MR. GEORGE ABRAHAM
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
George Abraham is an alumnus of Raffles Institution, Singapore. He has Postgraduate Degrees in Political Science (Aligarh), Social Science (University of Singapore) and Human Resource Development (George Washington University). He has attended advanced management programmes at INSEAD, the Australian Administrative Staff College, International Trade Centre (UNCTAD / WTO) and Asian Productivity Organisation.
SICCI, ASEAN CCI & UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME:
He has, for over 30 years, worked extensively in the region in various capacities as Executive Director of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), Hon. Secretary General of the Singapore Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Secretary General of the ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry, articulating the views of the private sector, forging links and enhancing business prospects of companies and representing these organizations at international fora. He is also a consultant to various UN Agencies (ILO, ESCAP, UNDP and World Bank’s MIGA) in SME development and private sector capacity building in the Asia Pacific, SAARC, Africa and Eastern European countries.
FICCI, CACCI, GACCI & IATSS:
He is currently the Regional Representative (ASEAN) of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). He is also Chairman of the SME Development Council of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce & Industry (CACCI). A past President of the Rotary Club of Raffles City Singapore, he initiated the dyslexia movement in Singapore. He has served on various private and public sector boards and was Chairman of the Feedback Group on Economic Development, of Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) from 2000-2007 and on the Resource Panel of the Government Parliamentary Council for Trade & Industry till 2009. He is Chairman of the Singapore Committee of the Honda-affiliated international leadership training institute – the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences Forum (IATSS) based in Suzuka, Japan. He was also the Regional Representative of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GACCI) which is the apex business body for the country of Georgia in Eastern Europe.
CAREER & ACHIEVEMENTS
TiE, MCYS & RESOURCE PANEL OF PARLIAMENTARY COUNCIL FOR TRADE & INDUSTRY
He was the Founding Director of The Indus Entrepreneurs Limited, Singapore (TiE Singapore), an organisation for effective networking and mentoring of budding entrepreneurs linked to the parent body TiE in Silicon Valley, USA. He served as Chairman of the Feedback Group on Economic Development, of Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports from 2000-2007 and on the Resource Panel of the Singapore Government Parliamentary Council for Trade & Industry till 2009.
George Abraham was a SME21 Steering Committee member of the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (now SPRING Singapore) from 1999 to 2000. In 2000, he was appointed a member of the Ministry of National Development’s focus group on land allocation for the Concept Plan Review.
TV12, AIBC, APICCI, NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD & TRADEMATCH INFORMATION NETWORK
The appointments which he formerly held also includes Board Director of Singapore Television Twelve Pte Ltd (TV12), Secretary-General of ASEAN-India Business Council (AIBC) and the Asia Pacific Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Director of the TradeMatch Information Network (S) Pte Ltd, member of the Board of the National Library Board (NLB) and founding Director of Enterprise Promotion Centres Pte Ltd, a company sponsored by the EDB providing consultancy services to Singapore SMEs.
PARAMESWARA HOLDINGS, ISEAS, SIM, ROTARY CLUB & THE DYSLEXIA MOVEMENT
Some of his past achievements include his appointment as the Founding Director and Company Secretary of Parameswara Holdings Ltd, a public company set up for Singapore investments overseas involved in six technology, infrastructure and logistics projects in India; including the Singapore Technology Park in Bangalore, India from 1993 to 2003. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) from 1987 to 2004, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) from 1987 to 1995. George was also the former President of the Rotary Club of Raffles City (Singapore) where he initiated the project on dyslexia in Singapore which resulted in the setting up of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore which now runs five schools for dyslexic students.
George was awarded the Outstanding Young Person of Singapore in 1987 by the Singapore Jaycees. For his services to the business communities abroad, he has received Awards from the Government of the Philippines and Government of Kerala State, India. For his services to the Indian diaspora, he was awarded the Pravasi Community Service Award 2007 by the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) at their annual conference in 2007 held in New Delhi.