2019 BREAKFAST TALK FOR CEOS (By Invitation Only)
The Breakfast Talk for CEOs is an exclusive forum for C-suite executives from the built environment to network, address pressing industry issues and discuss possible solutions to their business challenges.
A slate of prominent industry leaders joined Building and Construction Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Hugh Lim, for the 2019 Breakfast Talk for CEOs. Focusing on “Transformation of the Built Environment Sector”, these industry leaders, representing different parts of the value chain, shared their views of industry transformation and what they thought it would mean for businesses.
The 2019 Power-packed Panel
MR. HUGH LIM
Chief Executive Officer
Building and Construction Authority
Mr Hugh Lim graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1987 with a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class) degree on a Singapore Armed Forces (Overseas) Scholarship. He holds a Master of Science (Management of Technology) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America, 1998.
Hugh joined the Singapore Armed Forces in 1984, and attained the rank of Brigadier-General on 1 Jul 2005. He has served in a variety of command and staff positions, including Chief Engineer Officer, Commander 6 Division, Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and Chief of Staff, General Staff.
Prior to joining BCA, Hugh was the Deputy Secretary (Community, Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and before that, the Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Law.
MR. LIEW MUN LEONG
Chairman, Changi Airport Group
Chairman, Surbana Jurong Group
Mr. Liew Mun Leong has spent 22 years in the public service developing Singapore's Changi Airport, military airports and establishments. He was involved with the construction of Changi Airport from the beginning in 1975. He was appointed as the President of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in the late 1990s.
In the private sector, he spent 26 years leading 10 public listed companies investing and developing real estates in Asia, Middle East, UK and Europe. In 2000, he became the founding Group President & CEO of CapitaLand Limited, a public-listed real estate company, which under his watch till 2012, became one of the largest real estate groups in Asia.
He currently chairs the Changi Airport Group which is responsible for the operation and development of Changi Airport, as well as Surbana Jurong Group, a large consultancy group in urban and infrastructure development. Mr. Liew sits on the boards of Singapore Exchange, Singapore China Foundation and the Chinese Development Assistance Council. He also chairs the Board of Temasek Foundation Nurtures CLG Ltd and the Management Advisory Board of NUS Business School.
With his achievements in the private sector, Mr. Liew was awarded the “Outstanding CEO of the Year” in the 2006 Singapore Business Awards. He was also conferred the “CEO of the Year” award in the 2007 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. PHILIP NG
Chief Executive Officer
Far East Organization Singapore
Mr Philip Ng is the Chief Executive Officer of Far East Organization which is a family-owned property development and investment group operating in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Far East Organization operates as a Christian enterprise which seeks to be a community of love and a workplace of grace doing business guided by the eternal truths of Jesus Christ. Mr Ng is a Director of Hong Kong-based Sino Group, which is Far East Organization’s sister company, engaging in real estate activities in Hong Kong and China.
Mr Ng is a member of MOH (Ministry of Health) Holdings Healthcare Infrastructure and Planning Committee. He is also a fellow of King’s College and a member of the MIT Corporation (USA).
MS. PAULINE GOH
Chairman, Southeast Asia
Pauline Goh was appointed as CBRE’s Chairman of Southeast Asia in February 2019. Prior to that, she was Managing Director, Singapore from 2005 and CEO, Singapore and Southeast Asia from 2010. As Chairman of Southeast Asia, Pauline’s focus is on nurturing and growing strategic client accounts across the region.
During her tenure as CEO, Singapore was the growth engine of CBRE in Southeast Asia, growing at a compounded 35% pa from 2014-2018. Pauline was also responsible for CBRE’s wholly-owned offices in Thailand and Vietnam, joint venture in Malaysia, alliances in Indonesia and Philippines, and affiliate in Cambodia.
Over the years, Pauline has steadily built the CBRE brand into the leading real estate services firm in Southeast Asia. Singapore’s Advisory & Transactions Office Leasing team is recognized as one of the strongest in Asia, achieving the highest turnover of leasing deals in the past few decades and representing leading property developers in iconic Grade A office buildings including Frasers Tower and CapitaGreen in the CBD; Marina One, Marina Bay Financial Centre and One Raffles Quay in the Marina Bay Downtown; as well as city fringe developments such as DUO Tower, Paya Lebar Quarter and The Metropolis.
MR. WONG CHEE HERNG
Chief Executive Officer
Straits Construction Group Private Limited
Wong Chee Herng is the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Straits Construction Group Pte Ltd (“the Group”). Chee Herng was appointed Deputy Managing Director in 2000. In 2008, he became Managing Director assuming full responsibility for the running of the business. Under his leadership, the Group expanded its revenue base by moving out of its core business segment of residential building construction into industrial and commercial building construction.
A strong advocate of the application of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (“DfMA)”) in the construction industry to boost productivity, Chee Herng led the Group in its successful tender from the Building and Construction Authority to build and operate the second Integrated Construction Prefabrication Hub in Singapore. The facility which focuses on the manufacture of advanced precast is operated by its wholly owned subsidiary, Greyform Pte Ltd, and was officially opened in October 2017.
Chee Herng also sits on the board of Hoi Hup Realty Pte Ltd, the family owned real estate development business established in 1983. Today Hoi Hup is a mid-sized developer with projects both in Singapore and London.
MR. MUKUND SRIDHAR (Moderator)
McKinsey & Company
Mukund Sridhar is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Based in Singapore, he leads McKinsey’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure (CP&I) and Real Estate practices in Southeast Asia. He has worked with leading construction firms, investors, real estate players and government entities, and brings over a decade of experience on strategy, organization and large-scale transformations.
Mukund has served clients in Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East and has expertise across a variety of strategic, organizational and operational topics such as digital mobility and collaboration solutions, industrialized delivery systems for real estate and advanced analytics. He leads McKinsey's global research on digital and technology innovations in construction and capital projects, and is also one of our leaders at Fuel x McKinsey, the Firm’s newest service line, which is geared towards startups, investors and corporate innovators.
Mukund has authored several reports and articles including Smart cities in Southeast Asia in collaboration with Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore and continues to contribute his expertise on these topics as a member of the Urban Land Institute, and the Young Leader at the World Cities Summit.