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Lim Siong Guan

Honouree - Leadership For Good - BFG2020

Honour (Singapore)

Leadership For Good



About Honour (Singapore)

Honour (Singapore) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting a culture of Honour and Honouring.
We are a citizen-led initiative, founded by concerned citizens and guided by a multi-racial and multi-religious panel of community advisors.


A nation where Honour and Honouring are well understood and widely practised

To seek the well-being of the nation by promoting a culture of Honour and Honouring

Why Honour?

Honour (Singapore) is motivated by two concerns about the future of Singapore:


1. Honour as Singapore’s Blueprint for Success

The blueprint for Singapore’s success in the last 50 years has been that of human imagination and hard work, as well as the courage to be different and unique –– founded on honour, integrity and trust. In other words, that we are a people who can be trusted to deliver on our promises.
Such a culture of honour remains essential for Singapore’s future. This is still the blueprint for Singapore’s continued survival and success.

2. Honour as an Enabler for Constructive, Respectful Debate

We can expect increasingly robust debates and social action on a widening array of national issues. There must be a strong vein of honour and mutual respect between individuals and groups, even when there may be sharp differences in views. This enables respectful, constructive debate over issues of national life.

Trust determines the quality of relationships in our community and society. Honour is the foundation of trust.

We believe a culture of honour and honouring should be our compass as we head, as always, into the uncharted waters of our future.


Honour (Singapore) Ltd





Year Founded




6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown 2, #24-11 Singapore 068809

The Chairman - Prof Lim Siong Guan


Leadership is making good things happen which if left on their own may not materialise. Honour (Singapore) is happy to be receiving the first-ever Leadership for Good Award. It affirms our efforts to promote the culture of honour and honouring for the long-term well-being of Singaporeans and Singapore.

Lim Siong Guan


Founding Chairman

Honour (Singapore) Ltd

Founding Chairman

Mr Lim Siong Guan is a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College.


Having joined the civil service in 1969 as an engineer, he served two Old Guard Ministers – former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and former Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee – during his 37-year career with the civil service. He has described both leaders as his master teachers.


Citing Dr Goh Keng Swee in particular as his role model for leadership, Mr Lim is a great believer in the need for critical thinking, imagination and courage, as well as the urgency of being in time for the future. Because leadership is about “making good things happen”, he believes that, by definition, leadership must recognise values and principles, and that values form the compass for organisations entering into unknown territory.


Mr Lim has served as Group President of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Advisor to the GIC Group Executive Committee, Head of the Singapore Civil Service, Permanent Secretary in the ministries of Defence, Education and Finance and in the Prime Minister’s Office, and as Chairman of the Economic Development Board and various other government agencies.


Prior to his retirement from the civil service in 2006, he was recognised for his ability to draw out talent and for inspiring younger officers to innovate and excel. Mr Lim has compiled key lessons from his life experiences and his leadership insights into a book he co-authored, “The Leader, The Teacher And You: Leadership Through A Third Generation”, which co-won the Singapore Literature Prize for English Non-fiction in 2014. He is also co-author of the book “Winning with Honour: In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership, and Life”.


A frequent speaker on the topic of leadership and change management, Mr Lim is a member of the Board of Directors of Wilmar International Ltd. He chairs Swiss Re Asia Ltd. and is a member of the International Board of the stars Foundation in Switzerland, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes development of next generation leaders.


He is an alumnus of the University of Adelaide, Australia, which he attended on a President’s Scholarship and graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering in 1969. He attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore in 1975. Mr Lim was awarded the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 2006.



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