World Cities Summit Panel


10 July 2018

3.00pm - 6.00pm

Room 5203, Level 5
Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Marina Bay Sands


Sport & physical activity participation is a key component of a Liveable City. It also contributes to a city’s social resilience by unifying its people and strengthening their health and wellness. Understanding sport as strategy and the correlation between physical activity participation and social resilience can help policy makers make more informed decisions on resource allocation, capability development and other policy interventions.

Facilitator for Session I & II

Dr Gillian Koh

Deputy Director (Research)
Institute of Policy Studies

Dr Gillian Koh is Deputy Director (Research) at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Senior Research Fellow in the Governance and Economy Department. Her research interests are in the areas of party and electoral politics, the development of civil society, state-society relations, state governance and citizen engagement in Singapore.

Among other things, Dr Koh conducts surveys on Singaporeans’ political attitudes, sense of identity, rootedness and resilience and also helmed several IPS scenario-planning projects. She was part of the team that conducted the IPS Study on Social Capital in Singapore (2017). She has published and co-published articles on civil society and political development in Singapore. She was co-editor of Migration and Integration in Singapore: Policies and Practice (2015) as well as State-Society Relations in Singapore (2000) and Civil Society and the State in Singapore (2017) and co-author of Singapore Chronicles: Civil Society (2016).

Session I: Coming Together – A Multi-City Collaboration


Mr David Portas

Portas Consulting

David Portas is the Founder and Managing Partner of Portas Consulting.

He has served as an advisor to leaders of many sports-related charities and foundations, Olympic bids and organizing committees, major national and international sports organizations, and leaders of multinational corporations over the past 25 years. He is regarded as a global expert in sports strategy, public policy for sports participation and physical activity, governance, organization design, commercial and sponsorship strategy.

David was the leader of the London Olympics 2012 Legacy and Commercial sponsorship strategy. He also led the design and implementation of the national sports participation strategy for Middle East governments. Previously he was a Partner at McKinsey and leader of its UK based sport practice.

Mr Lim Teck Yin

Sport Singapore

Lim Teck Yin was appointed to Sport Singapore as Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2011. Prior to that he had 30 years of command and staff assignments in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), where he contributed to the strategic visioning and planning of the force, leading and managing units, operations and projects, and developing people and multi-disciplinary teams.

At Sport Singapore, Mr Lim spearheaded the development of a master plan for Singapore sport – Vision 2030, which set the strategic direction for Sport Singapore’s future work plans and organisational development. Mr Lim also leads and manages major projects spearheaded by Sport Singapore including the delivery of the Singapore National Games, the Singapore Sports Hub, the 28th SEA Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015. Under his leadership, Sport Singapore also launched ActiveSG, the national movement for sport.


Ms Tove Okunniwa

London Sport UK

Tove is CEO of London Sport, a non-profit organisation dedicated to making London the most active city in the world, supported by Sport England and the Mayor of London. She has a background in strategic marketing and content creation, with extensive experience in both commercial and non-profit sectors. Previously she led two successful sport and entertainment marketing agencies - WPP owned MEC Access and Havas Sports & Entertainment - advising clients such as Barclays, Coca-Cola, Visa, Danone, Lloyds Bank, Marriott, Specsavers, Nintendo and Morrisons among many others. Prior to this Tove spent 10 years at the BBC in senior brand marketing roles, including Head of Marketing at BBC Sport where she led a successful repositioning of the brand.

She is Deputy Chairwoman of England Boxing and a Trustee of Catch 22, a leading social business.

Ms Sarah Sandley

Auckland Aktive NZ

CEO since Aktive’s formation in 2013, Sarah has wide-ranging leadership experience gained through more than 20 years of general management and CEO experience in commercial as well as not-for-profit environments, including as CEO of the trans-Tasman APN Magazine Group, where she was responsible for some of New Zealand’s leading media brands.

A Chartered Director who serves on the Auckland branch committee of the NZ Institute of Directors, Sarah was a Director of Sport NZ for almost 6 years, founding Chair of the international Katherine Mansfield Society and a founding Trustee and former Chair of the Auckland Writers’ Festival. She currently serves on the board of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and was recently appointed as an independent member of Table Tennis Australia’s Governance Reform Committee.

Sarah has represented both England and New Zealand in table tennis, as sport in which she still competes, along with volunteering as a technical classifier for disabled players.

Session II: Cultivating Resilient Citizens Through Social Innovations


Mr Michol Dalcourt

Institute of Motion

Michol Dalcourt is an internationally recognized industry-leader in health and human performance. He is the Founder and CEO of IoM Health, inventor of ViPR and Co-Founder of PTA Global. As an international lecturer and educator, Michol has authored numerous articles on health, human design and function.

Michol has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco in the Department of Sports Science, as well as Faculty at the NAIT College - School of Health Sciences.

He has given hundreds of international lectures and has been a featured speaker at most of the world’s top fitness and health conferences, and at many colleges and universities around the world. Michol has done extensive work in the areas of health and human performance, and consults with many of the health and fitness industry’s biggest companies - including Equinox, Microsoft and Nike among others.

He received his education from the University of Alberta in the area of Exercise Science, and has received continuing education from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists.

Dr Chiang Hock Woon

Deputy CEO
Sport Singapore

Dr Chiang Hock Woon joined Sport Singapore with a 30-year military service background. He was Commander Special Operations Task Force before assuming the appointment of Commander 9 Division. His notable achievements include the transformation of Army fitness curriculum and the conceptualisation of the Centre of Excellence for Soldiers Performance (CESP) to improve the fitness levels of soldiers.

In Sport Singapore, Hock Woon spearheads the nation-wide ActiveHealth social movement that aims to transform the way Singaporeans manage their health and physical well-being. He also leads the organisation’s push towards digital transformation and human capital enhancement effort. Furthermore, he steers Sport Singapore’s investment objectives with the iconic Singapore Sports Hub.


Dr Ben Tan

Changi Sports medicine Centre

Dr Ben Tan graduated in 1991 with a medical degree from the National University of Singapore and obtained his Masters in Sports Medicine in 1997 from the world-renown Australian Institute of Sport. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM).

Dr Tan is presently Chief of Sports Medicine at Changi General Hospital. The Department runs two of Singapore’s leading Sports Medicine Centers – Changi Sports Medicine Centre and Singapore Sports Medicine Center. Dr Tan won an Asian Games Gold and four consecutive SEA Games Golds, and represented Singapore at the 1996 Olympics in sailing.

Dr Vincent Chua

Associate Professor, Sociology
National University of Singapore

Dr Vincent Chua is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2010. His main research interests are in social networks, education, gender, ethnicity and social stratification.

He has published widely in scientific journals such as Social Networks, Social Science Research, Current Sociology, Comparative Sociology, Sociological Perspectives, International Studies in the Sociology of Education, American Behavioral Scientist, Research in Transportation Economics, and Environment and Planning C, including the Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis. He received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and 2017, and the University Annual Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.

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