SMU-Tsinghua Global Forum on Urbanization and Urban Governance



  Singapore-China bilateral relationship enjoys sustained, rapid and sound development since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1990. As a key national university in Singapore, Singapore Management University (SMU) aims to contribute to the Singapore-China bilateral co-operations by nurturing China-ready and bicultural graduates and engaging in China-related top-notch research projects. Over the past year, SMU has established a number of student exchanges, collaborative education programs and research projects with top Chinese universities. For example, SMU School of Social Sciences has set up a Joint Research Centre on Developmental Studies with Fudan University in April 2013. SMU School of Information Systems has partnered Peking University (PKU) School of Software and Microelectronics (SSM) on a Double-Degree Masters program since June 2013. SMU launched its China Forum which brought together political, business and academic leaders in Singapore on 13 Nov 2013. The forum addressed the latest political, economic and social trends taking place in China during the time of economic transition. Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam was the Guest-of-Honor in inaugurating the forum series. Prominent Chinese scholars from leading universities including Peking University, Fudan University and Southwest University of Finance and Economics participated in the high-profile 1-day event in Singapore. SMU Global Forum Series is a collaborative initiative between SMU and leading Chinese universities to provide a high-level dialogue platform for leaders from business, government and the wider community with academia on the key challenges and opportunities in China’s future development as well as to share Singapore’s experiences in managing its own transformation into one of the world’s most successful economies.  


清华-新大城镇化和城市化治理国际论坛   China’s new leadership announced urbanisation as a key driver of the Chinese economy and called for quality and new urbanisation at the Third Plenum in November 2013.  In March 2014 China announced its committment to granting urban hukou or household registration to 100 million rural populations who have moved into cities. China currently has about 300 million migrant workers without hukou, with which residential welfare is affiliated. The new policy will lead to significant challenges and opportunities in areas such as housing, transportation, social integration, employment and poverty. Singapore is seen as one of the successful example for sustainable urbanisation globally. The city-state has the highest population density in Asia, and it has the world's highest GDP per capita (2010 PPP US$) and an unemployment rate below 2 percent. With more than 5 million people inhabiting less than 700 square kilometers. SMU and Tsinghua University are co-organising a Global Forum on Urbanisation and Urban Governance to address the common challenges both countries are facing. Leading scholars, policy makers, business leaders, and civic society leaders will come together to address some of the key issues at Tsinghua University in Beijing: Dr Liu Thai Ker, Singapore’s most well-known urban planner and a global thinker on issues related to urbanisation, is the Keynote Speaker at the Forum. He will share his thoughts on the experience of Singapore’s urban transformation.  Dr Liu is Founding Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore. He was past CEO of Singapore Housing & Development Board and Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority. Dr Liu was Chairman of the design jury for the Beijing Olympic Master Plan competition in 2002. In addition to the Keynote, there will be a roundtable on “Managing Urban Transformations” and a special lunch panel on “Corporate Social Responsibility”. There are specialised panels in the afternoon covering “Social Housing” and “Social Integration & Poverty”. Some of the key questions include:

  1. What are the challenges and opportunities in China’s New Urbanisation strategy?
  2. How can we manage such large-scale urban transformations in modern history?
  3. To what extent Singapore Urbanisation experiences can be applied outside of the city-state?
  4. Do companies have a role to play in creating win-win value propositions while rapid urbanisation is bringing profound changes to the country?



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SMU - Tsinghua Global Forum on Urbanization and Urban Governance on 11th April 2014(Full-day)


Opening Address: 



From Left to right:
Professor Xie Weihe, Vice President, Tsinghua Univeristy
谢维和教授,清华大学副校长 Professor Arnoud De Meyer,

President Singapore Management University

Mr Eric Teo, Deputy Chief of Mission & Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of The Republic of Singapore


Keynote Address:



"Singapore as Urban Laboratory"

Dr Liu Thai Ker, Founding Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore


”Urbanization and Integrated Development of Urban and Rural Areas” 

Professor Li Qiang, Dean, School Social Sciences, Tsinghua University


Roundtable Discussion: Managing Urban Transformations


Morning 2


Professor Ann Florini, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University Ann Florini

Professor Zheng Siqi, School of Civil Engineering

Professor Phang Sock Yong, School of Economics, Singapore Management University

Professor Zheng Lu, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

Mr Goh Toh Sim, Chief Representative (China), Keppel Corporation


Professor James Tang, Dean, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University


Professor Xia Jianzhong, Sociology Department, Renmin University

Researcher Dai Jianzhong, Beijing Academy of Social Sciences

Associate Professor Eugene Tan, School of Law,  Singapore Management University; Nominated Member of Parliament, the Parliament of Singapore


Lunch Roundtable Discussion:

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)





Associate Professor Qian Xiaojun, Associate Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

Professor Ann Florini, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University Ann Florini

Mr Goh Toh Sim, Chief Representative (China), Keppel Corporation

Ms Dorothy Seet, Chairperson, Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (Singcham) & Owner, Smart Garments

Associate Professor Eugene Tan, School of Law, Singapore Management University; Nominated Member of Parliament, the Parliament of Singapore

Mr Wang Changyong, President, Hebei Guang Cai Investment co., LTD


Professor Li Qiang, Dean, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University


Seminar: Social Integration, Poverty and Housing




Professor Phang Sock Yong, School of Economics, Singapore Management University 潘淑莹教授,新加坡管理大学经济学院

Associate Professor John Donaldson, Associate Dean, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University

Associate Professor Eugene Tan, School of Law, Singapore Management University; Nominated Member of Parliament, the Parliament of Singapore

Associate Professor Zheng Lu, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

Dr Yu Jianming, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

Dr Chen Yulin, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

Dr Wang Tuohan, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University


Professor Wang Tianfu, Vice Dean, Department of Sociology , Tsinghua University




arnoud_de_meyer_croppedArnoud De Meyer

PresidentSingapore Management University  Professor De Meyer is the fourth President of Singapore Management University. Previously, he was Director of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge where he was Professor of Management Studies and Fellow of Jesus College. He was associated for 23 years with INSEAD where he held various senior academic and administrative positions, including founding Dean of INSEAD’s Asia Campus in Singapore.Professor De Meyer has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA and PhD in Management from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He also pursued his studies as a visiting scholar at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His research interests are in manufacturing and technology strategy; the implementation of new manufacturing technologies; the management of R&D; how innovation can be managed more effectively; project management under conditions of high uncertainty; management and innovation in Asia; the globalisation of Asian firms; the management of novel projects; and e-readiness in Europe. His works are published widely in academic journals and books.Professor De Meyer has been consultant to a number of companies throughout Europe and Asia. He was a member of the Singapore Economic Review Committee (2002-2003), board member of the Infocomm Development Authority (2000-2003) and Sentosa Island Corporation (2001-2002). Currently, he is an external director of DassaultSystèmes SA (France), as well as a board member of the National Research Foundation, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, Temasek Management Services and Singapore Symphonia Company Limited. He is on the International Advisory Committee of the School of Business, Renmin University of China, as well as a member of the Academic Council of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).


Xie WeiheXie Weihe

Professor and Vice-President, Tsinghua University  Dr Xie Weihe has been Vice-President of Tsinghua University since 2004. He is also Vice-Director of the National Council of Higher Educational Management Research and Executive member of the China Education Association for International Exchange. His research interests include the principal of education, educational sociology and pedagogy of higher education. Professor Xie received his PhD degree in 1988 from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Before his employment at Tsinghua University, he had worked in senior positions at the Beijing Youth Politics College, Beijing Normal University and Capital Normal University. Professor Xie has published widely and is often invited to talk at international conferences. 



Liu Thai Ker
Liu Thai Ker

Director, RSP Architects Planners & EngineersFounding Chairman of the Advisory Board, the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore  Dr Liu Thai-Ker is a renowned architect-planner and a Director of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers.In RSP, Dr Liu has undertaken and completed many architectural, urban design and planning projects in Singapore and Asia. He has replanned close to a dozen cities of 2 to 5 million people each in China, Taiwan, the Middle East as well as central business districts, townships, residential and industrial estates.Dr Liu has been closely associated with the successful implementation of public housing in Singapore and the formulation of a vision for the future urban development of the city. As architect-planner and later Chief Executive Officer of the Housing & Development Board, 1969-1989, he created two dozen new towns of around 200,000 persons each and oversaw the implementation of more than half a million dwelling units. As Chief Planner cum Chief Executive Officer of Urban Redevelopment Authority, 1989-1992, he spearheaded the major revision of the Singapore Concept Plan.Internationally, Dr Liu has been invited on numerous occasions as the keynote speaker to major conferences around the world. He has been appointed the planning advisor to close to two dozen cities in China. In 2002, he was invited as Chairman of the design jury for the Beijing Olympic Master Plan competition.Besides sitting on the board of a number of governmental and arts organisations,he was the Chairman of the National Arts Council from 1996 to 2005. In 2008, he was appointed the Founding Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore.Academically, Dr Liu obtained his Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours and University Medal from the University of NSW in 1962 and Master inCity Planning with Parson’s Memorial Medal from Yale University in 1965. He later attended Stanford INSEAD Advanced Management Program, Fontainbleau,Paris in 1980. In 1995, he was conferred Doctor of Science honoris cause by the University of New South Wales.



Li Qiang

Li Qiang

Professor and Dean, School Social Sciences, Tsinghua University;Vice President of Chinese Sociological Association; Advisor to the Committee on Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education  Professor Li is Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Vice President of Chinese Sociological Association and Advisor to the Committee on Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, the National Committee on Information, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and the Beijing Municipal Government. Professor Li has published Ten Lectures on Social Stratification (2008), Migrant Workers and Social Stratification (2004), China’s Social Stratification and Mobility in Transition Period (2002), Social Stratification and Wealth Gap (2000), Social Stratification and Mobility in Contemporary China (1993), Wealth Gap in Mainland China (1989) among more than 10 books. He has also written more than 150 academic articles. He has been awarded various research medals Before coming to Tsinghua and becoming the founding chair of the new Tsinghua Sociology Department, Professor Li had worked from 1985 to 1999 as Professor and Ph.D. advisor, and later the Chair in the Department of Sociology at China Renmin University. Professor Li also taught as Visiting Professor at University of Chicago and Stanford University.Professor Li’s main research interests include social stratification and mobility, urban sociology, applied sociology, and social structure and social issues.



James TangJames Tang

Professor & Dean, School of Social Sciences Singapore Management University  Professor James T.H. Tang is Dean and Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU). He is a specialist in international relations with special reference to China/Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining SMU he was Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). A graduate of HKU, he obtained his Master of Philosophy in International Relations at Cambridge University, and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.Professor Tang began his academic career at the National University of Singapore in 1988 where he had his first full-time academic appointment. He joined HKU in 1991 and served as Head of the Department of Politics and Public Administration (1999-2002), Dean of Social Sciences (2002-2006), and founding director of the Master of International and Public Affairs programme. Professor Tang also held visiting appointments at leading universities in China, the UK, and the US and was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. (2005-06).Professor Tang has published extensively in his field and serves on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals includingAsian Politics and Policy, Journal of East Asian Studies, Pacific Review, Political Science and International Affairs of the Asia-Pacific. He is currently working on a project about the implications of the rise of China for international relations theory and regional governance in East Asia. 




Ann Florini
Ann Florini

Professor of Public PolicySchool of Social SciencesSingapore Management University  Professor Ann Florini is Professor of Public Policy at the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Her research focuses on new approaches to global governance, including the roles of civil society and the private sector in addressing global issues. Currently, she is examining governance in the energy sector.From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Florini was Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1996 to 1997 she served as research director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Project on World Security. She was Senior Researcher at the Center for International and Strategic Affairs at UCLA from 1987 to 1992. From 1983 to 1987 she was at the United Nations Association of the USA, where she created and directed the Project on Multilateral Issues and Institutions.Her book The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World (Island Press, 2003/Brookings Press 2005) has been praised as “a beautifully written, highly accessible, authoritative explanation of how the world is changing and what we can do about those changes.” Her edited volume, The Third Force: The Rise of Transnational Civil Society, was critically acclaimed as a “superb volume” that “makes the case for a new understanding of transnational civil society. She is co-author of the monograph Secrets for Sale: How Commercial Satellite Imagery Will Change the World. Her articles have appeared in such journals asDisarmament Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Harvard International Review, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Issues in Science and Technology, New Perspectives Quarterly, and WorldLink. She is also the author of numerous book chapters, monographs, and policy briefs.Dr. Florini received her Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University.


Zheng Siqi

Zheng Siqi

Professor, Institute of Real Estate Studies, Department of Construction Management, Tsinghua University   Dr. Siqi Zheng’s field of specialization is urban economics and housing market. Her research interests include urban spatial structure, urban growth, green cities, housing supply, housing choices, and housing price dynamics.Deputy General Secretary, Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), 2008-present. General Secretary, Chinese Association of Real Estate Education and Research, 2007-present. Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Surveys, 2013-presentEditorial Board Member, Journal of Housing Economics (SSCI), 2009-presentAssociate Editor, International Real Estate Review, 2008-present.Referee, Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Papers in Regional Science, Real Estate Economics, The Annuals of Regional Science, Urban Studies, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Housing Economics, Cities, Journal of Urban Affairs, Transportation Policy A, Journal of Geographic System, China Economic Review.Member, American Real Estate Society, 2006-present.Member, AREUEA, 2006-present. Education: Ph.D. in Urban Economics and Real Estate Economics, Tsinghua University, Received in Jan., 2005.B.S. in Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Received in July, 2000.


Phang Sock Yong

Phang Sock Yong

Professor of Economics, School of Economics,Singapore Management University  Phang Sock Yong is Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University. A scholar of urban economics, Professor Phang obtained her PhD degree in economics from Harvard University in 1989 and has since published widely in the areas of housing and transportation economics. She is the author of the books Housing Finance Systems: Market Failures and Government Failures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Housing Markets and Urban Transportation (McGraw Hill, 1992) and has written several book chapters and journal articles on housing and transport economics, public private partnerships and regulation.Bridging theory and practice, she has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and various government organizations for several projects. She has previously served as a board member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Land Transport Authority and the Public Transport Council. Professor Phang is currently a Commission Member of the Competition Commission of Singapore as well as a panel member of the Energy Market Authority’s Gas Network Code Modification Panel. She is also an advisory board.Research interests:Urban economics; Housing and transport economics and policy; Economics of regulation and competition law


Luo Jiade

Luo Jiade

Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences Tsinghua University  Prof Luo Jiade got his economy bachelor’s degree in National Taiwan University, master’s degree for applied mathematics in industry engineering and a doctor’s degree of philosophy in sociology in Stony Brook University. He worked as a post doctorate in the department of statistics in Berkeley, California University.He works as a sociology professor and supervisor in Tsinghua University. Membership in the committee of the International Association for Chinese Management Research, membership in American Management Association, membership in American Sociological Association, membership in Taiwanese Sociology and membership in International Network Analysis Association.



Li Zhengfeng

Li Zhengfeng

Vice Dean, School of Social Sciences Tsinghua University     Education background2002-2005, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Ph.D. (2005)1985-1988, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, M.A.(1988)1981-1985, Dept. of Application Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, B.S. (1985)Experience2002 to present, professor and deputy director, Institute of STS, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University1997 to 2002, associate professor, Institute of STS, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University 1988-1997, lecturer, associate professor, Department of of Philosophy, Qinghai Administrative College Social service "Science and Technology Progress Act” (Revision Drafting out Team Fellows) "National Mid-long term Science and Technology Development Programme (2006-2020)” (Drafting out Team Fellows) Vice President of Chinese Society of Strategy Studies Executive member of  Chinese Society of Studies in Science of Science and Policy of Science & Technology Director of STS Special Commitee of Chinese Society of Natural Dialectics Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Philosophy of Science and Technology Science and Technology Studies Theory History of S&T in China    

 Xia Jianzhong

Xia Jianzhong

Professor, School of Sociology and  Population StudiesRenmin University  夏建中,教授。北京市社区建设与社区服务工作专家顾问。北京市社会学会理事,北京市青年研究会理事,国际社会学会会员;主要从事城市社会学与社区研究、比较社会政策、文化理论的研究。研究方向: 社会学与社区研究、比较社会政策、文化理论的研究出版著作1.《文化人类学理论学派》,中国人民大学出版社1997年出版。2.《现代CI系统的应用》,复旦大学出版社1997年出版。3.《家族文化与传统文化:中日比较研究》(合著),天津人民出版社2000年出版。4.《社区建设理论与实践》(合著),北京出版社2001年出版。5.《毒品、社会与人的行为》,中国人民大学出版社2001年出版。6.《社会人类学方法》,华夏出版社2002年出版。  


Qian Xiaojun

Qian Xiaojun

Professor, Department of Leadership and Organization Management, Tsinghua University  Qian Xiaojun is a full professor at the Department of Leadership and Organization Management, assistant dean of International Collaboration and Accreditation, and a member of the Degree Review Committee in the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. She is a member of the 12th CPPCC Beijing Municipal Committee. She was the Director of Planning and Quality Assurance Office of Tsinghua SEM (2006-2013), the director of MBA Programs of the school (2001-2006) and the assistant dean responsible for academic degrees (2006-2009). She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1992, M.S. in mathematics in 1988 from Purdue University, Indiana, USA, and B.S. in applied mathematics from Tsinghua University in 1982. Her research interests focus on Managerial Communication, Corporate Communication and Cross-Cultural Communication, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibilities, Sustainability, Management Education, Business School Accreditation. Professor Qian teaches Managerial Communication (MBA and Executive Education), Data, Model and Decisions (MBA), Ethics and Social Responsibility (MBA) at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University.Professor Qian has been the project leader or key researcher for several research projects, such as “Study on Evaluation Methods for Commercial Application of New Technology” funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, “Recycling Economy Model and Policy of Small Towns in Beijing” funded by Beijing Science and Technology Commission, “Curriculum Development and Management of Executive MBA Program for China”: A Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award Project, etc. Her publications include Econometric models and economic forecasts (translator), Guide to Managerial Communication (8th ed., co-translator), Guide to Managerial Persuasion and Influence (proofreader as well as several peer-reviewed journal papers. Her awards include “University Educational Achievement Award for Outstanding Practice in MBA Admission (2nd class, group award (3)) (2006)”, “National Educational Achievement Award for Educational Model and Practice of “Local Root and Global Reach” (2nd class, group award (3)) (2005)”, “Best Performer of the Year, Tsinghua University (2003)”, “Outstanding Teaching Award, Tsinghua University (1998/2000/2002/2003)”, “1st Prize for Outstanding Education Program (team prize), Tsinghua University”, etc.Professor Qian has been Sloan International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, USA in 1997 and 2001. She serves on a number of academic organizations, such as “Member of Academic Committee for MBA Textbook Series Development, Wuhan University of Technology Press”, “Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Emerald Chinese Management Studies”, “Member of Editorial Review Board, Graziadio Business Report (Online Journal), Pepperdine University, California USA”, “Person-in-charge for the faculty development and course promotion of MBA course ‘Managerial Communication’ appointed by the National MBA Advisory Committee, organize annual national ‘Managerial Communication’ seminar”, “member of Standing Committee of the Statistical Society of Beijing”, etc. She also serves on the Standing Committee of Beijing Haidian District People's Political Consultative Conference


Wang TianfuWang Tianfu

Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University  Professor Wang Tianfu is the Associate Chair of the department. In recent years, Professor Wang’s research includes income distribution, gender income gap, causal relationship in social research, spousal violence, and social conflicts and the new spatial relationship in the process of urbanization. He has published articles in Sociological Studies, Society, and other oversea and domestic journals, including “Spousal Violence and its Health Consequences in Urban China”, “Categorical Sources of Income Distribution in Urban China: 1986—1995”, “Gender Income Gap under Redistribution and Its Evolution: 1988-2003”, and others. He also co-authored Stata in Practice.Professor Wang’s main research interests include social stratification, social research methods, sociology of the family, urban (space) sociology.


Zheng Lu

Zheng Lu

Associate Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences Tsinghua University  Ph.D., Sociology, Stanford University, 2007MA, Sociology, Renmin University of China, 2000BA, Sociology, Renmin University of China, 1997ACADEMIC POSITIONSAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Fall/2012~nowAdjunct Professor, Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University, USA, Fall/2012~nowAssociate Professor, Research Institute of Economics and Management, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China, Fall/2011~Sring/2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University, USA, Fall/2007~Fall/2012 (on leave in 2011-2012). Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University, USA, Fall/2006~Spring/2007.   RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS Organization Theories, Economic Sociology, Social Stratification and Inequality, Chinese and East Asian Political Economy, Urban Sociology, Corporate Strategy, Corporate Governance  


John DonaldsonJohn Donaldson

Associate Professor& Associate Dean (External Relations) , School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University  John Donaldson, associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University, is the author of Small Works: Poverty and Economic Development in Southwestern China (Cornell University Press, 2011). His research focuses on seeking effective solutions to rural poverty reduction around the world, local rural poverty reduction policies in China, the transformation of China’s agrarian system, and central-provincial relations. Recently, he has extended his research on China’s rural transformation by comparing it with that of India. His research has been published in such journals as World Development, International Studies Quarterly, Politics and Society, China Journal, China Quarterly and Journal of Contemporary China. John has served as a faculty member at SMU since graduating in 2005 from George Washington University in Washington DC.


Eugene TanEugene Tan

Associate Professor, School of LawSingapore Management University  Eugene Tan Kheng Boon is an Associate Professor of Law at Singapore Management University. He holds degrees from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Stanford University, and the London School of Economics. He previously held positions at the National University of Singapore and in Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.He teaches and researches in the area of Constitutional & Administrative Law as well as the Law and Policy of Ethnic Relations in Singapore.Tan regularly writes for and is quoted in the Singapore press, particularly on matters related to domestic politics.On 9 February 2012, Tan was appointed a Nominated Member of Parliament.


Dorothy SeetDorothy Seet

Chairman, Singapore Chamber of Commerce & Industry in China    Dorothy Seet has been working as the General Manager of Beijing Smart Garments Co Ltd since 1994.Smart Garments is a 55% Singapore shareholding JV in Shunyi District, with approximately 2800 employees.  The company manufactures for international clothing brands such as DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, UA, Burberry and products are exported to countries including Japan, America, Europe, and operates more than 100 outlets retailing its own brands of merchandise.Dorothy is currently an Executive Member of the China National Garment Association, as Vice-Chairman of the Beijing Garment Association, as well as a Director of the Council of China’s Foreign Trade, and won the Singapore Business Times ‘Outstanding CEO-(overseas) Award in 2008.Dorothy was a member of the SingCham pro-tem committee and has been Chairman of SingCham for the last 2 terms.


Goh Toh Sim

Goh Toh Sim

Chief Representative, Keppel Corporation (China)   Since Nov 2009, Toh Sim is the Chief Representative in China for Keppel Corporation. Prior to joining Keppel, Toh Sim was the CEO of Evergro Properties Ltd from July 2006 to Nov 2009. Evergro developed real estate in Tianjin, Jiangyin and Changzhou in China.As the CEO of Ascendas China from 1 Jan 2004 to June 2006, Toh Sim was responsible for developing and managing Ascendas' businesses in China. This included business space in Suzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Toh Sim also initiated the development of Ascendas businesses in several cities in China including Hangzhou, Dalian, Xian, and Nanjing.Concurrently, as the CEO of SSTD, the Singapore Consortium and shareholder in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) project from 2001 to Jun 2006, Toh Sim looked after the minority shareholder's interest in the joint venture company China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Dev Co Ltd (CSSD). He was also an executive in CSSD from Aug 1994 to end 2003 in charge of the Engineering Department, Finance and General Administration and also participated in investment promotion for the SIP overseas. In 1996, he led a team to start an international school in the SIP.He was awarded the Friend of Jiangsu from Jiangsu Provincial Government and Suzhou Honourary Citizenship from Suzhou Municipal Government in 2002. He also received the Labour Award from Jiangsu Province in 2003 and was awarded Changzhou Honourary Citizenship in 2007.Prior to joining CSSD, Toh Sim worked in the civil service in Singapore.Awarded a scholarship to study in France, he graduated as a Diplome d' Ingenieur (Engineering degree) in Telecommunications in 1981. He later learnt a MBA course in INSEAD and graduated in 1991.



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