Mr Yeo holds a Master in Business Administration from Harvard University and Master of Science (Systems Engineering) from University of Singapore. He also earned his Honorary Doctor of Engineering and Bachelor of Applied Science (Industrial Engineering) from University of Toronto, Canada.
Mr Philip Yeo is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Economic Development Innovations Singapore (EDIS) Private Limited. Established in 2013, EDIS is an economic development management services company founded by Mr Yeo to provide strategic advice and undertake the development and management of integrated industrial and urban areas. In addition, he is also the Chairman of Accuron Technologies Pte Limited, Advanced MedTech Holdings and i-Globe Partners. Accuron Technologies Pte Limited is a global precision engineering and technology group headquartered in Singapore with operations in major markets in Asia, Europe and the USA, serving the aerospace and industrial markets. Advanced MedTech Holdings is a high-growth medtech company in Southeast Asia and a global medical technology leader with a core focus in urology devices and services. As for i-Globe Partners, it is a Singapore-based private venture capital fund.
He sits on the Board of City Developments Ltd, Singapore’s largest property developer, Kerry Logistics Network Ltd which is listed in Hong Kong and Supervisory Board of Directors of Baiterek National Managing Holding JSC of Kazakhstan.
His previous appointments included serving in the Singapore Administrative Service from June 1970 to 31 March 1999. From June 1970 to December 1985, he served in various appointments in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), including Permanent Secretary for logistics, defence research & development and defence industries (September 1979 to December 1985). He left MINDEF to assume the appointment of Executive Chairman of Economic Development Board (EDB) in January 1986. He also served as the Founding Chairman of the National Computer Board (now known as Infocomm Media Development Authority) of Singapore from 1981 to 1987.
He played a leading role in formulating and championing Singapore’s first national computerisation plan to evolve the nation into the information age.
He was the Executive Chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) from February 2001 to March 2007. A*STAR is a Singapore government agency focused on building up public scientific research capabilities. He then assumed the position of Chairman of Standards, Productivity and Innovation for Growth, Singapore (Spring Singapore) from April 2007 to 31 March 2018. He was also appointed the Senior Advisor for Science and Technology to the Ministry of Trade and Industry from April 2007 to September 2008. In his role as Special Advisor for Economic Development in the Prime Minister’s Office from April 2007 to August 2011, he assisted the Prime Minister’s Office in establishing new economic links with foreign governments who value Singapore’s development experience, and provide strategic inputs to establish strategic partnerships and open up opportunities with other fast-growing economies.
He was a member of World Health Organisation Expert Working Group on Research & Development Financing from January 2009 to January 2010. He was a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts in Public Administration (CEPA), established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from 2010 to 2013.
Mr Yeo was appointed to the Board of Sunway on 9 April 2020, and also serves as Chairman of the Nomination Committee as well as a Member of the Remuneration Committee.
He has directorship in the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.