Award recipients at SCS' gala dinner.
From left to right: Chak Kong Soon (SCS President); Quek Yang Sheng (IT Youth); Darius Cheung (Entrepreneur of the Year), Professor Christopher Chia (Hall of Fame); Tan Tong Hai (IT Leader of the Year); and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information.
The Singapore Computer Society (SCS) crowned the winners of the IT Leader Awards 2014 at its annual Gala Dinner last Friday (6 March 2015).
Four distinguished individuals were recognised for their achievements and contributions to Singapore's information, communication and technology industry.
"We congratulate this year's winners on their individual achievements and celebrate their contributions to the industry's progress as a whole," said Ong Whee Teck, SCS' chairman of the IT Leader Awards 2015. "We are confident that their accomplishments will serve as an inspiration for the younger generations to pursue careers in IT and set new benchmarks."
Hall of Fame
Professor Christopher Chia, currently a professor of transformation practice at NUS Business School, was presented with the Hall of Fame award for his continuous efforts of bridging IT and the business world. When he was in the National Computer Board (NCB) in the 1980s, he pioneered the concept of quality assurance and app development standards in the Civil Service Computerisation programme.
In 1995, Professor Chia became the founding CEO of the National Library Board (NLB). There, he leveraged IT to set up digitally-networked library, offering users information in multiple formats including electronic databases and various multimedia services. This resulted in NLB garnering over 2 million members, over 30 million visitors, and 32 million loans by 2003.
Professor Chia also played a pivotal role as the CEO of Singapore's Media Development Authority from 2004 to 2010. Under his watch, he successfully increased the value-add of the sector from about S$4.27 billion in 2003 to over S$7 billion in 2010.
IT leader of the year
Tan Tong Hai, CEO and executive director of StarHub, was named the IT leader of the year for his exemplary leadership, and leading innovations and breakthroughs in development or application of infocomm and media. At StarHub, Tan oversaw initiatives including the Golden Gurus programme, which empowers tech savvy citizen to help their peers by imparting their IT knowledge; and MySmartEye, a mobile app that helps the visually impaired to see their surroundings with the aid of a volunteer network. Besides that, he has led StarHub to strategic partnerships with cloud solution providers to deliver cost-effective solutions to serve small and medium-sized enterprises.
Before joining StarHub, Tan headed the implementation of the Central Identification and Registration Information System (CIRIS) for Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), which won the 2008 Infocomm Singapore Awards.
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