2019 Recipients

Mr Chua Thian Poh

Business China
Excellence Award

Mr Chua Thian Poh Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ho Bee Group
Chairman of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

With grit and wit, Mr Chua Thian Poh led property group Ho Bee Land to extraordinary business success spanning Singapore, China, Australia, United Kingdom and Europe. Widely successful and respected, Mr Chua earned many accolades distinguishing him as a man of eminent standing in the Chinese and business communities. Most commendable is his heart for promoting social cohesion and seeding cultural exchanges. Mr Chua orchestrated initiatives of significance such as establishing the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Cultural Academy and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, facilitating greater understanding of Singaporean Chinese culture in a multicultural Singapore. Through the establishment of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations Scholarship and SMU Ho Bee Professorship in Chinese Economy and Business, Mr Chua has played an instrumental role in deepening bilateral ties and bicultural understanding. Mr Chua’s tireless endeavours laid the foundation on which future generations can build on to strengthen Singapore-Sino friendship. For such phenomenal role and contributions, Mr Chua deserves the title of excellence.

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MPAM Picture for Business China Award

Business China
Enterprise Award

Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM) Programme, National University of Singapore

The Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM) Programme, administered jointly by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and NUS Business School of the National University of Singapore (NUS), is a strategic initiative deepening academic and cultural exchanges between Singapore and China. MPAM supports Singapore’s significant role in nurturing a global perspective among tomorrow’s decision makers. This high-level 10-month academic programme, conducted in Chinese, has nurtured over 600 senior government officials and state-owned enterprise (SOE) executives from Singapore, China and Asia over the past 10 years. The MPAM facilitates participants’ understanding of business, policy and governance challenges and broadening their outlook on global issues. More importantly, MPAM connects future leaders of the region, while deepening their appreciation of Singapore’s developmental philosophy and unique experiences. For an academic programme that plays a substantive role in talent development, building networks and fostering mutual understanding across Singapore, China and rest of the world, the MPAM programme’s commitment is indeed commendable.

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Mr James Ke 1

Business China
Young Achiever Award

Mr James Ke Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Unihearts International Education

Mr James Ke is a young Singaporean who believes in powering the future through education. His efforts in education and in promoting connections between youths of Singapore and China paved the way for better bilateral understanding and cooperation in the future. Keen to equip children with 21st century competencies and develop children to their fullest potential, Mr Ke brought thriving preschool brand Cherie Hearts to China. He successfully introduced Singapore’s preschool education philosophy and experiences to Chinese families through a network of kindergartens under the Unihearts International Education Group. Mr Ke is also passionate about entrepreneurship and community development. He leveraged his networks in the business communities, clans and associations to facilitate business and cultural exchanges, thereby building closer people-to-people ties between Singapore and China. Mr Ke personally led many ground-up initiatives to support young new immigrants assimilate into Singapore’s culture and participate in the local community. As a successful entrepreneur and community champion committed to strengthening Singapore-China relations, Mr Ke deserves the BCA Young Achiever Award.

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Key Dates

  • 15 Apr 2021 Calling for Nominations
  • 9 June 2021 Nominations Close
  • Jun - Oct 2021 Judging
  • 8 Nov 2021 Awards Ceremony



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