Our Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chaly MAH Chee Kheong
Chairman


CHAIRMAN

Mr MAH was appointed Chairman of Surbana Jurong Group on 1 January 2021.

Mr Mah is also Chairman of NetLink NBN Management Pte. Ltd. (trustee-manager of Netlink NBN Trust listed on the SGX). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of SG Eco Fund and National University of Singapore (NUS). He also serves on the boards of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Flipkart Private Ltd and CapitaLand Investment Limited.

Mr Mah served on the boards of the Singapore Tourism Board as the Chairman from 2017 to 2023, the Singapore Economic Development Board from 2015 to 2021, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) from 2007 to 2014, during which he was SLA’s Chairman between 2010 and 2014 and the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC) from 2015 to March 2023 during which he was SAC’s Chairman from 2016 to March 2023. He was Chairman of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce between 2015 and 2017, and an external member of the Audit Committee of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank from 2017 to 2020.

In 2016, Mr Mah retired as CEO of Deloitte Southeast Asia and Chairman of Deloitte Singapore. He was with Deloitte for over 38 years, including five years in its Melbourne office. During his tenure, Mr Mah led teams serving multinational and local companies across a wide spectrum of industries, specialising in financial services, telecommunications & technology, real estate, private equity and manufacturing and advising companies in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr Mah was also the CEO of Deloitte Asia Pacific and member of Deloitte Global Executive in 2007 – 2015 and the Vice Chairman of Deloitte’s Global Board from 2015 to 2016.

Mr Mah is the Non-Resident Ambassador to Republic of Costa Rica. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2014 and the Public Services Star (BBM) in 2022 for his contributions to public service.

Sean CHIAO
Group Chief Executive Officer and Board Member


GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND BOARD MEMBER

Mr Sean Chiao is Group Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, Surbana Jurong Group.

Sean works with a global talent force of 16,000 across 120 offices in 40 countries around the world operating under the group’s ten specialist brands comprising design, engineering, facilities and asset management professionals. Leveraging over 35 years’ experience in built environment consulting and global business leadership, Sean is driving SJ Group’s transformation and charter to accelerate the transition to a regenerative future, enabled by sustainability thinking and the adoption of digital technology and smart solutions. An advocate for inspiring future generations of talent, Sean has instituted Councils of Excellence to drive innovation and excellence in every field, and increased programmes for nurturing early professionals, promoting career mobility and enhancing skills development.

Prior to this, Sean held senior leadership positions at AECOM, one of the world’s largest infrastructure, design and engineering companies. He was Chief Executive, Buildings and Places, a global business line and in that capacity, led a team of over 10,000 covering a wide range of market sectors. Before that, Sean served as AECOM’s President, Asia Pacific where he oversaw its business operations in Greater China, Southeast Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand. A passionate urbanist and firm advocate of collaboration to create holistic solutions, Sean has spearheaded iconic projects including masterplanning for River of Life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila, Philippines; and Jinji Lake, Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, China.

Sean is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; a Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute; a member of Dean’s Leadership Council, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and a member of Harvard University’s Master in Design Engineering (MDE) External Advisory Board.

Sean holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, and a degree in architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eric ANG
Board Member


BOARD MEMBER

Mr Eric ANG joined the Group in 2015. He was a career banker at DBS Bank Ltd from 1978 to 2020. He was Senior Executive Advisor from 2014 until his retirement. Prior to that, he was the Head of Capital Markets. Mr Ang sits on the Board of Directors of Raffles Medical Group Ltd and Wing Tai Holdings Limited in Singapore.

Mr Ang holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Honours) from the University of Singapore.

Desmond CHOO Pey Ching
Board Member


BOARD MEMBER

Mr Desmond Choo is an elected Member of Parliament for the Tampines Group Representative Constituency and the Adviser to the Tampines Changkat Grassroots Organisations. Concurrently, he is the Mayor of North East District of the People’s Association, overseeing social and community development for 20 constituencies.

Mr Desmond Choo is also the Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Policy Division at NTUC. He oversees the economic and social policies, strategic communications and international affairs. He is also the Executive Secretary of the Union of Telecoms Employees of Singapore and Advisor to the Young NTUC Committee.

Within the Labour Movement, Mr Desmond Choo is the Advisor to the Attractions, Resorts & Entertainment Union, Singapore Union of Broadcasting Employees and Union of Security Employees. He is also the Trustee of Singapore Shell Employees’ Union. He is the Secretary of the Industrial Relations Committee (Service Sector) as well as a Member of the Training Council and Industrial Relations Council.
Representing workers and the Labour Movement, Mr Desmond Choo sits on the Board of Directors for Surbana Jurong and is a Full Member of the National Wages Council.

Prior to joining NTUC, Mr Desmond Choo served in various roles in the Singapore Police Force (SPF), Ministry of Manpower and the private sector. He was the Senior Vice President, Investments of Kestrel Capital Pte Ltd. He was also instrumental in leading the acquisition of La Liga’s Valencia CF and development of the non-profit Foundation of Valencia CF. He was on the Board of the Foundation of Valencia CF and provided advice on the development of Hotel Football in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Mr Desmond Choo was awarded the SPF Overseas Merit Scholarship in 1997 to study Economics at the University of Chicago.

FONG Heng Boo
Audit & Risk Committee Chairman


AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

Mr FONG Heng Boo joined the Group in 2015. He is also an independent director of several public listed and private limited companies.

An accountant by profession, Mr Fong started his career with the Auditor-General’s Office and left in 1993 as Assistant Auditor-General. He was also General Manager (Corporate Development) of a listed company in Singapore as well as the Chief Financial Officer of a listed company in Australia. He was Director (Special Duties) at the Singapore Totalisator Board until his retirement in December 2014. His other professional experience included membership of Audit Committees of statutory boards and Advisory Committees of the School of Accountancy of Nanyang Technological University and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Mr Fong was a past Fellow Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (“ICPAS”). He was a council member of ICPAS and was awarded a Silver Medal by ICPAS in 1999.

GAN Chee Yen
Board Member


BOARD MEMBER

Mr GAN Chee Yen is the Chairman of V3 Capital Investments Pte. Ltd. He also serves on the Board of ICHX Tech Pte. Ltd., Heliconia Capital Management Pte. Ltd., Nomura Singapore Limited and Singapore Post Limited.

He was previously the Co-President and Executive Director of Pacific International Lines (Private) Limited, where he was a key member of the leadership team to execute the successful turnaround of the company’s businesses before he retired in August 2022. Prior to that, he was the CEO and Executive Director of Fullerton Financial Holdings (International) Pte. Ltd. (‘FFH’). He was Chairman or Board Member of several of its overseas portfolio companies, including being a Board Commissioner of Bank Danamon Indonesia from 2003 to 2019. Prior to FFH, he was Co-Chief Investment Officer, Senior Managing Director and Head of China Market at Temasek International Pte. Ltd. He joined Temasek in May 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and progressed to serve in various investments roles as a member of the senior management team. The investment clusters he led included the Financial Industry portfolio and the Transportation and Logistics portfolio, where he anchored several successful investments, before he took on the role of Co-Chief Investment Officer.

Mr Gan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the National University of Singapore and is a Chartered Accountant (Singapore) of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. He also attended the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development in September 2001.

Gregory HODKINSON
Board Member


BOARD MEMBER

Mr Gregory HODKINSON has 45 years’ experience as an international consulting engineer in infrastructure and urban development. He joined Arup in 1973 and worked at increasing levels of responsibility while based in different parts of the world, until completing his term as Arup Group Chairman in 2019 and retiring from the firm in 2020.

Mr Hodkinson is currently Chair of the Ove Arup Foundation, an Advisory Board member of Van Lanschot Kempen, the Dutch investment bank, a Corporate Advisor to Temasek, and Adjunct Faculty at The Blavatnick School of Government at The University of Oxford. He was Chair of the UK Government’s International Development Infrastructure Commission, a Trustee of Asia House and Co-Chair of the Urban Development and Infrastructure Industries at the World Economic Forum, and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Society of Arts. In addition to his professional and industry activities, he has held various governance roles at the NGO WaterAid since 2006.

KU Xian Hong
Board Member


BOARD MEMBER

Ms KU is currently a Director of Netlink NBN Management Pte. Ltd., trustee-manager of Netlink NBN Trust and Far East Orchard Limited. She also sits on the Board of Anyhealth Company Limited, a company in China focused on providing business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) healthcare mobile solutions. She had served on the Board and working committees of a number of non-profit organisations.

Prior to her directorship roles, Ms Ku spent 27 years in Accenture Singapore where she was a Managing Director. She assumed multiple Asia Pacific leadership roles during her career at Accenture where she led technology and consulting projects across clients in various industries and countries. She was based in Greater China for four years where she established the Change Management practice in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan where she worked with clients to transform their organisation and workforce.

Ms Ku is a member of the Remuneration Committee at NBN Management Pte Ltd where she also chairs the Regulatory and Risk Committee. She is a member of the Audit Committee at Far East Orchard Limited. She has recently stepped down from the Council of Singapore Cancer Society after more than 9 years where she was the Chairperson of its Digital and Technology Committee.

Ms Ku obtained her Bachelor of Science from the National University of Singapore and Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from the DePaul University, Chicago.

Prof Yaacob IBRAHIM
Board Member


BOARD MEMBER

Prof. Yaacob IBRAHIM joined the Group in 2019 and is presently a Professor of Engineering at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and an Advisor to the President of SIT.

Prior to his current position, Prof. Yaacob served in the Singapore Cabinet as a Minister in the Ministries of Communications and Information (2011 – 2018), Environment and Water Resources (2004 – 2011) and Community Development and Sports (2002 – 2004). Throughout his 16 years as a Minister, Prof. Yaacob was also Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs. He started his political career as a Member of Parliament (MP) in Jalan Besar GRC in January 1997, and held several political appointments before becoming a Minister in 2002.

Prof. Yaacob graduated from the University of Singapore with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1980. He worked as a structural engineer with a multinational engineering consulting firm from 1980 to 1984. He pursued his Ph.D at Stanford University from 1984 and graduated in 1989. He spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University. He joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a faculty member in 1990 where he became a tenured member. He took a leave of absence from NUS from July 1998 till his resignation in August 2018.

He is currently on the Council of Advisors of the Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union. He chairs the St-John’s Island Marine Laboratory and a board member of the National Kidney Foundation.

TAN Gee Paw
Board Member


BOARD MEMBER

Mr Tan Gee Paw is the non-executive chairman of Changi Airport Group (CAG). He was appointed to the Board on 1 May 2017 and was subsequently appointed the non-executive chairman of the Board on 23 October 2020.

Mr Tan is currently the Special Advisor to the Chairman of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, and Senior Advisor at the Clean Energy Advisory Group (CEAG), Temasek International Advisors Private Limited. He is also a Board Member of Surbana Jurong Private Limited, a member of the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) Panel of Distinguished Advisors, and the Adjunct Professor at the College of Design and Engineering, National University of Singapore.

Mr Tan was the previous Chairman of PUB from 1 April 2001 up until his retirement on 31 March 2017. His previous appointments include being appointed as member on several government committees, the Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Permanent Secretary of the then Ministry of the Environment, Advisor on Rail Transformation, Ministry of Transport and Special Advisor to Land Transport Authority.

Mr Tan received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1978 and a Special Award (Gold Medal) for Clean River Commemoration in 1987. He also received the Medal of Commendation at the NTUC May Day Award in 2005, the President’s Award for the Environment in 2007 and the President’s Science and Technology Medal in 2015. Mr Tan was conferred the Meritorious Service Medal in 2001 for his work as Permanent Secretary of the then Ministry of the Environment and the Distinguished Service Order in 2010 for his work as Chairman of PUB. In 2011, Mr Tan was conferred the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award by the National University of Singapore; the Distinguished Member Award by National University of Singapore Society in 2014; and the Distinguished Professional Engineer Award in 2018 by the Professional Engineers Board. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore and awarded the Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award in 2015. Mr Tan was also elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore in 2012.

Mr Tan graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Malaya in 1967, and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Singapore in 1971. He was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Westminster, UK in 1993; and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Sheffield University, UK, in 1995. In 2013, he was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering by the Nanyang Technological University.

Russell THAM
Board Member


BOARD MEMBER

Mr Russell Tham joined the Surbana Jurong Board of Directors in January 2022.

As Joint Head of Enterprise Development Group (Singapore) and the Head of Emerging Technologies, Temasek International, Mr Tham focuses on building new businesses and investing globally in early-stage high potential Science & Technology ventures respectively. He joined Temasek in May 2020 after two years at ST Engineering where he was President of New Enterprises and Ventures.

Previously, Mr Tham worked at Applied Materials from 1994 to 2018. He last held the position of President, Applied Materials Southeast Asia and concurrently held global corporate level business development responsibilities for new markets. Mr Tham led the regional business and oversaw the company’s Singapore infrastructure expansion into manufacturing, supply chain, R&D and product development for global markets. From 2004 to 2009, he was Regional General Manager, Southeast Asia. He went on to concurrently hold various global leadership roles, including Head of Global Continuous and Improvement, Corporate Sales Operations from 2010 to 2017.

Mr Tham serves on the board of AEM Holdings Ltd., Nanofilm Technologies International Limited and Xora Innovation Pte. Ltd. He is a board member of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). He is a member of the Singapore Government’s Future Economy Council (FEC).

Mr Tham holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.