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.
Mr Poologasundram 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, Mr Poologasundram 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.
Mr Poologasundram 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.
Mr Poologasundram 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 of ASEAN Division, responsible for managing a multi-disciplinary portfolio for the region. Concurrently, he is the Group Managing Director of KTP Consultants Pte Ltd. Mr Yeo is a veteran and qualified engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in managing domestic and international infrastructure, architectural and engineering consultancy businesses.
Prior to joining Surbana Jurong, Mr Yeo 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, Mr Yeo 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 under his charge included Dubai Mall and Ocean Heights Tower in Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station in Malaysia. Upon graduation from the university, Mr Yeo 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.
Mr Yeo is a keen advocate of setting industry standards for innovative design, sustainability and buildability. He sits on several professional committees including the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore to promote these initiatives.
He has received a number of Buildability and Design & Engineering Safety Excellence Awards (DESEA) for his notable contributions in developing projects that comply with safety requirements in terms of design, construction and maintenance.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Mr Andy ATKIN joined the Group in 2016. Mr Atkin is the Group Chief Financial Officer where he leads the global Group Finance, Tax and Treasury departments and is responsible for managing the Company’s financial consolidation, reporting, budgeting, forecasting and strategy. In 2017, Mr Atkin relocated to Singapore where he took on the appointment of Group Financial Controller. As Group Financial Controller, Mr Atkin played a key role in supporting and driving the Company’s growth agenda and strategy as well as the integration of the SMEC business.
Mr Atkin is a seasoned Finance executive with a proven track record and has extensive experience managing international teams and operations. He has over 25 years’ experience in Chartered Accounting, Professional Business Services, Financial Assurance, Accounting and Governance, Controls and Processes, and Acquisitions and Disposals.
In his previous role as SMEC Holdings Limited’s General Manager Finance and Acting CFO, Mr Atkin played an instrumental role in maintaining financial discipline across the entities and assisted operations to achieve their financial targets. Mr Atkin also held positions in PricewaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, where he was responsible for managing client portfolios across industries such as retail, manufacturing, automotive, housing development, construction and transport.
Mr Atkin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom. He is also a Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
SEAH Choo Meng
Senior Advisor, GCEO's Office
Group Head, Internal Audit
Chairman Of Threesixty Cost Management & Threesixty Contract Advisory
GROUP HEAD, INTERNAL AUDIT
CHAIRMAN OF THREESIXTY COST MANAGEMENT & THREESIXTY CONTRACT ADVISORY
Mr SEAH Choo Meng joined the Group in 2017. Currently, he serves as Senior Advisor, Group CEO’s Office and Group Head, Internal Audit, after serving as the Group Chief Compliance Officer previously. Mr Seah is responsible for ensuring that the Group’s policies and procedures are compliant, in addition to other supervisory and oversight responsibilities.
Mr Seah is also the Chairman of Threesixty Cost Management Pte. Ltd. and Threesixty Contract Advisory Pte. Ltd., both of which were formed under the Group. The two entities will oversee the business thrust and development of Quantity Surveying and Contract Advisory services in all sectors both locally and internationally.
Mr Seah oversees the development of project management services including the development of project and construction management, and programme management expertise. He also assists Group CEO in charting future expansion plans for the Group’s multi-disciplinary services.
Mr Seah is on the Board of Ren Ci Hospital and is Chairman of its Building Committee. He also holds positions in various other organisations, including as Chairman of the Programme Advisory Committee of SIM University’s Building and Project Management Programme, member of the School Advisory Panel of the School of Science and Technology, Singapore, panel member of the Strata Titles Board, member of the Construction Adjudicator Accreditation Committee, the Professional Conduct Panel, Senior Adjudicator at the Singapore Mediation Centre and member of the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore.
Before joining the Group, Mr Seah was Chairman and Director of Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd, and Arcadis Project Management Pte Ltd.
TEO Say Hong
Group Chief Officer (Integration, M&A)
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.
Mr Teo 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 eight global brands through acquisitions, expanding its portfolio of expertise across the built environment value chain. Mr Teo 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. Mr Teo 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, Mr Teo leads internal initiatives to support the Group’s continuous transformation and special projects aimed at delivering enhanced value to clients.
Mr Teo 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.
Group Director, HR
Ms Helen LOO was appointed Group Director, HR with effect from 1 June 2021. She joined Surbana Jurong in 2016 as Director HR, Singapore Division, and was instrumental in building the HR Business Partner team. She implemented HR policies to support business growth for the Singapore operations, and played an integral role in Surbana Jurong attaining the Accredited Training Organisation status and adopting the Tripartite Standards for setting out progressive employment practices.
These achievements have resulted in SJ’s inclusion in the Human Capital Partner (HCP) Programme, a tripartite initiative that brings together exemplary organisations in Singapore which have adopted progressive employment practices and are committed to developing their human capital. Ms Loo was also conferred Partner of Labour Movement Award by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) in recognition of her contribution towards the labour movement’s mission to advance workers’ interests and uplift their welfare, wages and work prospects.
Ms Loo’s experience in HR spans the power and industrial automation, contracting, built environment, banking and retail industries. Prior to Surbana Jurong, she held senior HR positions in Royal Sporting House (Singapore), Jardine Engineering, Schneider Electric, Omron Asia Pacific, and Nikko Merchant Bank. She has led functions including HR Strategy and Operations, Organisational Development, Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, Mergers & Acquisitions and Industrial Relations, and has regional experience in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Ms Loo holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, UK.
YAP Chee Yuen
Group Chief Information Officer
Mr YAP Chee Yuen is the Group Chief Information Officer.
He graduated with a Bachelor Degree (First Class Honours) in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and a Master in Business Admin from National University of Singapore, Mr Yap brings a wealth of experience in managing end-user IT organisations and has actively initiated the digital journey for organisations he has served.
He is currently an adjunct professor with the Singapore Management University in the Master of IT in Business programme and Chairman of the Enterprise Singapore National IT Standards Committee, the National Gallery IT & Digital Advisory Panel and the NUS School of Computing Industry Advisory Committee.
Prior to this, Mr Yap was the Executive Vice President of Technology with Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) where he built a strong technology team, designed the blue-print, implemented solutions and provided support for a comprehensive range of IT services in system design, development, project consultancy, IT services & cybersecurity management. Under his leadership, RWS won the National Infocomm Awards in 2010 for the Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology under the Private Sector category. He won the same award under the Public Sector category in 2004 when he was the Group CIO and Chief Knowledge Officer at JTC Corporation.
Other prior appointments Mr Yap held include Vice President, CIO & Head of Info Technology & Corporate Services Division at Acer Computer Int’l Ltd, and Director & Group CIO at JIT Electronics Holdings Pte Ltd.
Managing Director, Technology & Research
Dr Raj THAMPURAN brings with him a wealth of experience in innovation and technology policies and practices, developmental project management, government relations and the execution of large scale infrastructure projects. He is the Managing Director, Technology & Research.
Prior this, Raj was the Managing Director of the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the lead agency of the Singapore Government investing multi-billion dollars for public sector Research and Development in areas of economic and national needs. He assumed that role in 2012 and held various leadership positions in A*STAR before that. He started his career with A*STAR as the Director of Strategy Policy and Planning and later, as Executive Director of Institute of High Performance Computing and the Science and Engineering Research Council. Raj also chaired the technology transfer and licensing arm of A*STAR, which generated over 100 start-ups and manages a large library of IP and patent portfolio.
Raj is currently an Independent Director at publicly-listed SIA Engineering Company and Chairman of the College of Engineering Advisory Committee at Nanyang Technological University. He holds appointments as Adjunct Professor at the Nanyang Technological University and at the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Singapore. Given his leadership roles, he has presented numerous talks and written articles on technology in various forums.
Raj is an engineer by training and holds a PhD in Materials Science. He did his postdoctoral work in modelling and simulation and attended the Advanced Management Programme in INSEAD (Fontainebleau). He was a recipient of the National Academic Excellence Award in 1998, the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2007 and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and the Singapore Academy of Engineers.
General Counsel, Group Legal & Company Secretariat
Ms KANNAN Malini is the General Counsel, Group Legal and Company Secretary of the Surbana Jurong Group.
Ms 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, Ms 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.
Ms 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
As Group Chief Communications and Branding Officer, Ms Karen YEW is responsible for planning and implementing the group’s communications strategy as well as leading our branding efforts. Ms Yew has 26 years' experience that includes branding, media and analyst relations, government relations, employee engagement, community social responsibility and issues management and spans the media, technology and insurance industries.
Prior to joining Surbana Jurong, Ms Yew was Senior Vice President and Head, Corporate Marketing and Communications at Mediacorp and played an integral role in redefining the company’s shift from traditional broadcaster to the multi-platform national media network it is today. As Vice President, Brand and Communications at NTUC Income, she played a key role in promoting the insurer’s transformative agenda and differentiated policies and practices. At IBM, she headed the ASEAN brand and communications team supporting the company’s operations in a mix of mature and high-growth markets.
Ms Yew started her career as a journalist after graduating from University of Reading with an honours degree in English Literature, which she attained 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.
LEE Kut Cheung Chairman, Global Architecture & Design Council
Mr LEE Kut Cheung is the Chairman of Global Architecture & Design Council.
Mr Lee’s early days were with the Singapore’s Public Works Department, he contributed to the successful implementation of a range of public building projects in Singapore. These included the State Courts, Woodlands ICA Checkpoint, Environment Building, the IRAS Building, Victoria Concert Hall and the Kallang Theatre. He joined RSP in 1994 as a Director and was appointed Managing Director in 2007 where he played a key role in the set up and development of RSP’s overseas offices in India, China and Vietnam. Some of his notable projects in Singapore include ION Orchard, The Orchard Residences, Ardmore Park, St Regis Hotel, HDB Hub at Toa Payoh, Grand Copthorne Waterfront & King’s Centre, Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Park Hotel Farrer Park and Farrer Square Medical Suites, NUS Cultural Centre, NTU One-North Campus & Alumni Clubhouse, ITE College East, ITE HQ & College Central, Westgate, CapitaGreen, Chinatown MRT Station, Xilinx at Changi Business Park, and Jewel Changi Airport.
Mr Lee was the Registrar of the Board of Architects (BOA) from 1984 to 1990 and concurrently a Council member of the Singapore Institute of Architects. He was also a Board Member of BOA and a member of its Accreditation Committee from 1991 to 2000. He also served as a Board Member of Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority (BCA) from 2005 to 2009 and was concurrently the Chairman of the BCA Construction Excellence Awards Committee. He was conferred the honour of Fellow (Life) of Singapore Institute of Architects.
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, Mr Yeo 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.
Mr Yeo’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.
Mr Yeo 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.
Mr Yeo’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.
Mr Yeo 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. Mr Low 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 Mr Low 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.
Mr Low is currently a member of Singapore Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Building Construction Authority’s Academy Advisory Panel. Mr Low 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, Mr Low 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, Mr Low 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.
Mr Low 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.
Er. Loh 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.
Er. Loh 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 [email protected], 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. Er. Loh has contributed to R&D projects for the industry and published technical papers in international conferences and journals.
Er. Loh 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. Er. Loh was also a Reviewer for research proposals for the Marine Science Research & Development Programme (MSRDP).
Er. Loh 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. Er. Loh 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.
QUEK Swee Kuan
CEO, New Business
Mr Quek Swee Kuan joined Surbana Jurong as CEO, New Business on 1 July 2020. In this role, Mr Quek assists the Group CEO in driving group-wide strategy and transformation, creating new growth engines and facilitating government engagement.
Prior to joining Surbana Jurong, Mr Quek was the Chief Executive Officer of Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC). Under his leadership, SDC formulated a strategic plan and underwent a comprehensive reorganisation to transform Sentosa into a leading leisure destination. He also spearheaded the development of the Sentosa-Brani Masterplan, laying a strong foundation for Sentosa’s next phase of growth.
During his 26-year public service career, Mr Quek served in the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). As EDB’s Deputy Managing Director and STB’s Deputy Chief Executive, he helmed international operations for the two boards, responsible for attracting foreign investments and visitors to Singapore through branding, marketing, international relations and business development. Mr Quek drove new economic growth areas and industry clusters such as Consulting Services, Cyber Security, Interactive Digital Media, Integrated Resorts and Singapore Grand Prix. For his service in the public sector, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2010.
Mr Quek began his career in the private sector, joining Tandem Computers which is now part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, in 1988. He was the first recipient of Tandem’s Undergraduate Scholarship and read Computer Science at the National University of Singapore. He was a systems analyst serving major banking customers in Singapore and the region before leaving Tandem to join EDB in 1994.
Mr Quek attained a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in 1992 and attended the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.
PANG Yee Ean
CEO, SJ Capital
Mr PANG Yee Ean is Chief Executive Officer of Surbana Jurong Capital, the investment platform of Surbana Jurong Group that focuses on financing of infrastructure and urban development.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Pang was Director General of Investment Operations at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), where he was responsible for identifying and financing infrastructure investments in the sovereign and private sectors. As one of AIIB’s pioneering staff, he grew its operations from inception and opened new markets in China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central Asia. With a passion for renewable energies, Mr Pang championed AIIB’s support of solar, wind and hydropower projects. He also initiated the use of equity funds and commercial financial institutions as channels to participate in infrastructure projects.
Mr Pang has also held senior positions at Ascendas, including Senior Vice President in charge of Real Estates Funds. When he was Assistant CEO, Ascendas Services, he oversaw the asset management of industrial and commercial developments. Mr Pang setup Ascendas’ offices in Hyderabad and Gurgaon and held several roles while he was stationed in India, including Head of North India.
Mr Pang graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and attained a Master of Business Administration from National University of Singapore. He started his career at JTC Corporation, the Singapore government agency responsible for developing industrial estates. It was there that he founded Abecha Pte Ltd, a startup providing an aggregated e-procurement platform to industrial businesses.
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, Ms Yang 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. Ms Yang is familiar with complex government-to-government collaboration projects.
Before ASB, Ms Yang 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, Ms Yang set up offices in Shanghai and Suzhou for ASB.
Ms Yang 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.
Group Director, Managed Services
Mr Jason WHITCOMBE joined the Group early 2018 and is the Company’s Group Director of Managed Services. In this role, Mr Whitcombe is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and operations of the Managed Services businesses - Asset Management, Smart City Solutions, Facilities Management and Security.
Mr Whitcombe is a seasoned executive with 30 years experience. Over the last ten years, he has been responsible for leading and managing regional and international teams in market development, operations and account management. Most recently, Mr Whitcombe was Managing Director of a global leading real estate company for Asia Pacific and a member of its Global Management Team.
With continual focus on the customer, Mr Whitcombe is constantly seeking new solutions to address client challenges and strongly believes that collaboration delivers the best results. By leveraging the multiple service offerings of Surbana Jurong he strives to deliver unique world class outcomes to our customers. He has extensive local and international experience having spent the last three decades residing in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore.
Mr Whitcombe holds an Honours degree in Estate Management from University of East London.
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, Mr Tan 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.
Mr Tan 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. Mr Tan was also the Director of the Games Operations Centre overseeing the execution of the first Youth Olympic Games.
Mr Tan 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. Mr Tan 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.
Mr Tan 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.
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 Mr Phillis’s leadership, SMEC Australia & New Zealand has matured as a business, expanded its portfolio of services and achieved strategic growth.
Mr Phillis 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.
Mr Phillis 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, Mr Lim 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, Mr Lim 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.
Mr Alfred FOX is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AETOS Holdings Pte Ltd. He assumed this position on 16 April 2019.
Before joining AETOS, Mr Fox was Director of 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 Surbana Jurong, Mr Fox was 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).
Over the years, he has held various roles in Singapore’s Ministry of Defence and the Army. Between 2012 – 2016, Mr Fox 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.
Mr Fox 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.
Mr Fox 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.
Founding director of Atelier Ten, Patrick 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, Mr Fejér 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.
Mr Fejér 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.
Mr Fejér 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, Mr Foong 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.
Choon Keat 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 Choon Keat 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.
Choon Keat 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.
Choon Keat 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
Jason 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.
YEO Siew Haip
As the CEO of SAA, Mr YEO Siew Haip heads the Singapore practice and oversees the SAA group of affiliated companies in Southeast Asia and China. Taking over the helm of the leadership in 2008, Mr Yeo built and nurtured a new management team and led the firm’s growth 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, which is set to be the largest hospital in Southeast Asia when it is completed in 2022.
Mr Yeo’s extensive local and international experience spans over three decades, delivering a variety of large and complex projects to fruition. As the Qualified Person for most of the firm’s large-scale projects, he leads multidisciplinary teams in delivering award-winning architecture across major industry sectors.
Always leading from the front, Mr Yeo’s inspired leadership brings to each project his ability to take the ‘big picture’ view and fully comprehend the macro level complexities of design and project management – while being able to swiftly define critical aspects of a project right down to its intricate details – providing decisive guidance for project teams to focus their efforts in achieving excellence in design and service delivery.
Mr Yeo’s decisive 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.
Mr Yeo gives back to the community by spearheading SAA’s community engagement programmes such as scholarship programmes with the NUS Architecture Department, ITE and SUTD.
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.
Mr Xu 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. Mr Xu 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. Mr Xu also won many national and provincial architectural design awards and had published several professional papers in national academic journals.