Singapore Note And Coin Advisory Committee

The Singapore Note and Coin Advisory Committee (SNCAC) advises MAS on matters pertaining to the development of Singapore currency notes and coins.

About the Committee

The Singapore Note and Coin Advisory Committee (SNCAC) was established with the following terms of reference:

  • Advise on the issuance, design criteria and themes for new currency notes and coins.
  • Review and recommend note and coin designs and specifications to the MAS Board.
  • Advise on any other matter relating to the issue of new currency notes and coins.

The eighth SNCAC was established for a three-year term from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2023.

Ms Chong Siak Ching (Chairperson)

Chief Executive Officer, National Gallery Singapore and Head of the Visual Arts Cluster, Singapore

Ms Chong Siak Ching is the Chief Executive Officer of National Gallery Singapore and Head of the Visual Arts Cluster, Singapore.

Prior to this, she was the President and CEO of Ascendas since 2001, and was recognized as ‘Outstanding CEO of the Year’ in the Singapore Business Awards 2009 for her leadership and dynamism in establishing Ascendas as Asia’s leading provider of business space.

Ms Chong is presently an Independent Director on the Board of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, member of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Board of Trustees and a member of the Yale-NUS College Governing Board. She is on the National Arts Council Board and a member of the Advisory Board at Nanyang Business School.

Ms Nur Hidayah Bte Abu Bakar

Dean (Faculty of Design), LASALLE College of the Arts

Ms Nur Hidiyah is the Dean of the Faculty of Design at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

With extensive teaching experience of more than 12 years, Nur Hidayah is instrumental to LASALLE’s Faculty of Design. She manages the demanding and challenging task of leading the pedagogical development and strategic growth of all the design programmes at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore with an enrolment of over 1000 students.

Under her leadership, the design programmes have achieved great success at regional and international design competitions and showcases including Crowbar Awards, Furniture Design Awards and Graduate Fashion Week in London. Nur has also initiated several collaborative partnership projects with different design institutions. She has also presented a research paper at the Ubuntu International Design Symposium 2011 in Seoul, which covers The Role of Design Education and another research on Collections, Fashion Curating and the Rise of Fashion Exhibitions in Museums. With faculty staff members, she is currently developing design capability programmes with communities in Asia and investigating issues on social enterprise for a more inclusive design culture.

Prior to joining LASALLE, Nur Hidayah has worked on copywriting, design and art direction projects across major industry segments; established clients.

Over the years, her excellent interpersonal and management skills have enabled her to inspire many students. Her vision and foresight has helped nurture these students into leaders that have contributed to the Singapore creative landscape.

Ms Chung May Khuen

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Director, National Museum of Singapore

Ms Chung May Khuen is Director of the National Museum of Singapore.

Ms Chung began her career as an Assistant Curator (South Asia) at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in 1997, where she curated exhibitions such as The Monkey as God and Hero: China, India and Southeast Asia (1999) and Krishna: The Blue God (2001).

In 2003, Ms Chung joined the National Museum of Singapore (NMS; then Singapore History Museum), where she curated the Fashion Gallery (Singapore Living Galleries), in addition to overseeing the content development of the other three living galleries.

Ms Chung received her MA in History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion (UK) in 2009, under a full scholarship from the NHB.

In May 2012, she curated In the Mood for Cheongsam: Modernity and the Identity of Singapore Women from 1900s to 2000s, and published a book with the same title for the exhibition. That same year, Ms Chung oversaw the curation of White Wedding Dress, an international travelling exhibition from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) − the first such collaboration between the two institutions.

From 2014 to 2015, Ms Chung helped to drive the SG50 curatorial revamp of the permanent galleries at NMS. She was the overall project lead of the four Life in Singapore galleries, as well as the curator of the Modern Colony gallery, which explores the lives of modern Singapore women in the 1920s and 1930s.

Ms Chung was posted to the Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) as Deputy Director overseeing both collections and conservation services from 2016 to June 2019. While there, she managed the daily operations of the centre and worked with over 60 staff, and was also in charge of organising HCC’s first international conference on collections care in October 2019.

Ms Chung rejoined the National Museum of Singapore in June 2019, and was subsequently appointed as Director later that year.

Mr Baey Yam Keng

Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

Mr Baey Yam Keng is Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Communication and Youth.

Mr Baey entered the Singapore Parliament in 2006 and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in October 2015.

He sits on the National Youth Council and is also Director of Chinese Development Assistance Council.

He started his career in 1995 in the public sector, where he served in the Economic Development Board, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Information, Communications & the Arts and National Arts Council.

Mr Baey switched to the corporate sector in 2006 as Vice-President, Corporate Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility at real estate company CapitaLand Limited, and was concurrently General Manager of the CapitaLand Hope Foundation. He joined international communications consultancy Hill+Knowlton Strategies in 2009 and was its Singapore Managing Director from 2011 to 2012. He was also an adjunct lecturer at Nanyang Technological University from 2013 to 2015.

He has over 20 years of theatrical production experience as the founding President of The ETCeteras. He has produced more than 10 original plays.

Mr Baey graduated from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London with a BSc in Biotechnology (first class honours) and he obtained a MSc in Biochemical Engineering (distinction) from University College London.

He is married with three children.

Mr Tan Wee Lit

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Head (Faculty of Visual Arts), School of the Arts, Singapore

Mr Tan Wee Lit is Head (Faculty of Visual Arts) at School of the Arts, Singapore.

Tan Wee Lit graduated with an MFA in Sculpture and has exhibited extensively locally and internationally as a practicing artist. He is a recipient of numerous study awards and scholarships from the National Arts Council Singapore and the Media Authority Singapore for his undergraduate and graduate studies. Tan has also worked on multiple commissions for private collections and public art works at Raffles Place (2013) , Haw Par Villa (2012) and the Jubilee Walk (2015).

He had his first solo exhibition for "12x12 New Artists/ New Work" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and was also awarded the Graduate Fellowship upon graduation. He won the Grand Prize for the 3rd Singapore Sculpture Award in 2007 and has had exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Asia- amongst them "Identities vs Globalisation" (Berlin), "The Same Rain, The Same Wind" (Chiangmai National University), "We Who Saw Signs" (ICA Singapore), "Fifth Outdoor Sculpture Biennial" (Baltimore).

He has taught at Singapore Management University, Lasalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore University of Social Sciences and School of the Arts Singapore. Wee Lit was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2012.

Ms Cindy Mok

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Assistant Managing Director (Finance, Risk and Currency), MAS

Ms Cindy Mok is the Assistant Managing Director of the Finance, Risk and Currency Group, overseeing the accounting and budget, custody and settlement, investment and portfolio risk, enterprise risk, business continuity, and currency note and coin issuance and operations.
Prior to her appointment Ms Mok was Executive Director of the Monetary and Domestic Markets Management Department, which implements monetary policy, maintains stability of SGD financial markets, and develops SGD bond markets. She was also Executive Director of the Organisation Development and Communications Department, which oversees MAS’ corporate communication function, as well as organisation development initiatives to strengthen culture and facilitate transformation.