|Government Technology Agency (GovTech) is a statutory board that was established to drive the Singapore digital strategy and is responsible for the delivery of the government’s digital services to citizens. Chan Cheow Hoe has been integral in the agency’s efforts to build digital capabilities and spearhead digital transformation within the government. He was appointed as the government chief digital technology officer (GCDTO) in 2018, the first GCDTO in Singapore. In this role, he leads the development of the government’s digital infrastructure and digital technology capability as well as talent development in ICT and smart systems. Cheow Hoe is also the deputy chief executive (DCE) of GovTech and has grown the pool of engineers from a seven-member team to a team of 750, composed of software engineers, data scientists, and cybersecurity specialists.|
As DCE, Cheow Hoe has inspired the GovTech team to reengineer the government’s digital infrastructure to facilitate information sharing and efficient deployment of digital services across the whole of government. He has also led the way in the deployment of government commercial cloud for digital services and championed various concepts, including the adoption of software as a service and technology as a service to onboard the best technologies for government agencies. In addition, he spearheaded the STACK conference in 2018, the first government-led conference, bringing together developers, architects, and technologists from both public and private sectors to facilitate cross-sector collaboration. Furthermore, in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, which is underpinned by strategic national projects, Cheow Hoe has directed his team and successfully implemented three national projects, such as the National Digital Identity, Moments of Life, and the Smart Nation Platform Solutions.