Mr George Loh
Director (Services & Digital Economy) National Research Foundation
Prime Minister Office
Mr George Loh spent more than 20 years from in the defence industry as a government employee from 1989 to 2011. He was responsible for large scale systems integration and acquisition of defence systems as well as for formulation of defence R&D strategy and for technology management of defence R&D programs. George was the Deputy Head, Defence Technology Office (United States) at the Embassy of Singapore in Washington DC from Mar 2003 to Oct 2006. He was responsible for defence technology cooperation including the US DoD, Military Services, research institutes and universities. In Nov 2006, Mr Loh was appointed as Head (Maritime Systems), Defence Research & Technology Office in Ministry of Defence to develop the Research and Technology (R&T) portfolio in Naval and Maritime Systems.
George Loh, Director (Services & Digital Economy), joined National Research Foundation in Oct 2011 and was responsible for the development of the scientific and R&D strategy as well as R&D capabilities in the local ecosystem in Singapore. He developed scientific research programmes in physical sciences and engineering with the stakeholders in the government agencies, in the academia and the industry, which included the National Cybersecurity R&D programme, National Robotic R&D programme, Virtual Singapore Programme, Quantum Engineering Programme etc.
George works closely with the industry and academia to establish Corporate Laboratories in the local universities, which aim to translate of research outcomes and commercialize industry- relevant technologies, thereby strengthening the link between innovation and economic growth. He has also established several technology consortia, in the areas of cybersecurity, photonics, synthetic biology etc., to enhances knowledge sharing and technology transfer through collaborations among academia and industry partners.