Distinguished Hon. Members

Mr. J Y Pillay
Chairman, Council of Presidential Advisers of the Republic of Singapore

Born: Malaysia, 30 March 1934.
B.Sc (Hons), Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London, 1956.

Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers of the Republic of Singapore since 2001, and Chairman since 02 Sep 2005; Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights since 15 Jul 2003; Member of the Securities Industry Council since April 2011, and Chairman since Jan 2012; Rector of College of Alice & Peter Tan, National University of Singapore since 01 Jul 2011; Member of the Board of the Financial Information Authority(AIF), Vatican City State since 5 Jun 2014; Member of Singapore Management University since 15 May 2015, and Chancellor since 15 Sep 2015.

Previous career

Administrative service of the Government of Singapore (1961 – 1995), rising to permanent secretary, in 1972. Served in ministries of finance, defence and national development, and as Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. Chairman of Singapore Exchange Limited (Nov 1999 – Dec 2010). Chairman of Tiger Airways Holdings Limited (29 July 2011 – 31 July 2014).

Secondary appointments in the public sector were the chairmanship of government companies including Development Bank of Singapore (1979 – 1984); Singapore Airlines (1972 – 1996); Temasek Holdings (1974 – 1986); and Chairman of the Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance (2002 – 2007).

Last update: 10 May 2016

Mr. Lim Chee Onn
Senior International Adviser, Ascendas-Singbridge Group

Lim Chee Onn is Senior International Adviser to the Ascendas-Singbridge Group which invests in, develops and manages overseas integrated cities and provides sustainable urban solutions adapted from Singapore”s successful development experience.

Mr Lim chairs the Singapore-Suzhou Township Development Pte Ltd. He is a Board Member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and a Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers. Mr Lim is an Honorary Chairman of the National Heritage Board and he also chairs the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship Council, Nanyang Technological University. Mr Lim is Pro-Chancellor of the Singapore Management University and Senior Adviser to the University of Glasgow in Singapore. Mr Lim was Keppel Corporation Limited’s Executive Chairman from 2000 to 2008.

Mr Lim graduated with First Class Honours in Naval Architecture from Glasgow University, earned his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, and was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering by Glasgow University.

He started his career in the Civil Service and was elected Member of Parliament from 1977 to 1992, Secretary-General NTUC from 1979 to 1983 and concurrently Minister without Portfolio, Prime Minister’s Office from 1980 to 1983.

Mr Lim is also appointed a Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Asia) Ltd and a Board Director of Orica Limited*.

Conferred Distinguished Service Order by HE The President, Republic of Singapore and Commander, Order of the Crown, by HM King Albert II, Kingdom of Belgium. Mr Lim is an Honorary Citizen of Suzhou, People’s Republic of China, and Seoul, Republic of Korea. He is married with 3 children.

* Listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Mr. Liew Mun Leong
President & CEO, CapitaLand Group

Mr Liew Mun Leong is President and CEO of CapitaLand Group, South East Asia largest public real estate group. Mr Liew is Chairman of CapitaMalls Asia Limited, Deputy Chairman of The Ascott Limited, CapitaMall Trust Management Limited, CapitaCommercial Trust Management Limited, CapitaRetail China Trust Management Limited and Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited. He is also a Director of CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the Group’s philanthropic arm. Mr Liew is presently Chairman of Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a Director of Singapore Exchange Limited and Singapore-China Foundation. He is a member of the NUS Business School Management Advisory Board and National Productivity and Continuing Education Council.

With more than 35 years of experience in construction, development and real estate in Singapore and overseas, Mr Liew participated in a number of public sector infrastructural development projects in Singapore, including the development and construction of Singapore Changi Airport. For five years, he was CEO of Singapore institute of Standards and Industrial Research (SISIR), and was then concurrently appointed the Executive Director of National Science and Technology Board (NSTB). From 1997 to 1998, Mr Liew was elected the President of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

In 2006, Mr Liew was named Outstanding CEO of the Year in the Singapore Business Awards. In 2007, he was conferred the CEO of the Year award in The Business Times’ Singapore Corporate Awards. In 2008, Mr Liew was named Asia’s Best Executive of 2008 (Singapore) by Asiamoney and Best CEO in Asia (Property) by Institutional Investor.

Mr Liew graduated from the University of Singapore with a Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional civil engineer.

Mr. Hsieh Fu Hua
Chairman, Board of Trustees, National University of Singapore

Mr Hsieh Fu Hua is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Active in the community, he also serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organisations. He is the President of the National Council of Social Service, chairs the National Gallery Singapore as well as the Stewardship Asia Centre, and is also Chairman-Designate of the National University Health System.

In business, Mr Hsieh is the Chairman of ACR Capital Holdings Pte Ltd and adviser to the Prime Partners Group, which he co-founded. He is a board director of GIC.

Mr Hsieh started his career in merchant banking and capital markets in 1974 when he joined Morgan Grenfell Asia Holdings upon graduation, eventually rising to head the organisation. He subsequently served as Group Managing Director of BNP Prime Peregrine Group Hong Kong, CEO of Singapore Exchange, President of Temasek Holdings.

Mr Hsieh is an alumnus of the NUS Business School.

Mr. Tan Pheng Hock
Advisor of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd

Mr Tan Pheng Hock is currently Advisor of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, one of the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange by market capitalization. ST Engineering is an integrated engineering group with a global presence and specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.

Mr Tan was recently appointed as Chairman of Skillsfuture Singapore. (SSG) wef 3 October 2016. SSG is a statutory board under the Ministry of Education (MOE). It will drive and coordinate the implementation of the national SkillsFuture movement, promote a culture and holistic system of lifelong learning through the pursuit of skills mastery, and strengthen the ecosystem of quality education and training in Singapore.

Prior to these appointments, Mr Tan was President & CEO of ST Engineering till October 2016. As President & CEO, Mr Tan integrates and leverages the Group’s strengths and capabilities, and steers the Group towards its vision of becoming a global defence and engineering company., Mr Tan held the positions of ST Engineering’s Group President (June 2001), President & COO (July 2000), and COO (February 2000). In 1997, Mr Tan was the Group’s President of Corporate Affairs responsible for driving the integration of the various sectors of ST Engineering during its formation that year. .

Outside of ST Engineering, Mr Tan was actively engaged in the community. He was recently awarded The Public Service Star, 2016 for his role as Chairman of Workforce Development Agency (WDA) . He had previously served as a member of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Board of Governors), Consultative Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore as well as the Industry Advisory Panel for the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. He now serves as Director on the board of the Singapore Economic Development Board.

For his leadership, Mr Tan was named Outstanding CEO of the Year at the Singapore Business Awards 2014 and he was named 2013 Asia Business Leader of the Year at the 12th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards. That same year, he was conferred the esteemed Honorary Fellowship by the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) for his contribution to the engineering profession. In 2012, Singapore Corporate Awards named him the Best CEO (market cap of $1 billion and above), and Platinum Circle honoured him as one of the 2010 Asia Leaders and the Asia Leader for Singapore. In 2009, he won the CNBC Asia Talent Management Award and in 2007, he was the first Asian Chief Executive to receive the Walter L. Hurd Foundation World Executive Medal by Asia Pacific Quality Organisation. Apart from the numerous leadership awards, Mr Tan received the Public Service Medal in 2011 for his role at WDA, and the Medal of Commendation (Gold) Award at the May Day Awards by the National Trade Union Congress in 2004 and 2015.

A Colombo Plan scholar, Mr Tan graduated from the University of Surrey with first class honours in marine engineering. In 1993, he was conferred Master of Science (Management) from Stanford University, USA. Mr Tan attended the 157th Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1999.

Mr Tan enjoys jogging and reading.