Philip Yeo Liat Kok


Mr. Yeo is a senior advisor and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Economic Development Innovations Singapore, Accuron Technologies Pte Limited, Advanced MedTech Holdings, and i- Globe Partners. Mr. Yeo served in the Singapore Administrative Service from 1970 to 1999. From 1970 to 1985, he served in various appointments in the Ministry of Defense (“MINDEF”), including Permanent Secretary for logistics, defense research & development and defense industries (1979 – 1985). Over the years, Mr. Yeo has served on a number of public, private, and academic sector boards. He was Chairman of SPRING (Standards, Productivity and Innovation for Growth), the Singapore Government’s enterprise development agency from 2007 to 2018 (in April 2018, SPRING Singapore merged with International Enterprise Singapore to form Enterprise Singapore). He was the former Chairman for the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (“A*STAR”) from 2001 to 2007 and Chairman of the Economic Development Board (“EDB”) from 1986 to 2001. He was also Senior Adviser for Science & Technology in the Ministry of Trade & Industry and Special Advisor for Economic Development in the Prime Minister’s Office from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Yeo is an independent Director of City Development Limited (Singapore), Kerry Logistics Network Limited (HongKong), Baiterek National Managing Holding JSC (Kazakhstan) and Sunway Berhad (Malaysia). Mr. Yeo obtained a B.A.Sc (Industrial Engineering) in 1970 from the University of Toronto, Canada, a M.S. (Systems Engineering) in 1974 from the then University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration in 1976 from Harvard University under a Fulbright scholarship. He received honorary Ph.D.s from the University of Toronto, Karolinska Institutet, Imperial College London, National University of Singapore, and Monash University for his many years of work in economic and scientific development for Singapore. Mr. Yeo was conferred the Singapore Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1974, the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1982, and the Meritorious Service Medal in 1991 and the Order of Nila Utama (First Class), Singapore’s most prestigious National Day Awards in 2006. In 1994, he was conferred by the Indonesian Government the Bintang Jana Tama (the First Class Order of Service Award) in recognition of his role in fostering good bilateral ties between Indonesia and Singapore. He was conferred the Order National du Merited (National Order of Merit) for his contribution and leadership in enhancing ties between Singapore and France in 1996. In 1998, he was honored by the Belgium Government with the Commander of the Belgium National Order of the Crown for his personal merits in promoting the cooperation between Belgian and Singapore industries and in 1998, the international Society of Design and Process Science honored Mr. Yeo with the K T Li Award of Taiwan for contributing significantly to economic and societal development.