Benson Puah | 2013 Patrick Hayes Award Recipient
Benson Puah received the 2013 Patrick Hayes Award at the New York 2013 Congress, The Culture of Innovation. View other ISPA Award winners.
Benson Puah is the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of The Esplanade Co Ltd (TECL), responsible for the overall
management and artistic direction of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay,
Singapore’s national performing arts centre. He is concurrently the CEO of the
National Arts Council (NAC), a statutory board spearheading the development of
the arts in Singapore.
honours graduate in Hotel, Catering and Tourism Administration from the
University of Surrey, United Kingdom, he spent the first 20 years of his career
pioneering hospitality projects with leading luxury hotels across the globe.
Benson then ventured into the
public sector, as Chief Executive of Sentosa Development Corporation,
repositioning Sentosa as an attractive resort getaway and was involved in the
master planning of the prestigious Sentosa Cove residential development. He
then became CEO of Temasia Health Pte Ltd, the international business arm of Health
Corporation of Singapore.
He is a long serving Chair of the
Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC), and actively
serves on various boards and committees, reflecting his diverse interests in
education, healthcare, hospitality and urban planning. His deep involvement
with the arts include appointments in The National Art Gallery, Singapore
Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Arts School amongst many others.
In 2008, Benson was the first Asian to be elected as Chair of the
New York-based International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA). In April
2010, he was awarded the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the
French government for his contributions to the arts in Singapore.