Internationalisation Forum 2016

Internationalisation Forum 2016

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Singapore to amend legislation to bring TPP into effect by next year: PM Lee Channel NewsAsia, 20 Nov 2016

LIMA, Peru: Singapore will continue with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite a “twist in the road”, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a meeting with the leaders from 11 other Pacific Rim countries that are involved in the mega trade deal on Saturday (Nov 19).

Internationalisation and Human Capital

Social capital embeds the existence of social networks that present values to society, often resulting in having information flows, bonding, broader identities and solidarity that transform the “I” mentality into a “We” mentality. Like social capital, human capital hopes to achieve similar outcomes by bringing like-minded people together.

Their strategic gatherings and collaborations allow for significant amount of synergies to be explored, formed and tapped for value creation. Groups of human capital and networks of people coming together to create more values and opportunities is the aim and thrust of the Internationalisation Forum where, collectively, groups of human capital and their capabilities and relationships can help one another to create values, i.e. the bigger companies can facilitate the smaller, and the faster assists the slower to internationalise their businesses. In unison, the people and companies can achieve and benefit from a magnified effect of 1 + 1 being greater than 2.

IF 2016 LaunchInternationalisation Forum 2016

Minister for Trade & Industry (Trade), Mr Lim Hng Kiang, will be launching the inaugural Internationalisation Forum. Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo, will be gracing the Closing Plenary session. IF 2016 will be taking place on 23rd June 2016 at the Resorts World Sentosa Convention Centre.

This Forum strives to present opportunities for all companies to leverage on one another’s strengths and experience and learn from the many stories, good and bad. It also encourages the SMEs who are ready to venture overseas to “stand on the shoulders of giants” to journey together, and to exploit the many off-shore opportunities available. In an ever-increasing challenging economic environment, it is a sound proposition to explore the benefits in having large organisations/companies/MNC-SMEs partnerships for overseas projects. The Forum aims therefore to offer rich discussions and sharing of valuable insights and lessons pertaining to the in-market challenges.

Supporting Organisations:

 IE Singapore

 NTUC U Associate




Strategic Partners:

SMFederation WAF SBF  ABS_White
 BossesNetwork Logo_Color EuroCham ITE SICCI

Media Partners:

Straits Times ZaoBao    


In the News



  • Hear the latest trends and developments from senior government officials, renowned thought-leaders and industry captains, pertaining to internationalisation 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;
  • Understand trade relations, government rules and regulations and the Trans-Pacific Partnership; and
  • Understand the virtual workforce in the digital economy to stay relevant.


Guest-of-Honour and Keynote Speaker

Lim Hng Kiang

Mr Lim Hng Kiang

Minister for Trade & Industry (Trade)

Born on 9 April 1954, Mr Lim Hng Kiang received his secondary and pre-university education at Raffles Institution. In 1973, he was awarded the President’s Scholarship, as well as the Singapore Armed Forces Scholarship to read Engineering at Cambridge University. He graduated with First Class Honours (Distinction) in 1976.

Mr Lim spent the next nine years in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he held both Command and Staff appointments.

In 1985, Mr Lim was awarded a scholarship for Masters in Public Administration at the Kennedy School in Harvard University.

On his return in 1986, Mr Lim served in the Ministry of Defence and then in the Ministry of National Development as Deputy Secretary. In January 1991, Mr Lim was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board.

Political Career

1991 General Elections: Elected MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC
1997 General Elections: Elected MP for West Coast GRC
2001 General Elections: Elected MP for West Coast GRC
2006 General Elections: Elected MP for West Coast GRC
2011 General Elections: Elected MP for West Coast GRC
2015 General Elections: Elected MP for West Coast GRC

1991: Minister of State (National Development)
1994: Acting Minister (National Development) and Senior Minister of State (Foreign Affairs)
1995: Minister (National Development) and Second Minister (Foreign Affairs)
1998: Minister (National Development) and Second Minister (Finance)
1999: Minister (Health) and Second Minister (Finance)
2003: Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Finance)
2004: Minister (Trade and Industry)
2015: Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade)

Mr Lim is Deputy Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and a Board Director of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC).


Guest-of-Honour (Closing Plenary)

Josephine TeoMrs Josephine Teo

Senior Minister of State
Prime Minister’s Office
Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mrs Josephine Teo was appointed Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport on 1 September 2013. She was Minister of State for Finance and Transport from 21 May 2011 to 31 Aug 2013.

On 1 Oct 2015, she relinquished her Finance portfolio, and was appointed as Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office to assist oversee the National Population and Talent Division in the Prime Minister’s Office. She will concurrently be Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs.

A Member of Parliament since 2006, Mrs Teo was formerly Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education and Assistant Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). She represented the labour movement on the government-appointed Economic Strategies Committee and co-chaired the sub-committee on Fostering Inclusive Growth. Mrs Teo was concurrently Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit organisation Business China, a platform launched by then Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and then China Premier Wen Jiabao to strengthen Singapore’s bicultural foundations, and remains a member of its Board.

To enhance Singapore’s position as a leading global air hub, Mrs Teo was appointed to chair a multi-agency ‘Changi 2036 Steering Committee’ in 2012. This Committee provides strategic direction for the long-term growth plans of Changi Airport. She also chairs the Public Transport Tripartite Committee.


Programme at a Glance

The global economic outlook in the next 5 years and how it affects our Singapore companies

Panelist: Marc L. Busch, Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Host: Mr Ho Kwon PingExecutive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings

Navigating the global landscape preparing for overseas business expansion

With the global economic downturn looming and the shrinking of domestic markets in most countries, these unfavourable situations are creating more headwinds for many companies around the world which directly affects their survivability. Singapore has an open economy and as a result, global trade and economic developments will often have a direct impact on our companies. The government is trying to encourage and stimulate higher cross-boundary trade and business flows in order to help their businesses move into new markets. What mentality should top business leaders adopt in this new paradigm shift? How can companies ride on the existing FTAs and agreements such as TPP after its ratification? What are the financial assistance schemes and supporting infrastructures available for business owners to consider and tap on? Which countries will be more suited for a M&A or JV market entry strategy? Let our esteemed speakers enlighten you with their views.


1) Ho Meng Kit, CEO, Singapore Business Federation
2) Lim Ming Yan, President & CEO, CapitaLand Limited
3) Saud Siddique, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Odyssey Capital
4) Satvinder Singh, Assistant CEO, IE Singapore


Sun Xueling
CEO, Business China
Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Special Luncheon Conversation with Mr Lim Siong Guan 

From a Small State, With a Big Dream – How can Singapore companies compete and punch above their weight on the global stage?

Moderator: Aaron Maniam, Director of Industry Division, MTI

Doing business in China – play the game by adopting key strategies and competitive advantages

Sam Goi, Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia
Janet Ang, Vice President, IBM Asisa Pacific
Quek Lee Kiang, Business Editor, Lianhe Zaobao

Doing business in Indonesia and ASEAN – avoiding potential legal and financial pitfalls

Julian Kwek, Director, Drew & Napier
Candrawijaya Kartorahardjo, Partner, Pentatrust Tax Advisory
Ivan Tan, Group Director, International Operations (Southeast Asia) Group, IE Singapore

Africa and Middle East – breaking into new frontiers and business opportunities

Cher Kwan Siong, Managing Director, Kheng Keng Auto
Lip Kwok Wai, Senior Reporter, MediaCorp

Leveraging on the Singapore brand to secure global projects

A clenched fist packs more power than an open palm. This is a strong analogy not just for martial arts, but overseas ventures by firms into foreign territories. The odds are often stacked against the incumbent non-native companies, where a lack of familiarity with the local business cultures, trust and language barriers are among some of the biggest challenges that firms need to overcome. Mentoring and bringing along lesser-known companies from your home country in overseas projects can result in many benefits. While supporting and complementing on the intended projects, there are possibilities of other potential spin-offs and collaborative partnerships which may be mutually beneficial. Hear from our panel speakers who have been there, seen it and accomplished much.


1) Ranveer Singh Chauhan, MD & CEO (Palm & Natural Rubber Divisions), Olam
2) Alex Hungate, President & CEO, SATS
3) Ong Tze Boon, Group Executive Chairman, ONG&ONG
4) Sam Goi, Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia

Moderator: Vivek Kumar, Director, NTUC

Riding on Singapore’s excellent economic and diplomatic ties with the region – how can we position for new growth and overseas opportunities?

The current economic uncertainties have resulted in the shrinking of many global markets, downsizing of companies and increased redundancy of workers across the globe. Companies need to take appropriate actions to adjust and adapt to this paradigm shift. Are Singapore companies able to stay relevant and competitive in this era of change? How can we better harness technology and skill-upgrading programmes to increase our labour productivity that leads to higher quality and output? How can we overcome the ‘island mentality’ and encourage our companies to expand business operations into foreign territories? Our experts will share their valuable thoughts on this topic.


1) Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport
2) Boon Swan Foo, Chairman & CEO, Singapore Investment Consortium Management Ltd
3) Luke Goh, Deputy Secretary (Trade), Ministry of Trade and Industry
4) Ho Teck Hua, Deputy President (Research & Technology), NUS
5) Patrick Tay, Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC and Member of Parliament (West Coast GRC)

Moderator: Debra Soon, Head, Family (English) and Premier, MediaCorp

Meet your peers to discuss collaborations

Interact with selected key leaders and speakers


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

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Chairman and CEO, SICIM

Mr Boon is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Managers, Singapore Consortium Investment Management Limited (SICIM). 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.

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.

RanveerMr Ranveer Chauhan

Managing Director & CEO, Palm & Natural Rubber Division, Olam International

Olam International Ltd. is a large, global, agri-commodity corporate. It is listed on the Singapore stock exchange. Ranveer‘s portfolio of responsibility includes the Edible Oils and Natural Rubber business. He has worked in the agriculture commodity sector for more than 2 decades has vast experience of this sector across multiple commodities and locations in Africa and Asia. Ranveer lived and worked in Africa for 15 years and is well known across several regions there for leading businesses and projects that have supported policy frameworks and positively impacted development of communities. Ranveer works closely with the Singapore Business Federation and IE Singapore in their efforts to build strong Singapore Inc. presence and footprint in Africa. He is a Vice Chairman of the ‘Africa Singapore Business group’ which operates under the aegis of the SBF. Ranveer has studied Business Management from IIM, Ahmedabad (India) and from Wharton School of Business (US). In 2014, Ranveer co-authored a book about living and working in Africa, it is published it Singapore and is called “Amazing Africa, a corporate journey”. In 2008, Ranveer was recognised for his work in Cote d’Ivoire with a national award (Ordre Nationale de Merit).

Cher Kwang SiongMr Cher Kwang Siong

Managing Director, Kheng Keng Auto

Mr Cher Kwang Siong is a high-powered business executive who has led his company from a 5-man operation handed down by his father, into a group of companies that today has diverse interests in the automotive aftermarket in countries as far flung as South Africa, Kenya, Sharjah UAE, as well as closer ones like Malaysia and Japan. He is also well-respected in the business community as a transformational executive whose leadership is proven by multiple awards for the company as well as for himself. He is passionate about improving societies Asian and African, especially by focusing on education for the young and welfare for the old. H was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Sudan in Singapore since February 2015. As Managing Director of Kheng Keng Auto (Singapore) Private Limited, he led its evolution from a single-location vehicle rebuilder in 1988 to the central node of a group of business that today has diverse interests in the automotive aftermarket. As an early adopter of technology, the company used the internet to expand its trade with customers in other parts of the world through e-commerce. Kheng Keng entered into the Japanese market for sourcing in the early 1990’s and shortly after, made inroads into the African market to meet local demands for affordable and reliable pre-owned cars and used automotive spare parts. Kheng Keng is a leader in Singapore in promoting green initiatives in the used car parts business, which is not known to be a particularly clean or “green” industry. The company also has a clear Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

luke-goh 1Mr Luke Goh

Deputy Secretary (Trade), MTI

Mr Luke Goh is the Deputy Secretary (Trade) at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore. The Ministry of Trade & Industry promotes sustained and inclusive economic growth to create good jobs and support high standards of living for Singaporeans. As Deputy Secretary (Trade), Mr Goh is responsible for Singapore’s trade and external economic relations. This includes the negotiation and implementation of free trade agreements with Singapore’s key trading partners, as well as promoting Singapore’s interests at regional and multilateral fora such as ASEAN, APEC and the WTO. Prior to this, he was Senior Director, Public Service Division and concurrently Institute Director, Institute of Governance and Policy in Civil Service College, Singapore. He has also held various roles in the Ministry of Health, and is a Board member of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Mr Goh started his public service career at the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He was privileged to serve in a range of central bank functions including as Executive Director of the Monetary and Domestic Markets Department, responsible for monetary policy implementation, banking system liquidity and government debt issuance.

Sam GoiMr Sam Goi

Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia Group

Mr Goi is the Executive Chairman of Tee Yih Jia Group, a global food and beverage group with operations in Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Europe and China. In 2014, he was named Businessman of the Year by Singapore’s Business Times and at the 49th National Day Awards, Mr Goi was conferred the Public Service Star (Bar) (L) – by the President of Singapore for his contributions to the community. Mr Goi 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 2015, he was awarded the SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Award. Mr Goi has investments across a range of listed and private entities in numerous industries, such as food and beverage, consumer essentials, recycling, distribution and logistics. Mr Goi also served on the board of three other Mainboard-listed companies – as Vice Chairman of Super Group Limited, Vice Chairman of Envictus International Hldgs Ltd, and Vice-Chairman of JB Foods Limited. He is also Enterprise 50 Club’s Honorary Past President and Vice Chairman of IE Singapore’s “Network China” Steering Committee, Regional Representative for Fuzhou City and Fujian Province, council member of the Singapore-Zhejiang Economic & Trade Council, as well as Senior Consultant to Su-Tong Science & Technology Park. He is currently the Honorary Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Honorary Chairman for the International Federation of Fuqing Association, a member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Board of Trustee, as well as the Chairman of Dunman High School Advisory Committee and Ulu Pandan Citizens Consultative Committee.

Ho Kwon PingMr Ho Kwon Ping

Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings

Mr. Ho Kwon Ping is Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, which owns both listed and private companies engaged in the development, ownership and operation of hotels, resorts, spas, residential homes, retail galleries and other lifestyle activities around the world. Born in 1952, Ho Kwon Ping was educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore. He worked as a broadcast and financial journalist and was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He joined the family business in 1981. In 1994, after the success of rehabilitating an abandoned tin mine into Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort, he launched Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. Banyan Tree manages more than 38 hotels and resorts, over 70 spas and 80 retail galleries, as well as three golf courses. In May 2000, Mr. Ho was conferred an honorary doctorate by Johnson & Wales University, and later received the London Business School 2005 Entrepreneurship Award. In 2008, he was named CEO of the Year at the Singapore Corporate Awards. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award at the China Hotel Investment Summit in Shanghai.  As Chairman of Singapore Management University (SMU), Mr. Ho was awarded the Singapore Government’s Meritorious Service Medal for his contribution in the founding of SMU. In 2010, he became the first Asian to receive the ACA (American Creativity Association) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his creativity and innovation in various spheres of endeavour. In 2012, Mr. Ho was awarded with CNBC’s Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific 2012, in addition to being named to the board of Diageo, a British multinational. In 2015, he published his first book The Ocean in a Drop a part-autobiography and part-lecture under the IPS-Lecture Series by Sixth President of Republic of Singapore Mr S R Nathan and was also conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by Hong Kong PolyU.

Ho Meng KitMr Ho Meng Kit

CEO, Singapore Business Federation

Mr Ho is the Chief Executive Officer of SBF. The SBF is the Apex Business Chamber of Singapore with membership from more than 22,500 top companies. Prior to joining SBF in 2011, Mr Ho held a variety of senior policy and executive positions in Singapore Government including four years as Principal Private Secretary to then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew; as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He was also Chief Executive of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority, Land Transport Authority and Managing Director of the Economic Development Board.  Mr Ho currently serves on Singapore’s APEC Business Advisory Council and several Singapore public sector Advisory Councils and Boards.  He is a Board Member of the SBF Foundation.  Mr Ho is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Ho Teck HuaProf Ho Teck Hua

Deputy President (Research & Technology), NUS

Professor Ho Teck Hua is Deputy President (Research & Technology) and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is a prominent behavioral scientist with a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the Centre for Behavioural Economics and the NUS Global Asia Institute, a Board Member of the National University Health System and the National Environment Agency, a Fellow at the Singapore Civil Service College, and Chair of a Research Advisory Panel for the Singapore Land Transport Authority. Prior to his role as Deputy President, Professor Ho was the William Halford Jr. Family Professor of Marketing at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He was also Director of the Asia Business Center, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Haas School, and Chair of the Marketing Group. In 2015, he received the Williamson Award, the School’s highest faculty award, named in honor of Oliver Williamson, the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences. 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. Professor Ho has published many significant works in the areas of 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 D. C. Little Best Paper Award, and the 2005 Paul Green Best Paper Award. He is the first non-US citizen to be Editor-in-Chief of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and one of the top journals for management research.

Alex HungateMr Alexander Hungate

President & CEO, SATS

Mr Hungate is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SATS, with overall responsibility for leading the SATS Group. He is a Board Director and a member of the Board Executive Committee, and the Board Risk and Safety Committee. Mr Hungate joined SATS as Executive Director in July 2013 and assumed his current role on 1 January 2014. Prior to that, Mr Hungate was the Chief Executive Officer of HSBC in Singapore for three years. As the most senior executive for the HSBC Group in Singapore, he was responsible for all of its activities, including subsidiary businesses such as private banking, insurance, futures, asset management and trustee services. He joined HSBC in 2007 as Group Managing Director of Personal Financial Services and Marketing, based in London. With over 25 years of global leadership experience, Mr Hungate also served as the Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Reuters, based in Hong Kong, and Global Chief Marketing Officer for Reuters, based in New York. Mr Hungate holds a Masters degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University and graduated as a Baker Scholar from the Master of Business Administration programme at Harvard Business School.

Julian Kwek

Mr Julian Kwek

Director, Drew & Napier 

Julian co-heads Drew & Napier’s  Indonesia Desk and Corporate Restructuring & Workouts Practice. He focuses on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, debt workouts, and corporate restructuring. Julian has been consistently ranked as a leading individual in his field for many years by leading legal publications. In Indonesia, Julian advises foreign investors and Indonesian groups divesting equity or entering into joint ventures with foreign investors. On the debt workouts and corporate restructuring front, Julian and his team have advised on most of the largest workouts in Indonesia and also on most of the defaults involving PRC companies listed in Singapore. Julian speaks and writes Mandarin and is conversant in Bahasa Indonesia.

Vivek KumarMr Vivek Kumar

Director (U Associate and Future Leaders Programme), NTUC

Mr Vivek Kumar is the Director of U Associate and Future Leaders Programme of NTUC. Under his leadership, his team grows the Labour Movement and builds relationships with 3-Generation NTUC members, together with NTUC-affiliated unions and association, NTUC Social Enterprises and NTUC U Associates, through several key initiatives such as the NTUC U Associate Programme that enables professional associations to affiliate themselves with NTUC, the U65+ programme that recognises and rewards loyal mature union members, and the Organising Resource Centre that supports unions’ efforts in organising companies. In 2011, Mr Vivek Kumar was appointed the Secretary of NTUC Membership Council where he serves over 5,800 union leaders in growing the Labour Movement leadership pool. Concurrently, he is a Board Member of NTUC Link Pte Ltd and PME Hub Pte Ltd, as well as a Management Council Member of NTUC Club. Mr Vivek Kumar is also a Board Member of the Media Development Authority of Singapore. Mr Vivek Kumar graduated from the University of Delhi and has attended executive programmes by Harvard Kennedy School and Wharton Business School. He is the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, and has chaired numerous industry conferences including the CMO Summit Asia 2015, Brand Couture Congress Asia 2012 and Loyalty Asia 2011, among others.

Lim Ming YanMr Lim Ming Yan

President & Group Chief Executive Officer, CapitaLand Limited

Mr Lim Ming Yan is President & Group Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Limited. He is a Director of CapitaLand Limited, as well as Deputy Chairman of CapitaLand Mall Trust Management Limited, CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management Limited, CapitaLand Retail China Trust Management Limited and Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited. He is also the Director of CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the Group’s philanthropic arm. Mr Lim is a Director of Business China, an organisation that promotes bilingualism and biculturalism between Singapore and China, and a Board Member of the Singapore Tourism Board. Mr Lim was the Chief Operating Officer of CapitaLand from May 2011 to December 2012 and Chief Executive Officer of The Ascott Limited from July 2009 to February 2012. Prior to joining Ascott, Mr Lim was the Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand China Holdings Pte Ltd from November 2000 to June 2009, where he was responsible for growing CapitaLand into a leading foreign real estate developer in China. Mr Lim was named Outstanding Chief Executive (Overseas) at the Singapore Business Awards 2006. He was also conferred the prestigious Magnolia Award by the Shanghai Municipal Government in 2003 and 2005 for his significant contributions to Shanghai. Mr Lim obtained first class honours in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1985. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2002.

Lim Siong GuanMr Lim Siong Guan

Group President, GIC

Mr Lim Siong Guan joined GIC in 2007. He was the Chairman of the Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. A former head of the Singapore Civil Service, he was Permanent Secretary variously in the ministries of Defence, Education and Finance and in the Prime Minister’s Office in the period 1981 to 2006. He is a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, instructing on leadership and change management in the public sector. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College, Singapore and author of the best-selling book on leadership and governance, “The Leader, The Teacher & You”.

Richard MagnusMr Richard Magnus

Chairman, HCS Management Board

Mr Richard Magnus retired as Senior (now termed Chief) District Judge after a distinguished public service career with the Singapore Legal Service. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal by the State for his exceptional public service, and the Outstanding Volunteer award by MSF. He is Singapore’s First Representative to the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights and the First Chairman of the Casino Regulatory Authority. He now holds several public positions as Chairman of the Public Transport Council , Political Firms Consultative Committee, and Bioethics Advisory Committee, Remote Gambling Advisory Panel, Member of the Public Service Commission, Member of the Independent Review and Resource Panels (MHA), Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Home Team Academy; and Expert Member of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee. He is also an Alumnus of the National Agenda Council, World Economic Forum. In the private sector, Mr Magnus sits on the Board of Directors of Temasek Cares PLC, CapitaMall Trust, Changi Airport Group, Honour (Singapore) Ltd, Allgrace Investment Company Ltd, and is Chairman of the Management Board of Human Capital Singapore. He is a lawyer by training; he is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is Editor of five law books in the Practitioner Series.

Aaron ManiamMr Aaron Maniam

Director (Industry), MTI

Aaron Maniam was awarded the Singapore Public Service Commission’s Overseas Merit Scholarship in 1998, graduating in 2001 with double First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Somerville College, Oxford, where he was a Coombs Scholar and held the Mary Somerville prize for academic excellence. In 2002, he received a Master of Arts degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University. In 2014, he received a Master of Public Policy degree from Oxford’s new Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), which he on a Lee Kuan Yew Postgraduate Scholarship, graduating at the top of his class with a Distinction. Prior to his current role at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he oversees policy on manufacturing, services and tourism, he served as a diplomat from 2004-2008 (including at Singapore’s Embassy in Washington DC); as the inaugural  Head of the Singapore Government’s newly-formed Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF) from 2008-2011, and as Director of the Institute of Policy Development at the Civil Service College (CSC), which organises leadership training programmes for public sector talent (the top 1% of the public sector workforce). He speaks regularly on public sector careers and was appointed a Public Service Brand Ambassador in 2010. Aaron was identified by the US-based Asia Society as one of 200 “Asia 21 Young Leaders” in 2006. In 2008, he was one of 25 “Asia 21 Fellows” selected from across the Asia Pacific. In 2010, he was identified by the Society as one of two Next Generation Policy Leaders from the Asia Pacific, and named a Richard C. Holbrooke Fellow in a new initiative to promote young and emerging Asian and American foreign policy leaders. In June 2012, he was conferred the Singapore Youth Award, the highest national honour for young people who exemplify excellence in their professional lives and community work, by the Prime Minister. In March 2013, he was named by the World Economic Forum as one of 200 Young Global Leaders (YGL), selected from a worldwide pool. In May 2014, he was named a member of the “Purpose Economy Asia 100” by the US-based firm Imperative, which identifies pioneers and innovators in purpose-driven management in the Asia-Pacific. 

Ong Tze BoonMr Ong Tze Boon

Group Executive Chairman, ONG&ONG

Mr Ong Tze Boon is the Group Executive Chairman of Singapore-based integrated environmental design solutions firm, ONG&ONG. The company hires over 1,000 employees in 13 cities across the region, and has projects in 20 countries across three continents. From designing many of Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway stations to the Lippo Srondol Semarang Mall in Java, Indonesia, the company has become a major player in the region. During his tenure, Tze Boon initiated a holistic approach to the entire design process and propelled ONG&ONG towards a total-integrated design practice, encompassing urban planning, architecture, interior design and landscape design, an approach now known as ONG&ONG’s 360° Solution. A visionary, Tze Boon is constantly broadening the ONG&ONG reach. Having established offices in Vietnam, Malaysia, India, China, the USA, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand, plans are in the pipeline to expand into other cities, further underlining his goals to develop the ONG&ONG brand. Tze Boon serves actively in the Singapore Institute of Architects Council, and was named as President in 2015. His interest, aside from Architecture, is promoting the entrepreneurial spirit amongst the young. Since 1998, Tze Boon has been active in the Singapore’s chapter of the worldwide Young Entrepreneurs Organization and was once appointed Regional Director of Asia Pacific – Singapore’s first-ever representation in the international arena. He is now a committee member for the Young Presidents’ Organization and had served as its Finance Chair. Ong Tze Boon graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. Armed with a William March Rice Scholarship, he went on to Rice University (Houston, Texas), where he received his Masters in 1993. Tze Boon was also recipient of the Gadsby Trudget Traveling Fellowship in 1989. He also completed the renowned Advanced Management Development Program (Executive Education) in Real Estate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2006.

SaudMr Saud Siddique

Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Odyssey Capital

Mr Saud Siddique a co-founder and Executive Chairman of Odyssey Capital, and Chairman and CEO of Tigris Infrastructure Partners which manages the Tigris Water Investment Development Platform (Tigris). The primary focus of Tigris, a Singapore based platform, is to provide private equity type growth capital to small to medium-sized water companies that are developing projects in water and wastewater treatment in emerging Asia. Tigris had its first closing in January 2016 at USD110 million with an objective to achieve a final closing of USD300 to USD400 million. Mr. Siddique has over 30 years of global experience in infrastructure and financial services. His experience in infrastructure finance and development, including Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs), spans across all key infrastructure sub-sectors, including in Asia (China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc), sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Middle East North Africa, and the U.S. After establishing Odyssey Capital, he has advised more than a dozen water companies in Asia on various strategic and fund raising mandates on PPP projects throughout Asia. Mr. Siddique previously worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), for more than 16 years, and before that, with Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in New York. Mr. Siddique was Group Executive Vice President of Hyflux Ltd, and CEO of Hyflux Water Trust, which he led the IPO of on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange. He has also served as Joint Managing Director and Board Member of Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd, one of the leading infrastructure finance companies in India. Mr. Siddique currently is a Member of Board and Chairman of the Credit and New Business Committees of Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund which has invested more than USD 1.1 billion in more than twenty sub-Saharan countries. He also serves as Chief of Party on a USAID funded advisory mandate to advise the Government of Pakistan on the financing strategy for the USD16 billion 4,500 MW multi-purpose Daimer Basha hydro-power project on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. In India, he has taught at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, one of the leading business schools in India as an adjunct professor. Mr. Siddique holds an MBA from Cornell University, and B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Maryland.


Mr Satvinder Singh

Assistant CEO, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore

Mr Satvinder Singh was appointed Assistant Chief Executive Officer of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore with effect from 1 November 2013. As the government agency driving Singapore’s external economy, IE Singapore spearheads the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and promotes international trade. The agency also has a global network in more than 35 locations, with presence in many emerging markets. Mr Singh oversees IE Singapore’s Trade Promotion Group, Trade Services and Policy Group, Customer Services Group, and International Operations (Americas Group and Europe Group). His previous portfolios at IE Singapore include serving as Group Director for the Trade Promotion Group and the Organisational Excellence Unit. Under the Trade Promotion Group, Satvinder oversaw a team which fostered the growth of Singapore’s international commodities trading cluster. As head of IE’s Organisational Excellence Unit, he oversaw the propagation and development of innovation initiatives spanning the people, customer and process domains in IE Singapore, striving to inculcate an innovative culture and bringing it into the core of IE Singapore’s operations, customer and stakeholder interface. From August 2006 to July 2010, Mr Singh was stationed in New York as IE”s Group Director for the Americas region. He developed IE’s network of connections and strategy for the Americas region. During this period, he managed an international team of over 20 officers across Singapore, and four overseas centres in New York, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Mexico City. Mr Singh also led the formation of the Latin Asia Business Forum in 2004, which is now the premier platform in fostering investment, trade and thought leadership between Asia and Latin America. Since its inception, it has brought together over 3,000 high level government and business leaders from 50 countries. Mr Singh sits on the boards of the ICC Academy and SPRING Singapore. He is also a member of Nanyang Business School’s Nanyang MBA Industry Advisory Council.

Debra SoonMs Debra Soon

Head, Family (English) & Premier Segment, MediaCorp

Ms Debra Soon is responsible for PnL, Programming, Marketing and content strategy for Singapore’s FTA English Entertainment TV Channel, Channel 5; Radio Stations CLASS 95, GOLD 905, Expat Radio 96.3xfm, Symphony 924 and Magazine 8Days. Debra also manages TV operations across MediaCorp, including acquisitions, subtitling, content standards and broadcast playout. With over 20 years of experience in the media and communications industry, Ms Soon was appointed Managing Director of Channel NewsAsia in March 2009. She was responsible then for the editorial for English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil news and current affairs, as well as the business operations of Channel NewsAsia. Ms Soon is a mentor/member of BoardAgender and an executive committee member of the Singapore Committee for UN Women, formerly known as UNIFEM Singapore. She is also on the Business Advisory Board of the Behavioural Sciences Institute of the Singapore Management University. Ms Soon obtained her BSc (Econs) and MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science under scholarship from the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, and later the Television Corporation of Singapore.


Ms Sun Xueling

CEO, Business China
Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Ms Sun Xueling is CEO of Business China. Business China is a non-profit organization which aims to form a cultural and economic bridge linking the world and China. It was launched in November 2007 by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, late founding Prime Minister of Singapore and then Premier Wen Jiabao of the People’s Republic of China. Prior to becoming CEO of Business China, Ms Sun Xueling was a Director at Temasek International (2014-2015), Director at Deutsche Bank HK (2010-2014) and Senior Vice President of Macquarie Securities HK (2007-2010). Ms Sun started her career with EDB Singapore and DBS Ltd. Ms Sun Xueling was elected as Member of Parliament for Republic of Singapore, Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC in 2015. She is also Deputy Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Ministry of Communications and Information, GPC member for Trade and Industry, Finance and GPC member for Culture, Community and Youth. Ms Sun serves as a Board member of the Chinese Development Assistance Council. Ms Sun Xueling received her Master of Science with Merit from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003 and also holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics from NUS.

PatrickMr Patrick Tay

Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC
Member of Parliament, West Coast GRC

Mr Patrick Tay is the Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC, appointed on 1 February 2014. He is currently the Director of NTUC Legal Services Department, as well as the Professionals, Managers & Executives (PME) Unit. He is also the Supervising Lead for the Labour Movement’s Financial and Business Services Cluster, as well as the Healthcare Cluster. He currently co-chairs the Financial Sector Tripartite Committee with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Besides being the Executive Secretary of The Singapore Manual & Mercantile Workers’ Union, Mr Patrick Tay is also an Advisor to the Creative Media and Publishing Union, Healthcare Services Employees’ Union, Keppel Employees Union and Union of Security Employees. Since joining the Labour Movement in April 2002, Mr Patrick Tay has represented numerous unions and union members in dispute resolution, conciliation and in the Industrial Arbitration Court. Following his appointment as the Director of NTUC PME Unit in June 2011, Mr Patrick Tay has been advocating and championing for greater outreach and protection of PMEs. He has been the driver for the labour market testing in Singapore since August 2011, which resulted in the Fair Consideration Framework and the National Jobs Bank being announced in September 2013. He also represents the Labour Movement in tripartite workgroups to review and update all employment and industrial relations legislation. Mr Patrick Tay is a Member of Parliament for West Coast Group Representation Constituency (Boon Lay). He is currently Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Manpower and Member, GPC for Home Affairs and Law of the 13th Parliament, as well as Chairman of West Coast Town Council and Vice-Chairman of SouthWest CDC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws from the National University of Singapore and attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard Business School. Mr Patrick Tay is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre, and Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.  


Programme Details, Fees and Registration









Richard Magnus, Chairman of HCS Management Board



Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade & Industry (Trade) 



The global economic outlook in the next 5 years and how it affects our Singapore companies

Panelist: Marc L. Busch, Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Moderator: Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings





Navigating the global and preparing for overseas business expansion


1) Ho Meng Kit, CEO, Singapore Business Federation
2) Saud Siddique, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Odyssey Capital
3) Lim Ming Yan, President & CEO, CapitaLand Limited
4) Satvinder Singh, Assistant CEO, IE Singapore


Sun Xueling
CEO, Business China
Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC



Lim Siong Guan, Group President, GIC

From a Small State, With a Big Dream – How can Singapore companies compete and punch above their weight on the global stage? 

Moderator: Aaron Maniam, Director of Industry Division, MTI


Masterclass A

Doing business in China – play the game by adopting key strategies competitive advantages

Sam Goi, Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia
Janet Ang, Vice President, IBM Asia Pacific
Quek Lee Kiang, Business Editor, Lianhe Zaoabao

Masterclass B

Doing business in Indonesia and ASEAN – avoiding potential legal and financial pitfalls 

Julian Kwek, Director, Drew & Napier
Candrawijaya Kartorahardjo, Partner, Pentatrust Tax Advisory
Ivan Tan, Group Director, International Operations (Southeast Asia) Group, IE Singapore

Masterclass C

Africa and Asia – breaking into new frontiers and business opportunities

Cher Kwang Siong, Managing Director, Kheng Keng Auto
Lip Kwok Wai, Senior Reporter, MediaCorp



Leveraging on the Singapore brand to secure global projects


1) Ranveer Singh Chauhan, MD & CEO (Palm & Natural Rubber Divisions), Olam International
2) Alex Hungate, President & CEO, SATS
3) Ong Tze Boon, Group Executive Chairman, ONG &ONG
4) Sam Goi, Executive Chairman, Tee Yih Jia

Moderator: Vivek Kumar, Director, NTUC



Riding on Singapore’s excellent economic and diplomatic ties with the region – how can we position for new growth and overseas opportunities?


1) Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport
2) Boon Swan Foo, Chairman & CEO, Singapore Investment Consortium Management Ltd
3) Luke Goh, Deputy Secretary (Trade), Ministry of Trade and Industry
4) Ho Teck Hua, Deputy President (Research and Technology), NUS
5) Patrick Tay, Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC and Member of Parliament (West Coast GRC)

Moderator: Debra Soon, Head, Family (English) and Premier, MediaCorp


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- Business matching for companies

- Networking dinner with selected speakers and senior leaders on 23 June 2016

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- All panel discussions

- All masterclasses

- Business matching for companies

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- All panel discussions

- All masterclasses 

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- Panel discussions after 12.15pm

- All masterclasses 

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About the Forum


Minister Heng Swee Keat launched the Global Immersion Programme (GIP) jointly organised by HCS and WDA under the banner of 360 Productivity Singapore on 27 November 2013. The outcomes of the GIP included:

  • GIP Taskforce, headed by then MOS (MTI) Teo Ser Luck and comprising industry captains
  • Commissioning of the Advanced Professional Qualification (APQ) by Georgetown University (GU): Global Business Leadership and International Relations

During the official launch of the GU APQ on 3 June 2015, then Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat in his speech, supported the suggestion by then MOS (MTI) Teo Ser Luck to form an Internationalisation Forum comprising large companies and SMEs. The idea, from Mr Teo Ser Luck who graced the conversation with SME Bosses attending the APQ, was to promote the supply value chain concept. By this concept, SMEs could ride on the larger companies to internationalise their business.

The mission statement of Internationalisation Forum 2016 is: “To initiate partnerships between companies to assist SMEs in Singapore to internationalise”


Internationalisation Forum Resource Group (IFRG)

The Internationalisation Forum Resource Group (IFRG) was set up to guide the strategic development of the programme and strengthen the capabilities of the Singaporean workforce and SMEs in their foray into the international market. The IFRG’s role is:

The IFRG comprises: 

Honorary Advisor
Mr Richard Magnus
Chairman (HCS Management Board)






Prof Marc L. Busch Mr Saud Siddique
Professor, School of Foreign Service (Georgetown University) Co-founder and Executive Chairman (Odyssey Capital)



Mr Matthias Yao Mr Alex Hungate Mr Liak Teng Lit Mdm Ho Geok Choo
Director (Agmonton) President & CEO (SATS) Group CEO (Alexandra Health System) CEO (HCS)



Mr Chan Chong Beng Dr Dora Hoan Mr Koh Seng Choon Mr Vivek Kumar
Goodrich Global Best World International Project Dignity NTUC
Mr Terence Seow Mr Ron Sim Ms Debra Soon Mr Wong CK
JTC Corporation OSIM International MediaCorp HME Technologies



Photos From Internationalisation Forum 2016


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