Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2009
SAW Phaik Hwa
BSc (Hons) 1978 Chemistry
President and CEO, SMRT Corporation Ltd
Ms SAW Phaik Hwa has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry from the National University of Singapore and an advanced management programme at the University of Hawaii. She is presently the President and CEO of SMRT Corporation Ltd, a leading multi-modal public transport operator in Singapore. With her extensive experience in international corporate business, she offers a fresh approach to the way transport services are managed and operated in Singapore. She is instrumental in the development and implementation of key initiatives in the SMRT group of companies. This includes the transformation of MRT stations into lifestyle hubs as well as the broadening of SMRT's geographical footprint with a presence in the Middle East which serve as springboards to opportunities in the region.
A strong advocate for workers' continuous skills upgrading and development, and a champion of good industrial relations, Ms Saw received the Medal of Commendation Award at the NTUC May Day Awards 2007. For her leadership in redefining the way SMRT operates, the services it offers and the effective and innovative people practices in place, Singapore Human Resources Institute presented her with the Leading CEO Award in 2005.
Ms Saw sits on the Singapore Management University Board of Trustees, The Esplanade Board of Directors, the National Environment Agency Board of Directors, Board of Trustees for the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund, Board of Trustees for the Youth Business Singapore, Singapore Totalisator Board as a Member of the Sports Sub-Committee and is a Council Member of the Singapore-Guangdong Collaboration Council.
An ardent supporter of life arts, Ms Saw is Advisor to the Singapore Life Art Society. She is also an ardent practitioner in tai chi and sits on the Council as Vice President for both Singapore Jian Chuan Tai Chi Chuan Physical Culture Association and the Executive Committee of the International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation. She was appointed Governor for Singapore & Malaysia for the international body of Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy, as well as 3rd Vice Chairman of Singapore Wushu Dragon & Lion Dance Federation.
"Be a driver, not a passenger. Define your journey and you will be surprised where life takes you."
In recognition of her accomplishments and contributions, the Faculty of Science honours Ms Saw Phaik Hwa with the 2009 Outstanding Science Alumnus Award.