CEO Dialogue Event

Started in 2012, the CEO Dialogue is a signature event in the SIM Alumni calendar. Every year, we invite two to three C-suite alumni to join the SIM CEO in sharing their views and insights on trending topics in industry and education. Event format is a moderated panel dialogue whereby the panellists exchange views with each other as well as the audience.

Topics in previous years have revolved around leadership, innovation, disruption, and future economy. 


Next Event:

calendar-icon.png   13th September 2022, 6PM to 8PM

location-icon.png   SIM HQ, Blk D, Performing Arts Theatre Foyer


What is CEO Dialogue?

The CEO Dialogue is SIM Alumni Engagement’s flagship event, whereby our alumni panellists and SIM CEO will exchange their insights on the trending industry topic. The event is open to all SIM GE students, alumni, industry partners and faculty members.

Past Events

Catch up on past years’ CEO Dialogue.

As the world grapples daily with pandemic inoculation, governments are busy transforming domestic industries through digitalisation as the way forward in economic recovery. Besides changing mindsets and adopting digital tools, the nature of the workplace itself has evolved into a hybrid model of reduced physical interactions and increased virtual work.

Digitalising businesses and retraining workers have become critical for companies to pivot for survival, to brace for future economic disruptions or another pandemic. In the post-pandemic future of work, the need for continual reskilling and upskilling has highlighted the importance and relevance of learner programmes by providers like SIM and UOL.

As SIM and UOL celebrate 35 years of higher education partnership, we look at how continuing education programmes and upskilling courses prepare students and alumni PMEs for the future of work. We will also examine digital competencies and skillsets that employers look in graduate hires for the digital economy and digitalised workplace.


Moderator: Tan Kong Soon, Manager, Alumni Engagement

Ready or not, Industry 5.0 is here with a new Digital Age. The last Industry 4.0 saw the arrival of automation technologies, IoT and the smart factory. Regardless of industry, this new Digital Age of industrial revolution demands collaboration between increasingly powerful, accurate machinery and the unique creative potential of the human worker.

Accelerated by the global Covid-19 pandemic, Industry 5.0 is about leveraging on robots to help humans work better and faster with IoT, AI, big data. To seize fast-evolving work and career opportunities in Industry 5.0, graduate hires of today need more than academic credentials and soft skills.

What are new competencies required for a digital edge? Where do business and career opportunities in this region lie post-pandemic? Are you digitally ready to seize these opportunities?


  • Singapore: Seah Chin Siong, President & CEO, SIM
  • China: Jay Zhang, University of London (2008), Regional Sales Director, Asset Management Headquarters, Guosen Securities Company Limited
  • Indonesia: Dima Djani, RMIT University (2008), CEO, Alami
  • Malaysia: Leonard Lim, University of London (2013), Managing Director, TKS Capital SDN BHD
  • Myanmar: Thein Myint Oo, RMIT University (2010), Founding Director, Meson Partners Myanmar Limited
  • Vietnam: Hai Ho, University at Buffalo (SUNY) (2008), Co-Founder & CEO, Triip Pte Ltd

Moderator: Tan Kong Soon, Manager, Alumni Engagement


  • Mr Alvin Ho, University of Birmingham, 2014, Chief Operating Officer, VitaCare Medical Group
  • Mr Gerald Tay, University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2012, Group Chief Executive Officer, TPS Group Alliance
  • Assoc Prof M. Kamala Devi, The University of Sydney, 1996 Director of Education (CET) Alice Lee Ctr for Nursing Studies Yong Loo Lin Sch of Medicine
  • Mr Seah Chin Song, President & Chief Executive Officer, SIM Group 

Moderator: Tan Kong Soon, Manager, Alumni Engagement



  • Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, SIM Holdings
  • Mr Azmoon Ahmad, RMIT University, 2005, Senior & Vice President, Desay SV
  • Mr Oliver Tan, University of London, 1993, CEO & Co-Founder, ViSenze

Moderator: Tan Kong Soon, Manager, Alumni Engagement&

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