About The EDB Society
The EDB Society is an association set up in 1989, comprising former and current officers from The EDB. The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) is proudly an organisation that has seen and steered the economic development of Singapore from early mass industrialisation in the sixties to globalisation in the nineties to sustainable international economic eco-systems in current day. The EDB Society is an association set up in 1989, comprising former and current officers from The EDB.
Our Members comprise the leaders, thinkers and doers behind the economic success that is Singapore. From founding Members such as the late Mr I F Tang, Mr Chan Chin Bock, to subsequent EDB Chairmen such as Mr Ngiam Tong Dow, the late Mr P Y Hwang, Mr Philip Yeo, Mr Teo Ming Kian, Mr Lim Siong Guan, and current Chairman Mr Leo Yip, The EDB Society has consistently been associated with pioneer work and thought leadership focused on Singapore’s sustainable economic development in the context of the global economy. As individuals and as an association, the Society's Members continue with passion and fervour in support of The EDB mission. The EDB Society is registered with the Singapore Registry of Societies. Its Constitution is attached here. Click here for information on Constitution.
The objectives of the Society are:
To foster interaction and dialogue among EDB, its alumni and other Members through these programmes: - establishment of a forum where Members can share their knowledge and experience to promote national economic development and international cooperation; and - sponsorship of high-level discussion and study groups on technology, world business trends, investment opportunities in the region and beyond.
To promote social interaction among EDB, its alumni and other Members, and leading thinkers on economic development.
As of 20 Mar 2019, The EDB Society has 957 Members. They include many outstanding individuals who have made contributions to the economic growth and prosperity of Singapore over the last five decades, helping to create a better life for all Singaporeans.
Whether they are active in the government, business, academic or community circles, the Members maintain close links to the Board through the Society's programmes and activities. They are highly regarded in their respective fields and continue to contribute to the mission of nation-building even after their EDB careers. The membership stronghold and nexus with EDB offer indisputably many powerful networking opportunities.
Over the years, The EDB Society has organised and conducted several successful book launches, networking events, breakfast talks as well as conferences. Through these activities, the Society aims to harness the experience and wisdom of its Members so that they can share and exchange insights on the various challenges of economic and societal development. In 1997, The EDB Society, together with The Straits Times organised a seminar series to offer a platform for Singapore's first generation pioneers to share stories and insights of what shaped and would be shaping Singapore.
The Pioneer Series featured insightful speakers like Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Philip Yeo, Mr JYM Pillay and Mr Ngiam Tong Dow.
Another significant milestone for The EDB Society was the EDB’s commissioning of three books, namely Strategic Pragmatism by Edgar H. Schein, with foreword by Lester Thurow in 1996; HEART WORK by Chan Chin Bock, with foreword by Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 2002; and HEART WORK 2 also by Chan Chin Bock, with foreword by Mr Lee Hsien Loong in 2011. Strategic Pragmatism was written by Schein, a social psychologist with a long and celebrated research interest in organisational studies. It examines the EDB’s cultural history, to illustrate an analytical view of organisational and cultural dynamics that depict the unique aspects of a given country's economic development. This analysis was carried out from the spawning of the economic miracle of Singapore when the per capita income rose from $500 to more than $20,000 in a little over twenty-five years.
The story of Singapore's economic development from the 1960s into the third millennium has been a remarkable phenomenon. Many of the people who had a strong role in steering this success were, at one time or other, officers of the EDB. HEART WORK published by the EDB to mark its 40th Anniversary, collects the stories by many of the key people involved, the struggles faced and overcome, and the strategies that brought in a steady inflow of high value investments into Singapore. HEART WORK 2 publication coincided with the EDB’s 50th Anniversary. It is a document on the “EDB & Partners: New Frontiers for the Singapore Economy”. It chronicles the challenges that the EDB encountered during the first decade of the 21st century, as it partnered other government agencies, institutes of higher learning and companies, to chart new frontiers for Singapore’s economic development. In August 2013, The EDB Society, with the EDB’s support, launched a new Dialogue@#21 Series. This is an interactive sharing-learning-networking session, held on the last Friday of each month at EDB Raffles City Tower 21st floor. It seeks to further strengthen ties and networking between alumni members and current EDB Staff.
Executive Committee Members 2019/20
The EDB Society presently has 20 EXCO Members. They are supported by a Programme Manager.