Judges

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Sustainable Business

The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts. Our judges bring industry knowledge to assess every entry. Click on the individual judge photo to read their biography.

Sustainable Business

Ho Meng Kit

Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Sustainable Business

Ian Hong

Partner, KPMG

Ian has over 17 years of experience in both professional and commercial practice and leads the KPMG Singapore Sustainability Advisory and Assurance team. He is a member of  ISCA Corporate Reporting Committee, which has been tasked to increase the awareness and quality of sustainability reporting in Singapore.

Ian has experience in the reporting and monitoring of controls and development of KPIs for his clients. He has been advising and supporting various companies across sectors in developing their sustainability governance structure, sustainability programs and sustainability report to achieve alignment with local stock exchange regulations and global frameworks.

Ian contributes to sustainability reporting thought leaderships and publications and has conducted sustainability workshops, briefings and roundtables. He participates actively in sustainability forums and panel sessions organised by regulators, professional bodies and industry associations, and sits on the judging panel for the ASEAN CSR Awards and the Singapore Environmental Achievement Award (SEAA) where he is involved in the development of the judging criteria to identify companies with good sustainability reporting practices in the region and their respective sectors.

Sustainable Business

Dr. Lawrence Loh

Director, Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations, NUS Business School

Dr Lawrence Loh is Director, Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) at the NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. He is also Deputy Head and Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the School.

At CGIO, Dr Loh leads the new Singapore Governance and Transparency Index project in collaboration with CPA Australia, Singapore Institute of Directors and The Business Times. He also heads the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard project conducted together with the Singapore Institute of Directors. Dr Loh oversees the joint Business Integrity and Sustainability Reporting initiatives with the ASEAN CSR Network.

Dr Loh received a PhD in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had served in key leadership positions in universities and alliances across Asia Pacific and Middle East. Dr Loh has been appointed in government committees and think-tanks in education, information communications, and science and technology. He was lead consultant on information and technology policy studies for various government agencies. Dr Loh also consulted for Fortune 500 companies and international organizations in the areas of quality management and technology strategy.

Dr Loh has published in international journals including Management Science, Information Systems Research and Journal of Management Information Systems, and has co-authored a book entitled “The Quest for Global Quality: A Manifestation of Total Quality Management by Singapore Airlines” published by Addison-Wesley.

Dr Loh is a regular commentator on corporate governance and sustainability for the global and Singapore media, such as BBC, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The Business Times, The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia. At NUS, Dr Loh teaches strategic management and corporate governance for undergraduate, graduate and executive programs.

Sustainable Business

Professor Ravi Kumar

Associate Provost (Special Projects), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Ravi Kumar is currently the Shaw Chair Professor and Associate Provost (Special Projects) at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He served as the Dean of Nanyang Business School during 2013-2016 and in 2015-16, NBS has been globally ranked by the Financial Times as # 10 for its Executive MBA program and # 29 for its MBA program. He has been instrumental in the setting up the Centre for African Studies (with funding of S$10 million from global companies), the first of its kind in the world hosted in a business school, the Center of Excellence in International Trading in partnership with IE Singapore and supported by participating global companies (with over S$6 million funding), the Cyber Risk Management Project in partnership with Monetary Authority of Singapore and Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency and supported by five industry partners (with over S$4 million funding), the Centre for RMB Internationalization Studies, in partnership with People’s Bank of China (and its Training Institute) along with ICBC (China) and UOB (Singapore) and the Centre for Applied Financial Education (CAFE), the largest finance lab in Asia, focused on cutting edge technology and real-time financial, economic and business news information.

Till May 2013, he was a Professor in the Department of Information and Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business in the University of Southern California. He served as Chairman of the Department from 1989-1994, Vice Dean for International Programs from 2003-2006 and Vice Dean for Graduate Programs from 2004-2006. From 2009-2011, on a leave of absence from USC, he served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Business at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

As Dean of the College of Business at KAIST, Professor Kumar implemented reforms to create a word- class business school with global standards. KAIST’s business school was placed 99th in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings in 2011, becoming the first and only Korean business school to be ranked among the top 100. That year, KAIST College of Business was ranked 7th in Asia.

Professor Kumar held a number of key positions at USC Marshall School of Business, among them two Vice-Dean positions overseeing the school’s graduate and international programmes. He was also the Executive Director in charge of the school’s distinctive global experiential learning courses for MBA and undergraduate students. He championed the next stage of Marshall’s globalization—to launch a Global EMBA degree program in Shanghai in collaboration with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in May 2004. His last globalization initiative at Marshall School in 2013 was to launch a mixed-model online and face-to- face MS degree program in Global Supply Chain Management.

Before joining USC in 1986, Professor Kumar taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Kumar has received several awards for teaching excellence at both the University of Illinois [Outstanding Educator Award] and USC [Golden Apple Award].

Professor Kumar’s got his B. Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas and his PhD from the Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Department at Northwestern University.

Professor Kumar’s research interests include management issues in continuous quality/environment improvement, flexible and cellular manufacturing systems, economic modeling of functional integration between marketing and manufacturing. Companies that have funded his research include Nike, TRW, Fidelity Investments, Caterpillar, Bourns Instrument, Southern California Edison as well as the National Science Foundation. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 articles in international peer-reviewed academic journals.

Professor Kumar has served on the Board of several companies, including the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Korea Exchange Bank in S. Korea and Goodwill Industries of Southern California. He has extensive international consulting experience, including projects with companies such as Nike, Rolls Royce, BMW, Daimler Benz Aerospace, ABB, Ericsson, BAX Global, Motorola, Reuters, Du Pont, Daikin, Korean Air, Infosys, Acer, Petronas, Singapore Telecom and Shell Hong Kong.

Sustainable Business

Ronnie Tay

Chief Executive Officer, National Environment Agency

Mr Ronnie Tay was appointed Chief Executive Officer of National Environment Agency (NEA) on 1 July 2013. The NEA is the leading public organisation responsible for improving and sustaining a clean and green environment in Singapore. It has the key roles of protecting Singapore’s environment from pollution, maintaining a high level of public health and providing timely meteorological information. It also spearheads environmental initiatives in partnership with the Private, Public and People sectors to ensure sustainable development and a quality living environment.

From November 2007 to June 2013, Ronnie was the Chief Executive Officer of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), whose roles include the development of Singapore’s information technology and communications industry, telecom sector regulation, master-planning and implementing infocomm systems and capabilities for the Government, and transforming key economic sectors and society through the innovative use of infocomm. During his tenure, he led IDA in realising Singapore’s iN2015 vision of an Intelligent Nation, Global City powered by infocomm. Prior to joining IDA, Ronnie served 25 years in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), during which he held various command and staff positions in the Republic of Singapore Navy. He served as the Chief of Navy from 2003 to 2007 with the rank of Rear-Admiral.

Ronnie was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1982 to pursue undergraduate studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Engineering Science. He also obtained a Master of Science in Management degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA in 1997 under a SAF post-graduate scholarship, and attended the Advanced Management Programme at Insead, France in 2007. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal(Gold)(Military) in 2005, and the Long Service Medal (Military) in 2007.

Clean Technology

The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts. Our judges bring industry knowledge to assess every entry. Click on the individual judge photo to read their biography.

Clean Technology

Dr. Chen Wei Long

Director, Sustainable Manufacturing Centre, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

Dr Chen Wei Long is the Director of Sustainable Manufacturing Centre (SMC), Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) to lead and champion the development and implementation of the technologies that minimize emission, waste and toxicity in manufacturing. Dr Chen was the judge panel member for SBF Green Technology Award and the technical committee member of Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS). He is the Convenor of the Working Group for food waste standardization under Singapore Food Manufacturing Association.

Clean Technology

Goh Chee Kiong

Executive Director, Singapore Economic Development Board

Goh Chee Kiong is an Executive Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and leads the Cleantech division, as well as the Cities, Infrastructure and Industrial Solutions division.

In that role, he is responsible for the development of the urban solutions and sustainability sector in Singapore which spans areas such as clean energy, water and environment, smart cities and infrastructure all of which had been identified as economic growth areas for Singapore.

Clean Technology

Kok Yixiong

Head, Cleantech, SPRING Singapore

Mr Kok Yixiong is the Head of Cleantech at SPRING Singapore, the lead Singapore government agency responsible for the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises. He develops enterprises in the renewable energy, water technology and environmental technology sectors. Yixiong participates actively in industry development initiatives with other stakeholders such as research institutions and trade associations to create a conducive business environment for SMEs.

Yixiong holds an Electrical Engineering degree from National University of Singapore and a Master of Science (Manufacturing Systems & Technology) from Nanyang Technological University.

Clean Technology

Leow Thiam Seng

Group Director (Cluster Group), JTC Corporation

Mr Leow Thiam Seng was appointed Group Director, Cluster Group on 1 Jul 2016. This covers the Aerospace, Marine & CleanTech Cluster (AMC), Precision Engineering & Construction Cluster (PECC), Energy & Chemicals Cluster (ENC), and the Emerging Cluster (EC).

He joined JTC Corporation in 1992 and has 24 years of hands-on experience covering the whole spectrum of real estate development from product inception, construction, marketing, lease management, facility management, to product renewal. Some of the initiatives he is working on include CleanTech Park, Jurong Innovation District, Punggol Digital Village, Seletar Aerospace Park, and Jurong Island.

Thiam Seng has also served in a number of corporate services functions ranging from corporate planning, policy, research and statistics, organisation excellence, and knowledge management.

Clean Technology

Ravi Krishnaswamy

Vice President & Global Leader Energy & Environment Practice Singapore, Frost & Sullivan

Ravi Krishnaswamy heads Frost & Sullivan’s Energy & Environment Practice in the Asia Pacific region and is based in Singapore. Ravi has spent more than twenty years in the Energy & Environment sector, both in engineering and business consulting functions, as a design engineer, project manager, senior industry analyst and research director. He is also Frost & Sullivan’s in house expert on clean technologies and utilities. After graduation, Ravi joined ABB and subsequently he worked for Doosan Babcock, before joining Frost & Sullivan in 2001.

 

Ravi has advised clients on market entry, geographic expansion, new product launch, competitive strategies, roadmap development, business planning and strategic partnering. Ravi has directly managed and guided several consulting engagements on industry areas as diverse as Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Power & Gas Transmission, Datacenter Energy,  Water & Wastewater Treatment, Building Automation and Oil & Gas upstream technologies. Ravi has consulted for many multinational corporations and regional businesses including Siemens, Toshiba, General Electric, Alstom, Eaton Electric, Cummins, Caterpillar, Samsung Group,  Schneider  Group, and Hitachi.

 

Ravi has also worked on economic and regulatory consultancy for the Energy market regulator in Singapore, including review of CAPEX plans submitted by the power utility, review of the gas retail market and establishment of secondary gas trading market. Ravi was also involved in development of green technology roadmap for the Government of Malaysia.

 

Ravi is highly sought after for his insights and has been quoted in prestigious publications including New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Business Week, Business Today, The Straits Times. He has also appears on television channels such as CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters and Channel News Asia, as a guest industry expert. He is a seasoned presenter, having spoken widely in several industry conferences in Asia Pacific and North American regions.

 

Ravi’s current management responsibilities in Frost & Sullivan include business unit profit & loss, growth strategies, research planning, quality control,  industry thought leadership, strategic review of consulting delivery and managing client relationships.