Siau Yong is responsible for driving and establishing a collaborative geospatial environment in Singapore, overseeing the formulation, design and management of the policy and programme for geospatial information governance, infrastructure and technology development, capacity building, and the use of geospatial systems in data analytics.
Under his stewardship, various important geospatial initiatives have been implemented. Among them, OneMap, the Singapore Government’s geospatial information and services portal, has won many international accolades. GeoWorks, an industry centre has been set up to promote geospatial business growth, drive geo-innovation, and foster a well-connected geospatial community. Siau Yong initiated the setting up of the Singapore GeoSpatial Scholarship to strengthen the building of geospatial manpower. He is actively involved in the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM) and chairs the National Institutional Arrangement Work Group currently.
Trained as an urban planner, Siau Yong started his career with the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority. He later served the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Law in various capacities. Upon joining SLA, he first assumed the position of Director, Strategic Planning and Policy and later Director, Land Asset Management Services, prior to taking on the current portfolio.