing Chen Long Private Equity Fund Management)


The session will discuss the roles played by the Governments, trade/business associations, as well as businesses in facilitating flow of trade, goods, services, and people along the BRI. What are some of the approaches and facilities available in organisations which serve as a bridge that enable businesses and individuals to benefit from the BRI?


1) Mr Leong Sing Chiong (Assistant Managing Director (Development & International), Monetary Authority of Singapore)
2) Mr Teo Eng Cheong (CEO International, Surbana Jurong)
3) Ms Fong Pin Fen (Director (Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions), Singapore Economic Development Board)
4) Mr Wong Choo Sin (Global Markets Director, China, Enterprise Singapore)
5) Dr Lim Tai Wei (Adjunct Research Fellow, NUS East Asian Institute)


Southeast Asia’s Internet Economy

According to the Google-Temasek e-Conomy SEA Spotlight 2017 South-east Asia’s Internet economy will hit US$50 billion (S$67.6 billion) in 2017 and will potentially exceed US$200 billion by 2025. Investments in Singapore-based companies like Grab, Lazada, and Sea Ltd. bolster Singapore’s position as Southeast Asia’s financial and tech hub, but the report also highlights the challenges that these companies faced, namely shortage of local, homegrown talent, particularly in senior engineering roles. Against this backdrop, what are the opportunities for Singapore businesses? How to overcome challenges? What should Singaporeans do to better prepare for the future opportunities created by the rapidly growing Southeast Asia’s Internet Economy?


1) Ms Stephanie Davis (Country Director, Google Singapore)
2) Ms Cheryl Chan (Head of Secondary Industries at The Linde Group (Gas & Engineering) and Member of Parliament, Fengshan SMC)
3) Mr Ron Sim (Chairman, V3 Group) 


Theme: China’s Belt & Road Initiative: Opportunities in ASEAN
With a huge market of US$2.6 trillion and over 622 million people, ASEAN countries have become important partners for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Deepening of economic ties and trade relations between ASEAN and China have also brought about major construction and infrastructure projects in the region to improve connectivity between ASEAN and China, South Asia, Central Asia, Europe and so on. As ASEAN countries further strengthen their economic integration and contribute to the global value chain, there are many new opportunities for businesses in the region to work together to tap on projects related to BRI. Panel of distinguished Ambassadors and High Commissioners: 

• H.E. Mr Ngurah Swajaya (Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Singapore)
• H.E. Dato’ Zulkifli Adnan (High Commissioner of Malaysia to Singapore)
• H.E. Mr Nimal Weeraratne (High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Singapore)
• H.E. Dr Usen Suleimen (Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Singapore)
• H.E. Ms Barbara Plinkert (EU Ambassador to Singapore) 

Host: Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed (Non-Resident Ambassador to Kuwait, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 

Who should attend?

Business owners, Entrepreneurs, C-suite leaders, Vice Presidents, Directors and Functional Managers of companies who are interested to venture abroad, planning to internationalise or are already working on overseas projects.


Luminary Speakers from the Private, Public and People sectors

Stay tuned for more updates!

Marc BuschProf Marc L. Busch

Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Marc L. Busch (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Professor of Government and Professor of Business Administration at Georgetown University. He is an expert on international trade policy and law. He serves as a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers (ITAC-16), a public-private group reporting to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative. He has addressed a wide variety of governments and international institutions, including the Advisory Centre on WTO Law, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the World Bank and the United Nations. He has testified before the US Congress on Airbus-Boeing litigation, and before the Canadian Senate on softwood lumber litigation. He has consulted to Booz Allen Hamilton, Bell Canada, Frontier Strategy Group, Goruck, Health Canada, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, McKinsey, Monitor, Nomacorc, Philip Morris International, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Trade Law Division of the Department of International Trade Canada, on behalf of which he addressed a NAFTA 2022 panel on dispute settlement.

Mr Tan Kiat How

Chief Executive Officer, Info-communications Media Development Authority

Mr Tan was appointed Chief Executive of the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) in Jan 2017.

Prior to joining IMDA, Mr Tan was the Deputy Secretary (Cyber and Technology) at the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), where he was involved in refining the national cybersecurity strategy with the Cyber Security Agency (CSA).

Mr Tan was also previously from the former Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), where he helped to develop the Intelligent Nation 2015 plan and implemented the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network. He also served at the Ministry of Finance and the Pioneer Generation Office.

Mr Tan graduated from Stanford University with an M.Sc in Management and was a Mason Fellow at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also has a B.A. in Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Mr Tan currently sits on the boards of Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Mr Wong Choo Sin

Global Markets Director, China, Enterprise Singapore

Mr Wong Choo Sin was appointed Global Market Director, China of Enterprise Singapore with effect from 01 April 2018.

Enterprise Singapore is a Singapore government agency that champions the growth of Singapore companies through productivity enhancement, innovation, digitalization, talent development and internationalization.

Prior to this appointment, Choo Sin was the Group Director of IE Singapore’s Enterprise Partnership Group. He also served in various capacities in the Ministry of Trade and Industry as well as the Ministry of Law.

Choo Sin was the recipient of a Fulbright Singapore Student Programme scholarship from the US government and received a Masters’ of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 2013. He also holds a Bachelors’ of Communications (Journalism) from Nanyang Technological University.

Prof Ho Teck Hua

Senior Deputy President and Provost, Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor, National University of Singapore

Professor Ho Teck Hua is the senior deputy president and provost of the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at NUS.

Teck is a prominent behavioural scientist with a PhD in decision sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with first class honours, a master’s degree in computer and information sciences from NUS, and a master’s degree in decision sciences from the Wharton School.

In 2011, he took a part-time appointment at NUS as vice president (research strategy), and became director of the NUS Centre for Behavioural Economics. In 2015, he became deputy president (research and technology) at NUS. In Singapore, he is a board member of the National University Health System, a member of the board of directors of the National Environment Agency, a fellow at the Civil Service College, and chair of a research advisory panel for the Land Transport Authority. He is also the executive chairman of AI Singapore, a national research and development programme, and chairman of the Singapore Data Science Consortium.

Prior to his role as deputy president, Teck was the William Halford Jr Family Professor of Marketing at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He was also the director of the Asia Business Center and served as the Haas School’s associate dean of academic affairs and the chair of the Marketing Group. In 1999, he earned tenure in the marketing department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he was assistant professor of operations and technology management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Teck has published many significant works in refereed journals in the areas of behavioural economics, management science, and marketing. In 2014, a co-authored paper won the second place Wickham Skinner Best Paper Award from Production and Operations Management. He has also been a finalist for three of the most prestigious awards in marketing research, including the 2011 William F O’Dell Award, the 2006 John DC Little Best Paper Award, and the 2005 Paul Green Best Paper Award.

He was the first non-US citizen to be editor-in-chief of Management Science, the venerable flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and one of the top journals for research in management. He has also been an associate editor for the Journal of Marketing ResearchMarketing Science, and a co-editor for Foundations and Trends in Marketing.

Teck has consulted and taught for many large companies, including Autodesk, eBay, Google, Intel, and Johnson & Johnson, among others. He is one of the most sought after experts on strategic pricing strategy and behavioural change.

At the Haas School of Business, Teck received the 2015 Williamson Award, the School’s highest faculty award, named in honour of Oliver Williamson, the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. The award celebrates honourees who best reflect the character and integrity associated with Williamson’s scholarly work and legacy. He was awarded the prestigious Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010, and the Earl F Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Mr Sam Goi

Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia Group

Sam Goi is the Executive Chairman of Tee Yih Jia Group, a global food and beverage group with operations in Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Europe, Japan and China, and Executive Chairman of Mainboard-listed GSH Corporation Limited, a regional real estate developer and owner/operator of the 5-star Sutera Harbour Resort, Marina and Golf Course in Kota Kinabalu.

He is also the the Vice-Chairman of two other Mainboard-listed companies – Envictus International Holdings Limited and JB Foods Limited.

Mr Goi was awarded the Public Service Star (Bar), or BBM (L) by the Singapore Government in 2014 and the Long Service Award from People’s Action Party in 2015. He was conferred the “Businessman of the Year Award” by The Business Times in 2014, and more recently in 2017, he was honoured in Beijing, China, for his contributions and success as an overseas Chinese by the People’s Tribune Magazine.

In 2015, he received the Long Service Award from Singapore’s People Action Party. He was also conferred the State Award of Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK), which carries the title of Datuk, from the Head of State of Sabah, for his social and business contributions to Kota Kinabalu. In addition, he was awarded the SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Award, and Enterprise Asia’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

He is a strong supporter of trade and serves as the Chairman of the International Trade Committee of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Life President of the Enterprise 50 Club. Mr Goi is the Vice Chairman of IE Singapore’s “Network China” Steering Committee, its regional representative for Fuzhou City and Fujian Province, as well as a council member of the Singapore-Zhejiang and Singapore-Tianjin Economic and Trade Councils, and Senior Consultant to Su-Tong Science and Technology Park.

Mr Goi also serves in various community and grassroots organisations. He is the Honorary Chairman of the Dunman High School Advisory Committee, Chairman of Ulu Pandan Citizens Consultative Committee, Honorary Chairman for the International Federation of Fuqing Association, and sits on the board of organisations such as the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Academy of Chinese Medicine Singapore.

Mr Shahzad Nasim

Executive Chairman, Meinhardt Group

Dr. Nasim helms the Meinhardt Group as Executive Chairman and is its major shareholder, with oversight of Meinhardt’s strategic direction, business expansion, key clients and major projects. He has been instrumental in leading the rapid growth of the Meinhardt Group, which is ranked by Engineering News-Record (a list of who’s who in the engineering and construction world) as one of the largest independent engineering consultancy firms globally. 

Headquartered in Singapore, Meinhardt Group employs 4,500 staff in 45 offices across the globe, and consults on projects worth over US$20 billion annually. The Company provides lead consultancy, engineering, master-planning and project management services for all types of buildings and major infrastructure projects worldwide. The Company has designed many landmark projects in Singapore and around the world. 

Prior to acquiring the Meinhardt Group and shifting the headquarters from Melbourne to Singapore in 2010, Dr. Nasim was the CEO of Meinhardt Group International since 1997 and Managing Director of Meinhardt Singapore since 1985. He spearheaded the Group’s expansion into China, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom. 

Dr Nasim, a professional engineer by training, is regularly invited to speak at local and regional conferences and has numerous papers to his credit. He is actively involved in educational, professional and statutory boards related to the construction industry. 

In recognition of his entrepreneurship, Dr. Nasim was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Rotary-ASME Singapore in 2004 and the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Engineering) in 2012. 

He was also conferred the inaugural Distinguished Professional Engineer Award by the Professional Engineers Board in 2014 and the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2015. In March 2017, he was presented with the ACES Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Dr. Nasim received his doctorate from Honolulu University and obtained his Master in Civil Engineering from National University of Singapore.

Mr Jonathan Lau

Head of Legal, Lazada eLogistics Group

Jonathan Lau is the Head of Legal, Lazada eLogistics.  He leads the legal team at Lazada eLogistics, the e-commerce logistics arm of Lazada Group.

Jonathan has overall responsibility for all legal matters related to the Lazada Group’s logistics network, which spans Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and parts of China. This includes legal oversight over Lazada eLogistics’ corporate structure and licensing framework, the customisation, leasing and operation of logistics assets and facilities, the offering of a variety of e-commerce logistics solutions, and vendor and operations risk management.

Prior to joining Lazada, Jonathan was an M&A lawyer at a leading international and Singapore law firm, and was in-house counsel at Singapore Post Limited.

ShantanuPicDr Shantanu Godbole

STSM, IBM Research, IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation

Shantanu Godbole works with IBM Research in Singapore as a Senior Researcher and Member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He leads the IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation, the first IBM Research led innovation center of its kind focusing on solutions in Trade and Finance. He works with clients and IBM business units and connects them with IBM Research’s mission of innovation, impact, and helping create new technology based businesses. He is interested in upcoming topics at the intersection of technology and business like Blockchain and AI. He has been with IBM Research since 2006 and has spent 2 years in global offering development for IBM’s analytics services business. He has a Ph.D. in machine learning from IIT Bombay and is active in professional service and mentoring.

Mr Teo Ser Luck

Chairman, Nufin Data and Member of Parliament (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC)

Mr Teo spent over 15 years in the private sector progressing to manage multi-national companies like DHL Express (Singapore) in the Asia Pacific region before stepping into public service for the past 11 years.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC in May 2006 and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary. He was subsequently promoted to Minister of State, appointed as the Mayor of the North East District and chairman of the Mayors committee. Mr Teo has served in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, and the Ministry of Transport. Mr Teo continues to serve as a Member of Parliament today.

For his achievements, Mr Teo was recognised as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum for his contribution to the business and community services sectors. He also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and subsequently received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Nanyang Technological University for continuing to make a difference in public service.

Mr Teo graduated from Nanyang Technological University(NTU) and is married with two children. He works out daily in functional fitness, and actively participates in sports such as football, triathlons, marathons and has completed 5 Ironman races.

Mr Ron Sim

Founder, Executive Chairman & CEO, V3 Group

Ron Sim is the Chairman of V3 Group Limited and is responsible for the formulation of the strategic direction of the group. As a brand creator and developer, V3 Group Limited is an Asian luxury group in the lifestyle and wellness markets (OSIM, TWG Tea, ONI Global), targeting a broad and affluent consumer demographic.

He began in 1979 with a trading company selling general household items and later branched into home healthcare products. Mr Sim then expanded this business under the OSIM brand overseas, to Hong Kong in 1986 and Taiwan in 1987. By the early 1990s he had grown the OSIM brand into an Asian household name. Under his leadership, OSIM was publicly listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in July 2000.

Today the V3 Group operates a wide point-of-sales network, through the 3 specialty retail brands of OSIM, TWG Tea and GNC, with more than 670 outlets in 141 cities, across 24 countries in Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe and North America. The group continuously innovates, accelerating growth within its existing bands and utilizing its expertise to penetrate new markets and acquire new brands and businesses.

Over the years, Mr Sim has won several awards and has been recognized for these personal achievements through the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of The Year 2003’, the Business Times ‘Businessman of the Year 2003’ award and the Singapore Corporate Awards (2012) ‘Best CEO Award’.

Mr Sim continues to lead the V3 Group in setting and realizing its vision, goals and direction. Besides his corporate role, Mr Sim also participates actively in public service:
- Committee member of NTU Enterprise Committee (Jun 2008 – 2014)
- Advisory Board of Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University (2004 – 2014)
- Board Member, International Enterprise Singapore (2006 – 2008)
- Board Member, Sentosa Development Corporation (2004 – 2009)
- Investment Approvals Committee of SPRING SEEDS, an initiative of SPRING Singapore (2005 – 2007)
- National University of Singapore Business School Advisory Board (2004 – 2007)
- Economic Review Sub-Committee (2001)
- Board of Trustees, Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund (Apr 2012 – Feb 2014)

Mr Jimmy Koh

Managing Director and Head of Business Insights and Analytics, Group Wholesale Banking, UOB

Mr Koh is part of Group Wholesale Banking/Sector Solutions Group, where he heads the Business Insights and Analytics team. Prior to this, he anchored the UOB Macro-economic and Markets research, where led a team of macro economists, FX and rates strategies for both asset and liabilities management. He also led UOB’s Investor Relations/Credit Rating team. Mr Koh has more than 15 years in banking and global markets research experience.

Mr Leong Sing Chiong

Assistant Managing Director (Development & International), Monetary Authority of Singapore

Mr Leong Sing Chiong was appointed Assistant Managing Director overseeing the Development and International Group in 2013. He is responsible for developing Singapore as a financial centre, and MAS’ policies relating to international and regional financial cooperation. Prior to this appointment, Mr Leong served as Executive Director of Financial Centre Development Department (2010-2013), and spent six years with the International Department (2004-2010).

Mr Leong began his MAS career with the Reserves Management Department in 1993 and served as Staff Assistant to the Managing Director from 1997-1998. In 1999, he joined the Monetary Management Division and was responsible for the implementation of MAS’ monetary policy and money market operations. Thereafter, Mr Leong was appointed Chief Representative of MAS’ London Representative Office from 2002-2004.

Mr Leong is a recipient of the Public Administration Medal (Silver). He holds a B.Sc Economics (Monetary Economics) from the London School of Economics.

Mr Teo Eng Cheong

CEO International, Surbana Jurong

Mr Teo Eng Cheong joined Surbana Jurong Group as CEO (International) on 1 January 2016. He spearheads Surbana Jurong’s efforts to expand its international footprint in Singapore, Southeast Asia and North Asia.

Before joining the private sector, Eng Cheong was a senior government official with the Singapore Administrative Service. From 2011 to 2015, Eng Cheong was CEO of International Enterprise Singapore (“IE Singapore”), the lead government agency responsible for spearheading the overseas growth of Singapore-based companies through trade and investments. Under his leadership, IE Singapore established itself as the go-to agency for Singapore companies interested in various markets such as China, India and Myanmar. Offshore trading also hit new records.

Prior to this, Eng Cheong held several leadership positions in the Singapore Government, including the CEO of the Competition Commission of Singapore (2008-2010) and Director-General of Singapore Customs (2004-2007). In his earlier years, Eng Cheong was involved in investment promotion in the Economic Development Board, financial sector development in the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and government policy formulation in the then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. He also spent two years in Suzhou working on the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park development. For his service with the government, he was awarded the Singapore National Day Medal for Public Administration (silver) in 2006.

Eng Cheong currently serves as a Director on the SMEC Holdings Board, a Council member of NUS Business School’s China Business Centre and a Council member of the Singapore Manufacturing Federation. Previously, he also sat on the boards of IE Singapore, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited, the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, Council for Private Education, Health Promotion Board, and Singapore Sports Council. He also served on the Advisory Board of Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

Eng Cheong holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from National University of Singapore and Masters of Science (Economics) from London School of Economics & Political Science. He is also a Lien Fellow with the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship.

Eng Cheong enjoys travelling, golf and reading. He is married with three children.

Ms Fong Pin Fen

Director (Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions)

Fong Pin Fen is the Director of Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions Group in the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). She oversees the promotion and development of new business and investment opportunities in Engineering Services, Controls and Automation and Building Solutions sectors in Singapore. She joined EDB in 2004. She was based in Shanghai as the Regional Director for EDB’s Greater China Operations from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, she was Head of Electronics, overseeing the promotion and development of the Semiconductor industry in Singapore and Head of EDB China Desk Operations.

Dr Lim Tai Wei

Adj Research Fellow, NUS East Asian Institute

Lim is a historian by training and also an area study specialist (on contemporary China and Japan). His subject areas include World history, Energy and environment histories, (North) East Asian history, East Asian studies (Japan and China), Japanese studies, contemporary China studies. He has taught East Asian history and Japanese studies-related courses in the university environment. His academic research interests include the theme of energy in World History, energy and environmental histories of contemporary (1945 – present day) Japan and China. He has been working on hydrocarbon fuels, including coal and oil energy histories. His policy research interests include contemporary developments in Japan,Hong Kong and China.

Ms Stephanie Davis

Country Director, Google Singapore

Stephanie Davis is Google’s Country Director for Singapore, responsible for business strategy and operations. Prior to this, she has held such positions as Country Director for New Zealand and Managing Industry Director for Travel in the United States, looking after many of Google’s largest and most complex Travel partnerships. Stephanie first joined Google in 2006 and has held a number of other leadership roles, including looking after operational design for EMEA, working in the United States as Head of Industry for the financial services and insurance sector, and before that as Head of Publisher Partnerships. Before joining Google, Stephanie was Managing Director of Research and Marketing for Knight Ridder Inc, the second largest publisher in the United States. Stephanie is thrilled to be living in Singapore, learning more about Singapore’s beautiful culture and partnering with local businesses to prosper in the digital age.

Ms Cheryl Chan

Head of Secondary Industries at The Linde Group (Gas & Engineering) and Member of Parliament, Fengshan SMC

Cheryl Chan is Head of Secondary Industries (Corporate Strategy & Market Intelligence) with The Linde Group (Gas & Engineering). In her current role, she oversees a group that provides market insights of the industry, develops growth opportunity areas and supports development of the company’s strategies for various industry sectors. Since joining Linde in 2007, she has held several management positions in Electronics sector on market development, product portfolio management and supply chain operations. Prior to joining Linde, Cheryl spent several years in technical roles and engineering management before moving on to product marketing in Asia with Kulicke & Soffa, the world’s leading supplier of semiconductor back-end assembly equipment. She obtained an Honours degree in Applied Science (Materials Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University and furthered her studies, part-time, in Business Management from the MacQuarie Graduate School of Management, while working full-time.

Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed

Non-Resident Ambassador to Kuwait, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed is currently Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to Kuwait and the Foreign Minister’s Special Envoy to the Middle East.

Between 1976 and 1996, Mr Zainul Abidin served in various capacities in journalism including as Editor of Berita Harian, The Sunday Times, and Associate Editor of The Straits Times. He was seconded to the Council for the Development of Singapore Muslim Community (Mendaki) as its CEO from 1990 to 1993, and to Singapore Islamic Religious Council (MUIS) as its President from 1991 – 1996.

In 1997, he entered politics and was elected as MP for Cheng San GRC (1997 – 2001) and then Aljunied GRC (2001 – 2011). During this period, he was also appointed Executive Secretary of the Singapore Port Workers’ Union (1997 – 1998), General Manager of NTUC Fairprice Cooperative Ltd (1997 – 1998), Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998 – 2001). He also held the post of Mayor of the Northeast Community Development Council (2001 – 2008). In 2004, he was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and was promoted to Senior Minister of State 2 years later.

Mr Zainul Abidin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Malay Studies from the University of Singapore in 1971.

Mr Boon Swan Foo

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Consortium Investment Management Limited

Mr Boon is a Senior Advisor to Temasek International Advisors Pte Ltd. He also serves on the boards of several overseas companies which are significant and major players in their respective markets, namely Intouch Holdings Plc, a telecommunications and satellite holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand; Dongfeng Motor Corporation (China), an automobile manufacturer; China National Offshore Oil Corporation, a national oil company; and China Huadian Corporation, a power generation company. Mr Boon is also the Chairman and Non-executive Director of Global Investments Limited (“GIL”), a mutual fund listed on the SGX-ST.

Mr Boon served as Managing Director of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) from 2002 to 2006 and was CEO & Deputy Chairman of ST Engineering Ltd from 1997 to 2001. For his stewardship of ST Engineering Ltd, Mr Boon was awarded one of Singapore’s most prestigious business awards, the Singapore Business Award for Outstanding CEO in 2000.

Mr Boon Swan Foo was also Chairman and independent non-executive Director of Perennial China Retail Trust Management Pte. Ltd (“PCRTMPL”) from November 2010 to March 2013. PCRTMPL was the Trustee-Manager of Perennial China Retail Trust, which was listed on the Mainboard of Singapore Exchange from June 2011 to February 2015.

Mr Boon is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK)-ACCA. He holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore and has completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. Presently, he holds an Adjunct Professorship at Nanyang Technological University.


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Moderator: Mr Tan Kiat How, CEO, IMDA






Prof Ho Teck Hua (Senior Deputy President and Provost, NUS)
Dr Shahzad Nasim, Executive Chairman, Meinhardt Group
Mr Jonathan Lau, Head of Legal, Lazada eLogistics Group
Mr Sam Goi, Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia Group
Dr Shantanu Godbole, STSM, IBM Research, IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation



“The New Silk Road” 

hosted by Mr Augustine Anthuvan (Executive Producer, Channel NewsAsia)

Mr Teo Ser Luck, Chairman Nufin Data and MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
Mr Jimmy Koh, Managing Director and Head of Business Insights and Analytics, Group Wholesale Banking, UOB 
Mr Sam Goi, Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia Group
Mr Boon Swan Foo, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, SICIM
Mr Xiao Qiang, Chen Long Private Equity Fund Management




Mr Teo Eng Cheong, CEO International, Surbana Jurong
Mr Leong Sing Chiong, Assistant Managing Director (Development & International), Monetary Authority of Singapore
Ms Fong Pin Fen, Director (Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions), EDB
Mr Wong Choo Sin, Global Markets Director, China, Enterprise Singapore  
Dr Lim Tai Wei, Adjunct Research Fellow, NUS East Asian Institute



Southeast Asia’s Internet Economy

Ms Stephanie Davis, Country Director, Google Singapore
Ms Cheryl Chan, Head of Secondary Industries at The Linde Group (Gas & Engineering) and Member of Parliament, Fengshan SMC
Mr Ron Sim, Chairman, V3 Group


CLOSING DIALOGUE: Conversation with Ambassadors

• H.E. Mr Ngurah Swajaya (Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Singapore)
• H.E. Dato’ Zulkifli Adnan (High Commissioner of Malaysia to Singapore)
• H.E. Mr Nimal Weeraratne (High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Singapore)
• H.E. Dr Usen Suleimen (Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Singapore)
• H.E. Ms Barbara Plinkert (EU Ambassador to Singapore)

Host: Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed (Non-Resident Ambassador to Kuwait, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)



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