SINGAPORE: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will get a new chief executive next month with the appointment of Mr Teo Eng Dih, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said on Friday (Aug. 5).
Mr Teo, currently Deputy Secretary (Policy) of the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF), will take over from current MPA chief Quah Ley Hoon from September 5.
He will be appointed chief executive (designated) of MPA from August 8 to September 4, concurrent with his appointment to the Department of Defense.
As Deputy Secretary (Policy), Mr. Teo was responsible for MINDEF’s Defense Policy and Diplomacy, Strategic and Public Communications, and Total Defense. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he helped coordinate the ministry’s efforts to support the national fight against the disease.
He also oversaw expanding defense cooperation with international partners and strengthening cooperation on the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) platform, as well as enhanced MINDEF’s public engagement initiatives, including the revamp of the Singapore Discovery Centre.
Before MINDEF, Mr. Teo was a special assistant to the then Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. He has also worked in various government agencies in the fields of policy and planning, manpower, strategy, technology, climate change, business services and international trade.
Ms. Quah assumed the position of CEO of MPA on January 1, 2019.
She was “instrumental” in leading MPA to “navigate the disruptions caused by COVID-19 as she continued to develop and transform Singapore’s international maritime center and global hub port,” MOT said.
These include efforts such as the Sea Air Vaccination Exercise and the Sea Crew Vaccination Initiative to protect the health of local maritime workers and crew members aboard ships calling at Singapore.
She also led MPA last year to complete phase 1 reclamation of Tuas Port, which was a “key milestone” in the development of Singapore’s next-generation port.