SINGAPORE: The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) will have a new CEO from May 1, with the appointment of Mr Chan Chee Weng Damian from the Economic Development Board (EDB).

Mr Chan succeeds Mr Lim Kok Thai, who will be retiring from public service, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) announced on Monday (Mar 25). 

Mr Chan, 51, is currently the executive vice president of EDB’s human capital group and a member of EDB’s executive committee. 

He held a range of key leadership positions at the agency, including roles in advanced manufacturing, agrifood, and environmental sustainability.

“Mr Chan brings relevant experience to SFA given his leadership in the growth of Singapore’s agrifood sector in the last few years. He had also led the development of the Energy & Chemicals and Electronics industries,” said MSE.

Expressing its appreciation to the outgoing CEO, the ministry noted that Mr Lim was appointed chief of the former Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) in October 2017.

He became CEO of SFA in April 2019 after some functions of AVA were transferred to the new statutory board. 

Under Mr Lim’s leadership, SFA worked with relevant parties to ensure that there were adequate food supplies for Singaporeans during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He oversaw initiatives to build Singapore’s capability and capacity to sustainably produce 30 per cent of its nutritional needs locally by 2030.

He also led the statutory board in reviewing and enhancing the food safety system, strengthening SFA’s food safety capabilities, as well as applying data analytics to adopt a risk-based approach to food safety management.


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