Chief Digital Evangelist


Mr Khoong is the Assistant Chief Executive (ACE) and Chief Data Officer of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

Part of IDA’s senior management, ACE Khoong brings with him a rich balance of industry and government expertise. He has strong cross-cultural management experience in the private sector, directly managing global operations in Singapore, Europe and USA.

Mr Khoong joined IDA’s senior management team in 2000 around the time of its founding. His responsibilities include building critical national infocomm infrastructure, building of national infocomm manpower, building infocomm companies and infocomm technologies, and transformation of industry sectors using infocomm to generate economic growth for Singapore.

Mr Khoong led the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) programme from inception to completion. The Next Gen NBN is a world leading programme in that it is the first of its kind nationwide “fibre-to-the-home” programme that is successfully deployed to homes and businesses, and which simultaneously restructured the fixed line telecoms market leading to creation of many retail services providers that provided highly competitive broadband service offerings. Next Gen NBN achieved 95% nationwide coverage in 2012, less than three years from the start of the network rollout, resulted in a highly competitive broadband market with over 11 Operating Companies and 29 Retail Service Providers, and achieving 80% household adoption by 2016.

Other transformational initiatives led by Mr Khoong include Wireless@SG (the world’s largest authenticated, federated and nation-wide free WiFi service), National Cloud Computing Office, the Singapore Internet Exchange, Singapore’s first Data Centre Park, and Singapore’s first cloud-based infrastructure implementation for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

In his prior civil service career, Mr Khoong served at the Ministry of Defence as a Programme Director, having spent several years developing fighter aircraft simulators and command, control and communications systems.

Mr Khoong brings with him deep industry experience working in different roles at Mentor Graphics Corporation. He managed a Mentor Graphics Global Business Division where he was responsible for all facets of the business, including business development, product development, customer support and consulting services.

Mr Khoong is currently a member of SMRT’s International Technical Advisory Panel, a member of the Industry Advisory Boards of Nanyang Technology University’s School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Financial IT Academy (FITA) at the Singapore Management University, and Co-Chair of the Technology Skills Accelerator’s ICT committee.

In the social sector, Mr Khoong is Chairman of the Charis Methodist Church Local Executive Committee, Vice-Chairman of Geylang Methodist (Primary and Secondary) School Board and Chairman of its Audit Committee, and member of the Center Governance Committee (CGC) of the Charis Activity Centre of the Elderly (ACE).

A Harvard Business School alumnus, Mr Khoong has Masters degrees in both Engineering and Business Administration.

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