Appointment of new chairman and board members to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) Board


          The Minister for Communications and Information has appointed Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary (Defence), as Chairman of the IDA Board. His appointment will take effect from 1 December 2015. Mr Chan succeeds Ms Yong Ying-I, who steps down as Chairman of the IDA after eight years. Please see Annex A for a write up on Mr Chan.

2        Ms Yong, who is also the Permanent Secretary (Public Service Division), was the founding CEO of IDA in 1999, spearheading the merger of the National Computer Board and the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore to form IDA. Ms Yong also led IDA to achieve milestones such as the full liberalisation of Singapore's telecommunications market in 2000; and launch of the Infocomm 21 Masterplan, laying the foundation for the growth of Singapore as a dynamic global infocomm capital.

3        After her stint as founding CEO in 2001, Ms Yong continued to provide strong leadership to IDA, first as Deputy Chairman from 2003 to 2007, and then as Chairman from 2007. Under her chairmanship, IDA has worked towards advancing Singapore's Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) Masterplan to build up an ultra-high speed, pervasive, intelligent and trusted ICT infrastructure, as well as a vibrant ICT ecosystem with a ready pool of tech talent. This has provided a solid foundation in helping Singapore realise its vision to be the world’s first Smart Nation. The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and IDA would like to thank Ms Yong for her invaluable contributions.

4        Mr Chan is not new to IDA. Mr Chan was the CEO of IDA from January 2005 to November 2007 and Permanent Secretary (Information, Communications & the Arts) from 2008 to 2012. During his tenure at IDA, Mr Chan led the development of the iN2015 Masterplan, laying down the vision of transforming Singapore into an intelligent nation and global city powered by infocomm. Under his leadership, IDA brought about the development of infrastructure, the promotion of the local infocomm industry and the adoption of greater infocomm in the various government sectors. It was during his term at IDA that the infocomm industry recorded an all-time high growth, with total revenue reaching S$45.4 billion in 2006.

5        In addition, three new members have been appointed to serve on the IDA Board for a two-year term from 1 December 2015. They are:

  • Mr Piyush Gupta
    Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group

  • Mr Peter Ho Yew Chi
    Chief Executive Officer, HOPE Technik Pte Ltd

  • Mr Caesar Sengupta
    Vice President, Google Inc

6        Eleven other members have been reappointed for a further two-year term from 1 December 2015. They are:

  • Mr Steven Robert Leonard
    Executive Deputy Chairman, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

  • Ms Janet Ang
    Vice President, Systems of Engagement and Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific

  • Dr Lily Chan
    Chief Executive Officer, NUS Enterprise, National University of Singapore

  • Dr Bruno Lanvin
    Executive Director, Global Indices, INSEAD

  • Mr Lim Meng Liang Gabriel
    Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority of Singapore

  • Mr Ng Cher Pong
    Chief Executive, Singapore Workforce Development Agency

  • Ms Poh Mae-Jean Jacqueline
    Managing Director, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

  • Mr Muthukrishnan Ramaswami
    President, Singapore Exchange Ltd

  • Mr Colin David Sampson
    Senior Vice President/Board Advisor and SAP Ambassador,  
    Customer Engagement, M&A, Venture Capital
    SAP Asia Pte Ltd

  • Ms Wong Swee Ping, Shirley
    Chairman, Singapore infocomm Technology Federation
    Managing Partner, TNF Ventures Pte Ltd

  • Ms Janet Young
    Managing Director and Head Group Channels & Digitalisation, United Overseas Bank Group

7        MCI and IDA would like to thank the following retiring Board members for their outstanding service:

  • Mr Jimmy Phoon
    Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, SeaTown Holdings International Pte Ltd

  • Mr Eddie Chau
    Co-Founder & Chairman, V-Key Inc

  • Mr Alexander Kleinberg
    Managing Director, MoPub, Asia-Pacific/Japan, Twitter Inc


30 NOVEMBER 2015 


Mr Chan Yeng Kit (陈英杰)

Chan Yeng Kit

          Mr Chan Yeng Kit was appointed Permanent Secretary (Defence) in September 2013. Prior to this, he was Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) from 2012 to 2013, and Permanent Secretary (Information, Communications & the Arts) from 2008 to 2012.

2        Mr Chan’s career has spanned a range of appointments in Government, the labour movement, and the private sector. These include management positions in the Public Service Division, National Trades Union Congress, Singapore-Suzhou Township Development Pte Ltd, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of Education. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore from 2005 to 2007.

3        Mr Chan graduated with First Class Honours in Mathematics from the University of Tasmania, earned his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces National Serviceman of the Year Award in 1999, conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2000, and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2010.