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MTSC Advisory Group

The SMU Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration is privileged and honoured to be guided and supported by its advisory group, which comprise of the following members (listed alphabetically by surname):

A very special thanks to Mr Kwek Leng Joo (1953-2015), Deputy Chairman of City Developments Limited, who was part of the MTSC Advisory Group from 2014 to 2015. We are forever grateful to Mr Kwek for the vision he inspired, the wisdom he shared, and the support he so generously provided.
- Prof James Tang, Dean, SMU School of Social Sciences; Prof Ann Florini, Academic Director, MTSC Programme


Andrew Grant
Director, Public Sector Practice
McKinsey & Co.

Andrew Grant, currently based in Singapore, leads McKinsey & Company’s Global Public Sector Practice. He is a member of McKinsey’s Global Board.

Prior to his current role, Andrew was Managing Director for Greater China from 2005-2009, based in Shanghai, and he led McKinsey and Company in New Zealand from 1997-2004. He was based in Tokyo, London, Santiago and Sydney prior to this.

In his 20 years with the Firm, Andrew has advised clients in a broad range of industries and geographies—including basic materials and agribusiness, consumer goods and the public sector. His professional focus is currently on helping to lead public sector institutions solve their most pressing strategic challenges. Economic Development, Finance and Infrastructure are foremost amongst them.

Andrew has written extensively on leadership and capability building. He has led several of McKinsey’s own leadership development efforts and until recently, he Chaired McKinsey’s internal Partner election committee.  

Prior to joining McKinsey in 1992, Andrew was a structural engineer, specializing in earthquake engineering.

He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he gained a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics with first class honours. He also holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree with first class honours from Auckland University in New Zealand. He is married and has five children.
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Piyush Gupta
Chief Executive Officer
DBS Group

Piyush Gupta is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group, as well as Director of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) and The Islamic Bank of Asia. DBS is the largest financial services group in Southeast Asia, with assets of over S$400 billion. Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup’s Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Some of Piyush’s external appointments include serving on the Group of Experts to the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum and on the boards of the Institute of International Finance, Washington, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund, the MasterCard Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa Regional Advisory Board, and Human Capital Leadership Institute.

Piyush has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India and an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad.
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Peter Ho
Senior Advisor, Centre for Strategic Futures
Senior Fellow, Civil Service College
Chairman, Urban Redevelopment Authority

Peter Ho is the Senior Advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures, a Senior Fellow in the Civil Service College, an Adjunct Professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and a Visting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Peter Ho is Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, Chairman of the Social Science Research Council, and Chairman of the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. He is a member of the National University Board of Trustees, a board member of the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship, a member of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies’ Board of Governors, and a council member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He is also a member of Statoil’s Strategy Advisory Council, and the McKinsey Center for Government Advisory Council.
When he retired from the Singapore Administrative Service in 2010 after a career in the Public Service stretching more than 34 years, he was Head, Civil Service, concurrent with his other appointments of Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs), Permanent Secretary (National Security and Intelligence Coordination), and Permanent Secretary (Special Duties) in the Prime Minister’s Office. Before that, he was Permanent Secretary (Defence).

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Khoo Teng Chye
Executive Director
Centre for Liveable Cities

Mr Khoo Teng Chye is currently the Executive Director for the Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development, Singapore.

He was formerly the Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Chief Executive Officer/Group President of PSA Corporation, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mapletree Investments and Managing Director (Special Projects) of Temasek Holdings.

He sits on the Boards of Tropical Marine Science Institute of National University of Singapore, GDF Suez’s Urban Strategy Council, the Advisory Board of the World Future Foundation, National University of Singapore (NUS), the Advisory Committee for the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Advisory Panel of NUSDeltares, and the Advisory Group of Singapore Management University’s Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) Programme.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), NTU, and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.

Mr Khoo graduated with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering from Monash University, Australia.  A President-cum-Colombo Plan Scholar, he also holds a Master of Science in Construction Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

He was awarded the Public Administration (Gold) in 1996 and the Public Administration (Silver) in 1987 by the Singapore government.  He was also conferred the Meritorious Service Award by the National Trade Union Congress in 2008 for his contributions to the Singapore Labour Movement.
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Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
Chairman and CEO
Ayala Corporation

Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala is the Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation, the holding company of the oldest business group in the Philippines. Ayala Corporation has subsidiaries and affiliates in real estate development, telecommunications, banking and financial services, electronics manufacturing, water distribution, automotive dealerships, business process outsourcing, and overseas real estate investments. It also recently ventured into power and transport infrastructure.

Apart from his responsibilities on the boards of the Ayala Group companies, Mr. Zobel is a member of various international and local business and socio-civic organizations, including the JP Morgan International Council and the Mitsubishi Corporation International Advisory Committee. He is also Chairman of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, a trustee of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, a member of the Harvard University Asia Center Advisory Committee, member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council, Chairman of the Asia Business Council, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation; the Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund Philippine Advisory Council and a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He is also the Philippine Representative to the APEC Business Advisory Council.

In 2007, he received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, the school’s highest recognition. Mr. Zobel is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Merit in 2009, and was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor (with rank of Grand Commander) in 2010. Both were awarded by the President of the Republic of the Philippines to recognize outstanding public service that has benefited the Republic, particularly in the preservation of the honor of the country and in nation building.

Mr. Zobel studied at Harvard University where he earned his BA in Economics (with honors) in 1981 and his MBA in 1987. He is married to Ms. Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala and has four children. He enjoys adventure motorcycling in his spare time.
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Kwek Leng Joo (1953-2015)
Deputy Chairman
City Developments Limited

Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Deputy Chairman of City Developments Limited served the business and civic communities for over three decades with his strong advocacy for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), youth development and the arts.

The President of Singapore Compact for CSR, Mr Kwek played an active role in raising the importance of CSR and sustainability to the local business community and the youth. Initiatives such as the youth network within Singapore Compact and the Young CSR Leader Award aim to nurture a new generation of business executives who are able to appreciate the strategic importance of CSR and will drive the agenda of responsible and sustainable practices in the business world.  

A long-standing advocate of CSR for close to two decades, Mr Kwek believed that responsible business practices do not only deliver better financial bottom line but also stronger social and environmental performance that will help lay the foundation for long-term sustainability. He led CDL to achieve sustained efforts towards improving its environmental performance, conserves while it constructs. CDL is the first developer to be accorded the Green Mark Platinum Champion Award and Built Environment Leaders Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore. It has also put Singapore on the global sustainability map, being the first local company listed on three leading international benchmarks - FTSE4Good Index Series, Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.

Mr Kwek’s pioneering efforts in raising the standards of sustainable practices in the building industry have been recognised by the Society of Project Manager when it honoured Mr Kwek as its Society’s Honorary Fellow Member in 2011. Mr Kwek was also bestowed the Channel News Asia Green Luminary Award 2012 in recognition of his leadership in CDL’s conscientious efforts and firm commitment to embrace environmental sustainability as a key to its business success.

An avid photographer, he believed in the power of photography as a platform to advocate meaningful causes including his passion towards cultural and environmental conservation. With this guiding principle in mind, he inaugurated the biennial Singapore Young Photographer Award in 2006, a nationwide photography competition which aims to groom young local talents and elevate the standard of photographic art in Singapore. To-date, Mr Kwek has raised some $2 million through the sale of his photo works and art books in support of various worthy causes.

A champion in youth development, Mr Kwek chairs the Board of Trustee of the National Youth Achievement Award Council and was an International Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University, Advisory Committee of National University of Singapore’s Master of Science (Environmental Management) Programme and the Advisory Group, Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration, Singapore Management University.
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Last updated on 15 Oct 2018 .