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.
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

To date

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 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. (BASF Greater China’s revenues in 2007 were Euro 4.4bn).

Previous to joining BASF, Mr. Wuttke worked with ABB for 11 years; in fact his first professional encounter with China was in 1988 as the Finance and Administration Manager of ABB Beijing. In 1990 he returned to Germany as Sales Manager of ABB Power Plants Division, responsible for gas turbine sales to Africa and Russia. In 1993 he became Chief Representative ABB China in Shanghai and in 1994 moved to the President's Office of ABB China in Beijing, where he was responsible for the development and financing of large projects.

In 1999 Mr. Wuttke was founding member of the German Chamber of Commerce in China and from 2001 - 2004 was the Chairman of the Board.

Since April 2007 he is the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (over 1400 member companies in 8 cities of China).

Mr. Wuttke is a Rotarian and a member of the European Bahai Business Foundation.

In June 2008 Mr Wuttke became a member of the advisory board of the Centre for International Business Ethics (CIBE) in Beijing.

In 2008 Mr Wuttke became a member of the China advisory council of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart , Germany.

Joerg Wuttke holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and studied Chinese in Shanghai 1982 and in Taipei 1984-85. A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, in 2005 he co-authored “The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China” by Springer Publishing Trust. In 2008 he is featured in the book “My 30 years in China” as one of 13 prominent expatriates in China. People Daily’s Special Book on “30 people reflect on 30 years China’s Reform policy” features a long interview with Mr. Wuttke.