Suan Hiang, a Colombo Plan Scholar in Industrial Design (Engineering), had a varied career in public service as Deputy Managing Director of the Economic Development Board and Chief Executive of SPRING Singapore, National Productivity Board, Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research and National Arts Council before his retirement in 2011.
He was also Chairman of PSB Corporation, Deputy Chairman of The Old Parliament House Ltd, Founding Member of the Board of Governors of Singapore International Foundation, Board Member of the Institute of Technical Education, Deputy Chairman of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies and Council Member of the International Standards Organisation.
He is the current President of the EDB Society, Chief Executive of the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore, Chairman of the Singapore Note & Coin Advisory Committee and Chairman of Anacle Systems. He is also a Trustee of INSEAD Singapore Fund and a member of the Board of Governors of the Chartered Management Institute.
He holds directorships in Perennial Real Estate Holdings Ltd, Viking Offshore & Marine Ltd, United Envirotech Ltd, Memstar Technology Ltd, Advance SCT Ltd, MindChamps WorldSchool Pte Ltd, MindChamps Media Pte Ltd, SLF Leisure Enterprises Pte Ltd, Pasir Ris Resort Pte Ltd, Singapore Lyric Opera and LASALLE College of the Arts.
Suan Hiang is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute of Marketing and the World Academy of Productivity Science. He was awarded the National Day Public Administration Gold Medal in 1998, World Academy of Productivity Science Fellowship Award in 2000, the World SME Association Award in 2001, the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Award in 2002, Asian Productivity Organisation Honorary Fellowship Award in 2004, the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres from the Republic of France in 2010 and the NTUC Friend of Labour Award in 2012.