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Mindfulness, an open present-centered awareness, is becoming increasingly popular. Along with this growing popularity comes a concern that mindfulness – and the meditative and contemplative practices that support its development – is increasingly approached from an instrumental perspective, as a tool that can be used for ego-driven purposes. The overarching theme of the SMU Mindfulness Conversation 2017 is to remind us of the deeper potential for mindfulness and contemplative practices to foster greater humaneness and selflessness.

Join us as our speakers and panelists share evidence and insights, and to engage in practice together. Also, you are invited to attend the information session at the end of the conversation to learn more about mindfulness-based programs Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU offers.

We invite anyone with a curiosity to learn more about mindfulness, its practice, and its applications to various domains of life. No prior knowledge or practice is required.

Keynote Address:

“Meditation for a more Humane World”
Transforming Education, Healthcare and Business

Laurence Freeman OSB



Laurence Freeman, OSB

Of English and Irish ancestry, Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).  He also leads Meditatio, which is WCCM’s outreach to bring the value of meditation to business, education and healthcare as well as to the marginalised and under-privileged.

In the business and financial worlds Laurence Freeman pioneered a course on Meditation and Leadership for second year MBA students at Georgetown University. USA.  In March 2016, Fr Freeman initiated a similar course on for MBA students at Singapore Management University. He has also developed direct introduction of meditation into business and financial institutions. He is the author of many books, travels and teaches widely. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada by the Canadian Government in recognition of his work for global peace and inter-religious dialogue.




Jeffrey Chan, PhD

Jeffrey Chan is currently Deputy CEO, MINDS. He has worked in the human services sector for more than 25 years in a diverse range of roles within government and non-government sectors – in senior executive management, clinical practice leadership, service design and legislation implementation, policy and state-level strategy.

Mr Ng Kok Song

Kok Song is Chairman and Founding Partner of Singapore-based Avanda Investment Management. He was Chief Investment Officer of GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation) until 2013.  For over 42 years, he was involved in the investment of Singapore’s foreign reserves.

Jochen Reb, PhD

Jochen is the Director of the Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU and an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. His research focuses on judgement and decision making in organisations, and the role of mindfulness in organisational contexts such as leadership.

Connie Wong

Connie is a university counsellor in Singapore Management University. She started her personal mindfulness journey 9 years ago and has since started integrating the practice into her counselling work with clients and conducting workshops and mindfulness sessions for students. 

William Tov, PhD

Will is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University.  His research interests include personality, memory, and well-being. He is currently researching the links between mindfulness and well-being in everyday life, especially how mindful people regulate their emotional experiences in a daily context.

Sriven Naidu

Sriven is currently the Director, Programme Development and Partnerships at SMU's School of Social Sciences. Previously, he helped shape the rapid growth phase of SMU as Director of SMU’s Office of Strategic Planning. Sriven’s career has taken spanned the private, public and academic sectors. Before joining SMU, he was with Singapore Polytechnic and served as Deputy Director for Policy and Quality Assurance at the Higher Education division at MOE.  Throughout the past 20 years, Sriven has taught commercial law and corporate governance to mid-career professionals and students.


Date & Day

13 January 2017, Friday


2.00pm - 6.00pm


Singapore Management University
School of Accountancy,
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Level 2
60 Stamford Road
Singapore 178900

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Dress Code

Business Casual


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2.10 – 2.20pm


Connie Wong, University Counsellor, SMU

2.20 – 2.40pm

Making Mindfulness Real in Organizational Practice: Reflecting on a Personal Journey

Jeffrey Chan, Deputy CEO, MINDS

2.40 – 3.00pm

Mindful Leadership: Efficiency Tool or the Power to Transform?

Jochen Reb, Associate Professor, SMU

3 – 3.15pm


3.15 – 4.30pm

Keynote Address
“Meditation for a more Humane World”
Transforming Education, Healthcare and Business

Laurence Freeman OSB
Director, The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)

4.30 – 5pm

Panel Discussion

Laurence Freeman, Ng Kok Song, Jeffrey Chan, Connie Wong, Jochen Reb

5 – 5.15pm

Concluding Comments

William Tov, Associate Professor, SMU


Refreshments &

Information Session on Mindfulness-Based Programs at SMU (only for those interested)




Last updated on 10 Nov 2017 .