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Reading and literacy levels have been of much concern, particularly as data from the pandemic years on learning loss are emerging. School campuses in the Philippines have just reopened, and studies reveal 9 out of 10 children suffer from learning poverty – the inability to read or understand a simple story by age 10. The results of a national test in the United States have shown that the performance of 9-year-olds in math and reading dropped to the levels from two decades ago.

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.