President's Message to ITMA Members

Category: Blog Created: Monday, 14 August 2017 Published: Monday, 14 August 2017

Posted by Alvin Ong on August 14, 2017

Dear ITMA Members,

Warmest greetings to you and I trust that you are doing well on both personal and professional fronts. I would like to provide members with a brief update of developments and upcoming events.

11th CIO Study Trip, Stockholm & Prague (2 to 10 September 2017)

In just another two weeks, 49 participants of the 11th CIO Study Trip will be in Stockholm and Prague. This year, the theme of this study trip is “Innovation in the Era of Machine Learning” and the ITMA delegation will get to visit companies such as IKEA, Electrolux, Ericsson and Avast. As usual, delegates can look forward to a great time of learning and networking. There is a group who has been working fervently for the past several months to make this study trip happen. For this, I would like to acknowledge and appreciate the CIO Study Trip Planning Committee led by Alan Goh and his team of Siew Yim Cheng, See Yoong Hwee, Glen Francis, Kwa Kim Chiong, Geraldine Pang, Clara Lee, Kevin Koh and Nancy Lee. There will be a Pre-Trip Briefing this coming Wednesday 16 August 6.30pm at the Nosh Restaurant for all delegates.

Good Morning CIO Breakfast Roundtable #1 – Wu Choy Peng (29 August 2017)

I am very pleased to have our former ITMA President, Wu Choy Peng, to be our first speaker for the Good Morning CIO Breakfast Roundtable series this term. As the former Singapore Government Chief Information Officer and also the former CIO for top local companies such as SingTel and NOL, she has a wealth of corporate and boardroom experience. Choy Peng will share her thoughts and engage members in a highly relevant topic on “CIO Leadership – Remaining Relevant in the Age of Digital Transformation”. There are still a few seats left for members, so please register as soon as possible.

ITMA Toastmasters Club – 14th Anniversary Celebration on 21 July 2017

ITMA Toastmasters Club recently celebrated its 14th anniversary on 21 July 2017 with a birthday cake and the installation of new club officers graced by the highest-ranked District 80 Officer in Singapore. The club was officially chartered on 21 July 2003 by founding members Vivienne Tan, the late Mrs Loh Beng Choo, John Seah, Prem Prakash, Leow Kee You, Ajay Gupta, Kwa Kim Chiong and myself. To cater to the global challenges of the 21st century corporate executives, Toastmasters International has recently modernised its educational program into a new “Pathways” learning experience programme that is tailored to the developmental needs of the individual. You can read about Pathways at The next monthly chapter meeting will take place on Friday 18 August 2017 6.30pm to 10pm at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s Learning Centre. You are most welcome to attend as an observer. Just drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inform us that you would like to attend.

Co-opted Council Member – Chong Nai Min

The Council would like to welcome Chong Nai Min into the ITMA Council as our second co-opted council member this term. Nai Min is the Director of the Information Technology Group at Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG). Prior to his current role, he was the IT Director of NTUC Unity Healthcare. He has been an active member and will be contributing in several initiatives, including ITMA Give Back and ITMA-NTUC U Associate partnership.

Concluding Remarks

This term, the ITMA Council is operationalising and executing its 5-year Masterplan. The Council had some very productive discussions regarding topics on Membership Growth Strategy, ITMA Give Back, Web & Social Media Strategy and Dialogue with the Chairman/CEO. On the membership front, I am glad to report that many new members have joined ITMA and some absent members have re-joined since May 2016. I would like to thank many of you who have recommended your peers and friends to join ITMA. Finally, on behalf of the Council, I look forward to your continued strong support at all our upcoming events.

Alvin Ong
President, IT Management Association (ITMA)
14th August 2017

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