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NEW STEERING COMMITTEE TO GUIDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF SINGAPORE’S INFOCOMM AND MEDIA SECTORS

18/06/2013

         

    The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) announced today the formation of an Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee, which comprises representatives from the people, private and public sectors.

2.         The 14-member Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee will embark on a holistic study of the Infocomm and Media sectors to produce the Infocomm Media Masterplan report. The report is envisioned to chart a vision for Singapore’s infocomm and media sectors until 2025.

3.         The Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee will look into how infocomm and media can transform the way we work and live, identify key development areas for the Infocomm and Media sectors, including the major areas of focus and challenges, as well as develop recommendations for Singapore to embark on. More information on the Steering Committee members is in Annex.

4.         The Steering Committee will be supported by five Working Committees, which will study and make recommendations in the following areas:

i. Technology and R&D – Identify strategic infocomm and media technologies, and develop a roadmap for R&D and an ecosystem model that supports innovation and commercialisation in Singapore;

ii. Infrastructure – Plan, develop and enhance Singapore’s infocomm and media infrastructure capabilities to meet future demand, while easing access to such infrastructure;

iii. Enterprise Development – Identify and recommend strategies to grow Singapore’s infocomm and media sectors, and groom Singapore enterprises into global leaders;

iv. Manpower and Talent Development – Study of human capital needs of Singapore’s infocomm and media sectors, and recommend ways to build and retain the required human capital; and

v. Sectoral Transformation – Identify and recommend impactful programmes where infocomm and media can be leveraged to improve the way we work and live, and to enable businesses to thrive.

5.         Chairman of the Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee, Mr Koh Boon Hwee (Chairman of Credence Partners Pte. Ltd.), said, “We hope to see bold and innovative ideas emerging from this masterplanning process, and also come up with suggestions to spur Singapore’s economic competitiveness, and improve Singaporeans’ quality of life.”

6.         Players in the infocomm and media sectors, as well as members of the public will be invited to provide ideas and feedback on the Infocomm Media Masterplan through separate industry and public consultation exercises.

7.         The Steering Committee is expected to release its recommendations in mid-2015. More details of the Infocomm Media Masterplan are also available at the MCI website.

 

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

18 JUNE 2013

 

 

ANNEX

 

PROFILES OF STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

1. Mr KOH Boon Hwee (Chairman)

许文辉

Chairman, Credence Partners Pte Ltd

Mr Koh is the Chairman of Credence Capital, a private equity fund focused on investing in SMEs in South East Asia. He is also the Chairman of publicly-listed Sunningdale Tech Ltd, Yeo Hiap Seng Limited, Far East Orchard Limited and AAC Technologies Holdings Inc., as well as Chairman of privately-held Rippledot Capital Advisers Pte Ltd and FEO Hospitality Asset Management. Mr Koh was also Chairman of the Media Convergence Review Panel, which was tasked to study the issues impacting Singapore as media content and services increasingly converge in the wake of rapid technology advancements. Mr Koh started his career in 1977 at Hewlett Packard and rose to become its Managing Director in Singapore from 1985 to 1990. From 1991 to 2000, he was Executive Chairman of the Wuthelam Group. Mr Koh was also the Chairman of the Singapore Telecom Group (SingTel) and its predecessor organisations from 1986 to 2001, Chairman of Singapore Airlines Limited from July 2001 to December 2005, and Chairman of DBS Bank from January 2006 to April 2010.  Mr Koh also served on the Board of Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd from November 1996 to September 2010. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University, and a director of the Hewlett Foundation and Agilent Technologies, Inc. in the United States.

 

2. Mr Eddie CHAU

周成志

Founder and Executive Director, iSentia Brandtology

Mr Chau is the Founder and Executive Director of iSentia Brandtology. Mr Chau formed Brandtology in 2008 to help companies analyse online conversations in the social media and make strategic decisions for their brands in a timely manner. In February 2011, iSentia (formerly known as Sentia Media/Media Monitors) with HQ in Australia acquired a majority stake in Brandtology. Before founding Brandtology, Mr Chau was the Founder & CEO of e-Cop. e-Cop was acquired in 2007 by a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holding Pte Ltd. In 2011, Mr Chau co-founded V-Key with a key objective to make all mobile devices and applications more secured with cutting edge patented technology, and in 2012, co-founded TNF Ventures with several ICT entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, to incubate early stage ICT start-ups.

 

3. Mr Aubeck KAM

甘泽铨

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information

Appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information on 1 November 2012, Mr Kam held senior appointments in various public sector organisations, including the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Development Authority (2010 to 2012) and the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Manpower (2006 to 2010).  He is a board member of the Singapore Tourism Board and the Civil Service College.

 

4. Ms KOH Lin-Net

许琳聂

Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority

Ms Koh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Development Authority (MDA), an appointment she has held since 1 November 2012.  Prior to joining MDA, Ms Koh was the Deputy Secretary (Trade) in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where she was responsible for Singapore’s trade and economic relations in the bilateral and multi-lateral spheres. Ms Koh has more than 20 years’ experience in various ministries and statutory boards, including the appointment as the Deputy Secretary (ICM and the Arts) in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (now Ministry of Communications and Information). She currently sits on the boards of Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and the Orchestra of Music Makers (OMM).

 

5. Mr Vinod KUMAR

Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Tata Communications

Mr Kumar was appointed in February 2011 as Managing Director of Tata Communications Limited and CEO of Tata Communications Limited Group, part of the $100.9 billion Tata group. He joined Tata Communications in April 2004 and assumed responsibility as Managing Director of the company’s international operations. He subsequently took on other key appointments in the company, including the Chief Operating Officer, and was also appointed as a non-executive director of the Board of Tata Communications Limited before taking on his current appointment. Mr Kumar is also a member on the Board of the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Governing Council of Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) in Singapore. Additionally, he is a member of the National Arts Council (NAC) – Human Resource Committee and Strategic Review Committee and the EDB Finance Committee.

 

6. Adjunct Professor LEE Kwok Cheong

Chief Executive Officer, SIM Global Education

Adjunct Professor Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of SIM Global Education. He is currently also on the Boards of ITE Holding Pte Ltd, Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), Nera Telecommunications and SIM University and chairs CRA's Technical Advisory Committee. Besides concurrently serving on the National Integration Council’s Working Group for Schools, Prof Lee also spearheaded the establishment of the Singapore Association for Private Education (SAPE) and is its Founding President. He had previously served on the boards of Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, and Institute of Technical Education. He was also President of the Singapore Computer Society. Previously, he was the founding CEO of NCS Pte Ltd.

 

7. Mr Steve LEONARD

Deputy Chairman, Infocomm Development Authority

In his position as Deputy Chairman, Mr Leonard holds executive leadership responsibility for IDA, with a special focus in industry promotion and development. This includes spearheading the building of innovative start-ups and local enterprises, overseeing various national cross-sectoral programmes, technology and communications infrastructure development and the strategic planning and development of qualified professionals for the ICT sector. Mr Leonard is an industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience working in leading global technology companies. Prior to joining IDA, Mr Leonard was the President of EMC Asia Pacific and Japan. Mr Leonard also previously served in key executive positions in Symantec, Veritas and EDS. Mr Leonard currently sits on the Boards of IDA Singapore, IDA International and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd. 

 

8. Prof LOW Teck Seng

Chief Executive Officer, National Research Foundation

Professor Low currently heads the National Research Foundation (NRF), which sets the national direction for research and development (R&D) by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise. Prof Low has been actively involved in the research, technology and innovation landscape in Singapore for over 30 years. Before joining NRF, Prof Low joined the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in April 2009, taking on various leadership positions, such as Deputy Managing Director (Research), Executive Director of Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) and his last held post was as the Managing Director of A*STAR in October 2010. Prior to joining A*STAR, Prof Low was the Dean of Engineering in the National University of Singapore (1998-2000), the founding CEO of Republic Polytechnic (2002-2008), the Executive Director of A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (1996-1998).

 

9. Ms Jacqueline POH

傅美

Managing Director, Infocomm Development Authority

In her position as Managing Director for IDA, Ms Poh leads IDA’s policy and regulatory functions. These include developing infocomm policy and telecommunications regulations, guiding the strategic Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) function and developing information security. Ms Poh has served in the Administrative Service for 14 years. Prior to her appointment in IDA, Ms Poh was Divisional Director for Workplace Policy and Strategy in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), where she oversaw policies related to foreign worker management, occupational safety and health, labour relations and employment standards, human trafficking and the re-employment of older workers. She also established a joint operations capability in MOM and handled international relations.  Ms Poh is a board member of the Intellectual Property Organisation of Singapore and Singapore Pools. 

 

10. Mr SIM Gim Guan

沈锦源

Deputy Secretary (Industry and Information), Ministry of Communications and Information

As Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Information, Mr Sim oversees the ministry’s industry portfolios in the infocomm, media and design sectors, and has oversight over the Infocomm Development Authority, Media Development Authority, DesignSingapore Council, and the National Library Board. Mr Sim had previously served briefly at the Civil Service College after retiring from the Singapore Armed Forces. He spent a total of 23 years in the Republic of Singapore Navy, retiring from his last appointment as Chief of Staff – Naval Staff, Republic of Singapore Navy, at the rank of Rear Admiral.

 

11. Prof TAN Eng Chye

陈永财

Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, National University of Singapore

Professor Tan oversees NUS’ Faculties and Schools, providing strategic directions and setting academic policies. His responsibilities include admission policies and processes, educational quality assurance, budget and resource allocation for the Faculties and Schools, and the development and implementation of new educational initiatives. Prof Tan is responsible for the appointment, promotion and tenure process, as well as the reward and incentive systems for academic staff.

 

12. Ms TEO Lay Lim

张立琳

Senior Managing Director, ASEAN and Country Managing Director, Singapore, Accenture

Ms Teo is Senior Managing Director at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. In her 25 years with Accenture, she has held several leadership roles. In 2000, she set up Accenture’s Customer Relationship Management service line for the region, which she ran for eight years. In this role she spent two years, in Shanghai to establish the practice in China. She returned from Shanghai in 2007 to assume the role of Country Managing Director for Singapore.  In 2009, she started up two new practices for Accenture in APAC – Accenture Analytics, and Accenture Sustainability Services.  In October 2011, she assumed her current role of Geographic Unit Managing Director for ASEAN, and is the first (and at this time, the only) woman in a group of 15 geographic leaders globally. Ms Teo is also a board member of the Council for Third Age and the Singapore Land Authority.

 

13. Mr YAP Chee Yuen

叶志云

EVP Corporate Services, Genting Singapore

Mr Yap is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at Genting Singapore PLC and concurrently the Head of Innovation & Technology at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). Mr Yap has been recently conferred the IT Leader of the Year 2013 by the Singapore Computer Society. He was also recognised as one of the Most Outstanding Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the ASEAN region by the International Data Group (IDG) in September 2010. Under his leadership, RWS won the National Infocomm Awards in October 2010 under the Private Sector category for the Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology. In 2004, he led JTC as CIO to win the same Award under the Public Sector category. Mr Yap currently chairs the National Information Technology Standards Council (ITSC) and the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) Adoption Committee, and is also a member of the NICF Steering Committee and the National Cloud Computing Advisory Council.

 

14. Mr YEOH Keat Chuan

杨吉全

Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board

Mr Yeoh was appointed Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 1 July 2012. Prior to this, he was the EDB’s Assistant Managing Director, responsible for investment promotion efforts in a number of industry sectors. Mr Yeoh has held several Director-level positions in the EDB since 2005, overseeing initiatives in divisions including the Americas and Biomedical Sciences Cluster. He joined the EDB as a Senior Officer in the Industry Development Division (Chemicals) in 1994.

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