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Saik Hay FONG
Mr. FONG Saik Hay was appointed in Nov 2001 as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of ST Engineering Group and concurrently President, ST Dynamics Pte Ltd from May 2002. As CTO, his role is to strategise together with the Business Units, the group technology and engineering capabilities to address increasingly complex systems. As President of ST Dynamics, he is to nurture new capabilities, concept and technology until it is useful for the business units. ST Dynamics also scouts for new technologies for ST Engineering for collaborations or investments. He serves on the Boards of Advanced Materials Engineering Pte Ltd, ATREC Pte Ltd, Autonomous Technology Pte Ltd, Denselight Semiconductors Pte Ltd, FusionTech Pte Ltd, Innosparks Pte Ltd, Nanoscience Innovation Pte Ltd, Silvatech Systems Corporation Pte Ltd, SMART Systems Pte Ltd, STSE Engineering Services Pte Ltd and ST Electronics subsidiaries such as - Satcom & Sensor Systems, Info-Software Systems, Info-Comm Systems and Training & Simulation Systems. He is the chairman of Intellisys, a joint center between NTU and ST Engineering.
Prior to his current position, he was SVP (Engineering) in ST Kinetics where he managed and directed the product development, technology acquisition, engineering human resources development and relevant support activities. Besides leading successfully the built-up of indigenous armoured vehicle design capabilities, he led investments into desalination technologies and environmentally friendly technologies such as fuel cells, electric/hybrid drives, energy efficient hydraulics, supercapacitor technology and stirling motors. His contributions to Public Sector include a member of Economic Restructuring Sub-Committee 2010, member of the Management Committees of Temasek Laboratories (NTU, NUS and SUTD), member of The Environment Technology Research Programme (ETRP) Technology Board of NEA, member of Intellectual Properties Steering Committee 2012, NRF POC Selection Panel and also he sits in the Steering Committee Meeting for ’A’ level Science curriculum. On charity front, he chairs the Management Board of Care Corner Family Service Center (Queenstown).
He graduated from NUS (Singapore) with first class honours in mechanical engineering in 1981. In 1985, he was conferred with Master of Science in Computer, Information and Control Engineering from University Of Michigan. He attended the 76th Program for Management Development at Harvard University in 2001.
Mr. Fong enjoys golfing, cycling and reading.
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Erik has fifty years experience, gained in Switzerland, the US, and Australia, in a wide range of fields, including theoretical physics, telecommunications, power electronics, and process control. He also has extensive experience in both line and project management of research, engineering, and production. His current focus is on systems engineering and engineering management, in particular the high-level (functional) design and optimisation of complex systems and processes, and the management of large, multi-disciplinary design projects. From1988 to 2012, Erik has been with Sinclair Knight Merz as a Director and Senior Principal, and as a Senior Consultant.
Erik’s current research activities are focused on the front end of the engineering process; on the creative and value-adding aspect of engineering. This has led to an involvement in the Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology and in modelling activities within INCOSE Working Groups, with the aim of combining these two quite different views of engineering to drive an increase in the relevance and contribution of engineering to society.
Petter Braathen is founder and partner of Phoenix Ltd. Phoenix is a research and consulting company based on systems- and complexity-theory. Mr. Braathen facilitates strategic visioning, organizational change, and leadership development for global companies in various industries.
Mr. Braathen holds a Master of Science in Control & Electrical Engineering from Norwegian Institute of Technology and University of Washington. He further holds a Master of Science in Strategy and International Business from the Norwegian School of Management. Mr. Braathen is currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of Brussels, in the interdisciplinary program, focusing on complexity theory applied to strategic management and organizational theory.
Mr. Braathen has previously worked with renowned global consulting firms gaining experience in Strategy and Change Management. He also holds extensive experience in the media industry working both as a publisher, and with business development in a pan-European media corporation.
Serge Landry currently serves as Head of Systems & Software Technical Domain in the Thales Research & Technology Lab of Thales Solutions Asia in Singapore. He acts as Technical Authority for System Engineering, provides Project Management expertise, and assists in developing Technology Roadmap for System and Software teams. His main interests are in the area of Software System Architecture and process automation.
Serge started his international career as a visiting lecturer in the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in 1988. He has worked with the Thales group since 1989 and has been involved in building Mission-Critical intensive Software Systems in many domains, such as Land Defense, Civil Security, Automated MRT Systems and Maritime Security. Many of these systems have been deployed in Singapore and the region. His project and research assignments have led him to regular interactions with industry players and academics in both local and international contexts.
Serge received a Master of Science degree from the University of Caen in France in 1986, and later, a Postgraduate Degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris in 1987. He is a Certified System Engineering Professional (CSEP) awarded by the Institution of Engineers of Singapore (IES). Serge is the President of the INCOSE Singapore chapter for 2015-2016. He is also a Certified Information Security Professional awarded by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Erick LANSARD holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering (1983) and a PhD in Space Geodesy (1987). In 1987 he joined Alcatel Espace to start mission analysis activities and to manage several advanced studies in the field of radar observation, signal intelligence, telecommunication and navigation (GNSS2). In 1999 he was appointed Director of System Engineering of Alcatel Space Industries then Director of Architecture, Observation & Sciences Space Systems in 2000 (optical, infra-red, hyperspectral, radar). He has been successively Director of Research of Alcatel Space, then of Alcatel Alenia Space in 2005 and of Thales Alenia Space in 2007, with R&T teams in Toulouse, Cannes, Roma and Torino. In 2010, he was appointed VP R&T France and Director of Thales Research & Technology-France, the Thales Corporate Research lab in Palaiseau. In October 2013, he was appointed VP Technical & Space Development at Thales Solutions Asia, based in Singapore.
Among other duties, Erick is member of Scientific Council of CNRS, Chairman of the International Astrodynamics Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, member of the Academy of Air & Space, member of the International Academy of Astronautics, AIAA Associate Fellow and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Fellow. He has published over 40 papers and holds several patents in the field of space system engineering.
Kelvin is a senior operations engineer with Sembcorp Industries, a leading energy, water and marine group operating across six continents. His primary areas of work include operation and maintenance of the power and utilities plants in Singapore, with the aim to improve efficiency and optimise performance of facilities. He acts as the liaison between the management and the working team to communicate areas of concerns and develop solutions to trouble-shoot. Prior to his current role, he was in the key account management team where he was actively involved in business negotiations and contract reviews with key customers as well as the development of product pipelines and pipe rack on Jurong Island in Singapore. Kelvin is also the chairperson of the committee that plans and develops engagement programmes for the employees of Sembcorp Group.
After graduating with a Diploma in Chemical Process Technology (Industrial Chemistry) from Singapore Polytechnic in 2005, he was awarded the Sembcorp scholarship to pursue a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry with a minor in Business Management from National University of Singapore.
Dong LIU joined Accenture in Nov. 2012. As Managing Director of Technology Labs Beijing, Dong focuses on innovation and thought leadership, especially joint innovation with leading partners and clients.
Before Accenture, Dong was the director of Embedded IO lab of Intel Labs China, leading research on IO for embedded system, including advanced peripheral usage modes, low power high bandwidth converged IO protocols and architecture, system technology for silicon photonics, and reconfigurable accelerators. Since he joined Intel in 2004, he has led the team to deliver important impacts to Intel cache QoS and reconfigurable IA roadmap. His team also contributed critical components to Intel QuickAssist technology which secured IA server leadership and LightPeak (a.k.a, ThunderBolt) technology, a standard feature of Apple MacBook Air and other leading vendors’ products. His team worked extensively with top universities to do joint research in related fields.
Prior to Intel, he worked for IBM China Research Lab from 1996 to 2004, served senior technical and management positions. His team contributed internet content rating, web server performance testing, database spatial extension, location based services, VoIP, business modeling tool and methodology to IBM SW & consulting practice. His team also applied the developed technologies and methodologies to leading telecom operators’ solutions.
Dr. Dong LIU received his bachelor (Radio Electronics), Master (Remote Sensing), and Ph.D. (Remote Sensing & Cartography) degrees from Peking University in 1990, 1993 and 1996. He has published lots of research papers, and filed around 10 patents.
Mr Chandran Nair is the Managing Director for National Instruments Southeast Asia and Oceania. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for running the NI business in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Under his leadership, NI has grown its market share exponentially in these regions and successfully forayed into Myanmar.
A business thinker, Chandran takes interest in a variety of subjects including business, finance, management and technology. He is a regular contributor to a weekly Business Times column – Views from the Top and has been featured on several regional media channels such as HRM Asia magazine, the CEO Chat Room - a Channel News Asia terrestrial broadcast program and BFM 89.9 radio program in Malaysia among others.
Chandran started his NI career in 1997 and went on to lead the successful initiative for a new PXI instrumentation standard that is the industry-standard platform today. Based in Austin, Texas, he was also responsible for driving the product strategy and market positioning for the instrumentation product lines in NI before taking up the directorship in Singapore in 2003.
Chandran has a bachelor’s degree in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry from Bangalore University and Master’s degree in Mathematics from Arizona State University.
Chandran is the currently the Chairman of the board of Advisors at Nanyang Polytechnic’s Centre of Innovation and Excellence. He also sat on the advisory boards of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the Institute for Infocomm Research, Monash University Malaysia and is a member of the Science Centre board and executive committee for the Science Centre.
Jean-Claude ROUSSEL is a Senior Expert in Systems Engineering at Airbus Group Innovations (Toulouse, France) in charge of Research projects on Systems Engineering with 33 years of experience in different Aerospace Programs.
From 2001 to 2009, Jean-Claude was responsible for Systems Engineering within Airbus where he defined the Policy which has been deployed on new aircraft (A380, A400M and A350). From 1995 to 2001, he was in charge of Project Management within Airbus and wrote the directive for Aircraft Project Management while setting-up the related components for A380 Program. From 1988 to 1995, he was dedicated to Configuration Management and defined the CM Plan for aircraft (A400M, VLCT, A330/A340) and the Hermes Space Vehicle for the ESA Space Program. His career began at Airbus in 1981 by developing Product Data Management application and data exchange standard for CAD/CAM tools.
He is a member of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) since 2001 where he took an active role in the Requirements Working Group, extending it to European members. He was President of AFIS (Association Française d’Ingénierie Systeme), the French INCOSE Chapter, in 2007 and 2008, and received the Gold Circle Award of INCOSE.
Jean-Claude was the Technical Director of INCOSE from Jan 2011 till Jan 2013 and has been elected in Nov 2013 Director of the sector EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) of INCOSE for 3 years (Jan 2014 till Jan 2017). He is a member and co-author of the BKCASE project (Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering) launched in Dec 2009 (see www.bkcase.org) and is certified ESEP (Expert Systems Engineering Professional) from INCOSE.
He is a graduated Engineer (1980) from Polytech’ Lille. Born in 1957, he is married with 2 children and one grandson.
Dr. Laura WYNTER is the Director of the IBM Research Collaboratory in Singapore and a Research Scientist at the Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, specializing in network optimization, with a particular focus on telecommunications and transportation applications. Laura has degrees from MIT and the Ecole des Ponts (Paris, France). Prior to joining IBM Research she held a joint position at the Universite de Versailles, France and at INRIA (Rocquencourt, France). Her areas of expertise involve the use of optmization, equilibrium modeling and statistics-based methods for enabling effective real-time decision making for planning as well as in operational environments. Topics of recent work include traffic prediction, traffic state estimation, and optimization and control for real-time traffic management. Her work spans the full lifecycle of a research solution from the definition of the research problem and its characterization, to the development of effective algorithms, to collaborations with the IBM software division culminating in the creation of commercial software products from the models and algorithms developed.’