Dr Kiat W. Tan

Former CEO, Corporate Advisor, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay is the major project executed by Dr. Kiat W. Tan. The park is a part of the nation’s plan to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” into a “City in a Garden”, with the aim of raising the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. Dr. Tan was responsible for the conceptualisation and development of the gardens. Under his leadership, it became the first garden in the world to receive the Thea Award, widely regarded as the Oscars of the international attractions industry.

In his career spanning over 30 years, Dr. Tan has held several appointments that allowed him to contribute to the conservation of Singapore’s natural heritage. From 1990 to 2006, he served as a chief executive officer of the National Parks Board, where he focused on creating green spaces in urbanised Singapore and strengthening biodiversity conservation efforts. He also laid out the master plan for the redevelopment of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and spearheaded its transformation to become a world-class Unesco Heritage Site.