Ong Ye Kung is the Minister for Education. He was elected Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC in Sep 2015, and appointed to the Cabinet of Singapore on 1 Oct 2015. He had held the positions of Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence. He is concurrently a board member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Chairman of the Chinese Development Assistance Council.
Prior to his Cabinet appointment, he held the position of Director of Group Strategy at Keppel Corporation, overseeing long term strategic planning of the Group’s activities.
Before joining Keppel Corporation, he was the Deputy Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress, overseeing the Labour Movement’s employment and employability programmes.
He also held various positions in the Government earlier. These include the Chief Executive of Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), during which he spearheaded many initiatives to build up the Continuing Education and Training infrastructure.
He was the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong from 2003-2005, and Press Secretary to Prime Minister Lee from 1997-2003. Mr Ong was also the Deputy Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
Mr Ong graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) with a Bsc(Econs) First Class Honours, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is married with two teenage children.
He is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Triputra Agro Persada (TAP) and Board of Director of Triputra Investindo Arya (Triputra Holding Company). Triputra Group has 4 major lines of businesses:
1. Energy: One of largest integrated coal-fired power plants (ADARO Energy and Padang Karunia)
2. Food and Agri: Over 250.000 ha of palm oil plantations, largest crumb rubber exporter, and corn and rice aggregators (TAP, DSN Group, Kirana Megatara, Seger)
3. Logistics and Mobility: Largest car rental fleet, car auction, complete logistic services and largest Honda motorcycle dealership (ASSA, Puninar, Daya)
4. Manufacturing: Largest car wheel, auto parts and garment factories (Pako,Dharma Polimetal, Bina Busana)
Triputra is part of founding members of BTPN Syariah Bank (BTPS Microfinance), ESSA (Largest Amonia Plant), Multico (Industrial Equipment Distributor), and acts as a local partner of Bounty Indonesia (Poultry), Siam Cement, Kredit Pintar and Batumbu (Fintech).
Arif also helps initiate the launching of new startups: CarOline (Car Auction Online Platform), AnterAja (Last Mile Delivery), and Kedai Sayur (Farm to fork supply chain) amongst others.
Arif takes-on the role as the Head of Permanent Committee on food-agri and forestry at Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia), and Chief Deputy of Indonesia Business Association (APINDO) heading agriculture, plantation and forestry sectors, Vice Chairman of Global Agribusiness Alliance (GAA). Active as Member of Board of Trustee at TNC (The Nature Conservancy), Endeavour, Centre for Strategic and International studies (CSIS), Prasetya Mulya University and Junior Achievement in Indonesia. He sits at the Board of Advisors at Rabobank Food Agri in Asia, and Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI).
He serves as Chairman of GK Indonesia Foundation, local Co-Champions of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum as well as a member of Asia Business Council and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Member of Center for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), and Perhimpunan Filantropi Indonesia (PFI).
He graduated from Georgetown Prep School and cum laude in B.S. and Master of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Upon graduation, he worked for General Electric Company in the U.S. and globally for 7 years in various leadership roles.
Katrina Razon is the Founder/Managing Director at KSR Ventures, Director at the Wonderfruit Festival, and Creative Director/Partner at CC: Concepts. Katrina is an industry-agnostic Seed Investor, choosing to focus on key inflection points of outstanding companies that aim to solve social and/or environmental problems in inspiring ways. She has worn many different hats from being a DJ to festival and live events producer. Katrina serves as a Director at Thailand’s premium sustainable lifestyle and carbon neutral festival Wonderfruit.
She is an Activist whose advocacies include wildlife conservation, child welfare and environmental sustainability. Katrina currently divides time between Manila and Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing, reading and film.
Meng Ru Kuok is CEO of BandLab Technologies, a collective of global music brands headquartered in Singapore, which he founded in 2016. The BandLab Technologies portfolio includes digital, media, manufacturing and retail businesses focused on innovating for music creators and fans, with the aim of creating a connected world of music.
Notable recent acquisitions include legendary UK music media brands NME and Uncut. The group's flagship platform, BandLab, is using innovative cross-platform technology to empower more than 8 million people to make music, connect and collaborate.
Meng is also the Managing Director of Swee Lee Music, music instrument and accessory retailer. He has been leading this business since 2012, when he acquired the legacy music retailer and subsequently transformed it into one of the largest musical instrument retail, distribution and e-commerce businesses across Southeast Asia.
Jonathan Zeman is Chief Executive Officer of the Lan Kwai Fong Group, a diversified property development company with business interests in commercial & residential property, resorts, hospitality, entertainment, film, media and technology in Asia. He has over 20 years’ experience working in Greater China and leads a creative and diverse team of over 400 professionals distributed through offices in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Thailand.
Since becoming CEO, Mr. Zeman has led various property development and redevelopment projects for the Group in addition to leading the Group to diversify its business into new synergistic businesses to complement its core property development business.
Under his leadership the Lan Kwai Fong Group has become one of the leading experts in leisure and entertainment property development in Greater China. The Group portfolio includes projects in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu and other parts of China as well as award winning projects in Phuket Thailand.
Redevelopment of the California Tower at the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, under Mr. Zeman’s leadership set a new standard for Asian leisure and entertainment property. The project features cues to the Group’s flair for design and attracted top leisure brands and operators.
Mr. Zeman is a dynamic, well informed, creative thinker who has lived in Hong Kong for over 40 years. Starting his career with the Group after completing his bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies with honours at the University of California Los Angeles, Mr. Zeman worked his way through different divisions within the Group, from hospitality, information technology, project management and operations to eventually becoming a core member of the senior management team.
With his keen interest in numerous diverse fields and cultures together with the ability to absorb and implement the pertinent qualities into every project, Mr. Zeman continues to set the Group apart from other standard property developers and offers a unique touch which is pivotal in today’s ever-changing market.
Mr. Zeman also has received various honours and has sat on the executive committees and as advisor to various organisations. In addition, his linguistic abilities include fluency in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French and he is conversant in Thai—all of which solidify his deep understanding of the markets in which the Group operates within the region.
Enrico Moretti Polegato is President and CEO of Diadora, leading Italian sport brand. For more than 70 years, Diadora has developed and marketed products both for competitive sports and for non-athletic/leisure activities. Founded in 1948 in Caerano di San Marco (Treviso), Diadora is currently present in more than 60 countries. Since July 2009 Diadora has been controlled by L.I.R., holding company owned by the Moretti Polegato family.
Since 2008, Enrico Moretti Polegato has also been Vice President of Geox S.p.A.
Born in Asolo (Treviso) in 1981, Enrico Moretti Polegato earned a law degree from the University of Padua. In 2008 he became a member of the bar.
Since 2004, after working first for the legal office and then for the investor relations and internal auditing office, he has been on the Board of Directors of Geox.
Since 2008 he has been a member of the General Board Committee of the Central Veneto Industrial Association.
Since 2018 he has been a member of the Unicredit Bank Territorial Council for the Northeastern Region of Italy.
Cecile Ang is an executive of San Miguel Corporation and works with the different subsidiaries of the group. Her recent focus is expanding the hospitality, infrastructure and recreation business of the group, specifically in Boracay Island. She also heads the planning and design committee for the group’s bid for the New Manila International Airport. She is also leading the building of permanent soup kitchens, food banks and community centers in urban poor communities for the company’s foundation. Prior to these roles, she worked in the group’s other subsidiaries, Petron Corporation and Purefoods Corporation. She is also a board advisor for Bank of Commerce.
As the Vice Chairman and CEO of BRS Ventures, Binay Shetty embodies the best qualities of a successful entrepreneur of this generation. Guided by his visionary father, Binay is poised to take the legacy forward. He brings strong expertise of having worked with the BRS Ventures’ entities for more than a decade.
Prior to his current responsibility, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at NMC Health, a London Stock Exchange listed healthcare provider and part of the premium FTSE 100 Index responsible for Operations, HR, Marketing, IT and Projects. He was a Board Member of NMC Health Plc.
In addition to his current role, Binay also serves as the Executive Director of Finablr, a global platform for full service payments and foreign exchange underpinned by proprietary technology with network companies such as UAE Exchange, Unimoni, Travelex, Xpress Money, Ditto Bank. He is also the Director of UAE Exchange, a leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions company as well as Travelex, a global foreign exchange provider. He is also the Vice Chairman of Alexandria NMC, a healthcare group in Egypt and BR LIFE that operates multi-specialty healthcare facilities in India.
Binay is also a board member of the Indian Business & Professional Group (IBPG) Abu Dhabi, Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), a research center at New York University Abu Dhabi and UAE Genetic Diseases Association. He is also managing trustee of the Dr. BR and Dr. CR Shetty Foundation.
He has 14 years of experience with a focus on strategic planning and corporate governance. He is an active participant in various social and philanthropic initiatives as well as community activities.
Binay graduated from Boston University, Massachusetts, USA, with specialization in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Ho is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Thai Wah Public Company Ltd, responsible for developing the company’s long term vision as a leading starch and consumer foods company in Southeast Asia. Since its founding in 1947, Thai Wah has been a leading pioneer in the starch and food industry now expanding its footprint to Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and China. The company currently has over 10 operations across 4 countries, driven by its commitment to portfolio innovation and operational excellence. From 2010 – 2015, Mr Ho was the Executive Director and Country Head China for Banyan Tee Holdings, helping to position the group as the leading luxury brand in China. Earlier in his career, Mr Ho worked with the global consultancy Bain & Company Inc. in their New York, Hong Kong and China offices.
Mr. Ho serves as a mentor to the Kairos ASEAN society and is actively involved in entrepreneurship and venture capital. He has served on the board of United Nations Women Singapore and joined the SMU International Advisory Council and Committee for the Wharton Global Forum.
In 2017, in recognition of Thai Wah Group’s sustainability and community efforts across the region, Mr Ho was awarded the “Outstanding Leader in Asia” award at the 4th Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards and was selected in 2018 to be a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Mr. Ho has a BSC in Economics (Honors) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the AMP program from China Europe International Business School.
He is married with a young son and currently lives in Bangkok with his wife, Teh Su Ching.
Chatri Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship (ONE), Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a broadcast to 2.6 billion potential viewers across 140+ countries around the world. ONE is a celebration of Asia's greatest cultural treasure, martial arts. Through the magic of storytelling and the power of media, ONE is on a mission to unleash real-life superheroes, celebrate values, ignite dreams, inspire nations, and change the world.
Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and other major media. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times, and Asia's 3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports by FOX Sports.
Chatri Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
Appointed to the Board of Yoma Strategic on 27 July 2015, Mr Melvyn Pun is an Executive Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. (Yoma Strategic) as well as Non Executive Director of Yoma Bank.
Prior to that, Melvyn was the Alternate Director to Mr Serge Pun in Yoma Strategic and the Chief Executive Officer of Serge Pun & Associates (Myanmar) Limited. Melvyn has been extensively involved in developing the Group’s relationships with key parties, including Mitsubishi Corporation, IFC, ADB, Yum! Brands, Parkson, Case New Holland, Dulwich College International and Kokubu, amongst others.
Melvyn was educated in the United Kingdom and graduated from University of Cambridge in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), Masters of Engineering and Masters of Arts.
Despite his family’s achievements, Nirvana Chaudhary is no stranger to working hard for his own success. He founded his own company within the CG Corp Global conglomerate, CG Finco, when he was only 19-years-old and became the managing director of the Chaudhary Group before reaching 30.
CG Corp Global is a multi-dimensional conglomerate with a complementary business portfolio that comprises over 80 businesses on five continents and in 30 countries. It has a workforce of over 15,000 people and a net worth in excess of $2.5 billion.
Nirvana’s drive and determination to expand his great-grandfather’s business across the globe has catapulted him into the position of Nepal’s ultimate role model, where he uses his power to motivate youth, teach them leadership skills and give back to his country.
In 2010, Nirvana began leading CG’s philanthropic organization, Chaudhary Foundation, which focuses on improving the lives and strengthening the communities of Nepal. Through the foundation, he is dedicated to creating socially responsible businesses and sustainably developing Nepal.
Nirvana has been one of the foundation’s driving forces and has helped it open Nepal's largest spiritual institute, Shashwat Dham, and partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve health and sanitation in Nepal. He also runs his own private philanthropy initiative in the name of his parents, Binod & Sarika Chaudhary Foundation.
Beyond his business and philanthropic endeavors, Nirvana is passionate about collecting art that promotes young Nepali artists, he was a former national squash player and an avid trekker who has summited some of the tallest mountains in the world.