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Mr Kenneth Chia
Executive Director
Singapore Maritime Foundation

Mr Kenneth Chia is the Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), a private-led organisation that works in partnership with the industry and government to develop Singapore as a leading International Maritime Centre.

Kenneth has spent close to three decades with Neptune Orient Lines (NOL/APL) and started as a Management Trainee upon graduation from Washington State University in 1989 with a Degree in Business Administration. He held various key roles across the trade and commercial teams, and was previously appointed as the Managing Director for APL Singapore, Malaysia & Myanmar. Following the merger with APL in 1998, he was stationed in Rotterdam for two years as Director of Global Sales, servicing key global customers in the Europe region. Prior to joining SMF, Kenneth was the Head of Global Key Account Management for APL (part of CMA-CGM group).

From 2011-2013, Kenneth served on the Board of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Council as Honorary Treasurer and is currently a Board Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).

In 2018, he was appointed as a member of the Maritime Industry Advisory Committee at Singapore Polytechnic.