Global Supertrends Conference 2021

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean

Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development, Singapore

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean is the Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities (MND) as well as the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (SUTD). She was formerly the CEO of the Housing and Development Board from 2010 to 2020, overseeing the development and management of over 1 million public housing flats and introduced a new generation of well designed, community centric, smart and sustainable public housing. Dr. Cheong was also CEO of Urban Redevelopment Authority from 2004 to 2010 and has extensive experience in land use planning, urban design, conservation of built heritage and the real estate market. She played a key role in major urban transformations such as Marina Bay. She is also the Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize’s Nominating Committee, a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Architects and Institute of Planners and on the board of NUS.

Dr. Cheong has received numerous awards, notably the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding public service, the Urban Land Institute’s Prize for Urban Visionaries and the Lynn S Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. She is a Colombo Plan Scholar with degrees in Architecture (Hon 1, University Gold Medal), a Doctor of Architecture Honoris Causa (University of Newcastle), Masters degree in Urban Development Planning (University College London), and has completed the Advanced Management Programme (Harvard University). She is also a Professor of Practice in SUTD and an Endowed Professor in NTU.