Guest of Honour

Ms Yong Ying-I


OTCEP Forum 2021 Speakers

Ms Yong Ying-I

Ms Yong is a career public servant who has served in Ministries of Finance, Trade & Industry, Home Affairs, Communications & IT, before becoming Permanent Secretary. She has led 4 Ministries as Permanent Secretary, in Manpower, Health, Public Service Division (PMO) and National Research Foundation (PMO), before her current appointment at MCI. An economist and MBA by training, she served as Principal Private Secretary to then-Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, before being the founding CEO of the Infocomm Development Authority, and later on, its Chairman. She was also the founding Chairman of the Workforce Development Agency and Chairman of the Civil Service College. She presently leads the Ministry of Communications and Information which aims to develop Singapore as a thriving digital economy and society, and informs and engages Singaporeans. Her concurrent role in Cybersecurity aims to keep Singapore secure from cyber threats. She is also Chairman of Central Provident Fund Board, Chairman of SG Innovate and Deputy Chairman of the Singapore Symphony Group.


Mr David Koh

Mr David Koh is the Commissioner of Cybersecurity and Chief Executive of the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore.

As a Commissioner, he has the legal authority to investigate cyber threats and incidents to ensure that essential services are not disrupted in the event of a cyber-attack. Concurrently, as Chief Executive of CSA, he leads Singapore’s efforts to provide dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions. These include enforcing the cybersecurity legislation, strategy and policy development, cyber security operations, ecosystem development, public outreach and international engagement.

Mr Koh also sits on the Boards of the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), DSO National Laboratories (DSO), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Cyber Security Advisory Panel and the Healthcare Cybersecurity Advisory Panel (HCAP).

Prior to his current appointments, Mr Koh served in the SAF and held various command and staff appointments in MINDEF and the SAF. He previously held the positions of Deputy Secretary (Special Projects) and Defence Cyber Chief of MINDEF, where he was responsible for leading and coordinating cyber defence policy, capability development, and operations for Singapore’s defence cluster.

Mr Koh is the recipient of the first Billington CyberSecurity International Leadership Award. He has also been awarded the Public Administration Medal – Gold, the Public Administration Medal – Silver (Military), the Public Administration Medal – Bronze (Military), and the Commendation Medal (Military).

Mr Koh has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA; and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from King’s College, London, UK.

He and his wife, Marlene, have three children, Daniel, Rachel and Michael.


Mr Gaurav Keerthi

BG Gaurav Keerthi joined the Singapore Armed Forces in 1998 and was a helicopter pilot in the Republic of Singapore Air Force. BG Gaurav held a diverse range of senior command and staff appointments in MINDEF/SAF and the RSAF over his 20-year career. As the Head of Joint Plans and Transformation, he developed the concepts for the Next Gen SAF, which emphasised digital defence. In his final tour, he was the Commander Air Defence and Operations Command, where he oversaw the networked operations and cyber defence for the RSAF. He was concurrently the first Chief Innovation Officer in the RSAF, where he led the organisation-wide digitalisation effort and cultural change. BG Gaurav is a member of the Singapore Administrative Service and served in the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 2008 to 2010 (and was part of the Global Financial Crisis recovery team). He was the Assistant Chief Executive in CSA before his current appointment. As DCE (Development), CSA, he oversees the cybersecurity capability and ecosystem development to help keep Singapore’s cyberspace safe and secure.

BG Gaurav was awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship and graduated from Stanford University in 2002. He was awarded the SAF Post-Graduate Scholarship and Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship and graduated with a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 2014, where he received the Littauer Award.

Outside work, he enjoys reading, jogging, playing guitar, and programming. He was an active volunteer in the debate community, where he helmed the national association. He has founded numerous non-profit digital start-ups, and leads the national “TechForGood” non-profit volunteer-run organisation.

BG Gaurav is married and has one son.


Mr John Lee

John is the Managing Director of GRF Asia-Pacific and the Operational Technology Information Sharing Analysis Centre (OT-ISAC). OT-ISAC provides threat information to its members in the trusted community on cyber and OT vulnerabilities and incidents. He oversees the planning of OT-ISAC strategic programs as well as provide management oversight over its operations. He has more than 20 years of Information Security and ICT experiences. His prior roles include IT Governance, Risk and Compliance, security operations, designing and delivery of Information Security and Infrastructure services. He had also delivered Information Security Training and participated in the design of courses. He has led the local chapter of 2 professional associations as its President.