George Yeo named senior adviser to Kuok Group

Former foreign minister George Yeo has been appointed senior adviser to Malaysian conglomerate Kuok Group.

The Kuok Group, which is run by 'sugar king' Robert Kuok, is involved in trading of scrap steel, agricultural commodities, fertilisers and chemicals. It operates through three main holdings, Kuok (Singapore) Limited, Kuok Brothers Sdn Bhd in Malaysia and Kerry Holdings Limited in Hong Kong.

Its chief executive is Mr Kuok Khoon Hong, Mr Robert Kuok's nephew and also chairman of Singapore Exchanged-listed oil palm firm, Wilmar.

In addition to his new appointment, Mr Yeo also chairs the International Advisory Panel of the Nalanda University Governing Board, and is a visiting scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

He is a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the Nicolas Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council and the International Advisory Boards of Harvard Business School and IESE Business School.

Mr Yeo was part of the People's Action Party Aljunied GRC team that lost to opposition Workers' Party in the May general election.

Confirming his appointment within Kuok Group, Mr Yeo told The Straits Times that it was made on Sep 1, and was 'an informal arrangement'. He further added that he will join the private sector next year, but could not provide details.