Philip Yeo Liat Kok


Mr. Philip Yeo Liat Kok is the Chairman of SPRING Singapore since 2007. SPRING Singapore is the Singapore Government’s development agency with the mission of helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. He is also Chairman of Economic Development Innovations Singapore Pte Ltd (EDIS) which is focused on developing and managing integrated cities and providing industrial development advice to overseas governments and government-related entities.

Mr. Yeo was a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts in Public Administration (CEPA), established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from 2010 to 2013 for the promotion and development of public administration and governance among Member States, in connection with the United Nations Development Agenda. He was a member of World Health Organization Expert Working Group on R&D Financing from January 2009 to January 2010.

With the Singapore Government, Mr. Yeo was Special Adviser for Economic Development in the Prime Minister’s Office (April 2007 – August 2011), Senior Adviser for Science and Technology, Ministry of Trade and Industry (April 2007 – July 2008), Executive Chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (February 2001 – March 2007), Executive Chairman of the Economic Development Board (January 1986 – January 2001), Executive Co-Chairman of the Economic Development Board (Feb 2001 to March 2006), Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence for Defence Research, Logistics and Industry (September 1979 to December 1985).

In the private sector, Mr. Yeo has chaired numerous company boards, including: Singapore Technologies Holdings, Sembawang Corporation, and CapitaLand. Mr. Yeo is currently the Chairman of a-iTrust (Ascendas India Trust – Asia’s first listed India property trust) and Accuron Technologies. In addition, he is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors of City Developments Limited, and was appointed as one of the first non- Japanese outside directors of Hitachi alongside George Buckley, the former Chief Executive Officer of 3M. In 2013, Mr. Yeo joined Managing Holding of Kazakhstan, which is a trust management company which manages key Kazakh financial institutions like the Development Bank of Kazakhstan. In December 2013, Mr. Yeo joined the Board of Kerry Logistics in Hong Kong.