Event Details

18 October 2018, Thursday
2.30pm - 5.30pm
(Registration starts at 1.30pm)
Singapore Management University

Guest of Honour

Dr Koh Poh Koon
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Message from Professor Annie Koh
Academic Director, ITI@SMU

The International Trading Institute (ITI@SMU) is celebrating its 10th anniversary on 18th October 2018. I am delighted to serve as the founding academic director with a dedicated and committed team since 2008, growing a pipeline of trading talent which will ensure the sustainability of Singapore as a global trading hub.

To commemorate this special milestone, we will be having a celebratory event, inviting business leaders from global trading companies, government officials, academics, alumni, current students, as well as the new wave of innovators who are actively involved in the transformation of the sector to mark this occasion with us.

A key highlight of the event will be the launch of a book entitled Journeys: The Future of Trade. This is a compilation of interviews with industry leaders and stakeholders and aims to provide insights into what tomorrow may hold for the sector. Some excerpts from our industry partners and alumni can be found in the lower sections of the site below. To add further value to the event, I will be moderating a panel segment which will include Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, together with esteemed panelists from COFCO, ENOC, Luxasia and the JR Group. This session will take us into a discussion on how trade will be transformed and how each of us will have a role to play in this evolution.

I’m looking forward to the celebration and to more exciting years ahead with all our partners.



2.30pm – 5.30pm
(Registration starts at 1.30pm)

Mochtar Riady Auditorium

Business Formal


Dr Koh Poh Koon

Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Programme Outline


Registration and Refreshments


Keynote by Gregor Hohpe, Google

"Competing in Economies of Speed"


Welcome Address by Professor Steve Miller, Vice Provost (Research) and Professor of Information Systems (Practice), SMU


Panel Discussion on "The Future of Trade"

Moderator: Professor Annie Koh
Panellists: Dr Koh Poh Koon, Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Frederik Groth, Gerald Sun, Jocelyn Chng, Moiz Saleem, Dr Wolfgang Baier


ITI 10th Anniversary Book Launch
- Journeys: The Future of Trade

Officiated by Dr Koh Poh Koon


Presentation of Tokens of Appreciation to ITI Partners


Reception and Networking Session

“The Future of Trade”

Keynote Speaker


Gregor Hohpe

Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud

As technical director in Google Cloud’s office of the CTO, Gregor maximizes the benefit customers derive from a cloud-based IT model by combining organizational, software delivery, and IT infrastructure transformation. Riding the “architect elevator” from the engine room to the penthouse, he connects corporate strategy with technical implementation by making complex topics engaging and approachable without compromising technical accuracy.

Before re-joining Google, Gregor held a position as Chief Architect at Allianz SE, one of world’s largest insurance companies. Having established accelerated innovation and complexity and cost reduction as architecture goals, he oversaw a global data center consolidation and deployed the first on-premise cloud and software delivery platform.

Gregor is known as co-author of the seminal book “Enterprise Integration Patterns”, which is widely cited as the reference vocabulary for asynchronous messaging solutions. His book “37 Things One Architect Knows About IT Transformation” tells stories from the trenches of IT transformation while his articles have been featured in “Best Software Writing” by Joel Spolsky and “97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know”. He is an active member of the IEEE Software advisory board.


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Professor Annie Koh

Vice President, Office of Business Development
Academic Director, International Trading Institute
Singapore Management University

Professor Annie Koh is Vice President for Office of Business Development, Singapore Management University (SMU), a Finance Professor (Practice), and Academic Director for two-university level institutes – the Business Families Institute and International Trading Institute. Her previous portfolios at SMU included positions as Associate Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Dean, Office of Executive and Professional Education.

A notable conference speaker, panel moderator and commentator, Annie is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on New Social Contract, and a board member of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore Pte Ltd, and Family Firm Institute, Inc. In addition, she chairs the finance and investment committee of GovTech Singapore Board, and the Asian Bond Fund 2 Supervisory Committee of Monetary Authority of Singapore.

A Fulbright scholar, Annie earned her PhD in International Finance from Stern School of Business, New York University (1988).


Andreas Sohmen-Pao

Chairman, BW Group

Andreas Sohmen-Pao is Chairman of BW Group, BW Offshore, BW LPG, Singapore Maritime Foundation and Hafnia Tankers. He is also a non-executive director of Singapore National Parks Board, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and a trustee of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.  

Mr Sohmen-Pao was previously Chief Executive Officer of BW Group. He has also served as a non-executive director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, The London P&I Club, The Esplanade Co Ltd, Sport Singapore and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore amongst others.  

Mr Sohmen- Pao graduated from Oxford University in England with an honours degree in Oriental Studies. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Frederik Groth

Managing Director APAC (excl. China), COFCO International

Previously Frederik worked for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) as their CEO of the APAC Agricultural Services Company.

Mr. Groth has more than 20 years’ experience in agriculture commodities, 16 of which in Asia Pacific. Prior to ADM, Mr. Groth was CEO of Toepfer International Asia where he also held various leadership and trading roles. Before his time in ASIA Mr. Groth worked for Toepfer International in Paris and Hamburg with responsibilities for the French and Maghreb grain markets.

Gerald Sun

Vice President, Business Development
Trade and Industry, Asia Pacific, Mastercard Worldwide

Gerald supports Mastercard’s commercial engagements with the public sector.  He is responsible for partnering with both the public and private sectors to leverage advances in digital technology to enhance quality of lives, work and play, while also improving efficiencies for all participants.

He has 20 years of experience in helping large organizations digitize their processes; for example, he pioneered Singapore Airlines eCommerce business.  He has held various sales, marketing and product roles across Finance, Manufacturing & Travel. 

Gerald has a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management (Finance & Logistics), Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Engineering (Operations Research & Industrial Engineering) from Cornell University, NY, USA.

Jocelyn Chng

Group CEO, JR Group Holdings Singapore

Jocelyn Chng, Group CEO of JR Group Holdings, has over 30 years of experience in food manufacturing and food service industries. She began her career at Sin Hwa Dee, which after eight years under her leadership grew from a small local business into a global food brand sold in over 30 countries today.

Jocelyn, known to be a first-mover and industry innovator, kept innovating. Her most recent offering from JR Group — the world’s first fully-automated and unmanned vending machine cafe, the Chef-In-Box Vendcafé, which was launched in 2016 — has garnered much international attention. Since the launch, seven more outlets have opened in Singapore.

For her achievements through the decades, she has received numerous entrepreneurial, business and innovation awards. In 2017, she was the recipient of Great Women of Our Time Award, 2017 (Finance & Commerce Sector) and in 2016, she was the recipient of the National University of Singapore Eminent Alumni Award.

Moiz Saleem

Chief Operating Officer, Emirates National Oil Company

Moiz Saleem is Director and Chief Operating Officer of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) Singapore, an oil trading unit which is effectively owned by the Government of Dubai. He has been with ENOC for over 19 years. Prior to joining ENOC, Moiz spent 15 years in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, a majority Indian state owned oil and gas company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. There, he rose through the ranks of its Finance and Trading departments.

Dr Wolfgang Baier

Chief Executive Officer, Luxasia Pte. Ltd.

Dr. Wolfgang Baier has been the Group Chief Executive Officer of Luxasia Pte Ltd. since August 2016. He joined the Group as Group CEO and shareholder to transform the leading Asia Pacific beauty distributor into a Lifestyle Omni-channel Leader, adding consumer centric ecommerce and new industry capabilities to the brick-and-mortar foundation.

Dr. Baier was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Post Limited from October 2011 to June 2016. He served as the Chief Executive Officer International at Singapore Post Limited from February 2011 to October 2011. Dr. Baier successfully led the transformation of the Singapore Post Group into non-mail business such as logistics, retail and e-commerce and accelerated its global expansion. This resulted in a significant increase of the shareholder value of the public listed company. Dr. Baier subsequently served as a Non-Independent Director at Singapore Post Limited from October 2011 to June 2016 and several of its affiliates in Asia, Europe and the US.

Before that Dr. Baier worked for more than 10 years with McKinsey & Company in Europe and Asia. He was a Partner at the Singapore office leading the Transportation and Logistics as well as Operations activities of McKinsey & Company in South East Asia. During his 10 years tenure with McKinsey & Company, he worked on many transformations across the globe.

Dr. Baier is currently serving as a Non-Executive Board Member of Aramex, a global leading logistics company listed on the Dubai Stock Exchange.

He holds a Ph.D. in Law with distinction from the University of Vienna as well as two Masters Degrees: a Master Degree in Law from the University of Vienna (Austria), and a Master Degree in Business Economics from the Universities of Exeter (UK) and Graz (Austria).


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