2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management
“Discover, learn and share about complex systems engineering.”

Open Session 1 by Surbana Jurong

Open Session 1 - Smart and Real City for Real People

Speakers: Mr. Keen Joe POON (GCTO and Managing Director of Smart City Solutions), Mr. How Eng KOH (Senior Advisor of Smart City Solutions) and Mr. Eng Kiat TAN (Principal Planner) - SURBANA JURONG - SG
Date and Time: Friday the 26 February 2016 – 09:00-10:00
Location: Auditorium of the Building 2 - Singapore University of Technology and Design, SUTD
Participants: opened to all conference participants


How Surbana Jurong uses technology to design and develop townships with the residents’ daily lives in mind.

Photos and Short Bios of the Speakers



Keen Joe POON

Group Chief Technology Officer & Managing Director, Smart City Solutions, Surbana Jurong

Joe Keen POON has a proven track record in senior leadership roles across Asia & Europe. He has successfully led organizations, from start-ups, to turning around very large and mature businesses in Asia. Currently Joe guides Surbana Jurong, the world’s Urbanization & Engineering Services powerhouse, to fulfil its mission of building cities and shaping lives by delivering world leading smart city solutions. Earlier, he has led Xchanging’s, a top Business Process Outsourcing firm, P&L & commercial success in the East Asia & Japan market as President. Prior to that, Joe spent 9 years at Microsoft. He was the winner of 3 top awards (Circle of Excellence, Champions Award, Worldwide IW Sales & Marketing Award). In his last role, he was in the executive team as the Segment Director, OEM Business in Singapore. In that role, Joe leads Microsoft’s success in not just the flagship Windows, Office & Server businesses, and also the growth of emerging mobile devices business. Prior to that, Joe led several businesses for Microsoft across Asia & Greater China. He also held consulting and business development roles in leading organizations like Deloitte Consulting in London and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. He was also the winner of the Public Service Commission scholarship from the Singapore Government in 1990. Joe is married with 2 kids, Ian (12years old) and Ky-Shan (10 years old). A competitive kayaker in his younger days, Joe now stays fit by dedicating his free time to the gym and X country running.


Eng Kiat TAN

Principal Planner, Surbana Jurong

Tan Eng Kiat has been practicing as an urban designer with Surbana International Consultants for the past 8 years. Currently serving as Project Director and Vice President of Urban Planning and Design, he has over 50 projects under his belt, spanning countries from far-flung locales such as Nigeria, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, to places closer to home such as China and South-East Asia. During this time he has won a number of awards such as the most Outstanding Masterplan for Al Sahan Airport City in Qatar, awarded by the Singapore Institute of Planners in 2010. A number of his projects have also been shortlisted as finalists in the past few World Architecture Festivals. Prior to his tenure with Surbana, he was based in China as a lead urban designer working on an infill masterplan proposal for the city of Guangzhou. A home-grown graduate of the National University of Singapore’s architectural programme and specialising in urban design during his post-graduate studies, Eng Kiat was one of the dozen recipients of the Ong and Ong Travelling Fellowship awarded by the late President Ong Teng Cheong, as well as the pioneer batch of the NUS-UM Joint Studio on Urban Conservation, an initiative mooted in 2004 by the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Malaysia. Having served as a tutor on Architectural History to third year students in NUS prior to joining Surbana, Eng Kiat continues to contribute to nurturing budding architects as part of his professional involvement, and is currently serving pro-bono as a part-time tutor for the fourth year architecture design studios. As project lead in several joint-national initiatives such as the Singapore-Sichuan Innovation City, the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City urban design proposal and the Iskandar Development Region in Malaysia, Eng Kiat has clocked a global experience in his short tenure as an urban designer and planner. He was a guest presenter of URA during their Urban Transformations seminar at the 2012 World Cities Summit and a panellist on Imagining 2050 at the recent Maison et Objet in Singapore – a topic stemming from the book Project 2050, which he had co-edited. Looking ahead, with the next phase of urban development in Singapore as she ramps up to face a growing population, Eng Kiat is rolling up his sleeves to tackle how he can create an urban environment that is both comforting for those who have grown up in this small island, as well as accommodating for the next lap of change.