Lunch Dialogue with Mr Ng Chee Khern on "Smart Nation"


The Smart Nation initiative was conceived in 2014 to harness technology to transform the economy and how we live, work, play and interact — the goal being to keep Singapore at the forefront of the digital age as an outstanding global city, ensuring the future of jobs and opportunities for the nation. It will simplify routines and increase productiveness through more efficient and effective processes, as well as build stronger communities and facilitate more meaningful and fulfilled lives, to name but a few outcomes.

How have we progressed since its inception? What favours Singapore vis-à-vis other such competing initiatives, and what are the challenges we face? How can Singapore’s businesses and society work together to build a smart nation, and what are the opportunities in store?

Read the report — IPS Corporate Associates’ Lunch Dialogue with Mr Ng Chee Khern on “Smart Nation”


Mr NG Chee Khern is Permanent Secretary for Smart Nation and Digital Government in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to lead the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group formed in May 2017. In this role, he leads the government’s efforts in driving the development of digital enablers for citizens and businesses, and applying digital and smart solutions to improve the lives of citizens in a Smart Nation.

Mr Ng was previously Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) in Singapore’s Ministry of Defence where his portfolio covers defence research and technology, capability development and acquisitions, and defence administration. He was concurrently 2nd Permanent Secretary in Singapore’s Ministry of Health from August 2014 to February 2016 where he oversaw the overall operations, emergency preparedness and capacity building for the public healthcare sector in Singapore.

He is also the Chairman of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore board, and a Director of the boards of CapitalMall Trust Management and the Eastern Health Alliance Pte Ltd, and a board member of the National Research Foundation (PMO).

Mr Ng was enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1984 and served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Throughout his military career, Mr Ng held various appointments, including: Commanding Officer, 149 Squadron; Commander, Tengah Air Base; Director, Joint Operations and Planning Directorate; Chief of Staff (Air Staff). He succeeded as the Chief of Air Force in March 2006. After leaving the Air Force, Mr Ng was appointed as the Director of the Security and Intelligence Division in September 2010.

Mr Ng was a recipient of the President’s Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1985. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Second Upper Class Honours) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. He also graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.


Dr Limin HEE is Director of Research at Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), a nexus and knowledge centre for liveable and sustainable cities, where she focuses on research strategies, content development and international collaborations. She played similar leading research roles at the National University of Singapore School of Design and Environment, as well as at the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities and the Asia Research Institute.

Recognised as a creative leader in her field, she leverages on her creativity, bringing it to the fields of research, writing and publications. Adept at communications and known for her insights in city solutions, technologies and design, she has been a sought-after keynote-speaker, moderator, facilitator, and panelist at international symposiums and events. As a thinker, implementer and influencer who is outcome-oriented and able to motivate and inspire people, she has a proven track record of excellent research as well as publications on both individual and organisational levels.

Dr Hee’s individual research focuses on urban liveability and sustainability and their agenda for architecture, urbanism and public space. She has been the recipient of several accolades and her work on cities has been widely published, including in international refereed journals and architectural reviews. Recent book publications include Constructing Singapore Public Space (Springer, 2017) and Future Asian Space (NUS Press, 2012).

She obtained her Doctor of Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she has been invited to speak as a notable alumnus. She obtained her Master of Arts (Architecture) as well as her professional degree in Architecture, for which she received top honours, from the National University of Singapore. 


By Invitation only.


If you have any enquiries, please contact Ms Jasline Ng at 6516-8382 or via email:  

Tuesday, 07 November 2017
12.00 noon to 2.00 pm