Education and Societal Progress

Education and Societal Progress

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The HEAD Foundation presented the first lecture in its 2014 public lecture series on 11 February 2014. Entitled “Education and Societal Progress”, the lecture was delivered by the Foundation’s Secretary-General, Professor Gordon Redding to a diverse audience of more than 60 members of the public.

In his lecture, Prof Redding identified the universal traits of societies that have evolved or progressed successfully, and the conditions that have supported such progress. He also shared with the audience the ways in which education creates those favourable conditions, thereby promoting wealth and development in society.

Prof Redding’s presentation was followed by a lively and enthusiastic exchange of ideas with the audience.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.