Founding Chairman, Honour (Singapore) Limited
Growing Beyond Talent
Talent needs to be uncovered, developed, expressed and put to good use.
Talent not uncovered is missed.
Talent not developed is wasted.
Talent not expressed is unused.
Talent not put to good use is squandered.
About the Speaker
Lim Siong Guan is a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College. He was Group President of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, from 2007 to 2016 and is now Advisor to the Group Executive Committee of GIC.
Siong Guan was Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. The Board is the Singapore government’s lead agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre, and attracting international corporations to set up manufacturing and services activities in Singapore as critical links in the global supply chain.
He has been a Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore since 2005, instructing on leadership and change management, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College since 2006. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Siong Guan was the first Principal Private Secretary to Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from September 1999 to March 2005. He has been the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (1981-1994), the Prime Minister’s Office (1994-1998), the Ministry of Education (1997-1999) and the Ministry of Finance (1999-2006).
He chairs the Board of Swiss Re Asia and sits on the International Board of the stars Foundation, a Swiss foundation that promotes leadership development for leaders of the next generation. He is the founding Chairman of Honour (Singapore), a charity that seeks to promote a culture of honour and honouring in Singapore.
Siong Guan was awarded the Order of Nila Utama (First Class), the third highest national honour, in 2006. In September 2017, Siong Guan was named the Institute of Policy Studies’ fourth SR Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore.
Siong Guan has co-authored with Joanne H. Lim “The Leader, The Teacher & You – Leadership Through the Third Generation”, a book on leadership and governance, and “Winning with Honour”, a book on success in life, family, and work.