Thursday, July 17, 2008

Read up before coming!

Hi all!

Here are some useful links for you to read up on our topics before coming. Just do a little bit of research and reading before GYS starts so that you'll be able to contribute more in discussions.

For the environment:,9263,501080428,00.html

For economics:

For the media:

For general information about countries around the globe, try this link:

An example of what we hope to achieve through discussions:

May this be a starting point for a well-needed change for our world!


Thursday, July 03, 2008

A change in Panellists!

Dear All,

Prof Lim Chong Yah is not able to come for the symposium due to unforseen circumstances. Do not worry though for we have another respected, renowned and wise panellist, Prof Tan Khee Giap from NTU, Singapore.

Dr Tan has extensively advised and guided multinational corporations leading to public listings in the Singapore Exchange, especially for those companies from Mainland China and Taiwan. He is also currently a Lead-Independent Director of the publicly listed Hi-P International and Chung Hong International, and will be on board in 2008 as an Independent Director for Artivision Technologies.

He has also served as a consultant to multinational corporations including Las Vegas Sands and Kerzner International for their bidding of integrated resorts at Marina Bay and Sentosa Singapore. He further contributed to policy formulations and participated in activities by international agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, Asian Development Bank Institute, United Nations Industrial Development Group, World Gold Council, ASEAN Secretariat, Central Policy Unit, Hong Kong Special Administrative Zone, China.

Dr Tan has consulted extensively with the various government ministries, statutory boards and government linked companies of Singapore government including Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Manpower, Housing & Development Board, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, Trade Development Board, Ministry National Development, Maritime Port Authority, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, Singapore Design Council, Media Development Authority, Singapore Press Holdings, Yayasan Mendaki, StarHub and Capital Land on policies concerning financial, fiscal, trade, tourism, public housing, labor, telecommunication, tourism, creative industries, media, urbanization, airport and seaport activities.

Upon graduating with a PhD from University of East Anglia, England, UK in 1987, he joined the banking sector as a treasury manager and served as secretary to the Assets and Liabilities Committee for three years, there after he taught at the National University of Singapore. Dr Tan’s has published in international refereed journals including Applied Economics, Asian Economic Papers, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, Competitiveness Review in the area of capital flows, economic forecasting, financial sector liberalization and macroeconomic competitiveness. His current research interests include econometric forecasting, financial reforms and liberalization of ASEAN 10 + 5 Economies, and competitiveness analysis on 31 provinces in China, 35 states in India and ASEAN-10 economies.

He is currently an adjunct senior fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Institute of South East Asia Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, the coordinator for PECC Singapore Structural Specialists Meeting, PECC Finance Forum and Deputy President of the Singapore Economic Society, 2004. He served in the 2002 Economic Review Committee (ERC) and as Chairman of the Task Force on Portable Medical Benefits (PMB), served as the Deputy Chairman of the IPS Forum for Economic Restructuring (IFER) in 2003 and served as a member of the Resource Panel of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport and Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance and Trade since 2007.