12th DSS Lecture “The Engineering Mindset for Business Building & Disruption” by Mr Tan Tong Hai, StarHub CEO & Executive Director

The Engineering Mindset for Business Building & Disruption

Speaker: Mr Tan Tong Hai
CEO & Executive Director, StarHub

When: 8 Sept 2017
Where: NUS Engineering Auditorium
Start time: 600PM (Registration & tea reception)
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Tan-Tong-Hai-320Engineers are driven by curiosity. That engineering mindset affects how engineers approach any situation and frame ideas that they generate. It is this mindset that enable engineers to be real-world problem-solvers having tremendous impact on how the world works and evolve. What is perhaps less understood, is how that very mindset can be applied to build businesses and deal with the almost continuous disruptions that we face today.

Beyond immediate problem solving, engineers who see and understand the bigger picture, how an ecosystem functions, how people tick & knows what drives them, are leaders who can create value in areas other than in purely technical fields.

Mr Tan Tong Hai, is an example of such a leader. As a fresh graduate from NUS Engineering, he made a conscious choice to choose a position in the IT field that allowed him to explore new areas of development. Now as CEO & Executive Director of StarHub, that same engineering mindset of curiosity and the drive to create, is what he believes is necessary to be inculcated in today’s students to create the leaders for tomorrow.

Join us in this session where Mr Tan will share lessons from his leadership path, his current challenges, and how he believes the engineering mindset can be nurtured to help create value through business building, and to better deal with a disruptive environment.

About the Speaker

Tong Hai was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of StarHub on 1 March 2013. He joined the company in 2009 as its Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. Tong Hai has over 25 years of experience in the regional information technology (IT), Internet and e-commerce industries and has broad experience at top management levels. Tong Hai was previously the President and CEO of Singapore Computer Systems since August 2005, and the President and CEO of Pacific Internet (PacNet) from March 2001. He was instrumental in turning both companies around when he was at their helms. In addition, Tong Hai is currently the Chairman of Nanyang Polytechnic Board of Governors and a board member of Workforce Singapore. He is also a council member with the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

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