Foong Sew Bun
Fellow, Singapore Computer Society. MSc. BSc. (Computer Science) University of Texas at Austin, Dip (Electronics and Communications Eng.) Singapore Polytechnic
Sew Bun is the Global Head of Retail Digital Transformation (Technology & Operations) for Standard Chartered Bank, responsible for agile digital transformation of operations and legacy to provide differentiating banking services. Prior to Standard Chartered, Sew Bun was with IBM from 2000- Sep 2016 where he started as the first Software Architect for IBM India and South Asia, and eventually became the first in IBM Asia Pacific and first Singaporean to be recognized as an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2007/2008 and Chief Technology Officer for his sustained track record of technical leadership and innovations. As a former IBM executive, Sew Bun led top clients of IBM and IBM technical community as the Chief Technology Officer for ASEAN and Singapore, Lead Cloud Advisor in the global IBM Cloud Advisor leadership team, Chairman of the IBM Growth Market Unit Distinguished Engineers Board. He served on top global IBM technical councils including the corporate Technology Team Advisory Council, IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team and the S&D Technical Leadership Team. Prior to IBM, Sew Bun spent 10 years in IT industry with healthcare, banks, university, and led design and implementation of top secret fighter craft simulators for defence. Sew Bun was an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore from 2008-2013 and an Adjunct Professor since 2014. He is also serving on the Keppel Corporation Technology Advisory Panel since 2016.
Passionate with giving back to the IT Industry, serves in several major government and industry committees, including the Services and Digital Economy R&D Executive Committee with National Research Foundation and Ministry of Communications and Infocomm, member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants CFO Committee, Singapore Polytechnic Department of Electrical and Electronics Advisory Committee, former Chairman and Senior Advisor of the National Infocomm Competency Framework Steering Committee.
In 2016, Sew Bun was deeply honoured to receive the IT Professional of the Year Award in the Annual IT Leaders Award conferred by the Singapore Computer Society, and was one of the 50 Singaporeans featured in the “SG50 – A Nation of Skilled Talents”.