Opening Ceremony & Welcome Lunch

26 March 2018, Monday, 11.30pm - 2.00pm, Sands Ballroom (Sands & Expo & Convention Centre, Level 5)

Join us for the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Lunch on the first day of the conference, 26 March 2018 (Monday), from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Level 5, Sands Ballroom. We are delighted to introduce the APAIE 2018 Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker who will be speaking during this exciting conference tradition.

Guest of Honor

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Ong Ye Kung
Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and
Second Minister for Defence, Singapore

Minister Ong previously held roles as the Director of Group Strategy at Keppel Corporation, Deputy Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress, and served in various positions in Singapore’s Government including as Chief Executive of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), during which he spearheaded many initiatives to build up the Continuing Education and Training infrastructure.

He also served as the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong from 2003-2005, and as Press Secretary to Prime Minister Lee from 1997-2003. He was the Deputy Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

 Keynote Speaker

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Ian Goldin
Professor of Globalisation and Development
University of Oxford

Keynote speaker Professor Goldin is the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School and has held executive leadership positions in the World Bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (where he also served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela) and the OECD Development Centre in Paris. He has been knighted by the French Government and was nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum for his contributions to development.

An expert in matters of globalisation and systemic risk, migration and the need for governance, Professor Goldin has a special interest in seeking ways to break away from short-term decision making and reporting, and believes in international development and finding new approaches to research, especially leveraging inter-disciplinary research to tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century.