Ho Ching, Tamasek CEO is a Singaporean businesswoman and executive. She has served as a Director of Temasek Trust since October 1, 2021. In January 2002, Ho became a director at Temasek Holdings. Then in May of the same year, she was named executive director.
In January 2004, she was named CEO by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. Forbes ranked her as the world’s 30th most powerful woman as of 2020.
Early life and Education of Ho Ching
She was born in Singapore on March 27, 1953. Crescent Girls’ School was where Ho completed her secondary education. She was named top Student of the Year at National Junior College. She became one of the brightest students in her cohort for the ‘A’ level examinations. Ho went on to Singapore University (now the National University of Singapore) and earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1976 (Electrical, First Class Honors). She earned a Master of Science (Electrical Engineering) from Stanford University in 1982.
Career of Ho, Tamasek CEO
In 1976, Ho began her career as an engineer with Singapore’s Ministry of Defense. She was appointed Director of Defense Materials Organization, the Ministry’s procurement department, in 1983. She has also served as deputy director of the Defense Science Organization.
Ho joined Singapore Technologies in 1987 as a deputy director of Engineering, and with her determination and work ethic, she became president and CEO in 1997. Throughout her five years at the helm, she has repositioned and expanded the company. For example, she was the architect of Singapore Technologies Engineering’s establishment and listing in 1997 and its first chairman.
Ho became executive director at Temasek Holdings in May 2002 after joining the company as a director in January 2002.
On January 1, 2004, Ho became the chief executive officer of this prominent organization in Singapore. Hence, she converted Temasek, the Singapore government’s investment corporation, from a Singapore-focused firm to an active investor in Asia and the rest of the world.
She was the chairperson of the Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research, the Productivity and Standards Board, and the Economic Development Board’s vice chairman.
Ho received the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the National University of Singapore in 1995.
She is also a Singapore Institute of Engineers Honorary Fellow.
The Singapore Government awarded her the Singapore Public Administration Medal (silver, 1985).
And the Public Service Star (1996) for her public service.
TIME Magazine named Ho one of the “100 most influential men and women” who changed the world in 2007.
In 2007, Forbes magazine named her the third most influential woman globally, behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and China’s Vice-Premier Wu Yi. Ho rose 33 places in 2007, ranking 36th.
Bloomberg Markets magazine named Ho one of the “50 Most Influential” people in 2011. Moreover, Ho was ninth on the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s Public Investor 100 rating in 2013.
Forbes ranked her as the 59th most influential woman in the world in 2014. Ho also received the 2014 Asian Business Leaders Award in June.
Individuals who exemplify the ‘Servant Leader’ – economic success and professional brilliance combined with moral leadership and societal contribution – are honored with the annual Asia House award. Asia House is the UK’s premier pan-Asian organization and a center of expertise in Asia. In 2016, she was the 30th most powerful woman globally.
Forbes’ Power Women listed her as No. 23 in 2019, and she has ranked 30th again in 2020.
Ho Ching supports several community services and charitable organizations on a personal level. She particularly focuses on special education, health care, and children’s welfare and development. She is a patron of Assisi Hospice. Ho is also the founder of Trailblazer Foundation Ltd, an IPC charity that supports education, health, sports, and community welfare. Ho got into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations in March 2014. The council honors exceptional women from Singapore in all spheres of endeavors.
Ho earned great feedback in August 2016 when she carried a bag designed by an autistic student from Pathlight School to the White House. It was an important state visit to commemorate 50 years of bilateral relations between the US and Singapore (under its Artist Development Program).
Ho is a consultant for the Autism Resource Centre (ARC), a non-profit organization that manages Pathlight School. Ho also serves on the board of the Singapore Autism Association.
Authored by Afifa Maryam Siddiqui
Edited by Yara Fakhoury
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