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The Business Times Leadership Conference 2015

This year's conference is held in commemoration of Albert Winsemius, Singapore's economic advisor in the 1960s and 1970s

Singapore, 30 March 2015 – The Netherlands Embassy and The Business Times are jointly presenting The Business Times Leadership Conference 2015 on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. The theme of this year’s conference is “Leadership in Sustainability: How Singapore is shaping its future economic policies and business practices”. 

For its economic success over the last 50 years, Singapore owes a debt of gratitude to the late Dutch economist Dr. Albert Winsemius (1910-1996), who was a trusted adviser to the government and a visionary, out-of-the-box thinker. Dr Winsemius presented a radical 10-year blueprint to transform Singapore from an entrepot trade port to a premier manufacturing centre in Asia, the biggest base for multinational enterprises in the region. 

This half-day dialogue will feature reflections on the Winsemius legacy by distinguished Singapore policymakers, Dr. Ng Pock Too, Mr. Ngiam Tong Dow and Mr. S. Dhanabalan. 

The Guest of Honour is Dr. Winsemius' son, Prof Dr. Pieter Winsemius, who had travelled specially from The Netherlands to grace this event. A former Dutch Minister, Prof. Dr. Pieter Winsemius will address the issue of sustainable development. 

Mr. Lim Siong Guan, President of GIC Private Limited, will also deliver a keynote address on sustainability and leadership in economic transformation processes. 

This will be followed by a panel discussion involving companies from both Singapore and The Netherlands. The panelists will discuss on the topic "Looking ahead to the next 50 years" and exchange views on sustainability in business practices.

The Business Times Leadership Conference 2015 is sponsored by Members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (AkzoNobel, DSM, FrieslandCampina, Heineken, KLM, Philips, Shell Eastern Petroleum and Unilever) and Rabobank.

Media Invitation

Your journalist and photographer/camera crew are invited to cover 
The Business Times Leadership Conference 2015:

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Time: 2.00pm to 5.30pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom (Level 3), Grand Hyatt Singapore

Please contact Adrian Cheong at or 6319 2261 to confirm your attendance.


1.15pm Registration

2.00pm Welcome Address
His Excellency Mr Jacques Werner, Ambassador of The Netherlands 
Mr Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor, The Business Times

Panel Discussion – Legacy of Dr. Albert Winsemius
- Dr
 Ng Pock Too, Political Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office
- Mr Ngiam Tong Dow, Director, Yeo Hiap Seng Limited and Raffles Medical Insurance
- Mr S. Dhanabalan, Former Chairman of Temasek Holdings, Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, Member of the Council of the Presidential Advisers

Moderator: Mr Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor, The Business Times

Keynote Address 1 – The Management of Sustainable Development
Professor Dr Pieter Winsemius
Former Dutch Minister of Housing, Physical Planning and the Environment Former Member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy, Former Partner of McKinsey & Company

Keynote Address 2 - Sustainability: Leadership in Economic Transformation Processes
Mr Lim Siong Guan
President, GIC Private Limited

3.45pm Tea break

Panel Discussion - Looking Ahead to the Next 50 Years 
- Mr Ong Ye Kung, Director of Group Strategy, Keppel Corporation
- Mr Gajendra Singh Sareen, CEO, Omni United
- Mr Atem S. Ramsundersingh, CEO, WEnergy Global
- Mr Roelof Westerbeek, President, DSM Engineering Plastics 

Moderator: Mr Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor, The Business Times

4.45pm Q&A

5.00pm End

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Adrian Cheong
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings 
DID: 6319 2261


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section).  It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!;   book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers  - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section).  It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like and in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. 

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The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

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