Dr Chua Thian Poh is the founder of Ho Bee Group. He was appointed as the Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1999.
In July 2019, National University of Singapore conferred on him the Honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of his business leadership and community contributions. Dr Chua was also awarded the Businessman of the Year in 2006.
As an active community leader, Dr Chua’s appointments include those of Honorary President of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Honorary President of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Immediate Past President of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, Honorary Chairman of Bishan East Citizens’ Consultative Committee, Chairman of Ren Ci Hospital, Chairman of Board of Trustee of the Chinese Development Assistance Council, and Chairman of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
Dr Chua holds several other public appointments. He was appointed as the Non-Resident Ambassador of Singapore to the Republic of Maldives in 2015 and a member of the Constitutional Commission for the review of Elected Presidency in 2016. In 2017, he was appointed to the Council of Presidential Advisers as an alternate member and in 2019, a full member.
In recognition of his extensive community and public service contributions, he was conferred the Public Service Star (BBM) in 2004, Justice of the Peace in 2005 and the Distinguished Service Order in 2014.
For his philanthropic activities and impact, Dr Chua was awarded the President’s Award for Philanthropy (Individual) in 2012 and listed in Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy honour roll in 2014.