AmCham Executive Director’s May Top 10 List

Singapore has been taking center stage not only as this year’s Chair of ASEAN, but also on what would be an unprecedented US-North Korea summit Singapore which is (as of 28 May) scheduled to take place on 12 June. More security issues will surface as part of the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue (Asia’s Defense Summit) early next month. Related do this, we are thrilled to feature as our Balestier speaker Singapore’s Minister of Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen on July 31st. Tickets are expected to go quickly, so please register for the event soon.


The US-China trade talks had been ongoing since my last update and there appeared to be a framework in place to suspend plans to impose tariffs. But President Trump this week called for a “different structure”, amid mounting pressure from Congress, which was a setback to the ongoing talks further adding to the uncertainty over the trade negotiations.


In Singapore, following the cabinet reshuffle, we are very pleased to share that the recently appointed Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Chan Chun Sing has confirmed to speak at our Balestier Luncheon on August 14th. So do register soon and let Kelli know if your company is interested in sponsoring the event.


Now for the Top 10 List for May and what to look out for in June:

  1. Malaysia’s election, a dawn of a new era: this month marked a dawn of a new era in Malaysia with a historic election by the opposition party gaining a simple majority for the first time in over 60 years. Join our diverse panel of experts on May 30 over lunch to hear about what this election means in the short and medium term for both foreign and local businesses.
  2. AmCham Women Pioneers Series Gala Dinner: we always try to bring our members new and fresh programs and speakers. So when we were able to bring together a never-before held panel of four pioneering Ambassadors (from Norway, Israel, Costa Rica and the Netherlands) on one stage, we took this opportunity to launch the AmCham Women’s Pioneers Series on May 9th. This pioneering panel of female Ambassadors was moderated by US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath. The second panel, moderated by CNBC Anchor Nancy Hungerford, was equally inspiring and featured passionate business leaders who have been true champions of diversity & inclusion – Wanda Hope, Johnson & Johnson (who flew in from the US for this event), and Vikram Subrahmanyam, Citi. Attended by over 250 senior business leaders and the diplomatic community, it was an evening to remember thanks to our speakers and attendees, and to our corporate sponsor Johnson & Johnson who made the event possible.
  3. Exclusive C-Suite Fireside Chat Series in June: with the great feedback we received on our first C-Suite Fireside Chat (April was Mastercard’s Global CFO Martina Hund-Mejean), we will have two more in June – PayPal’s CTO (from California) on 21 June and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (from Boston) on 22 June. These are invitation-only, intimate events for no more than ~30 senior business leaders from AmCham. If you’re a senior leader and would like to learn more about our C-Suite series, please email me.
  4. Ministry of Manpower & Initiative: if your company has strong workplace practices that build capabilities to support local-foreign employee acceptance in the workplace, please let me know so that we can share this information with MoM. In particular, if your company is part of MoM’s Human Capital Partnership Programme, please check with your HR colleague and see if your company has a programme that could be featured in the launch (in Q4 this year) of the OneWorkplace movement.
  5. AmCham’s Washington Doorknock Advocacy Mission: as the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers (APCAC), AmCham Singapore will help lead this year’s advocacy mission to DC on 15-19 July. If you’re interested in joining our AmCham Singapore delegation, please let me know.
  6. AmCham Women’s (first) Taskforce Meeting: now that we’ve officially launched AmCham Women, the real work begins! If you’re passionate about advancing diversity & inclusion in the workplace and have a little bit of time to commit to contributing towards achieving the mission of AmCham Women, please register to attend our first taskforce meeting on 14 June to learn more about the projects we’ll be rolling out in 2018-2019.
  7. Briefing on ASEAN Smart Cities Network: as this year’s ASEAN Chair, Singapore has proposed to establish an ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) – a collaborative platform where up to three cities from each ASEAN Member States work towards the common goal of smart and sustainable urban development. AmCham Singapore and the US-Asean Business Council will hold a briefing on the ASCN on June 12 following our attendance at the ASCN meeting this week organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We recommend companies in the infrastructure, ICT, and energy industries in particular to join us for this session. If this would be of interest to your company, please register to attend the session.
  8. Appointment of new AmCham Committee Co-Chairs: we are very pleased to announce the confirmation of our two newly appointed Committee Co-Chairs for the Government & Regional Affairs, and Property Committees. They are: Ho Suu Wei, Director of Government Relations, PayPal for the Government & Regional Affairs Committee (Suu Wei will join his fellow Co-Chair Peter Allen, Managing Director, Agoda Outside) and Joseph Yau, Managing Director, DPR Construction for the Property Committee (Joseph will join his fellow Co-Chair Manish Kashyap, Regional Managing Director, Head of Advisory & Transaction Services (A&T), Asia Pacific).
  9. Seeking Co-Chair nominees for Energy and Property Committees: we are currently taking nominations for Co-Chairs for the Energy and Property Committees. If you’re interested in learning more about serving as an AmCham Committee Co-Chair and driving our thought leadership in the areas of energy and property for the Chamber, please contact Stella Soh at
  10. AmCham Summer Interns: our summer interns will start their “adventure” with us in early June through the first week of August. This year’s cohort of interns includes 9 talented students from the US and one from NUS who will all be stationed in our office. So do expect to see some new energetic faces at our upcoming events!


All the best,



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