The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) recently announced that (Er.) Edwin Khew, Managing Director of Anaergia Singapore Pte Ltd, will be taking over the reins of IES Presidency from Er. Chong Kee Sen.
Er. Khew will be officially inaugurated as the IES President for a term of two years (Sessions 2016/17 and 2017/18) at the 50th IES Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on 28 May 2016 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.
For his new appointment, Er. Khew has set three key thrusts in collaboration with the IES Council: to deliver greater value and relevance to IES members, to raise the profile of engineering as the profession of choice and to steer IES towards becoming the focal point and strategic partner for all present and future engineering initiatives in Singapore.
“It is a huge responsibility to be the IES President during its Golden Jubilee Year especially as Singapore crosses into its second 50 years of development. This is a critical juncture that will determine the success of Singapore’s future growth into the high tech sector and being a smart nation, as engineering will be one of the key professions required to drive these areas of growth. I do hope to steer IES to strengthen its engineering excellence through the development of strong and active technical committees (TCs) covering all sectors of engineering in IES and in enthusing the young to take up an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). We hope that by showing students how they can be part of this exciting future growth of Singapore, they will be encouraged to take up engineering after they leave school,” said Er. Khew.
Er. Khew will also focus on the softer aspects of engineering, especially in promoting social and environmental responsibility amongst IES members and in encouraging young engineers to be more enterprising. He has made significant contributions to Singapore’s Cleantech, sustainable energy and manufacturing industries. He played a leading role in the establishment of the first Cleantech Incubator/Accelerator for Singapore start-ups and foreign companies in 2013. He was also the former President of the Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation, the current Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) and Chairman of the Singapore Standards Council. Er Khew served as a Nominated Member of Parliament between 2006 and 2008 and was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the President of Singapore during Singapore’s National Day in 2014.
Er. Khew has been an IES member since 2006 and served as a Vice President in the IES Council from 2008 to 2015. He has made pivotal contributions as the head of several groups and as the chair of the Chemical and Process Engineering Technical Committee (CAPE TC) where he took on the Presidency of the Asia Pacific Conference of Chemical Engineering Congress (APCChE) in 2012, which was held in Singapore for the second time after 25 years. Er. Khew succeeds the 25th IES President, Er. Chong Kee Sen, director of civil & structural consulting engineering firm, Engineers 9000 Pte Ltd.
“Er. Khew is an exemplary engineer, a successful entrepreneur and an inspiring leader. His passion for engineering and wealth of knowledge make him the ideal candidate to lead IES to its next chapter of growth. I am confident that IES will achieve great heights under his leadership,” said Er. Chong.