Commonwealth appoints Singaporean as regional coordinator for CAYE Asia-Pacific

Announcement

(From L-R) Mr Paul Broom, Director of Political Affairs, High Commission of UK; Mr Sushil Ram, Representative from Commonwealth Secretariat; Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Health and Information; Ms Tan See Leng, Executive Director of Heartware Network; and Mr Raymond Huang, Country Head Designate of Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.

We are delighted at the appointment of our Executive Director for Heartware Network, Ms Tan See Leng, as the Regional Coordinator for the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) in Asia Pacific. This appointment is a first for a Singaporean to be appointed to such a key position with the Commonwealth Secretariat.

This appointment was announced by the representative from the Commonwealth Secretariat at the Youth Business Conference 2018 held on 2 April 2018 at Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore. The appointment was witnessed by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Health and Mr Paul Broom, Director of Political Affairs for High Commission of UK.

Ms See Leng, in her current capacity as President for CAYE – Asia, facilitated the establishment of an Innovation Centre in China by end of this year. The Innovation Centre will enable local entrepreneurs to continue to explore business opportunities with our Chinese counterparts and foster closer ties with other ASEAN and Commonwealth entrepreneurs.

To kick-start this partnership, CAYE and Heartware Network came together to organise the Youth Business Conference 2018 held on 2 April 2018 to provide a platform for local companies and entrepreneurs to network, forge strong relationships and share best practices with partners across the Commonwealth (Asia) countries. The conference is designed to allow maximum interaction between both local and overseas participants. This allows the participants to better identify business opportunities present at the conference. The conference theme Forging Bridges, Fuelling Innovation highlights the benefits of regional and international partnerships, and how this interaction can catalyse greater ideas and inspire boundless creativity.

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Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Health, graced the conference as the Guest-Of Honour.

The conference featured the following panelists, who shared their thoughts and personal experiences on how the macro-environment can facilitate borderless collaborations in this innovation economy. The panelists are as follows:
1. Ambassador Teng Theng Dar, Singapore’s Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman
2. Dr Lim Jui, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NTUitive Pte Ltd
3. Mrs Tina Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Trussco Pte Ltd
4. Mr Sushil Ram, Representative, Commonwealth Secretariat

The panel was moderated by Mr Raymond Huang, Country Head Designate of Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.

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The conference also featured the following local speakers who shared on their entrepreneurship journey and how they have leveraged on technology to grow their business.

Agricultural Technology
Dato’ Joel Low, Director and CEO, Agrivo International Ltd
Mr Ben Pan, Farmer, Let’s Grow Pte Ltd

Supply Chain and Logistics
Mr Valiant Hoo, Director of Professional Development, Supply Chain Asia
Mr Syafiq Yussoff, Chief Executive Officer, Riverwood Pte Ltd

Medical & Clean Technology
Dr Kim Wimbush, Program Manager, EcoWorth Tech Pte Ltd
Mr T. Singaravelan, Director, Energy Partnership, Evercomm Uni-tech Singapore Pte Ltd
Ms Wita Claudia Aurina, Business Development Officer, DeNova Sciences Pte Ltd

Overseas delegates from the CAYE-Asia network were also treated to a morning of local industry visits on 3 April 2018 to Trussco Pte Ltd, Supply Chain Asia and Tuaspring Desalination and Integrated Power Plant. This continues our efforts to showcase successes by Singapore entrepreneurs.

Following this conference, both organisations will host more industry specific platforms in the same format to allow business owners and young entrepreneurs to network and gain exposure into the various Commonwealth (Asia) markets.