Lim Siong Guan – Keynote Speaker

Former Group President of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) 2007-16

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Specialist Subjects

  • Change Management
  • Sovereign Wealth
  • Leadership and Governance


  • English


Lim Siong Guan is the recent Group President of GIC which manages the financial reserves of the Singapore government.


Lim 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. Much of its work is 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 at 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.


Siong Guan was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service 1999-2005. He has been the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence 1981-94, the Prime Minister’s Office 1994-98, the Ministry of Education 1997-99 and the Ministry of Finance 1999-2006. In each appointment he introduced innovative policies and practices which enhanced the drive, capacity, capability and performance of the organisation.


He has chaired the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore 2004-06, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority 2004-06 and, the Central Provident Fund Board 1986-94 and has been a board member of many companies including Temasek, the other sovereign wealth fund manager of Singapore.


Lim Siong Guan has co-authored two books with Joanne H. Lim. The first book The Leader, The Teacher & You – Leadership Through the Third Generation, touches on leadership and governance while the second book Winning with Honour highlights the virtue of honour in one’s life.


He is a member of the SwissRe Advisory Panel and of the International Board of the stars Foundation, a Swiss foundation that promotes leadership development for leaders of the next generation.

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