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Fireside Chat with Philip Yeo: Failure and Innovation


6:00 – 6:30 PM               Registration
6:30 – 6:40 PM               OBR & Speaker Introduction
6:40 – 8:00 PM               Talk and Q&A
8:00 – 9:00 PM               Networking Reception

Our Speaker


Mr. Philip Yeo is widely known as the founding father of Singapore’s biomedical sciences (BMS) initiative, an ambitious project launched by the Singapore government in 2000. With decades of experience dedicated to growing Singapore’s capabilities, Mr. Philip Yeo joins OBR-Singapore in our second event to share his views on innovation seen through the lens of a varied and distinguished career.

Having led the development of Singapore’s semiconductor, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries during his tenure as EDB Chairman from 1986 to 2000, his expertise in innovation to spur economic growth is unparalleled. From 2001 to 2007 at the helm of A*STAR, he oversaw the expansion of the BMS initiative. Since then, in the top job at SPRING Singapore, he has championed the growth of startups as well as small and medium enterprises.

Often described as a maverick, Mr. Philip Yeo is a straight talker known to take risks and break the rules to get the job done. While his methods have at times been considered unconventional, his track record of creating jobs in Singapore’s economy means he is widely in demand by companies and governments around the world eager for his insight.

And this advice is valuable because it is not about the highly lauded successes trumpeted by mainstream media but rather about lessons learnt from failure.

Join us as OBR-Singapore brings you a rare opportunity to hear one of Singapore’s foremost opinion leaders tell all, through anecdotes and stories of a richly layered past with an eye firmly fixed on the future.