Chan Heng Wing to head Milken Institute Asia Center

SINGAPORE - Singaporean Chan Heng Wing has been appointed chairman of the Singapore-based Asia Center, which is part of non-profit think tank the Milken Institute.

Laura Deal Lacey has taken on the role of managing director at the Center.

Set up last year, the Asia Center will develop programmes to bring together leaders from different areas to work on solutions for key challenges by using economic and financial research.

"The Milken Institute Asia Center will be an important addition to the architecture of ideas in Asia," highlighted Mr Chan. "The Institute's ability to gather business thought leaders from the rest of the world will add dimension and depth to the exchange of ideas with Asia."

Mr Chan has spent many years in government service, assuming roles such as the Counsellor in Singapore's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Commissioner to Hong Kong, Ambassador to Thailand, and Consul- General to Shanghai.

He later went on to join Temasek Holdings as chief representative to China and then as managing director for international relations at Temasek International.

Ms Lacey's past roles include executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore as well as global marketing director at public relations firm Edelman. Chief executive of the Milken Institute, Mike Klowden, said: "Their dynamic leadership will translate the vision for our new Asia Center into reality."

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