Chor Pharn has extensive public service experience helming strategic and business development roles within Singapore and globally. In his current post as Deputy Director, Futures and Strategy Division at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), Chor Pharn oversees strategic foresight and futures thinking to support policy analysis and development at the Ministry. He is part of the inaugural team of MTI Futures Group, one of the forerunner futures units in the Singapore Government. The MTI Futures Group has been active in sharing learning experiences with the growing foresight community within the Singapore public sector e.g. via our annual publication Future Tense.
Prior to this, Chor Pharn spent six years at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), his last being Deputy Center Director, China Office where he was responsible for increasing awareness and penetration of Singapore IT solutions and raising awareness of Singapore’s e-government capabilities for the China market. At IDA, he also served for two years in the Industry Development Division where the role included international policy work on Singapore’s infocomm interests at APEC and ASEAN, and assisting local enterprise needs in going international. Chor Pharn had also spent two years at the Trade Development Board (TDB) with extensive involvement to broker and facilitate tie-ups between promising local infocomm players and foreign companies, and conducting overseas trade promotion missions to Asia and Europe.
Chor Pharn has a Masters of Electrical Engineering from Cornell University (USA) and a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from U of Minnesota (USA).