Dr George Quek
Chairman, BreadTalk Group Ltd
President, Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan
George began his foray in the F&B business in Taiwan in 1982, after he had to give up his plans to pursue a further education in fine arts due to financial difficulties. From peddling Dragon Beard Candy behind a mobile cart, to operating a chain of 21 stalls serving Southeast Asian food, his eye for aesthetics and keen business acumen brought him his first taste of modest success in the industry. He eventually returned to Singapore after a decade and pioneered the food court concept. The food court chain grew rapidly and expanded to China in a few short years, earning him the reputation of the ‘Food Court King’ at that time.
In 2000, he founded BreadTalk®, a lifestyle boutique bakery brand, and brought it to list on the SGX in 2003. George is a Brand Champion who has positioned the Group’s current portfolio of close to 1000 stores into innovative concepts now widely accepted in Asia and throughout the world. The Group’s stable of brands spans familiar bakery household names like BreadTalk®, Toast Box, The Icing Room, Bread Society and Thye Moh Chan; to comforting local favourites in Food Republic and family restaurants such as Din Tai Fung and RamenPlay.
In his personal capacity, George is also actively involved in many community projects. As the president of the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan, he seeks to attract younger members and unite the Teochew community. A firm believer in giving back to the society, George drives the philanthropic activities at his alma mater, as the Chairman of Xinmin Secondary School Advisory Committee. To balance his busy schedule, George takes a special interest in collecting works of art including Chinese paintings and sculptures and enjoys pre-dawn qi-gong practice.
Dato’ Seri Dr Derek Goh Bak Heng, BBM
Chairman and CEO of Serial System Ltd
Vice President, Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan
Presently the Chairman and CEO of Serial System Limited, Dr Goh came from humble beginnings living in a 1-bedroom apartment with 10 other siblings and started working at just age 11. Under his management, Serial System Limited reported a turnover of more than US$1 billion in 2014. It has an extensive coverage of 58 sales offices across 17 countries and was listed on Singapore’s main board in 2000.
Dr Goh received numerous accolades for his achievements and contribution, which included the prestigious ASEAN Best Young Entrepreneur Award 1999 by the ASEAN Secretariat, “Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year”, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011, Singapore Award for the Electronic Components Distribution Category and “UN Asia Pacific Most Prominent Entrepreneur” co-organised by the Trade and Industry Association Singapore and the United Nations Association of Singapore.
In addition, In 2004, Dr Goh was awarded the Public Service Medal by the President of the Republic of Singapore and in 2010, the Public Service Star Medal (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) on the National Day Honours 2010. Dr Goh also sits on board as the President of JCI Senators of South East Asian Nations currently.
Today self-made philanthropist Dr Goh has made giving back a top priority, having donated more than $5 million to various causes such as university scholarship funds, children’s welfare groups and programs helping the country’s needy.
Mr Henry SK Tan
Managing Director, Nexia TS Public Accounting Corporation
Chairman, Nexia China
Henry Tan is the Managing Director at Nexia TS Public Accounting Corporation and Chairman of Nexia China serving clients in the areas of mergers and acquisition, accounting and taxation advisory in Singapore and the region.
He assists companies in Initial Public Offering, Mergers and Acquisition, business plans and fund raising. He is also on the board of these listed companies – Raffles Education Corporation Limited, YHI International Limited, China New Town Development Co. Ltd.
He was from ACS & ACJC and awarded first class honours in Accountancy from National University of Singapore in 1988 and is a Fellow of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and member of Mensa. Henry is a member of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals (SIATP), Institute of Internal Auditors and Singapore Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Insolvency Practitioners of Singapore (FIPAS) and an Approved Liquidator registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), Member of Nanyang Business School (NBS) Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board. Henry has attended the Advance Executive Management Development Program at Beijing Tsinghua University.
He was past regional chairman of Nexia Asia Pacific and board member of Nexia International Board. He was also President of Entrepreneur Organization and Spirit of Enterprise.
Nexia TS is recognized as an established mid-tier local accounting firm and an independent member firm of Nexia International.
Ms Chew Mok Lee
Assistant Chief Executive
Capabilities & Partnership
Ms Chew Mok Lee is the Assistant Chief Executive in charge of Capabilities and Partnership in SPRING Singapore, a government agency spearheading enterprise development, reporting to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore. SPRING is also the national Standards body in Singapore.
Prior to SPRING, Mok Lee was with the National Productivity Board (NPB) and subsequently, PSB. She graduated from the National University of Singapore, majoring in Economics and Statistics. She has a double Masters and is well versed in the area of enterprise promotion and development, having been involved in various aspects of capability development, support for local enterprises and entrepreneurship for 27 years. Ms Chew also served as Secretariat to the Action Community for Entrepreneurship since its inception on 23 May 2003 for ten years, and was responsible for working with the Minister in Charge of Entrepreneurship and private sector members to foster entrepreneurship and support start ups in Singapore. Ms Chew also has two years in private sector experience in a plastic manufacturing company before NPB.
In the area of capability development for SMEs, SPRING is responsible for developing a robust framework to help SMEs to raise their competencies in financial management, human resource management, business development, technology innovation and productivity. This is carried out through a network of partners which includes the financial institutes, universities, trade associations and business chambers, professional expertise, as well as, government agencies. Support for SMEs is provided in the form of loans, grants and tax incentives for capability upgrading.
Ms Chew is married with 3 children, aged 25, 23 and 21, respectively.
Mr Chua Taik Him
Deputy CEO, International Enterprise Singapore
Mr Chua Taik Him was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore with effect from 1 July 2007.
As the government agency driving Singapore’s external economy, IE Singapore spearheads the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and promotes international trade. The agency also has a global network in more than 35 locations, with presence in many developed and emerging markets.
Mr Chua was previously Assistant Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). He held appointments in several areas, including the Industry Development Division and International Business Development Division. He was Economic Counselor at the Singapore Embassy in Japan from 1984-1992.
Since 1996, Mr Chua has served on the boards of several enterprises, including chairmanship of Seeds Capital Pte Ltd, board governor of the Intellectual Property Academy, board director of JTC International, Chevron Phillips Singapore Chemicals (Pte) Ltd, Hitachi Semiconductor (Suzhou) Co Ltd and Daimler-Benz Vietnam Investments Singapore Pte Ltd. Mr Chua is also the co-Chairman of the Asia Infrastructure Centre of Excellence of the Asian Development Bank.
Mr Chua will assume the role of Acting CEO of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore with effect from 1 January 2016.
Mr Chua holds academic qualifications in B Engineering (Tokyo), MBA and AMP (Harvard). He was a PSC Overseas Merit Scholar, and was awarded Public Administration (Silver) in 1993 and Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2007.
Ms Rachel Eng
Deputy Chairman, Wong Partnership LLP
Rachel ENG is the Joint Managing Partner of Wong Partnership LLP. As a corporate lawyer, she is involved in listings, corporate advisory, corporate governance and compliance and financial services regulatory work.
Rachel is an independent non-executive director of StarHub Ltd. and a board member of Certis CISCO Security Pte. Ltd. She is also a board member of the Public Utilities Board and the Singapore Accountancy Commission. In addition, she sits on the Board of Trustees of Singapore Institute of Technology and the Council of the Singapore Business Federation.
Rachel is a member of the Singapore Capital Markets Committee and a Supervisory Committee member of ABF Singapore Bond Index Fund established by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. She also sits on the board of the Singapore chapter of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA), the Capital Markets and Financial Advisory Services (CMFAS) Exams Board of the Institute of Banking & Finance, the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board and Best Lawyers Advisory Board.
Rachel is an Honorary Legal Adviser to the Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore (REDAS). She is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She was invited to be and is one of the SG50 Champions of Changes for Board Agender, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender diversity in the boardroom. She is also a mentor for the Young Women’s Leadership Connection (YWLC).
Rachel is recommended as a leading lawyer by numerous independent legal publications. She was awarded Law Firm Managing Partner of the Year at Thomson Reuters’ ALB South East Asia Law Awards 2011 and 2013. Rachel was conferred the prestigious “Woman of the Year 2014” by Her World in October 2014. Rachel was one of the 10 women honoured in November 2015 by The Peak Magazine in its Power List 2015.
Mr Eng Bak Chim
Managing Director, Sin Heng Chan Pte Ltd
Mr Eng is currently the Managing Director of the SIN HENG CHAN Group, a private family office engaged in property development, property management and other investment activities.
Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Bhd (SHCM), was listed on both the stock exchange of Malaya and Singapore, in 1973. Mr Eng joined his family business, and grew the company from a single feedmill into a fully integrated agricultural organization consisting of feedmills, livestock breeding farms, contract farming, poultry processing and the distribution of farm products. The SIN HENG CHAN Group presently operates concrete plants in China and the UAE and a feedmill in the Philippines.
The Group’s core business is now concentrated in higher end residential developments across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and Japan. In the hope of bringing in the third generation into the family business; a property management company Nest Pte Ltd, specialising in resort serviced apartment/villa management was formed in 2015. The first of such properties, Nozomi in Niseko Japan, a ski resort was completed in 2014.
Mr Eng is one of the Honorary Presidents of the Teo Ann Huay Kuan, Singapore. He was also the former President of the ASEAN Federation of Cement manufacturers between 2009 and 2011. In contributing back to his Alma Mater, Mr Eng was also past Vice President of his alumni, St Andrews School and continues to lend support in various activities.
Mr Eng Bak Chim graduated from the City of London Polytechnic with the Higher National Diploma in Business Studies in 1971, and also holds post graduate diplomas in Marketing and Finance from New York University.
Mr Douglas Foo
Member, Board of Directors, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Founder and Chairman, Sakae Holdings Ltd
As Founder and Chairman of Sakae Holdings Ltd., Mr Douglas Foo has led the growth and development of the Group, which has since established over 200 outlets across Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, USA and Vietnam. He continues to spearhead the overall strategic direction and management of the Group’s global strategic plans, and its philanthropic initiatives.
Mr Foo is the recipient of numerous illustrious accolades and awards, which are testament of his outstanding management and entrepreneurial efforts. For his achievements, Mr Foo was awarded JCS Top Outstanding Young Person Award in 2002, Rotary-ASME Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002, Singapore Youth Award in 2003, prestigious ASEAN Youth Award in 2004, International Management Action Award in 2007, Singapore Youth Award (Medal of Commendation) in 2008, WSQ Champion Award in 2010, ASEAN-China Young Entrepreneur Award in 2011, the Public Service Star Award in 2013 from His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Singapore for his tireless efforts in his philanthropic and voluntary contributions to society.
Most recently, he was crowned the “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES). This revered honor is bestowed upon an illustrious entrepreneur who has shown an extraordinary ability to communicate their vision to stakeholders and leads the company towards the status of a mega brand. Mr Foo was also recently conferred Seri Pangeran Temenggong Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III (S.P.T.M) which carries the title Dato’ Seri by His Royal Highness Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin III, Prabu Diraja, Sultan Palembang Darussalam.
Mr Foo serves as director on numerous boards for Corporate, Governmental and Non-profit organizations, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.