SACEOS was set up in 1979 to be the voice and champion of the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry, to help those in the business to develop and prosper, and to work closely with the government to meet the objective of making Singapore the best venue in Asia. Training has been and continues to be a cornerstone of SACEOS and it is a strategic pillar for the association to help members as Singapore and Asia grapple with greater competition from other regions, fight for talent, as well as manage and retain talent.
To raise professionalism in the exhibition industry, SACEOS in 2001 became the first MICE industry association in the world to launch a set of technical references.
Since it was set up, SACEOS has developed and strengthened its international MICE industry network which provides global networking and business opportunities for its members.
In Singapore, government agencies SACEOS works closely with include the International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore) and the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB), a division of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
SACEOS achieved a milestone in this area in 2014 by bringing professional courses with international accreditation, only available in Europe and the US previously, to Singapore and accessible to MICE practitioners throughout Asia.
To be the leading MICE association to enhance Singapore’s position as a premier global hub for the industry.
Aloysius Arlando is the Chief Executive Officer of SingEx Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore investment company, Temasek Holdings. SingEx Holdings comprises several entities focusing on the venue management and events development businesses. They include SingEx Venues Pte. Ltd., which manages the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, the largest purpose-built MICE venue in Singapore; and SingEx Exhibitions Pte. Ltd., the event management arm which develops and manages exhibitions, conferences and other business events relating to key industries of the future economy.
Since taking over the helm in 2010, Aloysius has built up a portfolio of MICE-related ventures, both regionally and globally, as well as developed its suite of business event solutions and venue management services to new standards. Singapore EXPO was awarded Best International Venue 2016 by UK’s Exhibition News (EN) and Best Business Event Venue 2018 by Singapore Tourism Board. SingEx now provides venue management and consultancy services in Asian markets. Through her head office in Singapore and subsidiaries in Delhi, Guangzhou, Jakarta and London, SingEx stages a portfolio of over 25 proprietary trade events in India, China, Indonesia, South Africa, UK, US and Singapore.
Prior to SingEx, Aloysius spent 18 years in various leadership positions in Singapore’s public sector. While he was at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Ministry of Trade & Industry, he advanced Singapore's tourism, business travel and MICE industries. He was a key member of a multi-agency committee responsible for Singapore’s Integrated Resorts projects, where he oversaw the MICE development aspects. He also served in the Ministry of Manpower where he spearheaded lifelong learning and workforce development efforts.
In 2004, Aloysius received a Public Administration Award in recognition of his achievements. Aloysius capped off his stint in the public sector as the Assistant Chief Executive of Business Travel and MICE in STB, where under his watch, Singapore emerged as the Top International Meetings City and Asia’s Top Country and City for Meetings by the Union of International Associations for the first time. He was also concurrently serving as the Executive Director of the organising committee for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Singapore 2009 high-level meetings.
In line with his role at SingEx, Aloysius was nominated in 2014 as the Vice-Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) and Vice-President of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) in 2015. Aloysius is now the President of SACEOS (Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers) and President of AIPC, the first Asian to assume the association’s presidency.
Chief Executive of East West Planners and President of SACEOS with over 35 years in the Meetings, Incentives, Congress, Events Industry.
Actively involved in the industry in Asia, having expanded East West Planners with offices in China and Malaysia, growing from a destination management company to a full service experiential solutions provider with specialization in meetings, incentives, conferences and events, in addition to leisure travel catering to a very niche market.
Harnessing Technology, mid 2015 East West Planners launched their own Interactive, Web Management Portal serving the B2B audience. Users have access, to current content and pricing with the ability to, customize, book, arrangements covering the Asia regions. Future plans are to include more Asian destinations.
Other areas of her work encompasses, business tourism development & consultation, working closely with major industry players, National Tourism Boards locally and overseas.
o Immediate Past President SACEOS Singapore Meetings, Incentive, Congress, Exhibition & Events Association [Previous positions SACEOS Hon Treasurer, SACEOS VP M & I since 2002]
o Vice President of SKAL – [Previous positions Ex- committee member of SKAL since 2013]
o Board Advisory MDIS – Management Development Institute of Singapore
o Board Director Social Enterprise - I’m Soul Inc.
o Advisory Board Publication - Business Events
Training and Speaking Engagements – As early as 1990’s Janet’s commitment to training takes her throughout Asia where she facilitates, teach, shares and lectures to industry practitioners and students. Recognized as a MICE Industry expert, her speaking engagements span across locally, regionally and internationally.
Throughout her career, Janet has won several accolades for the company as well as for herself. She was bestowed the PCMA 2016 Global Meetings Executive of the Year Recipient together with other prestigious DOM Benedictine Working Mother of the Year Award, 1990 and the travel personality of the Year for Asia Pacific at the EIBTM Show, Geneva, Switzerland, 1995.
Her key aspiration is to contribute to the future growth and progress of the “Meetings, Congress, Incentive and Events” industry in Asia Pacific by mentoring and nurturing young talent to be leaders and champions of the future. She lives by example where her personal curiosity and passion for the business drives her to continued personal growth. She has finished her ACTA professional training course to equip herself to further champion her cause for ‘Service Quality’ and ‘Service Management’
Janet firmly believes in work life balance and whenever possible she spends time with her family who lives abroad. In addition she enjoys, travelling, dining and music and feels these exposures adds to enriching her personal life and well-being.
Anthea Tan serves as the Director of Sales, Expo at Marina Bay Sands. Her role involves driving exhibition lead events into Marina Bay Sands both locally and internationally. As a per-opening team member, Anthea has served 9 years in Marina Bay Sands, exceling in different roles within the team over the years.
Prior to joining Marina Bay Sands, Anthea was a tradeshow and conference organizer for 6 years and worked in key exhibition organizing roles across operations, project management, marketing and sales in Informa, one of the world’s largest Professional Exhibition Organisers.
Being passionate about the Meetings and Business Events Industry, Anthea serves as Vice President (Suppliers) of the Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organizers & Suppliers (SACEOS) in 2015 to 2019, represent the collective interest of the supplier chain within the industry in Singapore. SACEOS is the association that represents the interests of the Business Events, Meetings and Tradeshow industry in Singapore. Within SACEOS, Anthea also assumes the Chairperson role in the Sustainability committee within SACEOS where she drives developing standards, education and awareness of sustainability efforts in MICE industry.
Anthea holds a Bachelor in Business from Royal Melbourne University of Technology majoring in Marketing. She has also holds the Certified Exhibition Management (CEM) global accreditation from the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE).
Selina, a Global citizen and Australian National, has been in the events industry for twelve years living and working all over the world before moving to Singapore in 2012.
In addition to her role as Global Managing Director of Pacific World, Selina is the Chair for Education @ SACEOS and sits on the advisory board for Business Events Asia and Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia-Pacific.
Priscilla is a qualified accountant as FCA (Singapore) & FCCA and currently holds the position of Global COO & Finance lead for Agility Fairs & Events Logistics that has 45 dedicated offices spread across Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East.
She is concurrently the Managing Director of Agility Fairs & Events Logistics in Singapore. Since joining Agility in late 2004 as CFO of the Fairs & Events Specialty of Agility, she has since acquired good experience in the exhibition and events logistics business to now lead the Fairs & Events Specialty business for Agility globally.
Priscilla first served as Honorary Treasurer for SACEOS from 2011 to 2013, then as an EXCO member from 2013 to 2015 and subsequently as Honorary Secretary from 2015 till 2019. She is also involved as a member in many regional and global industry associations like that of AFECA, UFI as well as the International Exhibition Logistics Association (“IELA”).
Prior to joining Agility, she held senior finance positions with two government–linked companies that are wholly-owned by Temasek Holdings that are separately in the business of venture capital management and waste recycling. Priscilla also had 10 years of experience in the banking industry covering financial control aspects of investment and international banking, as well as many years of experience as an external auditor.
Veemal Gungadin is the Chief Executive Officer of GlobalSign.In Pte Ltd (GSI). Veemal founded the company back in 2006 and architected and coded the first software platform of the company, at an age when his peers were settling for university placements. He bootstrapped the company with no external investment. GSI today is a leading event tech company with offices in Singapore, Australia, Dubai, India, Myanmar and the US.
Having graduated from National University of Singapore with a degree in Computer Science, Veemal remains at the forefront of technology and spearheads the software products being crafted at GSI. The challenge he sets for his team is to release what’s going to go mainstream in the next 5 years.
GSI’s core SaaS products are:
Veemal is also an investor and advisor for several innovative startups. In Singapore, Veemal advises on product development & growth at Synchestra, a revolutionary InsurTech platform. Veemal also acts as strategic tech advisor for Severalnines, today a global leading database management company headquartered in Sweden that was founded by ex-employees of MySQL & Oracle.
Aik Cheong has been in the MICE and related industry for a total of 11 years. In Cityneon, Aik Cheong has grown from being the Operations Manager of the global customised Corporate Stand team to Assistant General Manager of the Exhibition Services Division. As GM, he is focused on the operational delivery and day-to-day matters for the division. Through his many years in the business, Aik Cheong has built an in-depth understanding of both the Official Contractorship and customised Corporate Stand businesses from customer engagement to concept design to operational delivery.
Daniel Powell is the Creative Director for Kingsmen Exhibits. He co-heads the creative arm of the company, KR&D, looking after a multidisciplinary team that specialises in exhibitions, events, museums, theme parks and attractions.
Having worked in Asia since 2004, Daniel brings extensive knowledge and experience to the team, and is engaged in driving new design initiatives and spearheading major projects. He is actively working closely with KR&D’s in-house Content & Experience team, with the understanding that the exhibition industry is constantly evolving and becoming increasingly experiential.
His diverse portfolio includes projects for the ArtScience Museum, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board, NParks, Sentosa Development Corporation, Shell, Changi Airport Group, Singapore Tourism Board and MediaCorp.
Daniel holds a first class honours degree in Museum and Exhibition Design from the University of Lincoln, UK, and was awarded the TiLE Young Designer of the Year award in 2002.
In 1962, Eunice started her career as a flight stewardess with Malayan Airways, pioneer company that is both father and mother of Singapore Airlines.
She was the first batch of Training Check Stewardess with Malaysia-Singapore Airlines.
Having flown for 11 years, she then joined Qantas Airways and was the Corporate Quality & Standards Manager, setting up standards for Qantas Holidays.
After leaving the Airline in 1988, she joined a travel agency handling Outbound MICE business for several years.
Before joining SingExpress Pte Ltd recently as Director Business Development, she was the Regional Director MICE of an established travel agency, generating business and setting standards for the Company’s network for almost 20 years.
Her current role in SingExpress is to develop business, create MICE products and handle client relationship. Her ability to connect with people from all over the world makes her a key part of team’s success.
Kerry Healy heads the Sales team for ACCOR across the Asia Pacific region. Based in Singapore, Kerry leverages her wealth of business acumen and spearheads strategic development and growth performance of an ever-changing commercial landscape.
Ms Healy believes in harnessing team success particularly when it comes to providing strategic support to ACCOR’s regional sales offices and customers alike.
The sustainability of the business events industry is a matter very close to Ms Healy’s heart. Besides sponsoring numerous industry event like Global SITE Conference Bangkok 2019 and Asia Business Meet Singapore 2019, Ms Healy actively advises as an industry board member of PCMA Asia and SACEOS.
Prior to her current role, Ms Healy was ACCOR’s Director of Sales Asia Pacific for Leisure, Meetings and Events in the Singapore sales office. She held various regional account management and sales positions with other companies in Sydney, Dubai and London.
The founder and managing director of ACE:Daytons, Nancy is a respected veteran of the conventions industry in Asia, with more than 25 years of experience. She also serves as Vice President, Conference Organisers in the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), where she held the post of Honorary Treasurer for 2014/2015. In 2017, Ace:Daytons Direct won 3 Singapore Tourism Awards, including Best Business Event Service Provider Award.