|Plenary Session 2: Building Resilience Against Public Health Threats
Chew Ming Fai
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Public Health) and Director-General of Public Health
National Environment Agency, Singapore
Mr Chew Ming Fai currently holds the appointment of Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Public Health) and Director-General of Public Health at the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA). As a member of the senior leadership team, he is responsible for operational and developmental matters related to vector control, sanitation, public cleanliness, after-death services and environmental health research in the public health domain.
Mr Chew previously held the appointment of Director, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, where he was responsible for safeguarding food hygiene standards in Singapore, and Deputy Director, Environment Technology Department, where he leveraged the ops-tech process to introduce new technologies to NEA.
Prior to joining NEA, Mr Chew was with the Singapore Economic Development Board where he held portfolios in strategic planning, tax and grant policy management, industry development and investment promotion. He also served a short stint with a Big Four Public Accounting Firm handling tax audit and advisory work.
Environmental Management Association of Singapore
Mr Tony Chooi has been with BNL group of companies, a service provider of contract cleaning, waste management and landscape maintenance services, since 2000. As a director, he manages the operational and commercial aspects of the cleaning and waste management activities in the group.
As an active advocate of industry transformation efforts, Mr Chooi is passionate and committed to contributing to the growth and professionalisation of the cleaning industry, and also the fair treatment of frontline staff. To this end, he joined Environmental Management Association of Singapore (EMAS) and was elected into EMAS executive committee in 2013. In 2015, he was re-elected and appointed as its Honorary Secretary, and in 2017, as its Honorary Treasurer. In 2019, he was elected as its President.
At the moment, he is representing EMAS and is contributing in the following external workgroup and committees:
1. Deputy Chairperson – Cleaning Sectorial Tripartite Committee
2. Member – Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners
3. Member – Public Hygiene Council (since 2017)
International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA)
Ms Lauren Micallef is the Oceania Manager at International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), the leading trade association for the cleaning industry. She has helmed the role for over three years and manages the Oceania region, including overseeing parts of the Asia Pacific. Her team manages and leads the annual ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo in Australia, the only event dedicated to the cleaning and hygiene industry within Australia which has experienced year-on-year growth. During her time with the Association, they have taken full ownership for the Expo, as well as purchased INCLEAN, the leading industry trade publication for the cleaning market in Australia and New Zealand.
Ms Micallef holds a Bachelor Degree of Communication and Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Prior to this role, she worked for Roche in their Diabetes Diagnostics Division. She has over 10 years of working experience in product and business marketing of consumer goods.
Head of Group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality and Corporate Responsibility
Mr Joseph Nazareth is the Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) at ISS. He is based in Copenhagen. Joseph has a Civil Engineering degree and a MBA from Canada.
As head of the Group function for HSEQ, Joseph has developed a strategy to align countries and operations by moving the organisation from a fragmented approach to a more systematic global approach. The foundation for the strategy was developing and implementing an integrated HSEQ management system that is certified to ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 standards.
Professor Teo Yik Ying
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Professor Teo Yik Ying is the second Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. Trained as a mathematician at Imperial College and completed his MSc and DPhil at Oxford in statistical genetics, Professor Teo returned to Singapore in 2010 after working for four years as a Lecturer in Oxford and concurrently a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.
Prior to his Deanship, Professor Teo was the Founding Director for the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and also the Director for the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research. He is presently a member on the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program, as well as a governing board member of the Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network for Southeast Asia.