Signature Events/Series

AmCham Singapore organizes close to 250 events annually! 


Our Signature Events include:


International Women’s Day

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AmCham’s signature event celebrating International Women’s Day features distinguished male and female business leaders with a focus on diversity and inclusion.


Event Format: Panel discussion & luncheon
Attendees: 200-300 senior business leaders









Annual General Meeting

JudithHeld each April, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) brings together the membership to vote for the board of governors and discuss other issues that require a vote of membership. These meetings often feature fantastic keynote speakers and are often talked about throughout the year.

Starting in 2016, AmCham’s Annual General Meeting celebrates member companies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) excellence through the AmCham CARES program.


Event Format: Luncheon
Attendees: 200-300 C-suite business leaders, board members, co-chairs





Welcome Back

Welcome back

Welcome Back is AmCham’s largest annual social networking event. Members and guests reconnect with friends, meet Embassy staff and leaders in the American and local business community.  This event is held in a beautiful setting and marks the unofficial beginning of the fall calendar.


Event Format: Cocktail reception
Attendees: 300+ senior business leaders, board members, co-chairs, AmCham friends







Human Capital Conference

Human Capital

AmCham’s annual flagship half-day Human Capital Conference that focuses on the growing challenges of developing talent for tomorrow within the changing human capital landscape across the region.


Event Format: 2 expert panel discussions, 1 keynote over lunch
Attendees: 200-250 senior HR members








Balestier Series


The Balestier Series hosts distinguished Singaporean Leaders from key sectors who address AmCham members on subjects of significance.


Event Format: Keynote with Q&A
Attendees: 100-200 Senior business leaders, government officials


Launched in 2014, AmCham’s Balestier Series celebrates two centuries of economic and commercial exchange between Singapore and the United States.


In the Balestier Series, distinguished Singaporeans from key sectors address AmCham members on subjects of significance. The format is flexible, depending on the preferences of the speaker.  We recommend a breakfast or lunchtime event to maximize participation.  The normal program consists of 20-30 minutes of remarks followed by questions and answers from the floor.



About Joseph Balestier




Joseph Balestier was the first Consul to Singapore for the United States of America, serving between 1837 and 1852. His wife, Maria Revere Balestier, was the daughter of American patriot Paul Revere who was famously celebrated in poem as the midnight rider of the American Revolution. In 1843, Mrs. Balestier presented a bell cast in her father’s foundry to St. Andrew’s Church. One of an estimated 134 bells still in existence that were cast by the Revere foundry and that bear the Revere name, the Revere Bell in Singapore is the only one located outside the United States. A symbol of the close ties between the United States and Singapore, the Bell is the emblem for the Balestier Series.



Balestier Series 2016


January 13 – CJ Menon (Supreme Court) Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon discussed Singapore’s contributions to bringing the rule of law to business in Asia by creating an environment where commercial rights will be impartially adjudicated and upheld in a manner that comports with business realities and practical sensibilities. He explored these ideas through the lens of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), which was established in January 2015 to provide parties with a prime destination for the resolution of international commercial disputes.  Following his remarks, he led a panel discussion with three eminent jurists who sit on the SICC including Justice Carolyn Berger of the United States.






May 18 – Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Mr. Ong Ye Kung

Skills Future is a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop to their full potential throughout life, regardless of their starting points. The skills, passion and contributions of every individual will drive Singapore’s next phase of development towards an advanced economy and inclusive society. Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), shared some thoughts on the crucial role that businesses must play in employee and skills development in order for Skills Future to become a reality, and participants had the opportunity to engage him in conversation.







June 16 – Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health

Mr. Gan Kim Yong

Minister Yong shared his views on the role of the healthcare industry in Singapore over the next five to ten years, the major challenges that lie ahead, and the Ministry’s vision for cooperation between the public and private sectors and within ASEAN.











August 16 – Mr Loh Boon Chye, CEO, Singapore Exchange Limited

Mr. Loh Boon Chye

Mr Loh shared his views on the economic and financial outlook for Singapore and the region, the emerging interests (sustainability, for example) that the SGX champions, and the evolving role of the SGX in the years ahead.












September 27 – Dr. Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State for Ministry of Communications and Information

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Dr Janil Puthucheary graciously spoke on the Singapore-US partnership and opportunities for collaboration in the Digital Economy (including future directions of cyber-security policies).












November 14 – Mr. Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance

Mr. Lawrence Wong

Minister Wong provided insights on the challenges of providing a world-class infrastructure and a vibrant sustainable living environment for Singapore.












Balestier Series 2017


January 18 – Balestier Series Featuring A*STAR’s Chairman Mr. Lim Chuan Poh

Mr. Lim Chu

Mr. Lim shared his views on A*STAR’s research, innovation and enterprise efforts for Singapore and the region, the emerging interests that the A*Star champions, and the evolving role of A*Star in the years ahead.











March 22 – Balestier Series Featuring The Honorable Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

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Minister Masagos shared his views on the challenges of providing a clean and safe environment in Singapore and also environmentally friendly practices internationally.  He also discussed the Government’s public-private sector initiatives in these vital areas.











Upcoming Balestier Series Events:


May 31 – Balestier Series Featuring Ms. Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency of Singapore

June 19 – Balestier Series Featuring Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited


Past speakers:

  • The Honorable Gan Kim Yong, Minister of Health
  • Loh Boon Chye, CEO Singapore Exchange (SGX)
  • The Honorable Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Minister in charge of Cyber Security
  • The Honorable Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education and Senior Minister of State for Defence
  • CJ Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore
  • Chan Chun Sing, then-Minister for Social and Family Development
  • Stephen Lee, President, Singapore National Employers Federation
  • Chee Hong Tat, then-Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority
  • Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Minister Lim Swee Say, then-Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and NTUC Secretary-General
  • Tan Chuan-Jin, then-Minister for Manpower
  • Ravi Menon, Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr. Beh Swan Gin, Chairman, EDB
  • Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance



The Leader Series- Global Leader Series-Asian Leader Series

The Leader Series features notable speakers who are experts in their fields from various industries. Our Leader Series feature global and Asian leaders, and women in leadership, especially through the various specialized branches of the Leader Series, such as the Asian Leader series.The event generally consists of a keynote speech, followed by Q&A. The attendees range from 10 – 100 senior business leaders.

Event Format: Keynote with Q&A
Attendees: 10-100 Senior business leaders


Global Leaders Series – Distinguished speakers with global responsibilities:


Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO, Medtronic

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Mr Ishrak has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic since June 2011 and has focused the company on Therapy Innovation, Economic Value and Globalization. Mr. Ishrak spoke about Supporting Innovation, Access, and Collaboration in Asia.











Julio A. Portalatin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercer


Mr. Portalatin, CEO of Mercer, has driven the firm’s groundbreaking research on gender equality in the workforce and speaks around the world on a variety of topics, including trends in human capital, talent, globalization, wellness, healthcare reform, longevity, pension systems, and workplace diversity. He spoke about the need for greater gender diversity in the workplace based on recent research carried out by Mercer. Outlining how businesses thrive when women thrive, Mr. Portalatin shared insights into the organizational practices that actually lead to greater gender diversity and those that may be holding women back.







Belen Garijo, Chief Executive Officer, Merck Healthcare

Belen Garijo

Dr Belen Garijo has been a Member of the Executive Board of Merck since January 2015, responsible for the Healthcare business sector. Since 2013 she has also acted as President and CEO of Merck Serono, where she started in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. Dr Garijo is a medical doctor who has both been a practicing physician and worked in R&D.










Heather Cox, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, USAA

Heather Cox

Ms Cox is the CEO of Citi FinTech and is a leading figure in the fintech space. Ms Cox spoke about how the financial industry is transforming itself and leveraging digital technology to deliver a truly remarkable client experience. She also emphasized the need for banks to compete against each other to adapt to the latest client needs and to pioneer new technology.










David Sable, Global Chief Executive Officer, Young & Rubicam (Y&R)

David Gable

David Sable has long been a part of the Y&R family, joining as a trainee and working in various firms under its umbrella before becoming CEO. He is also a prolific writer with an influential online presence and is greatly involved with various philanthropic efforts. Mr Sable spoke on the danger of ascribing status to anything digital, social, and mobile as if nothing existed before it, outlining that the basic math for driving profit has not changed and emphasising that concepts such as instant delivery are not new. We were also joined by Gwen Morrison, CEO (The Americas and Australasia) of The Store and Global Retail at WPP. Ms Morrison spoke on the intersection of content and commerce, as with leading retailers looking at every social channel as a purchase platform, the lines between media and retail are blurring.





Deborah P. Majoras, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Procter & Gamble


Recognized in 2014 by the National Law Journal as one of its 50 Outstanding General Counsel for her leadership in diversity, innovation, and legal results, Deborah Majoras, currently Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of The Procter & Gamble Company, and formerly Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, shared her views and insights on leadership










Png Cheong Boon, Chief Executive Officer, JTC Corporation


As CEO of JTC Corporation, Mr. Png leads the Government of Singapore agency that spearheads the planning, promotion and development of Singapore’s industrial infrastructure. As Singapore transforms itself for the future, JTC, as the industrial infrastructure innovator, is partnering with its customers to understand their evolving needs and develop appropriate ‘future-ready’ infrastructure solutions, especially concerning the allocation and use of land, Singapore’s scarcest resource








William Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Dow Jones

William Lewis

William Lewis, the CEO of Dow Jones and the Publisher of the Wall Street Journal, has had a prolific career in Journalism. Mr. Lewis spoke on the subject of digital disruption and its impact on global media.











Leader Series 2017


February 16 – Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia

Ralph Haunter

Ralph discussed how Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything!










March 3 – Jonas Prising, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ManpowerGroup

Jonas Prising

Jonas discussed how business leaders can be more responsive and responsible in closing the gender gap at board level and helping women succeed in the changing world of work.









Past speakers:

  • William Lewis, CEO of Dow Jones and Publisher of The Wall Street Journal
  • Daniel Alegre, President, Global Partnerships, Google Inc
  • Jim Barber, President, UPS International
  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States (2009-2017)
  • Dr. Curtis Carlson, Former President and CEO, SRI International
  • Gloria Flach, Corporate Vice President & President, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
  • Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg LP
  • Michael Hayden, Former Director, CIA and NSA
  • Marillyn Hewson, CEO and President, Lockheed Martin
  • Bob McDonald, Former Chairman and CEO of P&G and Secretary of Veterans Affairs – designate
  • Mike Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute
  • Julio A. Portalatin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercer
  • Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Brad Rinklin, Senior VP and CMO, Akamai
  • John Sculley, Former CEO, Apple and Pepsico
  • George Tanasijevich, CEO, Marina Bay Sands
  • Abid Butt, Former CEO, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
  • Ralph Haupter, President, Asia Pacific, Microsoft
  • Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Bank
  • Carl J Lukach, Chief Financial Officer, Univar
  • Rohan Mahadevan, Senior VP, Asia, Paypal
  • Marc McAllister, VP and MD – International Markets, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Shakir Moin, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea
  • Philip Ng, CEO,Far East Organization
  • Bob Pickard, Prinicipal, Signed Leadership Communication Inc.
  • Stephen Roach, Former Chairman, Asia, Morgan Stanley
  • Charles Wigley, Chairman, Asia, BBH


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