“The biggest room in the world is room for improvement.”
As part of the IES-SP Student Chapter, I was part of the team that organized the 6th IES Leadership Dialogue Series with Mr Fong Kok Wai, Executive Vice President, Changi Airport Group (CAG) and more than 100 engineering students from the School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (MAE) and the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) attended.
Mr Fong started by sharing his career from how he worked from an engineer to be an EVP and then moved on to share some of the interesting engineering design features at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and insights on the upcoming Jewel, Terminal 4 & 5. From his session, one of the key takeaways for us was that it is very important for Singapore to maintain her position as an air hub and staying competitive.
Shown below is a short write-up I wrote after the event that was submitted to the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES).
“The SP-IES Student Chapter 16/17 hosted the 6th IES Leadership Dialogue Session on the 3rd August with Mr Fong Kok Wai, Executive Vice President of the Changi Airport Group as the guest speaker. He talked to the engineering students of SP about his journey throughout his career from 1976 till where he is today. He started out as an Inspection Engineer at Esso where he met a friend that later on brought him to Stork – Shell, a company in a similar field of work. It was only after this did he enter the aviation industry where his served as Director of CAAS in which he led many milestone projects and contributed greatly to the company. Finally in 2009, CAG was initiated by the government and Mr Fong broke off from CAAS where he served as Executive Vice President of the Changi Airport Group till today. He later on shared about his current projects during the dialogue session such as the upcoming Terminal 4 and Jewel where he talked about the challenges he has faced to the students and gave his insights on what he expects to be important in the near future. The session then ended of with the Co-President of the SP-IES Student Chapter 16/17 Fang Yi who presented Mr Fong with the token of appreciation.”