SPEAKERS

DR LIU THAI-KER

CHAIRMAN - MORROW ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS  PTE LTD

Dr Liu Thai-Ker is the Founding Chairman of Morrow Architects & Planners Pte Ltd.  He was the Founding Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities (2008-2020).  He was Director of RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd (1992-2017), CEO and Chief Architect of the Housing and Development Board (1969-1989) and CEO and Chief Planner of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (1989-1992).

 

He is often credited for implementing the successful public housing programme and urbanization of Singapore.  For these reasons, since he left the Singapore civil service, he has been invited to plan over 50 cities and many major architectural projects in countries such as China, Fiji, Russia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

 

Among his various international awards, he has also received The Singapore National Day Award – The Distinguished Service Order, The Singapore Design Council – Golden Jubilee Award and The Singapore Institute of Planners Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

LEWIS GARRAD

PRACTICE LEAD & PARTNER, EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE SOLUTIONS, INTERNATIONAL - MERCER

Lewis leads an award-winning employee experience and people science team focused on Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and LATAM, within Mercer’s International Region. He and his team are focused on helping clients measure and act on employee workplace experiences and engagement, across 25+ countries within the region.

PRASOON KUMAR

CEO & FOUNDER

Prasoon is a President’s Design Awardee, TEDx speaker and social justice campaigner working towards solving the global housing crisis. Prasoon began his career as an architect working in design firms across India, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2013, he left his corporate job and co-founded BillionBricks.  


BillionBricks is developing powerHYDE -- the world’s first self-financing, carbon-negative solar home solution that empowers everyone to be a homeowner. BillionBricks originally began as a non-profit and has provided shelters, schools and homes to 5,365 people across 9 countries; rendered relief support to another 10,000. Its first innovation called weatherHYDE, is an award-winning, emergency shelter designed to save the lives of the homeless in extreme weather conditions.  

 
Winner of Singularity University’s Global Grand Challenge and named Urban Land Institute's 40 under 40, Prasoon graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and an Outstanding Graduate Award in 2005.  

STEVE MELHUISH

FOUNDER - PROPERTYGURU 

Steve has 28 years’ experience building businesses, including 3 start-ups - most recently PropertyGuru, a profitable tech unicorn. He is an angel investor/advisor (25 startups) and VC partner (Wavemaker Partners). He is an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader who has supported the development of South East Asia’s start-up ecosystem over the last one and half decades. Steve is passionate about entrepreneurship, sustainability and social impact.

In 2007, Steve co-founded PropertyGuru, a Singapore homegrown tech unicorn. He led the business as CEO for the first 11 years, growing it from 2 people (with an idea), into a regional platform used by 25 million monthly users and over 1,200 staff in 5 countries. Steve continues to contribute to the Company’s strategy and governance as board director.

SYLVIA GRATTON-KOH

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - CAPITALAND

Sylvia has over 20 years of real estate experience spanning business operations, finance, consulting and technology. Sylvia is a Senior Vice President at CapitaLand responsible for transforming CapitaLand’s business park and commercial portfolio to be ready for the future of work - developing, strategizing and implementing new space mixes and solutions for tenants, as well as leading the business’ digital and technology strategy. Prior to CapitaLand, Sylvia led the Asia Pacific Occupier Consulting business for JLL with a team of 30 consultants across 8 cities, providing advisory services such as portfolio optimization, workplace strategy and M&A due diligence. Sylvia was also instrumental in the development of JLL’s business intelligence and technology innovation offerings to clients.

TRUDDY CHEUNG

DIRECTOR, WORKPLACE ADVISORY - COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL 

Truddy heads up Workplace Advisory Team at Colliers International Asia. She is a subject matter expert in Workplace Strategy and Change Management focused in workplace transformation efforts for corporate occupiers.   She connects design, workplace strategy and organizational change management expertise to help organizations develop workplace solutions aligning business goals and optimizing employee performance. She pays attention in identifying opportunities to foster company culture, desirable employee experience, effective spatial requirements to achieve high performing workspaces for dynamic organisations.

YUYING DENG

CEO & FOUNDER - ESEVEL

Yuying’s passion lies in empowering people to work from anywhere and still be capable of achieving their best work possible.


She launched her company Esevel during the circuit breaker because she saw that Covid has accelerated the trend to remote work.


Esevel helps companies reduce the complexity of managing a dispersed workforce with a comprehensive platform that takes care of remote employees' safety, productivity and day- to-day work needs.

Yuying has a degree in law and an MBA from INSEAD. Outside of work, she enjoys
spending time with her 3 kids and has a busy extra-curricular life, serving as Treasurer at Corenet (Singapore Chapter), chairperson of the Young Entrepreneur’s Network (Singapore Chapter) and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD.

ALVIN NG

VICE PRESIDENT, DIGITAL SOLUTIONS - ASIA PACIFIC - JOHNSON CONTROLS

Alvin Ng is the Vice President of Digital Solutions, APAC, Johnson Controls. In this position, he is responsible for driving the digital growth strategy for Asia Pacific region, which includes driving and executing initiatives that increase market penetration, providing relevant digital solutions in the building sector, with focus on digital business revenue growth, partner offerings, sales cycle support and ecosystem representation.

 

Alvin has over 20 years of experience in global sales and product management and has held a series of global leadership roles with multinational companies like Wincor Nixdorf AG, Cisco Systems and Rosenbluth International. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, he worked for General Electric as the General Manager for GE Digital, South East Asia.  

 

With his extensive experience and passion for digital transformation and advanced technologies (IOT and AI), Alvin serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor and Senior Career Fellow at Nanyang Business School, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. He plays the role of an executive coach to the Global Executive MBA and Full-Time MBA program students.

SAMIT CHOPRA

MANAGING DIRECTOR, PACIFIC AT WEWORK

Samit Chopra is the Managing Director of Pacific for WeWork. In this newly appointed role, he oversees key markets including Australia, Korea and Southeast Asia.


Based in Singapore, Samit will be responsible for driving the region’s market strategy and leading the business in alignment with evolving enterprise needs.


As a veteran in the real estate industry with over 24 years of experience, Samit has a proven track record of driving strategic expansion and meaningful growth to capture and create value.


Prior to this, Samit has held senior roles as the Executive Vice President for Enterprise and Sales at IWG, International Director, Head of Integrated Portfolio Services at JLL; and in Colliers India. These roles see him extending his leadership and expertise across Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East regions.

WAI SING YONG

LIFE GUIDE - DUX VITAE GLOBAL

Wai Sing is the founder of Dux Vitae Global, a leadership training and coaching consultancy. He has more than 20 years of learning and development, training and coaching experience across industries and companies in the APAC region. He is a certified trainer and facilitator in Australia and Singapore, is a certified Gallup CliftonStrengths and ICF (International Coach Federation) coach, and ACE Personal Trainer, and a former standup comedian. Wai Sing uses comedy, questions, stories and reflections to engage the audience and maximise learning. To date, he has helped thousands with lasting testimonials for his knowledge, positivity and engagement.

SARA CAMPBELL

REGIONAL MANAGER - ISS

With over ten years’ experience managing teams and clients within different blue-chip corporates and government organizations in the UK and Asia, I’ve introduced models of working and innovative procedures which have raised the level of service and teams to award-winning status. The skills I attained through my MBA have enabled me to apply a strategic and tactical mindset to the contracts I work within, coupled with my knowledge and understanding of first class customer service, client management, communication and engagement enables me to transform teams and contracts into a true beacons of excellence, giving a fresh approach and real understanding of the needs and requirements for employees and customers.

I’m an experienced and inspirational leader with proven ability to create and implement company strategy through real estate and facilities services and I believe that real estate and FM services can positively impact on the company’s brand identity and employee engagement with the right management. The aspects of my role I really enjoy and am passionate about are;

· Bringing out pride and loyalty from employees and the people I manage

· Increasing productivity

· Making the company more memorable to its customers

These align with my own personal values and work ethic, and these areas I believe can be the differentiator in making successful organisation. This was confirmed for me when I was studying for my MBA, the research and studies I completed allowed me to identify and understand the impact that workplace, culture and engagement can have, and I have been able to see this in action whilst working for ISS and Burberry really cementing my enthusiasm and embodying my views in FM

JIA YI LEE

CO-FOUNDER, SMART URBAN EYE

Jia Yi is the co-founder of Smart Urban Eye, a deep tech start-up providing data intelligence to mall owners using AI and Machine Learning. Prior to this, she spent 1 year in Beijing working in and learning about start-ups, under the mentorship of Tsinghua and Fudan University professors. She was awarded a scholarship by Temasek Foundation for the entrepreneurship programme. Jia Yi is currently in her final year at NUS BSc. Real Estate.

YING MIN LIM

UNDERGRADUATE, NUS

A simple soul with passion for driving positive change, I am a Real Estate undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. With built environments at the forefront of cities, I strive to improve the built sector for communities, and shape a green living environment. I enjoy sharing ideas, but also like warm moments of solitude. You may find this living paradox singing, strolling in nature, hanging with friends, or seeing the world, in her free time.

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