Indian roots, Singaporean exposure: Leaders to address delegates at PBD 2018

The Indian diaspora in Singapore has notable representatives in politics, education, diplomacy and the law. They have made a mark as leaders in various fields.

Some of them are going to be making their presence felt at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2018 held on January 6 and 7 at Marina Bay Sands. Here is a list of prominent speakers of Indian-origin.

S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade & Industry (Industry)
S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade & Industry (Industry). Photo courtesy: sitf.org.sg

S. Iswaran - Minister for Trade & Industry (Industry)

S. Iswaran has been the Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) since 2015. A member of the governing PAP, he has also previously served as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, as well as Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry. He has been an MP since 1997. He has served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Temasek Holdings, Director for International Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).

Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs (left) with Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India.
Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs (left) with Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India. Photo courtesy: mfa.gov.sg

Vivian Balakrishnan - Minister for Foreign Affairs

Vivian Balakrishnan is the Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the governing PAP. He is also the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Programme Office. He has previously held appointments in the Singapore Cabinet as Minister for Environment and Water Resources and Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, as well as the Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Trade and Industry. He is a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency.

Gopinath Pillai, Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore and Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Gopinath Pillai, Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS. Photo courtesy: nus.edu.sg

Gopinath Pillai - Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore and Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Awarded with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri, Gopinath Pillai is a Singaporean diplomat and an Ambassador-at-large for the Government of Singapore. Pillai  is the Chairman of Institute of South Asian Studies and the National University of Singapore. Pillai is a recipient of Meritorious Award and Friend of Labour Award from the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

Subra Suresh, President/Designate, Nanyang Technological University
Subra Suresh, President/Designate, Nanyang Technological University. Photo courtesy: wesa.fm

Subra Suresh - President/Designate, Nanyang Technological University

Subra Suresh most recently served as the president of Carnegie Mellon University from 2013 to 2017, and is soon to be taking over as the President of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore with effect from 1 January 2018. Suresh was the Director of the National Science Foundation in 2010. He is the author or co-author of more than 240 research articles in international journals, co-editor of five books, and co-inventor on 22 U.S. and international patent applications. He has authored or co-authored three material science books: Fatigue of Materials, Fundamentals of Functionally Graded Materials, and Thin Film Materials.

Kishore Mahbubani, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Kishore Mahbubani, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the LKY School of Public Policy, NUS. Photo courtesy: mothership.sg

Kishore Mahbubani - Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Kishore Mahbubani is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He previously served for 33 years in Singapore's diplomatic service and is recognised as an expert on Asian and world affairs. Mahbubani is best known outside Singapore for his books Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World, and The New Asian Hemisphere: the irresistible shift of global power to the East.

Piyush Gupta, CEO & Director, DBS Group
Piyush Gupta, CEO & Director, DBS Group. Photo courtesy: Youtube

Piyush Gupta - CEO & Director, DBS Group

The current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of DBS Group, Piyush Gupta has been credited with leading the banking group to become a leading Asian financial services group.In 2014, Gupta was named as the Singapore Business Leader of the Year by CNBC. In 2013, Gupta was named “Best CEO, the Asia Pacific” by The Asian Banker, and “Best CEO, Singapore” by Asiamoney and The Business Times.  Gupta also applauded the Indian Government for demonetisation and GST, spoke about his extraordinary journey of over three decades in the banking sector, new initiatives in the digital space by DBS and how he maintains a work life balance.

Gautam Banerjee, Senior Managing Director & Chairman, Blackstone
Gautam Banerjee, Senior Managing Director & Chairman, Blackstone. Photo courtesy: Blackstone

Gautam Banerjee - Senior Managing Director & Chairman, Blackstone

The Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Blackstone Singapore, Gautam Banerjee served as Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore for nine years until his retirement in December 2012. He spent over 30 years with the firm in various leadership roles in Singapore, India and East Asia. He is an independent director on the Board of Singapore Airlines Limited, Piramal Enterprises Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and GIC Private Limited. Banerjee is a Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and his roles in the not-for-profit sector include serving on the Governing Board of Yale-NUS College and the Legal Service Commission of Singapore.

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