Mr Saw Ken Wye
Hall of Fame, 2017
Ken didn't aspire to be in IT. In the late 70s, programming with punch cards wasn't all that exciting. He had his heart set on being an engineer and had pursued his passion for engineering. However, while at University, he started working with microcomputers and this resulted in a journey into IT which has lasted more than three decades.
Ken began his career with the National Computer Board and was involved in the computerisation of hospitals in the Ministry of Health. He soon learned that he was better at 'talking and selling' than coding and moved to a role where he could 'sell' Singapore as a place for building IP and products. He was responsible for helping secure and establish a number of multinational software development centres and helping local companies develop products. He spent 15 years at the National Computer Board and, in his last position as Assistant Chief Executive Industry - he championed industry development, manpower development and adoption of IT by local SMEs.
While at NCB, he was also fortunate to be given the opportunity to lead the establishment of the Japan-Singapore Artificial Intelligence centre. With the sponsorship of the Japanese Government, JSAIC has sought to demystify AI technologies and bring its application to industry. He was also Chairman of the Singapore Digital Media Consortium, a consortium of local companies partnering with MTI Media Labs to push the boundaries in the application of digital media technologies.
Ken joined Microsoft in 1997 as Managing Director, Singapore and over the next 16 years, held various senior positions in the company. He was President of South East Asia Business, General Manager of the Communications Sector, and Vice-President of APAC Sales and Marketing. His last role with Microsoft was Vice-President, Public Sector Asia.
Ken joined CrimsonLogic in 2013 as CEO and aims to take a local company, with strong Singaporean IP, to the global stage.
Active in the community, Ken served on the SCS Council as Secretary and Vice-President. He was the Chairman of SiTF from 2004-2006 and has just been re-elected Chairman last year. He works closely with educational institutions and had been Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the IT Schools in Temasek Polytechnic and ITE. He is the current Chairman of Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of IT.
An active IT advocate, Ken has also represented the industry on numerous Government committees and has been involved in the development of a number of National IT Plans, including IT2000.
Ken graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Operational Research. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society and a Chartered Manager, CMI UK.