Antioch of Asia
Welcome to Singapore, the Lion City.
We wish all of you a fruitful, enjoyable, and memorable stay in our nation.
“A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation:
I the LORD will hasten it in his time."
Singapore is one of the smallest nations in the world but it punches far above its weight globally. With a land mass of only 719 sq. km, the city-state is the second-richest country in the world with a GDP per capita of US$72,794 (2021).
It is also the busiest port in the world as well as the top financial center in the Asia Pacific, and the third biggest globally after New York and London. It has been voted by international agencies as the first in the world in political and operational stability; the third most competitive economy in the world; and the second least risky country for investment.
The nation has a multi-racial and multi-religious population of 5.45 million people, of which about 4 million are citizens or permanent residents and the remaining 1.45 million are foreigners.
The local population is made up of:
By race: Chinese 74.3%, Malay 13.5%, Indian 9%, other 3.2%.
By religion: Buddhists 33.9%, Catholics 7.1%, Protestants 11.0%, Taoists 11.3%, Hinduists 5.2%, Muslims 14.3%
Despite being described as one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world by Pew Research Center, the nation has enjoyed religious and racial harmony through the years.
The founding of modern Singapore began with the establishment of a British trading post in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles. It became a British colony in 1824 and since then, the island was governed by the British till 1963 except for the period of the Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945 during the Second World War.
In 1963, it achieved independence from the British through a merger with Malaysia. However, the merger was short-lived due to political differences between the Singapore and Malaysian governments. In 1965, Singapore was 'forced' out of Malaysia and became an independent nation on its own.
The name, Singapore, is derived from 'Singa Pura' which means "Lion City" in the Malay language. It is no coincidence that the city-state is called the Lion City. Jesus is the Lion of Judah.
In 1978, Billy Graham made a prophetic declaration on Singapore as the Antioch of Asia. Singapore's political, social, and economic developments since attaining independence in 1965 have been inextricably tied to its destiny as the Antioch of Asia.
Day 1: 10th May 2023 (Weds)
Welcome to Singapore
1730: Arrival Changi Airport
1945: Welcome Dinner with Gatekeepers Singapore & Dr Castleberry
2230: Check-in Furama Riverfront
Day 2: 11th May 2023 (Thurs)
Mercury 1 Room
0830: Session 1A - Breakfast Session with Andrew Khoo
0900: Session 1B - Singapore: The Untold Story with Georgie Lee
1030: Historical Tour: (Changi Chapel Museum)
1230: Lunch at Chin Chin Eating House
1430: City Tour: (Marina Bay Sands Singapore)
1645: City Tour: (The Padang > Jubilee Bridge > Merlion Park > Fullerton Bay Hotel)
1830: Dinner at Raffles City Singapore (Free & Easy)
2100: Furama Riverfront
Day 3: 12th May 2023 (Fri)
Village Hotel, Katong (VHK)
0930: Session 2 - Tech & Entertainment with Sherman Ng
1100: Session 3 - The Redemptive Enterprise with Georgie Lee
1230: Lunch by Far East Organization
1400: Panel with Far East Organization
1715: Art Exhibition Tour at i12 Katong
1830: Dinner at VHK
1930: Art Jam with Sound of Art at VHK
2130: Furama Riverfront
Day 4: 13th May 2023 (Sat)
National University Singapore, Kent Ridge Campus
0930: Session 4 - Justice Singapore with Gregory Vijayendren
1100: Session 5 - Historical Singapore: From British Colony To Independence. The Antioch Calling with Galven Lee
1230: Lunch (Buffet)
1400: Session 6 - Political Singapore - From Third World to First World: The Making of a Nation with Prof. Lim Siong Guan
1545: Session 7 - Growing Social Capital with Jason Wong
1730: Furama Riverfront (Free & Easy)
Day 5: 14th May 2023 (Sun)
Victory Family Centre
1000: Visit Victory Family Centre
1230: Lunch with Pst. Jeremy Seaward
1500: Furama Riverfront (Free & Easy)
Day 6: 15th May 2023 (Mon)
The Pinnacle Duxton
M Hotel, Singapore
Monetary Authory of Singapore (MAS)
0900: Singapore City Gallery Tour at URA Centre
1030: The Pinnacle Duxton Tour
1200: Lunch by The Association of Banks in Singapore
1245: Session 8: Building Singapore - From Village to Global City: The Soul of a Nation; The Greening of Singapore - From Village to Global City: The Soul of a Nation with Khoo Peng Beng.
1345: Session 9: Banking in Singapore with Mrs. Ong Ai Boon
1600: Tea break
1630: MAS Gallery Tour
1730: Furama Riverfront (Free & Easy)
Day 7: 16th May 2023 (Tues)
Blk 71 NUS Enterprise
Grab HQ @ One-North
0930: Session 10A: Welcome and Intro To Start-Up Experience with David Pong.
1000: Blk 71 Global Incubation Tour
10:40 Session 10B: History & founding of Blk 71 with Brian Koh
1115: Lunch at Blk 71
1415: Sharing by Dr. Waldemar & Rosemarie Kowalski
1500: Session 11 - Grab Session with HQ Tour with Peter Oey
1730: Furama Riverfront (Free & Easy)
Day 8: 17th May 2023 (Weds)
Free & Easy
Free & Easy Day
1900: Reflection Dinner
Welcome to our speaker's section, where you can learn more about the experts and thought leaders who will be sharing their insights and knowledge with you during your visit to Singapore. Discover some of the most inspiring business leaders who share your faith and values.
Our speaker schedule includes entrepreneurs, executives, and thought leaders who have achieved success in a variety of fields while keeping to Christian values and ideals.
They are not only successful businessmen, but they are also fervent believers who believe their faith and morals have a role in the marketplace.
Executive Chairman & CEO, Malayan United Industries Berhad
Andrew was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on 1 January 2018 and was subsequently re-designated to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on 13 December 2018.
He is currently also the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MUI Properties Berhad, an Executive Director of Pan Malaysia Corporation Berhad and Network Foods International Ltd, and a Director of Metrojaya Berhad, West Synergy Sdn Bhd, A & W (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Laura Ashley Inc., Laura Ashley (North America) Inc., Regent Corporation, Corus Hotels Limited and Federal International (2000) Ltd.
He is a Barrister-at-law from Lincolns Inn, United Kingdom and also holds a Degree in Law and Master of Arts from Cambridge University, United Kingdom and Master of Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University, United States of America as well as Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics from the University of Victoria, Canada.
He has also held senior management positions in a number of diverse industries including food, retailing, and the hospitality sector.
He is the son of Tan Sri Dato’ Khoo Kay Peng, the deemed major shareholder of Malayan United Industries Berhad.
Director, NUS Enterprise Singapore
Brian is the Director of NUS Enterprise (a cluster of the National University of Singapore - NUS). An “Eco-system Builder”, he has built several eco-system platforms that support Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was involved in building up the eco-system supporting startups and entrepreneurs both on-campus and off-campus; establishing the infrastructure, programs, and networks for the eco-system. He has also successfully established overseas launchpad centres – US (Silicon Valley) and China (Beijing, Shanghai & Suzhou).
He has more than 25 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Prior to NUS, Brian together with some friends were involved in pioneering Adroit Innovations from a start-up company to be a publicly listed company on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2000. His last held position with Adroit Innovations was Director, Regional Business Development in which he managed, grew, and established the Malaysian subsidiary; turning it into a profitable entity within one year.
Brian started his career with United Overseas Bank. As Assistant Vice President with United Overseas Bank Group, Information Technology Sector, he was involved in various bank-wide strategic re-engineering projects which include UOB's Business Information Technology Strategy and Commercial Lending Re-engineering Project.
CEO & Co-Founder, WateRoam
David Pong is a social entrepreneur who believes in harnessing the power of business to drive social change and solve the world’s toughest problems.
Having witnessed villagers across Asia who are still burdened by waterborne diseases in the 21st century, David co-founded WateRoam in 2014 to design & build innovative water filters that provide safe drinking water in the hardest-to-reach places on earth. Together with his team, Wateroam has built cost-effective water filters that are simple-to-use, swift to deploy, and can provide high-quality drinking water without electricity.
Today, WateRoam’s filters have been deployed through its partners to 43 countries globally and provided clean water access to more than 250,000 people in rural & disaster-hit communities. Wateroam's innovation has been recognized with accolades by organizations such as the World Economic Forum, United Nations, and ASEAN.
Historian, Author & Senior Manager, Innovation - Bridge Alliance
Galven Lee is the co-founder and curator of Sound of Art, a faith-inspired art gallery and social enterprise based in Singapore. He believes in the power of art to tell stories, inspire lives and transform culture. The gallery supports emerging Asian artists through nurturing a global community of like-minded patrons and ambassadors.
It also partners with shopping malls, hotels, charities, and lifestyle brands to adapt art to public spaces, reimagining new ways and pioneering technologies that make art relevant and accessible by all.
Concurrently, Galven is a senior manager of innovation at Bridge Alliance, a consortium of telecom companies serving over 900m customers. His mission is to grow the 5G consumer business, driving regional partnerships and facilitating new business launches across Asia. These are mainly based on emerging technologies, including AR/VR, cloud/mobile gaming, immersive live-streaming, and more.
Director, UOB Kay Hian
Former Journalist and Investment Banker
Georgie Lee's career span over 50 years in journalism, stockbroking, and investment banking.
After graduating with an honors degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, Georgie honed his skills in journalism with Singapore's national newspaper, the Straits Times, and subsequently, with the Financial Times of London as their Singapore correspondent.
He then cut his teeth in stockbroking and investment banking, holding senior appointments at leading Asian financial institutions such as the DBS Group, Singapore Technologies (ST) Capital, UOB Kay Hian, and TA Securities in Malaysia.
He and his son, Galven authored a bestselling 300-page book, “Unfolding His Story” which documented the history of the Charismatic Movement in Singapore.
He is the Immediate Past President of Gatekeepers Singapore, a marketplace ministry, and an elder of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, an Anglican church that he helped plant in 1979.
He and his wife, Evelyn are parents to two lovely children Evangeline who is married to Sherman Ng, and Galven who is married to Alice Yu
Senior Counsel, Former Law Society President
Gregory Vijayendran is the longest-serving President of the Law Society of Singapore completing his office in 2021. He practices litigation, arbitration, and mediation in Rajah & Tann LLP and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2019.
Gregory has servant-led the Christian law fraternity via the Law Christian Fellowship for nearly two decades. In addition, he has been appointed from last year to serve as Chairman of Prison Fellowship Singapore, a Board Member of Tung Ling Bible School, and an Advisor to Gatekeepers Singapore.
In social service, Gregory had and continues to have, a unique, direct, and longstanding involvement including serving as President of Club Rainbow (Singapore) from 1996 to 2015.
At present, among other roles, he serves as Honorary General Secretary of National Council of Social Services and President of the Tribunal of Maintenance of Parents. He was conferred the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat in 2022. Gregory sees his spiritual role in the marketplace to be salt and light and serving as spiritual father to many.
Former Chairman, Focus on the Family (Singapore)
Jason Wong graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1987 on a Colombo Plan Scholarship. He became a Christian through the Overseas Christian Fellowship in Perth, where he became its President in his final year of study.
Jason spent 23 years in the Singapore Public Service, holding various positions such as the Deputy Director of Prisons, CEO of SCORE (Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises), and a Senior Director at the Ministry of Social Development and Family. Over the years, he had worked with prisoners, abused children, youths at risk, and multi-problem families.
He founded the Yellow Ribbon Project in 2004 to help ex-offenders reintegrate back to society and the Dads for Life movement to turn hearts of fathers to their children in 2009. After leaving public service in 2013, he volunteers his time championing family, mentoring fathers, and the next generation.
Jason regularly speaks in churches, schools, and the marketplace. He is married to Donna, and they have 2 young adult children.
Khoo Peng Beng
Partner, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism
Khoo Peng Beng is director and co-founder of Arc Studio Architecture + Urbanism, an architectural practice founded in 1999 that has made a name for itself with ground-breaking projects such as the upmarket Pinnacle @ Duxton in Tanjong Pagar, Wing Tai’s The Tembusu condominium at Tampines Road; and the freehold 91-unit One Balmoral on Balmoral Road.
Khoo runs the firm with his wife, fellow director and co-founder Belinda Huang; they were both named joint 2020 Designer of the Year at the President’s Design Awards Singapore for developing socially meaningful, community-focused projects and nurturing aspiring young architects. Khoo and Huang’s common design ethos is centred on an understanding of the house, the home and the family unit; the importance of community spaces; and a respect for nature and appreciation of sustainability.
Arc Studio Architecture + Urbanism has also ventured abroad with projects in locations such as Cambodia and Rwanda, building schools and working with NGOs to develop community spaces for less-privileged members of the community who live in poverty and need education. The firm was also involved in the development of self-sufficient eco-townships incorporating permaculture in the highlands of Malaysia, and is looking at doing work in Myanmar.
Lim Siong Guan
Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS). Former President, GIC and Head of Civil Service
LIM Siong Guan has been a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore since 2005, and a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College since 2006. He speaks at various forums on leadership, national governance, preparing for the future, organisational excellence, and change management. He was Group President of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, from 2007 to 2016, and Advisor to the Group Executive Committee of GIC from 2017 to 2019.
Siong Guan chaired the Singapore Economic Development Board from 2006 to 2009. The Board is the Singapore government’s lead agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre, and much of its work is attracting international corporations to set up manufacturing and services activities in Singapore as critical links in the global supply chain.
Siong Guan was the first Principal Private Secretary to Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from 1999 to 2005. He has been the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (1981-1994), the Public Service Division of the Prime Minister’s Office (1994-1998), the Ministry of Education (1997-1999) and the Ministry of Finance (1999-2006).
He has chaired the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (2004-2006), the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (2004-2006), and the Central Provident Fund Board (1986-1994), and has been a board member of many companies including Temasek, the other sovereign wealth fund of Singapore.
He is a Member of the International Board of the stars Foundation, a Swiss foundation that promotes leadership development for leaders of the next generation. He is senior advisor to Insignia Ventures Partners, who manage venture capital investments in Southeast Asia, and chairs Honour (Singapore) Ltd, a charity that seeks to promote a culture of honour and honouring for the well-being of Singapore.
Siong Guan has co-authored two books with Joanne H. Lim. The first, “The Leader, The Teacher & You – Leadership Through the Third Generation” is a book on leadership and governance, and the second, “Winning with Honour in Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership, and Life” is a book on success in life, family and work. He has written a third book, “Can Singapore Fall?: Making the Future for Singapore” based on his lectures as the 4th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore.
Ong Ai Boon
Director, The Associations of Banks in Singapore
Mrs Ong-Ang Ai Boon is the Director of The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS). She was appointed in 1982 and has since led the ABS with her extensive regulatory and operational experience in the banking industry.
Mrs Ong started her career in banking in 1969. Prior to her position at ABS, Mrs Ong was with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 1971 till 1981 where she held several key positions during her tenure.
The Association represents the interests of the banking industry (both local and foreign banks: 153 (as at to-date) and among other functions, work to establish a sound banking structure in Singapore in co-operation and consultation with MAS.
Chief Financial Officer, Grab
Peter Oey is the Chief Financial Officer of Grab. He leads financial operations, corporate accounting and reporting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, tax, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance and procurement.
Peter brings over 20 years of corporate financial and strategic planning experience to Grab, joining from legal technology solutions provider LegalZoom where he served as CFO for more than five years.
Prior to LegalZoom, he was CFO of MyLife.com, a US consumer internet business, and spent over 12 years at Activision Blizzard in various roles including VP, Corporate Controller.
Peter has a Bachelor of Economics, Accounting and Commercial Law from the University of Sydney.
Founder & CEO, Salt Media & Entertainment
Sherman is multi-hyphenate, having produced and distributed films, consulted for businesses, founded businesses, and is also the National President at Gatekeepers Singapore.
He is an advisor to Mistletoe Inc, family office of Taizo Son. He works closely with Mistletoe Inc on innovation & commercialisation. He also helps build their startup ecosystem. In another space which Sherman works, he Founded Salt Media & Entertainment and produced 3 Hollywood films, distributed over 100 films in the region, and initiated the first cinema in the financial district of Singapore. During the height of the Covid pandemic, God miraculously led him to start a defence contracting business which takes him around the world looking at the latest in technology.
Sherman is also a worship leader, doing so for over 27 years now. Other trivia includes that he is the first Singaporean, and still the only Singaporean who has done a wingsuit tandem flight. The flight saw him jump from over 16,000 ft, traveling over 5km in the sky and reaching a top speed of 234km/h.
Moments like these, speak a thousand words.