Mr. S. Iswaran is currently the Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations. He has been elected as a Member of Parliament in five general elections since 1997. Prior to his cabinet appointment, he has served on several Ministries and Government Parliamentary Committees, and as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament. He attended the University of Adelaide graduating with first-class honours and holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University.
Mr Gan Seow Kee is the Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific. In his 40 years with ExxonMobil, he has held various positions in manufacturing, business, planning, and finance in Singapore and the United States. He received a Medal of Commendation (Gold) at the May Day Awards 2017 for facilitating greater cooperation and commitment towards improving labour relations, and was conferred the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2018 for his contributions to the profession and industry. Outside of the company, Mr Gan Seow Kee is the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and Board Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with honours from the National University of Singapore, and is a Fellow with the United Kingdom Institute of Chartered Management Accountants.
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
DHL Express Singapore
Mr. Christopher Ong is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DHL Express Singapore. He also currently sits on the judging panel of the Singapore Business Awards, the nation's most prestigious accolades in the business and corporate sectors. Prior to joining DHL in 2006, he spent about 10 years with Temasek Holdings, the Singapore Government-owned Sovereign Wealth Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.
Mr. James Chang is the Chief Executive Officer at Lazada Singapore and has been with Lazada Group since 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he co-founded Lazada Philippines and served as Managing Director for two years. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario, holding a Bachelor of Finance in Management and Organizational Study, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Aalst Chocolate Pte Ltd
Connie Kwan is the COO of Aalst Chocolate Pte Ltd, the first Singaporean brand that can produce both chocolate covertures and compounds. Aalst Chocolate exports 98% to more than 50 countries as of 2017. Prior to the position, she served as Managing Director of one of leading toy companies in United States, TY Beanie Babies, where her main responsibilities were in management of the South East Asia.
CIMB Private Banking
Mr. Song Seng Wun is the Director of CIMB Private Banking Singapore. Prior to joining CIMB, he worked as a Regional Economist with various major multinational financial institutions in 1990. He has greatly contributed his professional views on the regional financial markets that made him a familiar icon in South East Asia's news media. Mr. Song holds a Master of Arts in Econometrics from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
JR Group Holdings
Ms Jocelyn Chng is the Group CEO of JR Group Holdings with over 30 years of experience in food manufacturing and food service industries. Prior to this, she has shown leadership through product innovation and quality eating, including Sin Hwa Dee, Chng Kee's Chicken Rice Mix, and Chef-In-Box Vendcafe. For her achievements through the decades, she has received numerous entrepreneurial, business and innovation awards, including EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Asia-Pacific 2018, Great Women of Our Time 2017 (Finance & Commerce Sector), and NUS Eminent Alumni Award 2016.
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)
Mr. Lim has been the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry since early 2019. Prior to this appointment, he was the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information. Mr Lim holds an M.Sc in Management from Stanford University's Sloan Management Programme, M.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
PwC Worldtrade Management Services
Mr. Frank Debets is the Managing Partner of PwC's Asian Worldtrade Management Services in Singapore. He chairs the Regional Trade Committee of Singapore's EuroCham and is an FTA Advisor for IE Singapore. Frank has extensive experience in supply chain management as well as tax and transfer pricing regulations. He received a Master's degree in Econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a Diploma in Systems Analysis from Hull University, UK.
Liquid Group Pte Ltd
Jeremy is a veteran in the financial technology industry, having launched, co-invested, built and divested multiple successful technology companies in the past decade. His latest venture being the founder and CEO of Liquid Group Pte Ltd, a mobile payment services group headquartered in Singapore with presence across 10 markets. He serves as Honorary Secretary in SGTech (previously Singapore infocomm Technology Federation or SiTF). Jeremy holds a Master of Science (Comparative Politics) from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Engineering from King’s College London.
Assistant Chief Executive of the Sectoral
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Jane Lim is the Assistant Chief Executive of the Sectoral Transformation Group in the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore. She works with partners in the public and private sector to drive digital transformation of industry sectors to accelerate the growth of Singapore’s digital economy. The Sector Transformation Group includes industry clusters such as Trade and Connectivity, Built Environment, Lifestyle, Modern Services and the national SMEs Go Digital programme. Jane has an MBA from the Sloan Fellows Program in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a Masters in Political Science with MIT and graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Biological Sciences and Government from Cornell University.
Singapore Business Federation (SBF)
Mr. Ho Meng Kit is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Business Federation, the Apex Business Chamber of Singapore with membership from more than 25,000 top companies. He currently serves at Singapore's APEC Business Advisory Council and several Singapore public sector Advisory Councils and Boards. Prior to joining SBF in 2011, he held a variety of seinor policy and executive positions in Singapore Government. Mr. Ho is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Global eTrade Services (GeTS)
Mr. Chong Kok Keong is the CEO of Global eTrade Services, a subsidiary of CrimsonLogic, an eGovernment solutions company. Prior to joining CrimsonLogic, he was Singapore Trade Development Board's director for the Hanoi Centre in Vietnam and the First Secretary (Commercial) for the Singapore Embassy in Vietnam. Mr Chong holds a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences and an Honours degree in Psychology from the National University of Singapore, and an MBA from INSEAD France.
Founder & Managing Partner
AC Trade Advisory
Ms. Angelia is the Founder and Managing Partner of AC Trade Advisory. She was also recently elected as the Vice President of the Centre of Asia-Pacific Trade Compliance & Information Security. Prior to her role, she was globally responsible for the Trade & Customs function at Philips Electronics as Vice President. She holds a Master in International Customs Law and Administration from University of Canberra and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the National University of Singapore.
Redwood Interior Pte Ltd.
Michael Soh is the Managing Director of Redwood Interior Pte Ltd. Founded in 1992, Michael has led the company to grow from 20 employees into the current over 1,000 employees with operations in other parts of Asia, Europe, and North America. He also led the company to successfully launch its IPO in 2011 to speed up its expansion more aggressively in the target market, and grow Redwood to become an established and sustainable business.
Mr. Ho Chee Pong is the Director-General of Singapore Customs. He currently sits on the Board of the Singapore Land Authority. Prior to his appointment at Singapore Customs, he was the Senior Director of Human Capital in the Public Service Division (PSD), Prime Minister's Office from 2011 to 2013. Mr Ho holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore.
Co-founder & Director
TRPC Pte Ltd.
An economist specializing in ICT policy, development and regulatory issues, Dr. John Ure is the Director and Co-Founder of TRPC Pte Ltd. Outside from the company, he is also the Director of the Technology Research Project at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and the principal author and editor of two books; Telecommunication in Asia: Policy, Planning and Development (HKU Press 1995; 1997) and Telecommunications Development in Asia (HKU Press, 2008). He is currently engaged on an inter-modal transport data-sharing research programme in Hong Kong as a contribution to smart city development.
Director General (Trade)
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)
Ms Ng Bee Kim is the Director General of Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. She has extensive experience in negotiating FTAs, starting with New Zealand - Singapore Closer Economic Partnership Agreement , ASEAN-China FTA, China-Singapore FTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), and the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for the TPP. Ms Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National University of Singapore in and Masters of Business Administration degree from Monash University, Australia.
Networked Trade Platform Office (NTPO)
Ms Serene Ho is the Director of the Networked Trade Platform at the Ministry of Finance, a national trade initiative to bring together players across the trade value chain, streamline the trade process, and digitalise trade data. Prior to this, she was with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, where she was responsible to drive industry transformation in key business sectors. Serene travels extensively to advise foreign governments across the globe on their digital government strategies.
Adjunct Senior Fellow
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Mr. Evan Rogerson is currently the Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Centre for Multilateralism Studies (CMS) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the convener of the Singapore Trade Policy Forum, a high-level annual event hosted by CMS. Prior to this, he held senior positions in the WTO until his retirement in 2017. He is a graduate from Auckland University, New Zealand.