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Philip Yeo kicks off U@live 2012

19 January 2012

Mr Sadasivan (left) with Mr Yeo during the Question and Answer session

The NUS U@live forum got off to a rousing start in the new year with Singapore pioneer Mr Philip Yeo, a straight talker with an incredible portfolio of accomplishments, as Guest Speaker. The forum held in the evening of 18 January is the 12th instalment of the monthly speaker series featuring outstanding members of the NUS community who have been indefatigable in championing causes that make a difference to society.

An extraordinary leader in civil service who had played a huge role in the development of Singapore's information technology, semiconductor, chemical and biomedical sciences industries, Mr Yeo is best known for his contributions towards nurturing talents and creating jobs for Singapore, most notably while he was serving in the Economic Development Board and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Sharing his experiences at U@live, Mr Yeo talked about his work in growing Singapore industries, taking them beyond the local shores. He also commented on various issues facing the Singapore society and answered many candid questions from the audience, such as his views on certain controversies stirred by his provocative remarks, the competitive edge of Singapore engineers, the entitlement mentality among young Singaporeans today and the current debate on ministerial salary review.

Forum moderator Mr Viswa Sadasivan, Chairman of the U@live organising committee, found Mr Yeo's outspokenness to be very refreshing. He also described him as "passionately patriotic; a firm believer in the Singaporean talent".

Currently the Chairman of SPRING Singapore, Mr Yeo is also the Senior International Advisor at SingBridge International Pte Ltd and Chairman and Director of SingBridge International Investments Pte Ltd.

A recipient of many prestigious awards and accolades, Mr Yeo, who holds a Master of Science (Systems Engineering) degree from the then University of Singapore, was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters by NUS last year, in recognition of his distinguished service and outstanding contributions to Singapore.

U@live, which is also webcast live to the student population on campus, aims to provoke thought, ignite passion and inspire action by the NUS community in pursuit of worthy causes. The forum, initiated by the Alumni Advisory Board, is spearheaded jointly by alumni and the Office of Alumni Relations.