Michael Toh

Director, Industry and Technology Collaboration, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency

Michael is currently Director of Industry & Technology Collaboration Department in PUB. As part of PUB’s Senior Management team, he leads PUB’s effort to grow water technologies by working and collaborating with the global water industry and stakeholders; and bring discoveries made in the lab to industrial application as quickly as possible, so that PUB and the rest of world can benefit from these cutting-edge research.

Prior to this appointment, Michael was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of PUB. This new and expanded position in PUB reflects the increasingly critical role that IT and cybersecurity play to support PUB’s organisational and operational needs. Besides ensuring a reliable & secure ICT infrastructure throughout PUB so that efficient and effective services are provided, Michael was responsible for the development of SMART technologies across PUB; and the implementation of robust cybersecurity strategies and measures to safeguard PUB’s operations. Before that, he also served as the Director of Water Supply Network Department, which is responsible for the planning, development, operations and maintenance of the water supply network; as well as the management of water demand in Singapore. 

Michael also served in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) previously as the Director of the 3P Network Division. In this role, he led the public communication engagements as well as managed initiatives for quality service excellence. 

Michael was the first Managing Director of the Singapore International Water Week, which was established in 2008. He led the conceptualisation, planning and organisation of the event, which has since grown to become a global platform to co-create innovative water solutions. 

Michael is also a Board Member and Managing Director of PUB Consultants Pte Ltd2, as well as a Board member of Singapore International Water Week Pte Ltd. Michael also represents PUB on the Boards of the Singapore Environment Council and the Singapore Water Association, as well as the Singapore and China Business Councils of the provinces of Shandong, Liaoning, Tianjin and Zhejiang.

He received his Bachelor of Engineer (Honours) and MSc in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore and his MBA from Nanyang Technological University. Michael also attended the Advanced Strategic Management Programme at IMD Lausanne.

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