International Board

Prof. Lim Siong Guan

Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; former Group President, GIC Singapore; former Head of Civil Service, Singapore

 To date Siong Guan Lim was appointed Advisor to the GIC Group Executive Committee in Januar 2017. From September 2007 until December 2016 he was Group President of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). The GIC manages the financial reserves of the Singapore government. He was Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. The Board is the Singapore government’s lead agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. Much of its work is attracting international corporations to set up manufacturing and services activities in Singapore as critical links in the global supply chain. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore since 2005, instructing on leadership and change management, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College since 2006. Siong Guan Lim was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from September 1999 to March 2005. He was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense (1981-1994), the Prime Minister’s Office (1994-1998), the Ministry of Education (1997-1999) and the Ministry of Finance (1999-2006). In every appointment he introduced innovative policies and practices which enhanced the drive, capacity, capability and performance of the organization. Mr Lim has chaired the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (2004-2006), the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (2004-2006) and, the Central Provident Fund Board (1986-1994) and was a board member of many companies including Temasek, the other sovereign wealth fund manager of Singapore.
Jayne Plunkett

CEO Asia and Member of Group Executive Committee, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Singapore

To date

Jayne Plunkett became Regional President and CEO Reinsurance, Asia and was appointed to the Group Executive Committee on 1 July 2016. 

Jayne Plunkett has held positions of increasing responsibility in Swiss Re since 2006, when she joined in the context of the acquisition of GE Insurance Solutions. Since that time she has consistently proven to be effective and adaptive, delivering results from three continents – North America, Asia and Europe. From 2008 to 2012 she worked in Asia as Swiss Re's Head of Casualty Underwriting for the region, during which time she grew premiums and net income significantly. Before assuming her current role, Jayne held the global role, Head Casualty Reinsurance, where she focused on growing and developing business in response to technological changes, as well as managing the unit handling all large and complex transactions for P&C Reinsurance.

She joined GE Insurance Solutions in 1999 as Insurance Pricing Team Leader. She rose to the positions of Deputy Chief Reserving Actuary, Head of Casualty Risk Management and finally Head of Planning and Analysis before joining Swiss Re.

She started her career at John Deere Insurance Company in 1992, where she held various positions focused on the Commercial Lines segment of the Property and Casualty Insurance business.

Jayne Plunkett is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Additionally, she was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010.

Jayne Plunkett was born in 1970 and is an American citizen. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University (1992).

Michael Schindhelm

Author, Film Director, Lugano/London, UK

 To date Michael Schindhelm (1960) lives in Ticino (Switzerland) and in London. He is a writer (German), filmmaker, performing arts expert and cultural advisor for international organizations. He served as director general of Theater Basel and founding director general of Berlin’s Opera Foundation and worked also as playwright (librettist), TV presenter (Der Salon, Swiss TV) and translator.

In 1979 he studied at the International University of Voronezh (USSR) and graduated 1984 with a Master of Science in Quantum Chemistry. From 1984 – 1986 he was Research Assistant at the Academy of Science in East Berlin.

Urs Schoettli

Consultant on Asian affairs, former East-Asia Correspondent of Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tokyo/Zurich

To date In 1978, Urs Schoettli was appointed Secretary General of the Liberal International, a world-wide federation of liberal and democratic parties, of which Urs Schoettli acted as Executive Vice President from 1983 until 1993. Also in 1983, he joined the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and became its South Asia Correspondent in New Delhi. Between 1986 and 1990, Urs Schoettli served as Representative of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in India. In 1990, he left the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and became Head of project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Spain. Between 1993 and 1994, he served as Director of the political academy of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Portugal and as Honorary Director of the Commission for the Greater Europe in Vienna and Moscow. Urs Schoettli returned to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung as its Correspondent in Hong Kong in 1996. Three years later, he moved from Hong Kong to Tokyo and worked as the East Asia Correspondent of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung until 2002. During the following five years, Urs Schoettli was the China Correspondent of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, based in Beijing. Since 2007, he has been the Far East Correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung based in Tokyo. Urs Schoettli was Co-Editor of the reviews Indo Asia, LibroAperto and Debate Abierto. He has published widely on topics of liberalism, development policies and international security issues in Latin American, American and European journals. Urs Schöttli is also the author of numerous books on South Asia, citizenship and environmental issues. Urs Schoettli studied philosophy at the University of Basel.
Mona Sutphen

Partner, Macro Advisory Partners, New York, United States

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Mona Sutphen is a Partner at Macro Advisory Partners, and previously spent three years as Managing Director at UBS AG. From 2009 - 2011, she served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President Obama. Prior, she was Managing Director at Stonebridge International, and also served on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. Mona serves on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is co-author of The Next American Century, and holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Prof. Hiroshi Watanabe

President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA), Tokyo, Japan

To date Hiroshi Watanabe is President of the Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA) and former CEO and Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan’s policy-based financing institution for international financing. In the past, he served as various positions, including Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance (MOF). After leaving MOF, he took to teaching as professor of the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University. Mr. Watanabe received LLB at the University of Tokyo and MA in Economics at Brown University.
Joerg Wuttke

President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (2014-2017), Chief Representative BASF China, Beijing, China

To date

Joerg Wuttke is Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, Mr. Wuttke has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations.

Previous to joining BASF, Mr. Wuttke worked with ABB for 11 years.
From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Wuttke was the Chairman of the German Chamber of Commerce in China.  From 2007 to 2010, and 2014 to 2017 he was the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

In January 2011 the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), a Paris based body of major business associations that lobbies the OECD, named Mr. Wuttke to become Chairman of the BIAC China Task Force.

Since its establishment in 2013, Mr. Wuttke is member of the Advisory Board of Germany’s foremost Think Tank on China, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), in Berlin.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Wuttke was Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing Multinational Companies in China’s Chemical Association.

Mr. Wuttke holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and studied Chinese in Shanghai 1982 and Taipei 1984-85. A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, he co-authored:
“The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China” Springer Publishing Trust (2005);
“Energy Resources Security” Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2006);
“My 30 years in China” ACA Publishing (2008)
“Gelebte Geschichte - 40 Erfahungen” (2012) CBT China Book Trading
“The Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice” Edgar Elgar Publishing in May 2012.
“ Peter Tichauer; Perspektivenwechsel” (2015) OWC
“The Dark Side of China’s Economic Rise” in "Europe and the World: Global Insecurity and Power Shifts; Helmut K. Anheier and Robert Falkner (eds.); (2017) University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd