Director, New Estates Division 2

Mr Aaron Tham Chee Chong is currently the Director of New Estates Division of JTC Corporation.  He is responsible for one-north, a 200-ha research hub and business park for 400 companies, 800 start-ups and 50,000 knowledge workers.  one-north is a natural home for biomedical sciences, infocomms, media, physical sciences and engineering R&D and business activities. Government research institutes, business schools, MNCs, SMEs and startups are co-existing as a community in one-north.  Integrated with residences and recreational amenities, one-north is an ideal work-live-play-learn environment conducive for creative minds to excel and innovation to flourish.

Aaron is concurrently leading another team to masterplan, design and develop the Punggol Digital District, which is Singapore’s future smart business and educational district.  It is Singapore’s first business district that is integrated with an university, the Singapore Institute of Technology.  A key fundamental of PDD’s design is empathy which is also the foundation of design thinking.  Empathy for the workers, residents and students who will be going there to work, live, play and learn.

Aaron started his working career with the Singapore Economic Development Board in 1996 where he played an instrumental role in the development and transformation of important sectors in Singapore’s economy such as petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, oil refining, aerospace and international schools.  He was actively involved in the development of Jurong Island, Seletar Aerospace Park and the Singapore Airshow.  Between 2009 to 2013, he assisted many international schools to grow in Singapore.  Schools such as the United World College (Tampines), Tanglin Trust School, Stamford American International School, Dulwich College Singapore, Overseas Family School, German European School Singapore, Lycee Francais de Singapour and Sir Manasseh Meyer International School.  He was with the EDB for 17 years, during which he was posted to the US on two occasions.  The first was to EDB’s Washington D.C. office.  The second time was to EDB’s New York office as Regional Director (Eastern Americas).  He sought foreign direct investments from US multi-national companies during these two periods.  Between EDB and JTC, he has also worked in Mapletree and Ascendas Singbridge.

Mr Tham holds a Masters Degree (Distinction) in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Imperial College and a Bachelors Degree (First Class Honours) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

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Feb 26