Teo Eng Cheong


CEO International (Singapore, Southeast Asia, North Asia)

Mr TEO Eng Cheong joined Surbana Jurong Group as CEO (International) on 1 January 2016. He spearheads Surbana Jurong’s efforts to expand its international footprint in Singapore, Southeast Asia and North Asia.

Before joining the private sector, Eng Cheong was a senior government official with the Singapore Administrative Service. From 2011 to 2015, Eng Cheong was CEO of International Enterprise Singapore (“IE Singapore”), the lead government agency responsible for spearheading the overseas growth of Singapore-based companies through trade and investments. Under his leadership, IE Singapore established itself as the go-to agency for Singapore companies interested in various markets such as China, India and Myanmar. Offshore trading also hit new records.

Prior to this, Eng Cheong held several leadership positions in the Singapore Government, including the CEO of the Competition Commission of Singapore (2008-2010) and Director-General of Singapore Customs (2004-2007). In his earlier years, Eng Cheong was involved in investment promotion in the Economic Development Board, financial sector development in the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and government policy formulation in the then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. He also spent two years in Suzhou working on the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park development. For his service with the government, he was awarded the Singapore National Day Medal for Public Administration (silver) in 2006.

Eng Cheong currently serves as a Director on the SMEC Holdings Board, a Council member of NUS Business School’s China Business Centre and a Council member of the Singapore Manufacturing Federation. Previously, he also sat on the boards of IE Singapore, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited, the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, Council for Private Education, Health Promotion Board, and Singapore Sports Council. He also served on the Advisory Board of Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

Eng Cheong holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from National University of Singapore and Masters of Science (Economics) from London School of Economics & Political Science. He is also a Lien Fellow with the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship.

Eng Cheong enjoys travelling, golf and reading. He is married with three children.

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