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, effective 1 April 2023.
Sean has more than 35 years’ experience in built environment consulting and global business leadership. 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 the River of Life masterplan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the masterplan for Jinji Lake in Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, China.
An advocate for inspiring future generations of talent, Sean orchestrated a collaboration between AECOM and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, enabling students to explore topical urbanisation issues and empowering them to envision tangible, holistic solutions.
Sean is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. He serves as a member of Harvard University’s Master in Design Engineering (MDE) External Advisory Board and a member of Dean’s Leadership Council, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Sean holds a degree in architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University.
CEO International (Africa, Americas, ANZ, South Asia & Middle East)
Mr Hari POOLOGASUNDRAM joined the Group in 2016 and is the CEO International of the Company. In this role, he leads the Group’s global presence in Africa, Americas, Australia and New Zealand (“ANZ”), South Asia and the Middle East.
Hari is also the CEO of SMEC, a multi-disciplinary infrastructure consultancy business. He has been an integral member of SMEC’s executive and leadership team since 1999. In his previous role, Hari was appointed CEO of SMEC’s ANZ Division after serving as COO ANZ since 2012. Under his guidance and leadership, he has successfully driven the overall performance and strategic growth of the ANZ operations, helping it mature and grow into a strong performing division.
Hari has over 30 years of experience in planning, design and management of large infrastructure projects and over 20 years of operational management experience. His area of expertise is in planning, design and management of large engineering infrastructure projects.
Hari holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) and a Master’s of Science (Civil Engineering) from City University, London.
YEO Choon Chong
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR, KTP
Mr YEO Choon Chong joined Surbana Jurong in 2016. He is the Chief Executive Officer, ASEAN, and is responsible for managing a multidisciplinary portfolio in the region. He is also currently the Chairman of Mitbana, a joint venture company between Mitsubishi Corporation and Surbana Jurong, and the Group Managing Director of KTP Consultants.
Choon Chong is a veteran and qualified engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in managing domestic and international infrastructure, architectural and engineering consultancy businesses. For his innovative solutions in delivering complex projects, he has received several buildability, design and engineering safety excellence awards. He is a keen advocate for innovative design, sustainability and buildability, and sits on several professional committees in Singapore to promote supporting initiatives.
Prior to joining Surbana Jurong, Choon Chong was one of the stakeholders who established KTP Consultants. He was instrumental in expanding KTP’s business operations across Asia before it was acquired by Surbana Jurong in 2015.
Before that, Choon Chong was the Asian Board Director in Meinhardt Group for 17 years, where he oversaw projects in the Middle East and Southeast Asia regions. Notable projects he has led included Dubai Mall and Ocean Heights Tower in Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station in Malaysia. Upon graduation from the university, Choon Chong joined Arup as an engineer in the United Kingdom. At Arup, he was involved in iconic projects which included the “Cloud” at La Grande Arche Paris and Moorgate Hall in London.
TEO Say Hong
Group Chief Integration Officer
Mr TEO Say Hong is Group Chief Officer (Integration, Mergers & Acquisitions), responsible for planning and executing Surbana Jurong’s M&A strategy, a key growth driver for the group, and ensuring the successful integration of acquired brands and businesses.
Say Hong was a key member of the pioneering team who executed the merger of Surbana and Jurong Consultants in 2015 as well as the acquisition of SMEC in 2016. The Group has since grown from two to 10 global brands through acquisitions, expanding its portfolio of expertise across the built environment value chain. Say Hong played an integral role in managing the acquisition of B+H and SAA in 2018 and creating Surbana Jurong’s Global Architecture Council the following year. Say Hong was responsible for creating the SJ Collaboration Hub, a space designed to facilitate collaboration and learning for staff and partners of Surbana Jurong.
In his current role, Say Hong leads internal initiatives to support the Group’s continuous transformation and special projects aimed at delivering enhanced value to clients.
Say Hong started his career in Housing Development Board in 1998. He attained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) from National University of Singapore, after completing his studies on an HDB scholarship.
Chief People and Culture Officer
CEO, AETOS Holdings
CEO, AETOS HOLDINGS
Mr Alfred FOX is Chief People and Culture Officer (CPCO) of the Surbana Jurong Group as of July 2023. As CPCO, Alfred drives employee engagement, culture development, talent attraction, development and retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as HR system optimisation. Working with the leadership group, these areas of focus will create an environment where people are motivated to do their best work, and have opportunities to grow and thrive. He has experience and expertise in cultivating thriving work environments and developing talents, including AETOS where he has led a 5,000 strong workforce since 2019.
Alfred is concurrently a Director at SJ Defence Services, which is part of the Surbana Jurong Group. SJ Defence Services leverages the expertise of the Surbana Jurong Group to provide one-stop, comprehensive training solutions in design, delivery, management and logistics services to the defence sector, including homeland and civil defence.
Prior to joining the Group in 2019, Alfred held several key positions in Singapore’s Ministry of Defence. Among these roles was as a Division Commander in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), responsible for maintaining a high level of operational readiness by building ready and capable units for the Army. During that time, he was also the Chairman of the 2018 Singapore National Day Parade Executive Committee (EXCO).
Between 2012 – 2016, Alfred was the Assistant Chief of General Staff (Personnel) for the Army and concurrent Non-Resident Defence Attache (NRDA) to Cambodia. As NRDA, he deepened the defence relations between the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and the SAF.
He was also part of the founding team of the Future Systems Directorate (FSD) at Singapore’s Ministry of Defence, which looked at conceptualising warfighting concepts through close ops-tech integration. Deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, he was the first National Liaison Officer in Kabul and concurrently worked with NATO/ISAF, the Afghan National Army and the Pakistan Military to build border control centres along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Alfred is a recipient of the Public Service Administration Medal (Silver) Military, the NATO-ISAF Overseas Service Medal and the Long Service Medal (Military). He holds a B.A from the National University of Singapore and a Masters in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Harvard School of Government.
He is currently Chairman of the Programme Advisory Committee at the SUSS (Singapore University of Social Sciences) Public Safety & Security Programme and is also a member of the ACCORD (Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence) Employer & Business Council.
General Counsel, Group Legal & Company Secretariat
Ms KANNAN Malini is the General Counsel, Group Legal and Company Secretary of the Surbana Jurong Group.
Malini has over 20 years of legal experience in various industries with a specialist interest in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring.
Prior to joining Surbana Jurong, Malini was the Senior VP, Legal & Compliance Asia Pacific Department of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) Singapore branch, helping oversee the legal, compliance and anti-money laundering functions. She has previously headed the legal and secretariat functions in Singapore SportsHub Pte Ltd, Rowsley Ltd, CapitaMalls Asia Limited and JTC Corporation.
Malini has a Bachelor of Laws from National University of Singapore (NUS), a Master of Laws in Corporate & Commercial Law from University College London and a Master of Arts in South East Asian studies from NUS. She is admitted to the bar in both Singapore and New South Wales.
Group Chief Communications & Branding Officer
Ms Karen YEW is Group Chief Communications and Branding Officer, responsible for driving strategic communications and branding for One SJ. This includes employee engagement, public relations, media relations and corporate social responsibility.
Karen provides strategic guidance and recommendations to senior leaders to enhance the Group's reputation and brand awareness as a global sustainable and purpose-driven company. She collaborates with other senior leaders in business units, human resources, integration, legal and compliance to drive towards the Group’s aspirations.
Karen’s priorities include:
• Rebranding the Group as a collective of specialist firms working together with a common purpose: to build back better and create a sustainable future
• Making Surbana Jurong Group an employer of choice. The last few years have forever changed the way we approach work, and Surbana Jurong Group is working hard to understand what most inspires and motivates employees.
• Launching SJ 2.0, Surbana Jurong Group’s strategy to position itself for leadership in an era of sustainability and digital transformation and as an employer of choice. Central to this effort is the message that with SJ2.0, the group will be integrating expertise, technology and sustainability thinking to meet the most important needs of its clients.
• Promoting SJ Campus. The group’s new global headquarters, located at Jurong Innovation District (JID), is a showcase of its smart and sustainable solutions and brings SJ’s colleagues in Singapore under one roof.
Before joining Surbana Jurong, Karen served as the Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Mediacorp, where she played an integral role in transforming the company from a traditional broadcaster to a multi-platform national media network. As the Vice President of Brand and Communications at NTUC Income, she was instrumental in promoting the insurer's innovative agenda and distinctive policies and practices. During her tenure at IBM, she led the ASEAN brand and communications team, supporting the company's operations in both mature and high-growth markets.
Karen started her career as a journalist after completing her honours degree in English Literature from the University of Reading, where she studied on a Singapore Broadcasting Corporation scholarship.
LIM Foh Lin
Group Chief Compliance Officer
As Group Chief Compliance Officer, Mr LIM Foh Lin leads the Surbana Jurong Group Compliance team which oversees the design and implementation of processes within the Group’s business operations in the management of its integrity compliance risks.
Foh Lin is a qualified lawyer with more than 20 years of in-house and private practice legal and compliance experience. His experience extends to designing, implementing, operationalising and testing compliance policies and processes to manage integrity compliance risks such as bribery, corruption, competition law and trade sanctions risks. He has been involved in the day-to-day operation and management of Compliance programmes for multinational companies operating in the maritime, transport and logistics industries as well as consumer electronics, healthcare and medical device sectors in the Asia Pacific and Australia regions.
Foh Lin started his career practising corporate, commercial, banking and structured finance laws with law firms including a top tier firm in Sydney. He has also held in-house legal counsel roles in Australia within industries such as banking, financial services, insurance and funds management.
Chief Strategy and Growth Officer
Mr George SIMIC is Chief Strategy and Growth Officer (CSGO) for the Surbana Jurong Group. He oversees Group Strategy Planning, Development and Implementation, the Group collaboration platforms for the pursuit of major projects to drive the Group’s pipeline, the cultivation of key clients and partnerships, as well as the leadership of mergers and acquisition activities for the Group.
George has over 30 years’ experience in the urban development, urban regeneration and urban infrastructure markets. A planner and urban designer by training, he is a strong advocate of workplace diversity, the development of young professionals and building enduring partnerships with clients and stakeholders. George is an engaging leader who has a strong ability to draw out diverse points of view, and arrive at well-rounded perspectives.
Prior to taking on the role of CSGO, George was the Group Director, Strategy, Surbana Jurong from 2022 to 2023, where he managed the implementation of the SJ Group Strategy 2.0 Growth ambitions, Focus Area Action Plans, and other strategy initiatives including Brand, Transformational M&A, and Global Partnerships.
George joined SMEC in 2011 as Director of the SMEC ANZ Urban Development Group. He also sits on the SMEC Australia and Robert Bird Group Boards. After SMEC joined Surbana Jurong Group in 2016, George accepted the role of Director, Strategy, Growth, M&A, Surbana Jurong Group to focus on Growth and Mergers/Acquisitions in core Surbana Jurong regions.
Prior to joining SMEC, George was a Director and CEO of SM Urban Pty Ltd, a major Victoria, Australia consulting business co-founded by George, in a joint venture partnership with SMEC Australia. The business operated successfully for over 4 years and grew to around 180 staff before being wholly acquired by SMEC in 2011.
Acting Group Chief Financial Officer
Mr Philip CHEOK joined Surbana Jurong in 2019 and currently serves as Acting Group Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the Group’s overall financial strategies, growth objectives and governance programme.
Philip has over 30 years of global finance expertise in financial management, business transformation, restructuring & integration, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate governance through his previous leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies General Electric Company, Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle Corporation) and Ingram Micro. Philip also worked for American engineering firm Bechtel Corporation on projects based in Singapore, Malaysia, United States and China.
Philip holds a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy from University College London and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in Accounting and Finance from London South Bank University. He is a Chartered Accountant registered with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a Fellow member with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.
YEO Siew Haip
CEO, SJ Global Architecture (ASEAN and North Asia) and CEO, SAA Architects
As CEO, SJ Global Architecture (ASEAN and North Asia), Mr YEO Siew Haip leads the architecture, urban planning and master planning teams for SJ in ASEAN and North Asia and works with architectural practice leaders across the Group, ensuring that they leverage their collective strengths to create new opportunities for the Group’s growth and development.
As CEO, SAA, Siew Haip heads the Singapore practice and oversees the SAA group of affiliated companies in Southeast Asia and China. Taking over the firm’s leadership in 2008, he built and nurtured a new management team and led the firm’s transformation into a leading architecture consultancy reputed for its design and service excellence; steering the firm through prestigious milestones including the successful delivery of Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 4, and winning the Woodlands Health Campus project, set to be the largest hospital in Southeast Asia when completed in 2022.
Siew Haip’s extensive local and international experience spans over three decades and covers a range of large and complex projects. As the Qualified Person for most of the firm’s large-scale projects, he leads multidisciplinary teams in delivering award-winning architecture across major industries.
Siew Haip brings to each project the ‘big picture’ view with a full comprehension of macro level complexities of design and project management and the ability to define critical aspects of a project right down to its intricate details. He is known to provide decisive guidance to project teams, helping them achieve excellence in design and service delivery.
Siew Haip’s leadership has been instrumental in driving the firm’s growth through regional projects such as the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tianjin Exchange mixed development in Tianjin, China, developed by GIC Singapore; and the Emperor Place mixed development in Tianjin, China, a UIC joint venture.
Siew Haip gives back to the community by spearheading SAA’s community engagement programmes such as scholarship programmes with the NUS Architecture Department, ITE and SUTD.
LOW Cher Ek
CEO and Global Lead, Township
Mr LOW Cher Ek joined the Group when it was formed in 2015 and was part of the management of Surbana prior to the merger or Surbana and JIH. He is currently the CEO and Global Lead, Township and is responsible for managing and growing SJ’s Township business in Singapore and globally. Cher Ek has vast experience in the planning, designing and implementing of such real estate. He leads a team of experienced professionals in the management and growth of this business in Singapore as well as overseas. The Group has designed and built more than one million homes and was involved in the planning of 26 townships in Singapore, and Cher Ek is responsible for continuously strengthening the Group as the key consultant of Singapore’s internationally acclaimed public housing programme. He has also led the export of the Group’s affordable housing expertise to China, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, and India. He also has keen interest in design technology and is involved in the adoption of building information modelling technology as well as in research and development projects.
Cher Ek is currently a member of Singapore Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Building Construction Authority’s Academy Advisory Panel. Cher Ek is an appointed Industry Ambassador for the Building Construction Authority, and an AUDE Industry Partner. He also co-chairs the Integrated Digital Delivery Workgroup under Singapore’s Construction Transformation Roadmap initiative.
Prior to this, Cher Ek was the Company’s Director of Architecture and Managing Director of the building consultancy business, overseeing the company’s consultancy practice and four key technical services (architecture, mechanical and electrical engineering, civil and structural engineering, and quantity surveying) both locally and overseas.
Before joining the Group, Cher Ek was with HDB and held senior positions in planning, design, and construction. He was also involved in policy planning and implementation of HDB’s estate upgrading programmes.
Cher Ek holds an honours degree in Architecture from NUS, and is registered with the Singapore Board of Architects.
LOH Yan Hui
CEO and Global Lead, Aviation
Er. Loh Yan Hui is CEO and Global Lead, Aviation at Surbana Jurong. He is responsible for developing the aviation business globally, including delivering on Surbana Jurong’s Changi Airport Terminal 5 related projects.
Yan Hui was a member of the SMEC Holdings Board from 2016 till Jun 2020, following the acquisition of SMEC by Surbana Jurong. Previously, as Surbana Jurong’s Deputy CEO, Infrastructure, he directed and managed the operational activities of the Infrastructure business within Singapore and provided technical resources to the Group’s overseas divisions to support infrastructure project procurement and deliveries. He led a 600-strong multidisciplinary team in Surbana Jurong.
Yan Hui has more than 40 years’ experience in the infrastructure industry and has been a registered Professional Engineer (Singapore) since 1990. His key projects include the Waterway@Punggol, Singapore’s first man-made major waterway that runs through the Punggol Eco-Town, the Pulau Tekong reclamation project, the North-Eastern Coast Phase 4 reclamation project, the Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 & 4 reclamation project, Tuas Terminal Phases 1 & 2 reclamation projects and Jurong Region Line Package 3. Yan Hui has contributed to R&D projects for the industry and published technical papers in international conferences and journals.
Yan Hui currently serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Department Consultative Committee of the National University of Singapore’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He served as a member of the Singapore Team which played an important role in the resolution of the Pulau Tekong reclamation bilateral dispute with Malaysia, and the Technical Evaluation Panel for the 1st Sustainable Urban Living call for proposals under Singapore’s Ministry of National Development (MND) Research Fund. Yan Hui was also a Reviewer for research proposals for the Marine Science Research & Development Programme (MSRDP).
Yan Hui was awarded the inaugural MND Minister’s (Team) Award in 2006 for contribution as a member of the Singapore’s “Settlement Agreement” team. He was also awarded the Ministry of Transport Minister’s Innovation Award (Distinguished Award) in 2008 and 2011, and Ministry of Transport Minister’s Innovation Award (Merit Award) in 2010 and 2011. Yan Hui was a member of Surbana Jurong’s teams that won the Top 50 Engineering Feats @ IES-SG50 Award 2016 for My Waterway @ Punggol and Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 & 4 Development.
CEO, SJ CityGlobal
Ms Nina YANG assumed the role of CEO, SJ CityGlobal in 2019. SJ CityGlobal provides development management services, starting from the initiation and visioning of a project to handing over and exiting completed assets.
Prior to joining Surbana Jurong, Nina was CEO, Sustainable Urban Development, Ascendas-Singbridge (ASB), responsible for managing ASB’s investment in urbanisation projects and master developments overseas. Notable projects she oversaw were the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, Sino-Singapore Chengdu Innovation Park, Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City and the Amaravati Capital City. Nina is familiar with complex government-to-government collaboration projects.
Before ASB, Nina spent 25 years with CPG Consultants practising urban planning and architecture, as well as water-sensitive urban design. She was involved with various projects across cities in China, India, Middle East, Vietnam and Myanmar. She led a consortium to assist the Myanmar government in the economic positioning, master planning and investment promotion of the Kyauk Phyu Deep Sea Port and Special Economic Zone. While based in China for two years, Nina set up offices in Shanghai and Suzhou for ASB.
Nina graduated from Harvard University with a Master in Design Studies in Real Estate Finance and Urban Development. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the National University of Singapore. She is a registered architect with Board of Architects Singapore, Vice-President of the Singapore Institute of Planners as well as the co-Chair of Urban Land Institute, Singapore’s Sustainability Product Council.
SJ Defence Services
Mr Richard TAN joined Surbana Jurong from its formation in 2015. He is the Managing Director of SJ Defence Services, the defence arm of Surbana Jurong. He is a Board member of SJ Defence Services and its subsidiary, MMR Services.
In his years in the design consultancy and construction industry with Jurong International, Richard led two multi-disciplinary teams to the successful design and build completion of the Multi-Mission Range Complex and the Home Team Tactical Centre for the Ministries of Defence and Home Affairs respectively.
Richard brings on board his diverse experience from the sport industry and the military. He was the Director for Corporate Planning at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports where he was a key member in the delivery of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games. The Games were delivered within an extraordinary tight timeline, working with the IOC, the 205 National Olympic Committees and Olympic Partner sponsors in a whole of government effort. Richard was also the Director of the Games Operations Centre overseeing the execution of the first Youth Olympic Games.
Richard served 21 years in the Singapore Armed Forces as an Infantry officer. He left the service after his Brigade Command, where he was part of the Army Leadership Team. Richard had the rare privilege of commanding his Brigade in a 2-sided Brigade force-on-force full troop exercise involving the land, air and sea elements. His varied competencies and experience in the Army include crisis and operations management, doctrine development and training, programme management of significant infrastructure and weapons projects, organisational establishment and resource management, and military education and organisational learning.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from National University of Singapore, and a Masters in Instructional Design and Technology from Nanyang Technological University.
Mr John ANDERSON, Chief Operating Officer, Africa Division, is a Professional Civil Engineer with 26 years of experience in civil engineering design, construction supervision and management of multi-disciplinary engineering teams throughout Africa. In his role as COO, John is responsible for driving the financial, operational and people performance across Surbana Jurong and SMEC’s Africa Division. John has extensive experience in civil structures and is specialised in bridge design and construction. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Cape Town.
SMEC Australia and New Zealand
SMEC Australia and New Zealand
Mr James PHILLIS was appointed Chief Executive Officer, SMEC Australia & New Zealand in 2018 after serving as its Chief Operating Officer from 2017. He joined SMEC in 2014. Under James' leadership, SMEC Australia & New Zealand has matured as a business, expanded its portfolio of services and achieved strategic growth.
James is an engineer with over 30 years’ experience leading international engineering consultancies with global operations. His experience spans multiple engineering fields including civil infrastructure, buildings, telecommunications, manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, environmental and process engineering.
James holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Southern Cross University. He completed the Stanford University Executive Programme and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and Engineering New Zealand, and also a Male Champion of Change under the Consult Australia MCC chapter.
LIM Hong Kian
CEO, North Asia
Mr LIM Hong Kian heads up the North Asia division of Surbana Jurong. He is responsible for the overall delivery, leadership and development of the division across China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and other parts of North Asia including Korea, Mongolia and Russia.
Prior to this appointment in March 2021, Hong Kian was a director in SAA's management team leading its design and business development team. A qualified architect and seasoned business leader, he brings with him an extensive project and management track record, having worked on diverse projects from large scale commercial mixed use, transport and residential projects, to master and urban planning developments across the globe. He was instrumental in delivering several of SAA and Surbana Jurong's key projects in China over the last two years.
As a LEED and Green Mark qualified architect, Hong Kian drives smart and sustainable development efforts, leveraging the balance of design, technical and management expertise that he brings to Surbana Jurong’s North Asia office. He establishes a culture of design excellence in our North Asia business, predicated on reimagining the future of cities.
Dr Uma MAHESWARAN
COO, South Asia And Central Asia
Dr Uma MAHESWARAN joined the Group when it was formed in 2015 and was part of the management of JIH prior to the merger of Surbana and JIH. He is currently the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, South Asia and Central Asia. He has also held the role of CEO and Managing Director for Surbana Jurong India since 2012. Dr Uma has more than 10 years of management experience across various organisations. Dr Uma leads sustainability as a core business value proposition across the Group. In his previous role, he also spearheaded the sustainable urban solutions division in the then Jurong Consultants.
Dr Uma was the winner of the “Inaugural Young Green Building Individual award” and has served as the Nominated Industry Ambassador for sustainability by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority. He holds a doctorate in building science and is a well-recognised professional in the field of sustainability across the region.
Founding director of Atelier Ten, Mr Patrick BELLEW is one of the UK’s Royal Designers and is a Chartered Building Services Engineer with more than thirty years’ experience in the design of high performance buildings and systems. With extensive experience in the integration of environmental and building systems with architecture, Patrick has particular expertise in thermal mass energy storage technologies, environmental building design and high efficiency building conditioning systems.
Patrick taught a core environmental design course on the M.Arch program at the Yale University School of Architecture from 2000 to 2008 and has led four Advanced Design Studios as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor between 2010 and 2017. He was on the Design Review Committee of CABE in London from 1999 to 2003, a Governor of the Building Centre Trust in London between 1996 and 2011 and on the Employer Panel of the Construction Industry Council. He also lectures widely on issues relating to the creation of a more sustainable built environment.
Patrick was part of the original group who founded the UK Green Building Council in 2006 and was a member of the Executive Board from 2006 to 2010 when the organisation became a registered charity. He now serves on the Trustee Board. He was a key member of the Task Force that established the STEP (Sustainable Training and Education Programme) training programme in 2010.
Patrick’s success in integrating innovative technologies with noteworthy architecture has been acknowledged by the Royal Institute of British Architects, who made him an Honorary Fellow in 2001. Patrick was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004.
Patrick delivered the 6th Happold Medal Lecture and received the Happold Medal from the Construction Industry Council and the Happold Foundation in 2008. He is on the Awards panel for the 2012 – 2015 RIBA Awards and was on the Judging panel for the World Architecture Festival Awards (2012 – 2014).
In 2010, Patrick was named a Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Faculty of Royal Designers. In 2013, Patrick was the recipient of the CIBSE President Silver Medal.
Mr Patrick FEJÉR was appointed CEO of B+H Architects, a leading global design solutions and consulting firm with a legacy of over 65 years of award-winning work, on 15 October 2022.
With over twenty years of experience leading large-scale design projects across global sectors and markets, Patrick is well positioned to lead the firm, uncovering new opportunities for growth, innovation, and ushering in a new era of design excellence at B+H. He joined the firm in 2005 and was appointed as a Partner in 2007. As CEO, he leads the firm’s growth, guided by his commitment to design excellence, client service, and the talent who will help B+H realise its aspirations.
Patrick is widely regarded as a visionary by clients, partners and colleagues. He is a proven leader who cares deeply about nurturing talent. He believes in collectively creating a unique vision and identity for every project by pushing the boundaries of design through fearless exploration within his teams.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University where he received the Clifton Beckwith Memorial Award.
As the Managing Director of KTP Consultants, Mr Aaron FOONG leads the Civil & Structural Engineering division in Surbana Jurong and takes a hands on approach in the major projects undertaken by the Group. He has successfully led and completed many urban projects of various typologies for both the public and private sectors in Singapore.
For his highly innovative and safety driven approach in optimising engineering design and construction methodologies, he has received multiple Design Excellence & Safety Engineering Awards from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) as the Qualified Person (QP).
An active proponent of technology adoption for buildable design and a firm believer that good structural design goes hand in hand with good architectural design, he advocates an open-minded approach to cross-fertilise knowledge to develop intelligent and sensibly tailored solutions in his projects. His pragmatic approach to understand in-depth the purpose of each development and his ability to devise innovative engineering solutions with buildability and value-add in function and aesthetics are imbued in many of the iconic projects that he leads as the Project Director and QP, such as The Scotts Tower, The ARC, Maxwell Chamber Suites, Tekka Place, Surbana Jurong Campus, Central Boulevard Towers and the upcoming integrated mixed use business park and transit-oriented development in Punggol Digital District.
A practical proponent for sustainable engineering, Aaron is also a member of the BCA Productivity Gateway Advisory Panel providing advice to drive construction productivity of public sector development projects. He is a certified Professional Engineer (Singapore), Accredited Checker (Singapore), Chartered Engineer (United Kingdom) and Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers United Kingdom.
Dr ANG Choon Keat
Managing Director, Prostruct
Dr ANG Choon Keat is the Founder and Managing Director of Prostruct Consulting which joined the Surbana Jurong Group in 2020. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) and a Specialist Professional Engineer (Protective Security) in Singapore. With two decades of experience in consultancy and project management in the public and private sectors, he leads the Prostruct engineers and consultants in the design, project management, security and blast design for urban and infrastructure projects in Singapore and overseas. Major projects in Singapore include Jewel Changi Airport, Changi Airport Terminal 4, Thomson-East Coast MRT Line, Jurong Region MRT Line Depot and JTC Chemicals Hub @ Tuas South.
Dr Ang has a strong track record in analysing and designing buildings and infrastructure to resist the effects of blast and weapons and ensure the safe storage of explosives. He is also highly experienced in performing Security by Design studies in accordance to the guidelines and requirements of the Singapore authorities.
The Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) for blast protection spearheaded by Dr Ang has led to the accreditation of Prostruct’s blast testing capability by the Singapore Accreditation Council, and the development of several innovations such as a type of Fibre Reinforced Polymer which can be easily applied onto building structures to reinforce them, and blast resistant roller shutters.
Dr Ang actively contributes to the engineering professional community. He is currently Chairman of the Civil & Structural Engineering Committee and was a Council Member of The Institution of Engineers, Singapore. He also frequently contributes to international conferences and share his knowledge on protective security engineering with the professional community.
Dr Ang graduated with a Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from Imperial College, UK. He also holds PhD (Engineering) and Master of Science (Building Science) degrees from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Science (Operations Research) degree from Columbia University, USA.
Founder and Executive Chairman
Robert Bird Group
ROBERT BIRD GROUP
Mr Robert BIRD is Founder and Executive Chairman of the Robert Bird Group. Since 1982, the company has grown from a small Brisbane based consultancy to a global practice with operations in Australia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, South East Asia and India.
As Chairman of Robert Bird Group, Mr Bird is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Group, leads and coaches the RBG team towards achieving its vision of “The Relentless Pursuit of Engineering Excellence’. With approximately 600 staff, the growth, success and versatility of the company is underpinned by Robert’s vision, ‘can do attitude’, relationship-based business, and philosophy of being a specialist Structural, Civil and Construction Engineering Consultancy in a complex, dynamic and commodity driven world.
Robert Bird Group
ROBERT BIRD GROUP
Mr Jason BEUTEL graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1994 and began working with Robert Bird Group in January 1995. During his time within RBG, from Graduate Engineer to being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2010, Jason has also held the roles of Queensland General Manager in 2004, Australia Structures Manager in 2006, and UK and Middle East Managing Director in 2009.
During his time delivering projects, Jason has worked on a variety of building projects in Australia, South-East Asia, Middle East and the United Kingdom including high-rise structures, retail and mixed-use developments, public building infrastructure and industrial developments. Jason has also worked on many construction engineering projects including crane installations and temporary works.
Jason’s technical experience and expertise, his approach with clients, working with collaborative teams and a focus on design which could be delivered efficiently and economically, he recognised that fundamental to this was developing and maintaining a “real client relationship” based upon understanding their requirements and needs, and delivering. These learnings and skills which were transferred across to his teams and his approach to clients and business were fundamental to his success as he took on roles with increasing responsibility and global reach.
Jason’s business and people skills were developed and tested during the Global Financial Crisis, a period that the Group was able to navigate, establish its offshore operations then successfully leverage upon these to drive the next phase of the Australian and New Zealand business’s growth and development as the UK and Middle East continued to prosper and grow. Asia and the Americas are RBG’s next geographical regions for incubation and development.
Jason is passionate about people, about building careers as well as complex structures and Infrastructure and is most proud of the RBG Team and its culture which continues to grow and develop through its excellent people and its “Design for Delivery” approach and philosophy. Jason considers his most important attribute as being empathy and his positive outlook on life and business. Outside of work he loves camping, fishing and getting beyond the reach of technology with family and friends.
XU Jian Wei
Sino-Sun Architects &
Engineers Co. Ltd
SINO-SUN ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS CO. LTD
Mr XU Jian Wei is the General Manager of Sino-Sun Architects & Engineers Co. Ltd, a China based multi-disciplinary local design institute, and is a recognised and experienced professional with numerous achievements in the architectural design sector.
Jian Wei graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from China’s Tongji University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Belgium’s KU Leuven. He also holds a Executive Master of Business Administration from National University of Singapore Business School, Singapore. During his studies in Belgium, he worked part-time as an architect at DRIC Design. Jian Wei joined Sino-sun after his return to China, where he served as Deputy Chief Architect and General Manager. He was also invited to be the Director of China’s National Federation of ReaI Estate Industry, Vice-President of China Private Survey & Architectural Design Association, Vice-President of Guanghua Urban Industry Alliance. Jian Wei also won many national and provincial architectural design awards and had published several professional papers in national academic journals.