Capacity Building Programmes
Regional STEM Symposium


Problems confronting society and citizens are increasingly new, complex and cut across disciplines and knowledge domains. STEM education can help develop a way of thinking and approaching issues in a logical and interdisciplinary manner, as well as equip students with competencies that allow them to identify and solve problems in a responsible and ethical manner.

This Regional STEM Symposium 2019, organised by The HEAD Foundation in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and hosted by King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, was a four-day gathering of educators and education officials from Cambodia, India, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam.

The symposium was intended as a platform for experts and participants to present current perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing STEM education with a particular focus on curriculum integration and teacher professional development, and to critically evaluate the role of STEM education in a broader socio-economic context.

The Regional STEM Symposium 2019 took place from 27 to 30 May 2019 at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi’s Knowledge Exchange for Innovation Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more about the programme here.

Read the event coverage here.

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.