Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education
Ms Indranee Rajah is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education.
She co-chairs the Modern Services Workstream under the Future Economy Council and provides Ministerial oversight of Infrastructure Asia.
She was in practice as a lawyer and Senior Counsel before joining Government. Under her law portfolio from 2012 – 2018, she co-chaired the Committees on Family Justice, the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. She also helmed the Steering Committee on the strategic direction of Singapore’s third law school at UniSIM.
Under her MOF portfolio, Ms Rajah co-chaired the Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services, a sub-committee of the 2016 Committee on the Future Economy, the recommendations of which are aimed at transforming the legal and accounting industries in Singapore and catalysing the internationalisation of such professional services.
Vice President, Infrastructure
Makhtar Diop leads efforts to develop sustainable solutions and help close the infrastructure gag in developing and emerging economies.
Prior to this, Mr. Diop served as the World Bank’s Vice President for the Africa Region. He enabled access to affordable and sustainable energy; boosting women’s and youth’s economic empowerment; and promoting an environment for innovation and technology adoption. An advocate for Africa’s right to clean and affordable electricity, he pushed for greater investment in renewable energy and regional interconnectivity in the power and transport sectors.
His other experience includes: Director for Finance, Private Sector & Infrastructure in Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank Country Director for Brazil, Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia and most notably, Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal.
Makhtar Diop is named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world. In 2015, he received the prestigious Regents’ Lectureship Award from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Diop holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in England.
Png Cheong Boon
Chief Executive Officer
Png Cheong Boon is the Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore.
Prior to that, Cheong Boon was the Second Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade & Industry from June 2017 to May 2018. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of JTC Corporation from 2013 to 2017 and Chief Executive of SPRING Singapore from 2008 to 2013. He began his career with the Economic Development Board in 1993 and held various portfolios in Singapore and the US before joining SPRING Singapore as its Deputy Chief Executive in 2003. Cheong Boon serves on the boards of the Economic Development Board, Employment and Employability Institute Pte Ltd, Raffles Medical Group, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and Singapore Innovate Pte Ltd. He has also served on the boards of Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd, Jurong Port Pte Ltd, Ascendas-Singbridge Pte Ltd, the Singapore Suzhou Township Development Pte Ltd, China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Development Group Co. Ltd, the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore and the Institute of Service Excellence at the Singapore Management University.
Cheong Boon was a recipient of the EDB-GlaxoSmithKline scholarship and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Management under the Sloan Fellows Programme at Stanford University.
Cheong Boon was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008.
Governor & Representative Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific
Ms. Kwakwa is leading the World Bank’s engagement in 23-member countries in the East Asia and Pacific region, focusing on private sector led growth, human capital development and inclusion, and sustainable and resilient development. Under her leadership, the World Bank’s EAP region has given strategic priority to childhood stunting, climate actions including transitions to cleaner energy paths and more effective use of public resources to leverage private financing particularly for infrastructure development. She also focuses on deepening partnership with regional bodies such as ASEAN and development actors in the region.
Since joining the World Bank, Ms. Kwawka has had several successful assignments as economist, country manager and country director in East Asia and Africa. She has extensive field experience in Nigeria, Rwanda and Vietnam. Ms. Kwakwa has led work on a range of economic policy issues such as economic competitiveness, fiscal management notably in resource rich economies and fiscal decentralization.
Permanent Secretary of State (Economy and Finance)
His Excellency Vongsey Vissoth joined the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1995, and currently serves there as Permanent Secretary of State overseeing and leading works that covers: macroeconomic and fiscal policies, budget, international cooperation, and public-private partnership (PPP). His Excellency spearheaded the formulation of many major policy papers such as Budget System Reform Strategy Revenue Mobilization Strategy, PPP Policy, and Public Debt Management Policy, among others. Currently, he is leading the preparation of Public Investment Management Framework.
His Excellency also holds the Vice Chairman position at the Supreme National Economic Council, where he was involved extensively in the development of the Rectangle Strategies of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Cambodia’s Vision 2050, and Industrial Development Policy. His other portfolios include overseeing the Skill Development Fund and Entrepreneurship Promotion Fund and serving as the Chairman of Cambodia’s Digital Economy Policy Working Group.
His Excellency obtained his Master’s degree in economics and was a PhD candidate at the Moscow Institute for International Relations.