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The Lien Centre for Social Innovation is proud to be launching A Handbook on Inequality, Poverty and Unmet Social Needs in Singapore. This handbook reviews existing research on the topic, featuring major writers and important discussions as well as recent debates and statistics. In reviewing and compiling the literature, we hope to make such research more accessible to a wider audience, including policy makers, social service organisations, social enterprises, journalists, academics, advocates and the community at large. Please join us on the evening of Tuesday 17 March to be part of the conversation!


About the Panellists

Dr Gillian Koh

Dr Gillian Koh is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies. She contributes to the work in the Institute of Policy Studies’ Politics and Governance cluster.

The on-going research interests of the cluster are in the areas of state-society relations, the development of civil society, electoral politics in Singapore; and the political values of Singaporeans. Two other areas the cluster explores is the social resilience of Singaporeans, and the new politics of identity that has emerged from immigration trends here. Gillian’s projects in 2011 were surveys on voter attitudes in the 2011 General Election and Presidential Election, and a study on integration in Singapore organised jointly with the Demography and Family Cluster at IPS, as well as two surveys in 2009 on how Singaporeans coped the economic recession at the time. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (1988) from the National University of Singapore, a Master of Arts degree (1990) in Third World Studies at the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and a PhD from the same in 1995

Laurence Lien

Laurence Lien is the Chairman of the Lien Foundation, Chairman of the Community Foundation of Singapore, and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle. He is also the Vice-President of the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership and Board Member of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University.

He is the immediate past Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and a former Nominated Member of Parliament, advocating for the social sector and civil society in Parliament.

Formerly the Director of Governance and Investment at the Ministry of Finance, Laurence served 14 years in the Singapore Administrative Service, rotating through different positions in the Ministries of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Home Affairs and Education.

Laurence holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, a Masters in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Laurence was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship.

Tim Oei

Mr Tim Oei is the Chief Executive Office of AWWA. Overseeing the whole of AWWA from the Headquarters, Tim aims to bring the professional level of all services provided by AWWA to new heights. Tim joined AWWA in February 2008 as Chief Operation Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2009.

Being a Law graduate, Tim started out his career in the legal field and after more than 5 years working on the ground level, he was appointed as a Partner and General Manager of Khattar Wong & Partners where he was first exposed to operations and management matters. Being involved in running of the law firm very early in his career, Tim experienced the complexity of management which made became more aware of the need to be better and formally trained as a professional manager. He believed that with better management, the environment will then be transformed into highly effective and better service focused organization. Tim later joined AT Kearney as Director of Practice Management for South East Asia and India. In his last job before joining AWWA, Tim was the General Counsel (Head of Department) with Jurong Port Pte Ltd.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Law from National University of Singapore, a Certificate in Postgraduate Practical Course in Law from the Board of Legal Education and Master of Business Administration in Legal Practice from The Nottingham Trent University. He is also a member of Singapore Academy of Law. Within the Social Service Sector in Singapore, Tim is a member of Social Service Talent Development (SSTD) Panel with National Council of Social Service (NCSS), a member of ComCare Committee of Management with Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and a board member of National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).


Yeoh Lam Keong

Yeoh Lam Keong is currently a private economic consultant and the Vice-President of the Economic Society of Singapore (ESS). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where he lectures on economics and social policy, as well as a Fellow of the Civil Service College. 

Lam Keong worked as a senior economist and strategist at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation for 26 years, where he was Director of Economics and Strategy as well as Chief Economist. He oversaw global macro-economic analysis and investment strategy in these positions.

Besides authoring many academic publications and articles, Lam Keong is a prominent economist in Singapore and is heavily involved in public policy research. He has been an advisor to a number of research institutes in Singapore, and is on the Advisory Boards of Singapore Management University’s School of Economics, and Nuvest Capital. He is also a board member of Arohi Asset Management and Bamboo Finance, and has worked with major consultants like McKinsey, the Boston Consulting Group and Mercer. He has also worked with several public and civic organizations like the Economic Development Board, the Lien Foundation, Mendaki and the Institute of Adult Learning. 

Lam Keong graduated with a BSc (Econs) and MSc (Econs) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Moderator: Tan Chi Chiu

Dr. Tan Chi Chiu is a gastroenterologist and Managing Director of Gastroenterology & Medicine International in Singapore. He has been deeply involved in the medical, youth development, and community service scene for several decades. He volunteers with several nonprofit organizations. Besides his chairmanship of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation he is also a director of SATA CommHealth and National Youth Achievement Awards. He is an elected member of the Singapore Medical Council and Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee. He was previously Executive Director of the Singapore International Foundation and has won numerous Singaporean and international military and civilian awards for his global humanitarian, community, and youth work. He is a keen observer of and commentator on the social arena.


Tuesday 17 March 2015

The programme is as follows:

6.30pm: Registration
7pm: Opening remarks
7.15pm: Panel discussions
7.40pm: Q&A and general discussion
8.15pm: Dinner will be provided

Function Room 6-1, Level 6, SMU Administration Building, 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065

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