IT Leader Awards 2013
IT Leader of the Year
Mr Yap Chee Yuen
Chee Yuen is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at Genting Singapore PLC and concurrently the Head of Innovation Technology at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). With over 30 years of experience in managing end-user IT organisations, Chee Yuen is a visionary leader who anticipates business needs and defines IT strategies to ensure that IT investment decisions and initiatives are in sync with business objectives and priorities. Under his leadership, RWS won the National Infocomm Awards in October 2010 under the Private Sector category for the Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology. In 2004, as CIO of JTC, he also led JTC to win the same Award under the Public Sector category. In September 2010, Chee Yuen was recognised as one of the Most Outstanding Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the ASEAN region by the International Data Group (IDG). Chee Yuen is currently the appointed Chairman for the National Information Technology Standards Council (ITSC). Under his leadership, ITSC partnered with IDA and industry members to develop various industry standards on Cloud Computing, to facilitate the adoption of cloud technologies and services in Singapore, and Green ICT, to help organisations put in place best practices and establish processes to recycle their ICT equipment.
Hall Of Fame
Mr Wilson Tan
Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Mall Trust. Over the past two decades, Wilson has made many contributions to the Singapore IT industry. His illustrious journey in the ICT arena includes stints as President of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) and Chairman of Singapore Federation of Computer Industry (SFCI) - former SiTF. During his tenure at SiTF, Mr Tan saw to the successful merger of Microcomputer Trade Association of Singapore (MTAS) and SFCI to become the current Singapore IT Federation (SiTF). He was also a former Chairman of the National IT Standards Committee (ITSC), having served two terms as Chairman between 1998 and 2004. He was conferred the "Distinguished Award" in 2001 and "Outstanding Award" in 2005 by SPRING Singapore in recognition of his voluntary services and contributions to the Singapore National Standardisation Programme. He was also awarded the inaugural Special Recognition Award by the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA), Singapore. In 2005, the Singapore Computer Society bestowed him with the IT Leader of the Year recognition.
Young Professional of the Year
Mr Saurav Bhattacharyya
Saurav is the CEO and co-founder of Quantum Inventions (QI), an innovation leader in connected automotive navigation delivering rich on-board information services for consumers' motoring convenience and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for enterprise and government solutions. Graduating with an Honours degree in Computer Engineering in 2000, he started a research-oriented career at the Centre for High Performance Embedded Systems (CHiPES) at NTU. In the five years he spent there, he published over 26 academic papers. In 2006, after securing a Masters in Computer Engineering, he moved on to commercialise navigation and routing technology from CHiPES, NTU, through Quantum Inventions (QI) together with co-founder, Prof Thambipillai Srikanthan. From creating commercial value from its traffic information services, QI is now moving on to providing in-vehicle information and navigation services to automotive OEM's globally. Saurav has been conferred the Merit Award by the Standards Council of Singapore in 2009, and through his leadership, QI has been awarded the Young Innovator Award under the Land Transport Excellence Awards in 2010.
Mr Liu Junhua
Junhua graduated from the Diploma in Information Technology from Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and is now an undergraduate in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). While Junhua was in SP, his final year project which was conducted in collaboration with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), improved the emergency handling systems for crime and fire cases. He led his team, Viva Studio to win the 2011 SiTF Award (Tertiary Student), SLA Spatial Challenge 2011 First Price (Tertiary Student Category) and several other awards. Junhua is researching the designing of interactive learning experience for IT education to cultivate self-driven and motivated students. Sponsored by the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC), Junhua conceptualised, developed, and executed an academic study titled Integrating Design-Based Learning and Active Learning in Software Engineering Education. He designed and developed contemporary pedagogies, teaching methods, and experiments. The results of his academic study will soon be published at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference 2013.
Mr Teh Kaiwen
Kaiwen's interest in IT began at the young age of nine when he was enthralled by the rich opportunities and wonders of the Internet. He enrolled to Temasek Polytechnic in 2005 after completing his O Levels. However, he failed to clear his studies in his first year, despite repeated attempts and subsequently he had to leave the polytechnic in 2006. After completing National Service, Kaiwen was given a second chance at Temasek Polytechnic where he pursued a Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security. His efforts paid off when he graduated three years later in 2012 and won the prestigious Gold Medal achievement award in Temasek Polytechnic for being the Most Outstanding Graduate of the Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security and the Lee Kuan Yew Award for excellence in Mathematics and Science. A natural leader with far-sighted goals, Kaiwen co-founded the TP-ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) Student Group and was nominated as President in 2011. This is the first officially recognised ISACA student group in the world outside of the US. While at TP, Kaiwen was also instrumental in organising the industry-recognised annual seminar known as the All 'Bout Security Seminar. He led the student committee and collaborated with organisations such as SITSA, Clearbridge and ThinkSecure.