The Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series seeks to inspire students and the public with the views and valuable opinions of accomplished entrepreneurs, business and political leaders from within and beyond the Asia-Pacific region. The series was established at the Singapore Management University by philanthropist Mrs Ho Lien Fung, in memory of her late husband, former Singapore Ambassador and successful businessman Mr Ho Rih Hwa.

Focusing on leadership and business issues pertinent to our global landscape today, the lecture series serve as an enriching platform for the sharing of relevant knowledge and experience. The lectures are delivered by individuals who have demonstrated impeccable leadership with significant contributions to the society in their respective fields. It is a tremendous opportunity for audiences to draw on the foresight, knowledge and experiences of these distinguished speakers. Previous speakers include Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew, former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Mr Donald Tsang and President of the Philippines Mr Benigno S. Aquino III.

The logo of the Series, depicting a mortarboard and lectern, symbolises both the success of a vision and the goal of SMU. The mortarboard epitomises academic excellence and success, while the lectern, supported on a ‘pillar of learning', represents the Lecture Series and is also a visual metaphor for leadership. The logo manifests the spirit of learning through which business, politics and entrepreneurship metamorphosise to meet the challenges of the new century.


Submissions from 2013


Aung San Suu Kyi: Mindset in Leadership, Singapore Management University

Submissions from 2011


Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III: Consensus Building and Responsive Governance, Singapore Management University

Submissions from 2009


Dr. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen: The Financial Crisis – Lessons Learnt and the Way Ahead for Asia, Singapore Management University

Submissions from 2004


Dr. Mahathir Mohamad: Asian Leadership, Singapore Management University

Submissions from 2002


Mr. Lee Kuan Yew: An Entrepreneurial Culture for Singapore, Singapore Management University