Tan Chin Hwee

Asia-Pacific CEO, Trafigura

Tan Chin Hwee is a non-executive and independent director of SPH. He is Asia-Pacific CEO of Trafigura and co-chairs the Supply Chain track of Singapore’s Emerging Stronger Taskforce. He has been active in China as an active private equity/technology investor with the sovereign wealth funds of China as his clients. He is an advisory member of Shanghai Jiaotong University finance programme and lectures at the university’s Masters programme.    

He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Nanyang Technological University and the Advisory Board of Grab Inc. He is an adjunct professor in a number of universities, and also serves on the Finance Centre Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

People walk in the tourist area surrounding Houhai Lake during Chinese National Day holidays in Beijing, China, 2 October 2020. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

What can Singapore learn from China?

Two Singaporean businessmen reflect on their years spent working in China, and consider the Chinese approaches and attitudes that Singapore can do well to learn from. With the right bold strategic moves, more targeted incentives to specific sectors and also to civil servants, as well as an openness to adapt some of the lessons from countries like China, Singapore can remain globally relevant in these very uncertain times.