Monday, 28 March 2011 15:12
New Chief Executive for the Singapore Workforce Development Agency
- Mr Wong Hong Kuan, (黄宏冠), who is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Policy) in the Singapore Police Force (SPF), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), will be appointed as Chief Executive (CE) of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) with effect from 1 June 2011.
- Mr Wong, aged 39, will succeed Mr Chan Heng Kee (陈庆基), aged 42, who will be taking up another public sector appointment with effect from 1 April 2011. Mr Goh Eng Ghee, currently WDA's Deputy CE, will be appointed Acting CE of WDA from 1 April to 31 May 2011, before Mr Wong's appointment comes into effect.
Mr Chan Heng Kee's Contributions at WDA
- Mr Chan was appointed CE of WDA in December 2008. Under his leadership, WDA made a major impact in helping companies and workers tackle the economic downturn through the Skills Programme for Upgrading and Resilience (SPUR). Mr Chan also led WDA in strengthening the national Continuing Education and Training (CET) infrastructure. Coverage and adoption of the Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) system expanded, several new CET Centres were set up, and the development of two national CET campuses commenced. WDA also extended CET opportunities for Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs). A major effort to help CET professionals (including trainers and curriculum developers) to raise their capability was also undertaken under WDA’s Institute for Adult Learning.
- The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) deeply appreciates Mr Chan's valuable contributions to the WDA for the past two and a half years.
About Mr Wong Hong Kuan
- Mr Wong graduated with First Class Honours in Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University on a Singapore Government Local Merit Scholarship and joined the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in 1995. He was appointed as a Foreign Fellow under the Fulbright Programme in 2003 and graduated from the Harvard Business School with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2005.
- Mr Wong has held many appointments within and outside the SPF since he started his career in the public sector 16 years ago. These include Director of Operations in the SPF, Commander of Bedok Police Division and Commander of Police Training Command. He also served as Assistant Director (Infrastructure & Economy) in the Ministry of Finance. In addition, Mr Wong has contributed to the community through his involvement with the National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation, the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) Council, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and on the board of the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).