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Mr Ho Kwon Ping


Singapore Management University

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 has grown to more than 37 hotels and resorts, over 70 spas and over 80 retail galleries, as well as three golf courses. With a strong presence in China, Banyan Tree currently has over 20 projects under development.

Mr Ho has made numberous and significant contributions and has received accolades and awards in recognition of business innovations, creativity and leadership.

  • Conferred an honorary doctorate by Johnson & Wales University (May 2000)

  • London Business School 2005 Entrepreneurship Award

  • CEO of the Year (2008), Singapore Corporate Awards

  • Hospitality Life Achievement Award, China Hotel Investment in Shanghai (2009)

  • Singapore Government’s Meritorious Service Medal, for contribution in the founding of

    Singapore Management University as Chairman

  • First Asian to receive the American Creativity Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)

  • Top Thinker in Singapore, Yahoo! Singapore 9 Awards (2011)

  •  2012 CNBC’s Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific

  •  2012, named to the board of Diageo, a British multi-national company

He is married to Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited, father to two sons, a daughter and grandfather to a grandson. 

Professor Arnoud De Meyer


Singapore Management University

Professor De Meyer is the fourth President of Singapore Management University. Previously, he was Director of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge where he was Professor of Management Studies and Fellow of Jesus College. He was associated for 23 years with INSEAD where he held various senior academic and administrative positions, including founding Dean of INSEAD’s Asia Campus in Singapore.

Professor De Meyer has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA and PhD in Management from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He also pursued his studies as a visiting scholar at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His research interests are in manufacturing and technology strategy; the implementation of new manufacturing technologies; the management of R&D; how innovation can be managed more effectively; project management under conditions of high uncertainty; management and innovation in Asia; the globalisation of Asian firms; the management of novel projects; and e-readiness in Europe. His work is published widely in academic journals and he has written several books.

Professor De Meyer has been consultant to a number of companies throughout Europe and Asia. Currently, he serves on several boards including the Human Capital Leadership Institute, National Research Foundation, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore Symphonia Company Limited and Temasek Management Services. He is an external director of Dassault Systèmes SA (France) and also Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee of VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (Belgium).

Ms Veronica Colondam

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

YCAB Foundation

Veronica Colondam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of YCAB Foundation, an organisation that aims to provide hope and opportunity to underprivileged youth through educational provisions, capacity building and welfare creation. ‎To date, YCAB has impacted the lives of more than 2.5 million youth and aspires to reach ten million by 2020. Veronica has also pioneered the socially responsible investment programme in Indonesia that allows social investors to invest with a near-market rate return and a five-year pay back period. The investment is made through YCAB Co-operative that runs the conditional microfinance where education is made the pre-condition to the loan. To date, YCAB Co-operative has disbursed more than 120,000 loans thus increasing clients' income from the average of U$1.80 to U$3 per day following a two year intervention and bringing thousands of dropouts back to school. Veronica serves as a member of the international board of INSEAD Social Entrepreneur Global Council and Microsoft Youth Council, and she actively participates in the WEF's Young Global Leaders alumni network. She is the youngest recipient of the UN-Vienna Civil Society Award (2001), named Asian of the Year by Channel NewsAsia (2009), Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2011) and Schwab Social Entrepreneur of 2012 and Forbes 48 Asian Philanthropists (2014).

Ms Goh Suet Lan

President Elect

TECH Outreach Malaysia

Suets, as she is more fondly known, graduated from Canada with a degree in Psychology and Mass Communications. Whilst she would have loved to stay on exploring the outdoors, the need to begin a career brought her home to Malaysia. There, she established herself in the advertising industry with Ogilvy and has worked extensively across Asia and Europe. Having worked with women’s aid related organisations such as AWAM and WAO throughout the years in her free time, Suets found a natural path to pursue upon “retiring” from the industry. Today, she says her involvement with TECH Outreach is especially meaningful and invigorating for her as “it is about both empowerment and sustainability”. If she could, Suets says she would love to return to South Africa in the near future, a country she lived in for a few years and which has opened her eyes to the will of those in need, the generous heart of those who care, and a country filled with enormous beauty.

Dr. Noeleen Heyzer

Social Scientist

Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General

Noeleen Heyzer was an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the highest ranking Singaporean in the United Nations (2007-2014). She was recently the UNSG’s Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peace-building, state-building, and sustainable development.

She was the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since its founding in 1947. Under her leadership (Aug 2007-Jan 2014), the commission focused on regional co-operation for a more resilient Asia-Pacific, founded on shared prosperity, social equity, and sustainable development. She was at the forefront of many innovations including for regional disaster preparedness, inclusive socio-economic policies, sustainable agriculture and urbanization, energy security and regional connectivity.

She was the first Executive Director from the south to lead the United Nations Development Fund for Women. She was widely recognized for the formulation and implementation of the landmark of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.

She holds a BA (Upper Hons) and a MSc from Singapore University, a PhD from Cambridge University, and has received numerous awards for leadership.

Professor Imran Ho Abdullah

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Professor Imran Ho Abdullah is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Partnership) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Professor Imran brings to the position broad and extensive experience in senior academic roles. He was Director UKM Global / International Relations Office from 2009-2014; Deputy Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities; Dean of Faculty of Language Studies, as well as Head / Deputy Director of Strategic Planning Division 2002 -2008. As Director UKM Global / International Relations Office he oversaw the implementation of AIMS (ASEAN International Mobility Scheme) and was instrumental in fomulation and implementationof the ASEAN University Network-ACTS. He was also responsible for the implementation of the UKM Global Student Mobility Programme as well as the Malaysia-Mexico Mobility Programme (MM2M) which has to date enabled over 200 Mexican students to study in Malaysia. He was a member of the IIEP / UNESCO research project team on Institutional Restructuring of Higher Education in the Asia Pacific region as well as a co-author of the ISESCO and IDB White Paper on nanotechnology education.

Professor Imran has taught extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has published books and articles on various aspects of cognitive semantics and corpus linguistics as well as supervised over 15 PhDs.

Professor Imran has a First Class Honours (in English) from the University of Otago, New Zealand, a Diploma in Education with Distinction from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, an Master of Philosophy (in Linguistics) from the University of Cambridge, as well as a PhD in Cognitive Semantics from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has also attended the Executive Programme on Crisis Leadership in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He has been a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society since 1990.

Mr Don Lam

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

VinaCapital Group

Don Lam is a founding partner of VinaCapital, with over 15 years experience in Vietnam. He has overseen VinaCapital’s growth from manager of a single USD10 million fund in 2003 into a full-service investment firm managing numerous listed and unlisted funds, and offering a complete range of corporate finance and real estate advisory services. Before founding VinaCapital, Mr Lam was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Vietnam), where he led the Corporate Finance and Management Consulting practices throughout the Indochina region. Mr Lam has also held management positions at Deutsche Bank and Coopers & Lybrand in Vietnam and Canada. He has a degree in Commerce and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Canada. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Securities Licence in Vietnam.

Mr Sebastien Lamy


Bain & Company

Sebastien Lamy is a Partner in Bain & Company’s South East Asia Office. He joined Bain in 2002, and has been based in Singapore for the past eleven years.

Mr. Lamy heads Bain’s Private Equity Practice in South East Asia. He is also heavily involved in ‘Bain Cares’, Bain’s pro-bono program providing advice to Non-Profit-Organizations. Over the years he has been helping Non-Profits in Singapore on strategy, operations and organizational issues.

He is a Board member of the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership (CNPL) in Singapore.

Mr. Lamy holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MsC in Management from HEC Paris.

Mr En Lee


Asia Pacific, LGT Venture Philanthropy

En Lee heads LGT Venture Philanthropy in Asia Pacific, a global impact investor initiated by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. He manages the Asian investment portfolio in South-East Asia and China and is responsible for the advisory activities in the region. En has over 15 years of experience in impact investing, finance and law. He led the Investor Team at Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) where he closed several investments in education, renewable energy and inclusive finance. Previously, En was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong working with Asia focused funds and before that, a Corporate Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London specialising in private equity, M&A and capital market transactions. En serves on the boards of several leading social enterprises, mentors social ventures at HUB Singapore and is a Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD. He is an engaged member of TONIIC, the global impact investor network, and sits on their Deal Selection Committee for South-East Asia. En also serves on the Steering Committees of the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia, a pan-Asian social enterprise competition, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), Asia Chapter.

Mr Laurence Lien

Co-Founder and CEO

Asia Philanthropy Circle

Laurence Lien is Co-Founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle, a new non-profit initiative that convenes Asian philanthropists to learn, collaborate and catalyse new social interventions. He is also the Chairman of Lien Foundation and the Community Foundation of Singapore, and Board Member of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University.

Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008-2014, when he founded the Community Foundation of Singapore. Under his leadership, Lien Foundation has become a philanthropic foundation well-regarded for its forward-thinking and radical approach.

Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence served in the Singapore Government. Laurence holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Laurence was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship. He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014.

Dr Lim Kim-Hwa

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Economics

Penang Institute

Dr Lim is the Chief Executive Officer and the Head of Economics at Penang Institute, the Penang State Government public policy think tank. He is also a Fellow in Finance and Financial Reporting at the University of Cambridge. He was previously a portfolio manager at a Singapore hedge fund, a proprietary trader at Credit Suisse and an Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and has trained with KPMG and Wilson Wright & Co. in London. He holds Ph.D. and M.Phil in Finance (Distinction) degrees from the University of Cambridge.

Ms Kelly Macdonald


Yangon Bakehouse

Kelly Macdonald is a Canadian social entrepreneur and a public health professional. She has been working for women’s reproductive health, safety, and rights as a social entrepreneur and a public health specialist. She is a founder of the Yangon Bakehouse, a successful social business in Myanmar that provides culinary and social skills training to disadvantaged women, and assists them to secure jobs in the growing hotel, restaurant industry. She also works with NGOs that provide social and clinical services to support positive outcomes for women’s reproductive health.

Kelly has MSc degrees from the University of Guelph (Rural Planning and Development) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Reproductive Health Epidemiology). She also has a BA from the University of Calgary. She has been living and working in Africa and Southeast Asia since 1994, of which she has been living in Myanmar for 10 years with her family.

U Maung Maung Soe Tint


Border Areas Development Association

U Maung Maung Soe Tint started his career as the youngest Headmaster of State High School in Myanmar in 1953. He served as a diplomat in the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand for 15 years and retired as the Myanmar Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand in 1989. After his retirement, he became actively involved in religious affairs, education, health, socio-economic work and literature. He is the Chairman of Border Areas Development Association, Myanmar NGO Network, Contingency Plan Steering Committee, the Chairman of Board of Advisors of First Myanmar Investment Co.,Ltd and Chairman of Academy of Pannaparami (University of Religions). U Maung Maung Soe Tint is the author of 9 books. He has appeared on television many times to discuss about education, health and Myanmar NGO work. He received a B.A (Ed) from Yangon University in 1953 and M.Ed from University of Hawaii in 1963. He is the member of Fellow of Royal Society of Arts since 1978.

Mr Tony Meloto


Gawad Kalinga

Tony Meloto is the founder of Gawad Kalinga, a movement that builds integrated, holistic and sustainable communities in slum areas and remote rural communities with a vision to end poverty for 5 million Filipino families by 2024. In 1995, Tony started working with the poor in the slums of Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, through a youth programme that has evolved into Gawad Kalinga (GK). GK has been implemented in almost 2,500 communities in the Philippines and other developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea. GK is not just a provider of housing but communities where beneficiaries are trained to cultivate sustainable sources of livelihood. GK has now entered into its second phase of development focused on integrating sustainability in the communities it has built through the GK Enchanted Farm Village University Template. With a deliberate focus on countryside development and social entrepreneurship, the Farm Village University is the first of its kind in the world, designed to become a destination for Social Tourism, a venue for Social Education and an incubator for Social Business whose end goal is to raise 500,000 social entrepreneurs to create wealth where no one is left behind. In the last 5 years, he has been invited to speak in many global forums, bringing attention to this unique model for sustainable development that brings together the rich and the poor to work in solidarity towards addressing humanity’s most pressing challenges—climate change, extreme poverty and food security.

Ms Phng Li Kheng

Green Project Manager

Kechara Forest Retreat

Li Kheng was born in Malaysia and grew up within the rich and vibrant tempo of Malaysia Truly Asia before leaving to pursue her Bachelor of Science Degree at Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland. After graduating with high honours from this reputable school, Li Kheng furthered her adventure in the international arena through work in Hong Kong and Shanghai. When in Hong Kong, Li Kheng worked with Nikko Hotel (Food & Beverage Department) and proceeded to join the opening team of Metropark Hotel under the Central China Travel group. In Shanghai, Li Kheng had the opportunity to turn around an almost bankrupt Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf franchise as CEO before selling the operation after successfully opening 35 café outlets in strategic locations of metropolitan Shanghai.

Li Kheng’s accomplishments have garnered her the Young Achiever Award at the Top 40 Under 40 event organised by Prestige magazine in 2012. Li Kheng has also been extensively interviewed on her journey as a young woman in the competitive commercial world of Shanghai. Her story has been featured in various print media, such as Tatler, Prestige, The Star and on BFM, the business radio station. Throughout 2013, she was also invited to share her experience at a series of lectures including TedxYouth@KL (, National Youth Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) and at educational institutions like Help University, Taylor’s College and UCSI (

Throughout her 13 years abroad, Li Kheng travelled to Europe, America and Asia. During these travels, Li Kheng had the opportunity to witness and experience a vast, warm-hearted and hopeful illustration of oneness in humanity through the food, architecture, traditions, and etiquettes of each country. Despite the long and fun-filled adventures overseas, Li Kheng was always proud of the authentic and deep-rooted multi-racial culture of Malaysia. Hence, when Li Kheng finally returned home, she was pleasantly surprised by the strong presence of Malaysia’s colourful and exuberant culture in smaller towns. Over the past couple of years, Li Kheng has developed a keen interest in organic and natural farming, and has set up her own organic garden at the Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Pahang.

Li Kheng intends to combine the exposure from her international travel, the unique personality of her home country as well as her passion for the environment to develop a business concept that speaks to the world community.

Mr Kevin Teo

Managing Director

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

Kevin Teo is Managing Director of AVPN’s Knowledge Centre. Prior to that, he was a Founding Partner of Volans, a Social Innovation company with offices in London and Singapore. Kevin was previously Head of East and Southeast Asia at the Schwab Foundation of Social Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Prior to that, Kevin had a nine year stint in the enterprise software arena in Silicon Valley, Irvine and Austin. This included work at two Sequoia Capital startups that were acquired by Sun Microsystems and Symantec. Kevin is a Trustee of the Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network (SEALNet), a US and Singapore-based non-profit he co-founded in 2004. To address issues around employment opportunities and rights of foreign domestic workers in Singapore, Kevin co-founded Anisya in 2010 with Grace, his wife.

Mr Tham Sai Choy

Managing Partner


Tham Sai Choy is a member of KPMG’s Global Board and Executive Committee, with responsibilities as the Regional Chairman of KPMG in Asia Pacific, and the Managing Partner of KPMG in Singapore. Past appointments include leadership roles in audit and corporate finance. At KPMG, he has encouraged initiatives that promote a sense of community purpose amongst its staff and that are integrated with their routine work. He has been actively involved in the development of the accountancy profession in Singapore, as a member of the Singapore Accountancy Commission and its precedessor body. He has led the development of standards in financial reporting and governance in Singapore, with past roles at the Accounting Standards Council and the Audit Committee Guidance Committee, and a current role chairing the panel reviewing Board Risk Committee guidelines at the Singapore Institute of Directors. He is a board member of Housing Development Board, the body responsible for public housing, and the National Productivity Council, which promotes productivity in Singapore. He also sits on the advisory boards of the Nanyang Business School and the SKB Institute for Financial Economics of the Singapore Management University. Sai Choy was trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the U.K. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), as well as of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Mr Viswanathan Shankar

CEO & Partner

Gateway Partners (UAE)

Until 2015, Viswanathan Shankar was the Group Executive Director and CEO (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas) of Standard Chartered.

He joined Standard Chartered in 2001 as Group Head of Corporate Finance, was appointed Group Head of Origination and Client Coverage in 2007 and promoted to his current role in 2010. He has also served as a Member of Corporate Responsibility at Standard Chartered Bank India. Before his positions at Standard Chartered, he worked with Bank of America for 19 years.

Mr Shankar is a Non-Executive Director of Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC and a Member of the Boards of the Asia Society New York, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, the Singapore Government’s National Integration Council and the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA). SINDA was formed in August 1991 to address the pressing educational and socio-economic issues facing the Singapore Indian community and offers a range of programmes and services, including mentoring and leadership development, to help students and their families achieve success.

Mr Shankar holds a Bachelor of Scence in Physics from Loyola College in Chennai and a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore.

Mr Tong Yee

Founder and Director

The Thought Collective

Tong Yee is a champion for social emotional learning and ontological coaching, and a highly sought-after speaker. In 2007, he co-founded School of Thought to promote innovation in education and civic learning in both the private and public sectors. He aims to drive social innovation through civic learning in order to nurture the next generation of thought leaders and youth change-makers. School of Thought has since evolved to become The Thought Collective consisting of four other social enterprises: Think Tank Studio, Thinkscape, Food for Thought and Common Ground. As a social innovator, he has contributed his expertise to the Youth Corps Singapore, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, the then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, the Civil Service College, as well as several NGOs and budding social enterprises in Singapore. He also spearheaded civic initiatives such as the Stand Up for Singapore Movement, the 2065 Civic Movement, and social innovation movements in Australia and London.

Father Jose Ramon T. Villarin


Ateneo de Manila University

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ is the President of Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He received his doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and his master’s degree in Physics from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is currently the Chair of the Manila Observatory, a scientific research institute, and a member of the Advisory Board and the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Philippine government’s Climate Change Commission. He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 2002, his book “Disturbing Climate” was given an Outstanding Book Award and in 2000, he was declared a National Outstanding Young Scientist, both by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines.

Mr Eugene Wee

Executive Director

RADION International

Eugene Wee is the executive director of RADION International, a relief and development agency that he co-founded in 2007. He is also the managing director of RADION Enterprise, a social enterprise that provides training and consultancy to young start ups. Prior to starting up RADION International, Eugene pursued a career in Singapore's Ministry Of Defence, with portfolios covering analysis, training and strategic planning. His work earned him a commendation for life-saving, and the good service medal. Eugene later went into corporate training and consultancy, overseeing a portfolio comprising of multi-national companies, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations in the region. Eugene is a member of INSPIRIT, a community of young Singaporean leaders that champions youth causes and advocates youth interest in national issues. His work in RADION International has been featured across different platforms including medical journals, magazines and printed media.

Last updated on 27 Sep 2016 .