Mr Khoong is the Chief Digital Evangelist of the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Communications and Information in Singapore. As CDE, he promotes Singapore’s international thought leadership as a Digital Hub. He has more than 30 years of experience in both industry and government, and held various senior management positions in the technology sector. He has strong cross-cultural management experience, having managed global operations in Singapore, Europe and USA.
Mr Khoong joined IMDA’s predecessor agency, the Infocomm Development Authority’s (IDA) in 2000. At IDA, Mr Khoong led the first-of-its-kind Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN) initiative, restructuring the fixed line telecoms market leading to the creation of many retail services providers that provided highly competitive broadband service offerings. It is a world leading nationwide “fibre-to-the-home” programme that was successfully deployed to homes and businesses, achieving over 90% household adoption in 2016.
Other transformational initiatives led by Mr Khoong include Wireless@SG (the world’s largest authenticated, federated and nation-wide free WiFi service), National Cloud Computing Office, the Singapore Internet Exchange, Singapore’s first Data Centre Park, and Singapore’s first cloud-based infrastructure implementation for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
Prior to IDA, Mr Khoong managed a global business division in Mentor Graphics Corporation (USA), where he was responsible for business development, product development, customer support and consulting services. Mr Khoong has also served in Singapore’s Ministry of Defence as a Programme Director, building simulators, and command, control and communications systems.
Mr Khoong is a member of the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) of Singapore, a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS), a member of SCS’ Executive Committee, Deputy Chairman of Singapore’s National Cloud Computing Advisory Council, and a member of several university industry advisory boards, namely Nanyang Technology University’s School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, National University of Singapore’s Institute of Systems Science, and the Financial IT Academy (FITA) at the Singapore Management University.
Internationally, Mr Khoong is Member of Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA)’s Global Connected Cities Council, and a jury member of Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
A Harvard Business School alumnus, Mr Khoong has Masters degrees in both Engineering and Business Administration.