Lew Chuen Hong

Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore

Lew Chuen Hong

Speaker Bio

Mr Lew Chuen Hong was appointed Chief Executive of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in June 2020. He leads IMDA in growing Singapore’s Digital Economy. This includes providing world-class infrastructure, spurring innovation, nurturing local companies, and anchoring global MNCs. This catalyses growth not just in the ICT and Media (ICM) domains, but also strengthens the core foundation of our economy. The aim is to secure Singapore’s place as an international digital metropolis.

A strong advocate for digital transformation, he also oversees the up-skilling of our workforce and the creation of good careers in the ICM domains. This also includes nurturing a digitally inclusive society – for both young and old, so that all Singaporeans can enjoy the benefits and tap the opportunities of digitalisation. 

Mr Lew joins IMDA following a distinguished 25-year career with the Republic of Singapore Navy where he was the Chief of Navy from 2017 to 2020. Notable highlights include overseeing Singapore’s maritime security operations during the Trump-Kim and ASEAN summits. He was conferred the SAF Overseas Service Medal for his role supporting the re-construction of Iraq.

In 2008, Mr Lew was seconded to the Ministry of Trade & Industry where he championed pro-enterprise policies to help local enterprises scale. He also drove the strategic review of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2015 plan which sets out Singapore’s strategy and investments to grow our knowledge-driven economy.

Mr Lew graduated with a Bachelors (Honours and Distinction) and Masters in Biology from Stanford University, USA. He also holds a Masters in Management, as a Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA.

Mr Lew had previously served on the Boards of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, and ST Engineering. He was also Chairman of the School of Applied Science Advisory Committee Board, Republic Polytechnic.