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Mr David Chin Soon Siong
Executive Director 

Singapore Maritime Foundation

Mr David S.S. Chin took on his current role as the Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) on 1 February 2007, which was established to serve as the link between the public and private sectors in the maritime industry. SMF works in partnership with the maritime players to drive initiatives, attract and nurture talent as well as raise public awareness of the Singapore maritime industry. These efforts are in line with the vision to further Singapore’s position as a leading International Maritime Centre. 

Mr Chin holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1st Class Honours) in Engineering from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic, UK. He attended the Advanced Management Program XI, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, on the fall of 1992. He is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Singapore (SNAMES) and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers, UK (now known as The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, IMarEST). In 2009, he was awarded the 45 years certificate of continuous membership (1964 – 2009) of IMarEST and the IMarEST President’s Commendation for his outstanding contributions to the Institute. 

Mr Chin first started his maritime career as an apprentice in the ship repair yard, where he later took charge of commercial management and marketing. In 1985, he joined the Trade Development Board (now known as International Enterprise Singapore) where he contributed in divisions including Export of Services Division, International Trading Division, Multilateral Trade Policy Division, Shipping and Logistics Division, and the Trade Facilitation and Administration Division. He became Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 1994 and was appointed Director General (Trade) for the ASEAN Division in 2002. He served a concurrent stint as the Executive Director to establish the Singapore Business Federation from 2002 to 2004 and in January 2004, he was appointed as the Director General (Trade) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He retired from the Singapore government service in 2007, and continued as a Consultant to the Ministry of Trade and Industry on trade issues for five more years till 2011.

Mr Chin served in numerous boards of corporations and organisations. He was previously a Board Member of the Professional Engineers Board (1981 to 1984), a Board Member of the Port of Singapore Authority (1995 to 1997) and had also served two terms as a Director on the Board of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (1994 to August 1999 and later August 2003 to February 2006). He was also the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore Commodity Exchange (1992 to 2000), a Board Director of Jurong Port Pte Ltd (2000 to 2002), the Vice Chairman of International Merchandise Mart Ltd (1995 to 2002), a Board Director of SilkAir (Singapore) Pte Ltd (1997 to 2003), and a Board Director of Pacific Shipping Trust Management Pte Ltd (2006 to 2010). He was a Vice President and Council Member of IMarEST (2013 to 2016) in the United Kingdom.

Mr Chin is currently a Board Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA). He is also active in contributions to maritime education, as part of three committees in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (SP). He chaired the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Bachelor of Science (Maritime Studies) programme at NTU (2012 to 2016), and is currently a member of SP’s Maritime Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) and NP’s Marine and Offshore Technology Advisory Committee (MOTAC).

Mr Chin was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) on National Day in 1993 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) on National Day in 2000 by the President of the Republic of Singapore. He also received the International Maritime Centre Award from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore in 2013 for his contribution to the development of the Maritime Industry, and was awarded the Pioneer Generation Award at the 2015 Lloyd’s List Asia Awards for his many contributions to Maritime Singapore. In July 2016, he was also given an Award by Seatrade Maritime Publication for his contribution to developing Maritime Singapore.