Honorary Chairs

Quek Gim Pew

Quek Gim Pew is currently the Chief Defence Scientist of the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).

He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 1981, and a Master of Science (Distinction) in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, USA in 1986.

In his career, he has held various appointments in the defence and technology community including Director of R&D at the Ministry of Defence and the Deputy Chief Executive (Technology) DSTA.  He was the Chief Executive Officer of DSO from 1 Feb 2004 to 30 June 2016.

He sits on various boards of organizations, institutions and directorship of companies.  He is a member of the A*Star Board, the Defence Science and Technology Agency Board (DSTA), DSO National Laboratories, the Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd Board, SMRT Trains Ltd, the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore Ltd (TCOMS), the Singapore Institute of Technology Board and the Singapore University of Technology and Design Board.

He chairs the Governing Board of the Centre for Quantum Technologies, and the Temasek Defence Systems Institute in NUS. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore, and an Adjunct Professor in the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr Quek was presented the Defence Technology Prize (Individual) in 1992. He was also conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2007 and the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2014.

Mr Quek is married with 3 children.


Quah Ley Hoon

Ms Quah Ley Hoon joined the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore as Chief Executive (Designate) on 1 November 2018, and was subsequently appointed the Chief Executive with effect from 1 January 2019. Prior to this, she was with MediaCorp as Chief Editor in Channel News Asia. She has more than 12 years of work experience in the public sector ranging from economic policies to environmental and social policies, including the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the National Population Secretariat. Ley Hoon is on the board of Energy Market Authority, Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), National University of Singapore’s Tropical Marine Science Institute and Centre for Maritime Studies, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, Singapore Maritime Foundation, Singapore Maritime Institute, and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore Ltd. She is also a Member of the Economic Society of Singapore.

She graduated with a MBA from IMD Business School in Switzerland in 2010, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Pantheon Sorbonne, France in 2000.  She also holds a degree on Psychology from University of Southern Queensland. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2017.

Chan Eng Soon

Professor Chan Eng Soon is the Chief Executive Officer of the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore, and the Director of the Marine and Offshore Programme at the Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR. He is also a Provost’s Chair Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore.

Prior to his current appointments, he held several key appointments in the National University of Singapore, including being the Vice Provost (Special Duties) in the Provost Office, Keppel Chair Professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Dean of Engineering, Head of the then Civil Engineering Department, Director of the Tropical Marine Science Institute and Executive Director of the Centre for Offshore Research and Engineering at NUS. He has also served in the Management Board of several institutions and research laboratories/centres, including the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing, Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Temasek Laboratories, Temasek Defence Systems Institute and the Tropical Marine Science Institute. He is currently a member of the Workplace Safety and Health Council. He also serves in the PUB Board and the Board of the DSO National Laboratories.