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

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

Gerard George

Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University

Gerry George is Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University. He is a visiting professor at Imperial College London and Erasmus University.
George joined SMU from Imperial College where he was Deputy Dean of the Business School, Director of the Gandhi Centre, and Academic Director of the Elite Programme, which supports ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth and is sponsored by the London Stock Exchange. Before Imperial, he held tenured positions at the London Business School and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, the flagship empirical journal in the field of management.
An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor George has published over 100 articles in leading journals. His areas of interest are in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tackling grand challenges in society. He was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council to work on socially-inclusive innovation in areas such as natural resources, healthcare, and energy. With Simon Schillebeeckx, he has an edited book “Managing Natural Resources: Organizational Strategy, Behavior and Dynamics” (Edward Elgar, 2018).
With Adam Bock, he has co-authored three books on entrepreneurship. “The Business Model Book: Design, Build and Adapt Models that Drive Business Growth” is a workbook for business model innovation (Pearson, 2018). It builds on a narrative approach on how entrepreneurs conceive and change business models, Models of Opportunity: How Entrepreneurs Design Firms to Achieve the Unexpected, (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Inventing Entrepreneurs: Technology Innovators and their Entrepreneurial Journey (Prentice Hall, 2009), which addressed technology commercialization.
George serves on the Board of AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Established in 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide. He helped create BML Munjal University, a new university near New Delhi and serves on its Board of Governors.
He was a member of the Corporate Governance Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore tasked to redraft the Corporate Governance Code of Singapore in 2017. From 2010-2014, he was a non-executive director and chaired the Risk Management Committee of India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited, a Government of India enterprise subsidiary in the UK. IIFC(UK) provides dollar denominated financing for capital equipment in large Indian infrastructure projects.
For his contribution to further education and research, Professor George was awarded Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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.

Khoo Seow Poh

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Environment Agency

Mr Khoo Seow Poh was appointed the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of the National Environment Agency (NEA) in 2010. The NEA is the leading public organization responsible for improving and sustaining a clean and green environment in Singapore. It plays the important roles of protecting Singapore’s environment from pollution, maintaining a high standard of public health and providing timely meteorological information. Through a partnership approach, the NEA works closely with stakeholders from the Private, Public and People sectors to address sustainability challenges and safeguard a quality living environment.

As DCEO, Mr Khoo oversees Joint Operations, Corporate Services, Policy and Planning, Communications, Partnership, Hawker Centres Management, and Industry Development. On the industry front, he plays a lead role in helping the environmental services industry address sustainability challenges faced by the cleaning and waste sectors. He has been closely involved in the formulation and implementation of the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map which serves to enhance the industry’s long term viability through productivity improvement, technology adoption, innovation and skill upgrading of its workforce.

From 2004 to 2009, Mr Khoo was the Director-General for Public Health of the NEA.

During his tenure, he was instrumental in the implementation of major policy changes covering dengue control, food hygiene, smoking prohibition, public cleanliness, after death services etc. which greatly enhanced Singapore’s international standing on environmental public health. He also played a leadership role in the national effort to implement a Progressive Wage Model to help improve the wellbeing of the cleaning industry workforce. Between 1990 and 2004, Mr Khoo headed the International Environment & Policy Department of the then Ministry of the Environment. During the period, he initiated various bilateral, regional and international frameworks to facilitate Singapore’s engagement and collaboration with other countries and UN/international organisations on environmental issues, covering environmental protection, sustainable development and transboundary haze pollution.

Mr Khoo was educated in Singapore and the United Kingdom. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from the Oxford University in UK under the Singapore Government’s scholarship. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He is a Chartered Engineer for Environmental and Water Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), and an Honorary Fellow of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations. He was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2002 and Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2015 for his contributions to the Public Service.

Sustainable Business

Vivek Kumar

Assistant Director-General, National Trades Union Congress

Vivek Kumar is Assistant Director-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). He is also the Director of U Startup, U Associate, U Future Leaders and U PME.

Under his leadership, his team grows the Labour Movement and builds relationships with 3-Generation NTUC members and networks, together with NTUC-affiliated unions and associations, NTUC Social Enterprises, NTUC U Associate professional guilds and professional groups such as startups and technopreneurs.

Vivek is presently a board member of NTUC Link Pte Ltd, NTUC Club, and PME Hub Pte Ltd. He is also a Board Member of the InfoComm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Assurity Trusted Solutions and Enterprise Singapore Board.

He is the honorary Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, a keynote speaker at regional conferences, and writes in selected business publications.

Sustainable Solutions

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 Solutions

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.

Sustainable Solutions

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.

Sustainable Solutions

Christina Lee

Founder & CEO, GGEF and Global Green Connect

Christina is deeply passionate about sustainability & business. She started her first consulting in 2012, followed by the launch of a social enterprise, GGEF in 2013 and Global Green Connect in 2016. She and her team are dedicated to create a community for sustainability.

Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Christina was appointed as the Asia Managing Director of Bloomberg Businessweek (formerly known as BusinessWeek) where she worked for 12 years. During her tenure, she actively supported media industry and business communities. Christina was the Deputy Chairman of SOPA (Society of Publishers Asia) and Chairman of its China Projects Group Sub-Committee.

She is currently the advisor of Tsinghua University x-lab, a board of director of Canaan Garden Charity, a permanent member of Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce & Youth Elite Association Hong Kong. Christina holds a Masters Degree in Management from Macquarie University (MGSM), Sydney.

Sustainable Solutions

Glory Wee

Director Aerospace, Marine & Urban Solutions Cluster, JTC Corporation

Ms Glory Wee is Director of the Aerospace, Marine & Urban Solutions Cluster at JTC Corporation. JTC Corporation is the lead government agency responsible for the development of industrial infrastructure in Singapore. Glory is responsible for the product inception, development, marketing and management of JTC’s Aerospace, Offshore & Marine and Urban Solutions industrial real estate portfolio. This includes the 320-ha Seletar Aerospace Park, the Offshore Marine Centre, and the 50-ha CleanTech Park @ Jurong Innovation District. Prior to her current appointment, Glory was Director for Financial Incentives within the Business Environment Division of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). She has also held a variety of positions in EDB’s Transport Engineering Cluster, Human Resources Division, and Resource Development Division; as well as the Ministry of Finance’s Economic Programmes Directorate. Glory is a Glaxo-EDB scholar who graduated with a MSc in Economics and a BSc in Economics (First Class) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is married with two children.

Sustainable Solutions

Yap Cheng Boon

Deputy Director, Enterprise Singapore

Mr Yap Cheng Boon is a Deputy Director at Enterprise Singapore, leading a team to work on industry development initiatives in the environment and water sectors. His career started at Sembcorp Industries, where he worked on waste management, water and energy projects. After Sembcorp, he joined General Electric (GE) where was groomed under the Experienced Commercial Leadership Program, and took on a sales leadership role for GE’s power conversion business in Asia Pacific. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science.