Principal Partners

ONG AYONG I Sustainable Process Plant Design

Ayong has more than 36 years in the process industry with Wilmar International and the Kuok Group, leading the design and build of plants and production operations across almost every continent. Heading BPO group-wide, he also has a holistic view of global supply chain management. He brings expertise in business-sustainable process design for a wide portfolio of production operations and across the whole value-add process chain, focusing on operational efficiency, plant flexibility and automation using local knowledge.

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Wilmar is Asia’s largest integrated agribusiness groups, with revenue in excess of US$45 billion in 2015. Between 1987 and 2010, Ayong led the rapid expansion of the Group’s edible oils, oleochemicals and refinery complexes worldwide, addressing especially logistics, marketing and production efficiency planning, design and strategies. His remit covered feasibility studies, plant design and engineering, erection and commissioning, operations, business process improvement, logistics, efficiency and profitability improvement, markets and competitor studies, to Process Management through IT and ERP. These projects were globally located - Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Africa, India, Europe, Ukraine and the US - and included complexes for edible oils, soy crushing, flour mills, fertilizer process plants, dry fractionation plants, consumer packing plants, oleochemical plants, steam generation and biodiesel plants, effluent waste water treatment, deep well water treatment plants, and jetty operations and berths for liquid cargo logistics. Ayong led Business Process Management group-wide, leading the development of Wilmar’s proprietary master data management system to track the whole supply / process chain for all the Group entities.

Ayong earned his Diploma in Production Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic, and numerous specialty engineering, production and management courses throughout his years with the Kuok Group and Wilmar International.

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NOEL LOW I Technology & Agribusiness

Noel has over 30 years of leadership in the fields of Information Systems and B2B client-business needs in leading Fortune 100 multinationals. Noel’s experience in markets and supply chain businesses and technologies straddle the agriculture, lifestyle, healthcare, electronics and insurance sectors. This vast IoT and sectorial experience, and especially his knowledge in agribusiness, enables him to bring the areas of technology, data analytics, marketplaces, ecommerce and IT platforms to optimise operational efficiencies for clients.

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Heading Information Systems and Business Services in Asia with Syngenta, the world’s leading agribusiness technologist for sustainable agriculture, with the largest plants, seeds and crop protection technologies, Noel advised on Platform Technologies for their global businesses, studied Farm-to-Market supply chain inefficiencies addressing huge wastes in production bringing crops to market, and the direct engagement with channel partners and farmers to provide end-to-end solutions that significantly improved the customer experience.

As the Regional Director for IT for Becton Dickenson, a leading global healthcare MNC, he led both information systems and the supply chain organization in Asia, and addressed lower cost delivery of medical needs through their Bioscience Advance Technology Group. At Nike, Western Digital and Sequent Computer Systems, he was Information Systems Head / IS Chief Architect, covering systems design and business operations in the sales and distribution, manufacturing, sourcing, logistics and design areas.

Noel started his own company, Cognitive Design Systems in 1986. It was acquired by EDS (Electronic Data Systems then, now HP Enterprise Services) in 1991.

Noel earned his BBA in MIS and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Iowa.

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CK LAI I Strategy and Globalisation

CK has over 35 years of management, strategy and leadership experience in both the industrial and the services sectors with US multinationals as well as in Asian conglomerates. His work covered manufacturing, engineering, licensing, logistics and distribution, airlines, education and leadership, global partnerships and alliances, joint ventures and specialised food parks. CK specialises in strategic positioning and innovation, integrating technologies and building sustainable competitive advantages in purpose driven organizations.

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CK’s core project focus recently has been the building and aligning of blue ocean global business opportunities with consistency and capability around enabling platforms. He last worked on a multi-year project to build a sustainable global Halal ecosystem. As a Senior Partner and Industrial Practice Head at global leadership firms Korn/Ferry International and Russell Reynolds Associates, CK helped build the practices in Asia. Concurrently he was also co-Founder and Chairman of an advanced hydraulic drive train technologies company, Silvatech Systems Corp (in Canada & Singapore), acquired by ST Engineering of Singapore in 2006 and re-named Kinetics Drive Solutions Inc. He was instrumental in bringing the INSEAD School of Business to Asia in their Singapore campus. At HICOM Holdings, the largest industrial conglomerate in ASEAN then, he led a major services diversification. These included the acquisition of Scott & English to give HICOM a national consumer goods and industrial distribution and services network; moved into less asset intensive commercial vehicles; started up low cost carrier AirAsia and the associated supporting ground services KLAS, KlasCargo and KLAS Engineering; and proposed and won the mandate for the nation-wide privatisation of solid waste disposal in Malaysia with operations under Alam Flora. He was 13 years with Cummins Engine Co Inc., a US Fortune 100, where he headed Finance, Aftermarkets and Distribution in Asia, including being co-Head of Cummins Asia.

CK has a BSc (Hon) in Electrical (Electronics) Engineering from Imperial College London, and a M.Sc. (MBA) from the London Business School.

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DR. VIVIENNE HUNT I Foods, Nutrition & Global Business

Vivienne has more than 30 years’ experience in the food sector, bridging industry, markets, governments and academia. With a background in applied science, research management and commerce she worked in many food sectors - from dairy, poultry, fruits and meat, to nutritional supplements - in New Zealand, Netherlands, Denmark and the UK, to many Asian countries. Vivienne combines scientific training and research skills with commercial experience to help clients bridge the complex science / industry / markets boundaries.

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Vivienne is currently the President of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Singapore, where she helps facilitate business engagement between New Zealand and Singapore in the region. She chairs an Executive Board to lead regional developments and enhance trade between the two countries

Vivienne worked with Abbott Nutrition R&D Asia Pacific from 2012 to 2017 managing partner development and initiating multi-party collaborations between academia, government and/or healthcare institutions to support scientific leadership and engagement with external stakeholders. Working cross functionally with nutrition scientists, analytical and product development specialists in R&D, together with regulatory, medical affairs, commercial and legal, she coordinated external engagement on a number of themes such as food safety and nutrition for vulnerable populations. She was the lead in Asia for Abbott’s Health Economics Outcomes Research program, establishing studies to provide health economic evidence that could support clinical claims for oral nutritional supplements and improve market access.

Vivienne has held various leadership positions at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences under the Singapore government’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research, at Auckland UniServices Ltd, including leading a food and health research program at the University of Auckland; at AUT University in academia; at UK Provisions Trade Federation advising industry on EU food regulations; General Manager at Foodline UK; at Kraft General Foods NZ where she launched Kraft Foodservice NZ; and at Tegel Foods and Auckland Milk Corporation, in Quality Assurance.

Vivienne has a PhD in Management & International Business from the University of Auckland, an MBA from the University of Auckland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition, Public Health Foundation of India and a New Zealand Certificate of Science in Biochemistry/Microbiology from AUT University.

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