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Shanker Iyer (Executive Chairman, Asia at IQ-EQ)

Shanker Iyer

Executive Chairman, Asia at IQ-EQ

Shanker Iyer was founder of Iyer Practice, a Singapore based accounting & tax advisory firm.
Iyer Practice was acquired by IQ-EQ in early 2018, whereupon Shanker became in charge of IQ-EQ’s Asian operations.
He has many years of experience advising clients and is a regular speaker on tax issues both in Singapore and abroad.
Shanker has been very active in the Singapore business community and is a former President of the British Chamber.

Ho Meng Kit (CEO of Singapore Business Federation)

Ho Meng Kit

CEO of Singapore Business Federation

Mr Ho is the Chief Executive Officer of SBF. The SBF is the Apex Business Chamber of Singapore with membership from more than 26,800 top companies.

Prior to joining SBF in 2011, Mr Ho held a variety of senior policy and executive positions in Singapore Government including four years as Principal Private Secretary to then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew; as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also Chief Executive of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority, Land Transport Authority and Managing Director of the Economic Development Board. Mr Ho currently serves on Singapore’s APEC Business Advisory Council and several Singapore public sector Advisory Councils and Boards. He is a Board Member of the SBF Foundation. Mr Ho is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Vikram Khanna (Associate Editor and Economics Columnist at The Straits Times)

Vikram Khanna

Associate Editor and Economics Columnist at The Straits Times

Vikram Khanna is Associate Editor and Economics Columnist at The Straits Times, the flagship media property of Singapore Press Holdings.
He has worked at SPH since 1993. Before joining The Straits Times, he was Associate Editor of The Business Times, Singapore's business daily
Prior to joining SPH, he served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, where he worked for seven years.
Vikram has B.A., M.A, M.Phil degrees in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK
He is author of the book "Headwinds and Hazards: Economic Snapshots in an age of Populism" (Straits Times Press, 2019)
and co-author (with John Powers) of "The Future of the Economy" (Routledge, 2018)
He is Vice President of the Economic Society of Singapore.

David Kelly (Executive Director of British Chamber of Commerce)

David Kelly

Executive Director of British Chamber of Commerce

David Kelly is the Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore, responsible for the strategy, growth and profile of the Chamber to support businesses and connect opportunities with the UK and across ASEAN. A Chartered Marketer, David joined the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore in 2019. David has lived in Singapore since 2015.

Prior to his role at the Chamber, David worked at the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) where he spearheaded the development and execution of a completely reinvigorated global marketing strategy along with an Asia Pacific regional expansion plan which fortified the Institute and supported rapid growth between 2012-2019, seeing the Institute double in size from 11,000 members to 23,000 with membership in Asia Pacific increasing from 19% to 40% of global subscribers. Alongside his role at the IMarEST, he was also the Chair of the UK’s Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC) Image Working Group from 2014 – 2016 and was involved in a number of industry reports covering skills, education & training and automation in the shipping industry.

Before the IMarEST, David led and delivered the global marketing programmes for the International Wine & Spirit Competition Group of brands in the UK, America and Asia after marketing B2B and B2C solutions, both online and offline, in the financial services industry.

Born in Manchester, UK, David is passionate about mentoring and supporting others and is a mentor at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) for Business and Marketing students and a committee member on the Singapore Institute of Technology’s Marine Programmes' Industry Advisory Committee (IAC).