Security Conference 2018

Keynote Speakers

Mr Chris Farquhar
Chief Executive Officer
iCetana, Australia 

Mr Chris Farquhar has an extensive experience as an entrepreneur, investor, senior executive and board member at multiple companies across the security and critical infrastructure technology. His domain experience encompasses security, mobile commerce, telecommunications, industrial automation and sensor networks. 

Currently, he is the CEO of Australian AI company iCetana Pty Ltd.  iCetana provides AI-assisted video intelligence software to companies in over 12 countries and has offices in Perth, Dubai, Los Angeles and London. He spent an extended period based in the Silicon Valley of California, USA, where he worked on security and critical infrastructures projects with companies including Symantec, Cisco, Microsoft and OSIsoft.


Session Speakers & Master Class Presenters

Mr Tay Kok Chin
Smart Cities Network 

Mr Tay currently leads the ground-up movement for the Smart Cities Network, a group of solution and service providers for Smart Cities. Professionally, he is a technology expert and business consultant for innovative companies and an educator.

Prior to this, he was the IBM ASEAN Global Alliance leader for Smarter Planet and Smarter Buildings.

He was a speaker on “Integrated Security” at Global Security Asia in 2007 and had sold security systems in the US, including the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Reserve Board. 

He had spent over three decades in the Oil and Gas and Technology sectors in Saudi Arabia, England and Singapore.


Mr Muhammad Faizal Bin Abdul Rahman
Research Fellow
Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS)
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Muhammad Faizal is a Research Fellow with the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Prior to joining RSIS, Faizal served as Deputy Director with the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs and facilitated international engagements with foreign security counterparts.

He also had postings in the Singapore Police Force where he supervised and performed intelligence analysis and achieved several commendation awards including the Ministry for Home Affairs National Day Award (2009) for operational and analysis efficiency and in the National Security Research Centre (NSRC) at the National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS), where he led a team to research emergent trends in domestic security and monitor terrorism-related developments.

Faizal also has certifications in Counter-Terrorism, Crime Prevention and Business Continuity Planning.

Mr Andy Tan
Executive Director of the Centre for Protective Security Studies
Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore

Mr Andy Tan is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Protective Security Studies at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore.  The Centre for Protective Security Studies seeks to be a Centre of Excellence in the field of protective security and focuses on providing security training and advisory for law enforcement officers and other security partners.

Andy has served more than 20 years in the Singapore Police Force, rising up to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.  During his Police career, he has held various command appointments, including Deputy Commander, Jurong Police Division and Commander, Public Transport Security Command.  He also served as the Director, Infrastructure Protection Directorate and Director, Security Policy Directorate at Ministry of Home Affairs prior to his current appointment.

Andy graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the National University of Singapore in 1993 and a Masters in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2008.

Mr Raj Joshua Thomas
Security Association Singapore 

Joshua has been the elected President of the Security Association of Singapore, the largest security trade association in Singapore, since February 2017.

Prior to joining TwinRock Global, Joshua was a litigation lawyer at Allen and Gledhill LLP, one of Singapore’s leading law firms. Joshua's practice included commercial litigation and advice on white collar crime.

Joshua began his career in the civil service, serving as a Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he covered Middle East policy. He subsequently served at the Ministry of Defence, facilitating the collaboration in defence technology and procurement of technology for national and homeland security.

Joshua taught at the National University of Singapore's Department of Political Science on an adjunct basis from 2009 to 2012. He has been Chairman of the Singapore Forum on Politics and Policy, an initiative of the Department and its alumni, since 2009. His published articles include "Islamic Banking and Finance - Regulatory Regimes in Singapore and Malaysia" in the Singapore Law Review. 

Joshua sits on the Board of Directors of Diamond Star Asia Defence Pte Ltd, the Singapore subsidiary of a US-based defence procurement firm and Pedra Holdings, a private investment and holding company.

He graduated with an honours degree in Law and Political Science from the National University of Singapore. He is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Mr Robert Wiener
Association of Certified Security Agencies

Robert Wiener is the President of Association of Certified Security Agency (ACSA) since it was formed on 18 March 1997. He was part of the Founding Member and has been in the security industry for 33 years. Currently, he is the General Manager/Director of Prosegur Singapore Pte Ltd.

He is an active member of several security organisations like the Security Tripartite Cluster (STC) and the Security Industry Transformation Committee (SITC).


Ms Shen Xiao Yin
Office of Security Association Singapore Counsel

Shen Xiaoyin is the Managing Consultant of Shen & Partners, a lawyer, serial entrepreneur and angel investor who truly understands business from her legal and business experiences.

Her areas of expertise include start-up matters, venture capital and investments, data privacy, governance and policies. She co-founded and invested in a tech start-up. She also founded a social enterprise as her career transitioned into the role of Head of Legal and Compliance of a group of leading online classifieds businesses in the region. She was also appointed Chairperson of the Boards of the regional subsidiaries.

Mr Steve Tan
Executive Secretary
Union of Security Employees

Steve Tan is Executive Secretary of Union of Security Employees since 2013.He has been with NTUC since 2001.Concurrently, he holds appointments in Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute, and NTUC Social Media Team.

Security Masterclass 2018

Mr Anthony Jones
Chief Information Officer 
iCetana, Australia

For almost two decades, Anthony was involved in managing, implementing and delivering high tech mission critical solutions to clients across a range of industries including defence, aerospace and mining. He also participated in several working groups developing and implementing standards for interoperability between training, experimentation and operational systems in a variety of domains. 

His broad range of experience varies from remote site environmental data collection projects to the delivery of quality training to the Australian and US Defence Forces.  Anthony also undertakes leadership and training delivery roles in a volunteer capacity with the Western Australia’s State Emergency Service.

At iCetana Pty Ltd, Anthony undertakes the role of Chief Information Officer and works closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the organisation delivers the best outcomes through the implementation of its AI-assisted video intelligence software, which has been deployed in over 12 countries. iCetana has offices in Perth, Dubai, Los Angeles and London.

Mr Ahravin S/O Sandrasegaran
Chief Technology Officer
Securus Pte Ltd

Ahravin S/O Sandrasegaran is the Chief Technology Officer of Securus Pte Ltd, heading the research and development (R&D) and business development divisions of the company. He was previously an investigation officer of the Committee of Inquiry (COI) investigating the Little India Riot which occurred on 8 December 2013. Ahravin has received numerous commendation awards and good service medals.His love for technology and business drove him to start his own tech start-up in 2017 - SmartWash to create an affordable and high quality car grooming service for his customers.  

Mr Ong Chia Choong
Engineering & Operations Group Security Division 
JTC Corporation

Chia Choong is Director, Security Division at JTC, responsible for the development of industrial infrastructure to catalyse the growth of new industries and transform existing enterprises.  He established the Security Division at JTC in 2016 to oversee security planning and security management of JTC properties and new developments.  Currently, he is overseeing the implementation of the Security Masterplan to enhance the security infrastructure and management for the Jurong Island and other JTC Properties.

Having served 25 years with the SAF in different command and staff appointments, he was deployed as Deputy Commander, Humanitarian Assistance Support Group (HASG) to Meulaboh during the 2004 Asian Tsunami; and as Team Commander for the SAF Engineer Project Team to Afghanistan in 2007.  Chia Choong retired from the SAF in 2015 as Commander, Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command (MP Comd).