Regional Chairpersons

Regional Chairpersons provide local support for Council members and represent their constituencies to improve the overall services provided by the ITC. Regional Chairs also provide support for local networking opportunities, lunch and learns, breakfast meetings and seminars.

David Tong International Trade Council

Mr David Tong How Heng
ITC Chairperson for Singapore
C/O CPA Partnership
146 Robinson Road #07-01
Singapore 068909

Telephone: +65 65009377
Fax: +65 68355173

David qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia. He had worked for the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Sydney & Singapore. He started the firm of Medora & Tong which later merged with Touché Ross & Co. He was the Managing Partner of Touché Ross & Co (now Deliotte Touche) Singapore office for ten years.

During his tenure as Managing Partner of Touché Ross & Co. he was audit partner in charge of many large multi-national clients and a number of companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and other Stock Exchanges.

After retiring from Touche Ross & Co he joined the international accounting firm of Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF) and became its managing partner for ten years. PKF worldwide was then in the top ten accounting firms in the world with over 400 offices worldwide. PKF Singapore merged with CAP Advisory LLP (now known as PKF-CAP LLP) in 2007. David retired from the firm just after the merger.

Over a period of over 30 years in Touche and PKF.  David gained wide experience in assignments of a consulting nature (mainly in hospitality consulting) besides assurance work such as statutory & internal audits; tax compliance and advisory services, due diligence (in mergers and acquisitions) and related work.

At age 71, David is director and/or shareholder of a number of companies in investments, services, trading and non-profit in Singapore and abroad. His role at these companies is mainly advisory in nature.

David has been active in the social sector since 1974, a period of 40 years. He started as Chairman of People’s Association Youth Group (Ponggol constituency) in 1975 under the then MP Mr Ng Kah Ting.  Soon after he served as Vice-Chairman of the Braddell Heights Community Centre Management Committee and Braddell Heights Citizens’ Consultative Committee under the then Member of Parliament Mr Goh Choon Kang. Whilst there he started the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra which is still active today.

David was appointed as Chairman of the Potong Pasir Community Club Management Committee by its advisor Mr Andy Gan. He chaired the Fund-raising Committee that raised funds to build the new Potong Pasir Community Club. He was also a member of the Potong Pasir Citizen’s Consultative Committee.

David served in various other charities and non-profit organizations, including Rotary International. He is a Past District Governor of Rotary International District 3310 which comprises of Singapore, Johor, Malacca, Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei. He was Chairman of the Foundation of Rotary Clubs (Singapore) Ltd, a registered Charity and Institution of a Public Character in Singapore. He was Trustee of the Singapore Leprosy Relief Association for around 15 years.

He has been recognized by NCSS for service as a volunteer for 40 years or more.

David was Chairman of the Management Committee of NTUC-Rotary Silver Trust in Marsiling for three years till 31 December 2013.

Nikole Read

Ms Nikole Read
ITC Chairperson for Canada
C/O Immigration Advice Bureau (IAB) Corp
300 – 1090 Homer Street
Vancouver BC
Telephone: +1.778.807.9713
Facsimile: + 1.778.807.9657

Nikole Read is the founder and CEO of IAB GROUP of Companies  ( Immigration Advice Bureau (IAB) and IAB Global Ventures Corp) where she leads a team of professionals and oversees the management and operations with strong ethical principles. Nikole draws on her previous business and legal experience in England and Canada. She has brought her unique combination of communication skills, legal and business acumen to clients facing a wide array of immigration & business issues and challenges. She advises public and private sector clients on a wealth of international trade issues, immigration within the realms of applicable laws. Her clients include quasi-government/state-related entities, multinational companies and small and medium-sized businesses. Nikole and her team serve diverse industries with the objective of promoting international trade whilst helping clients manage risks and remove barriers to trade and investments as they enter markets.

Ms Read received her LLB (Hons) Law in England, UK and studied International Labour Migration, Politics and Ethics at the University of Oxford, UK. She is a proud member of organizations such as Amnesty International, Oxford Entrepreneurs and the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada. Locally, she is involved with local Community Services and sits on various boards as a board director.

Sameer Mittal

Mr Sameer Mittal
ITC Chairperson for India
C/O Sameer Mittal & Associates
K-10/40, Lower Ground Floor
DLF City Phase II
Gurugram, Haryana, India
Telephone: +91 11 306 00 333

Sameer is a fellow member of ICAI and a qualified Company Secretary – An all India Rank Holder in CA Final (amongst the top 50 in the country). Sameer has over 10 years of experience in Risk and business advisory services across wide range of sectors and industries. Sameer has previously worked with Deloitte and with Altran control solutions (Now Protiviti) in the same line. Sameer currently Chairs International Trade Council In India and is responsible for extending foreign trade & is a Co-opted member of Internal Audit Standards Board (IASB) of ICAI for 2017-18.

Sameer has advised clients across diverse sectors on all aspects pertaining to joint ventures, inbound investments and has been closely involved in transactional matters including structuring transactions, advising on entry strategies for foreign entities, advising on foreign equity participation, compliances, regulatory approvals pertaining to foreign investment and assisting clients during negotiations in the course of acquisitions and other business transactions.

Sameer has managed complex internal audits, IFC, fraud investigations at diverse corporate involved in automobile ancillary, water, project management, fertilizer, agri-trading, chemicals, IT/ITES, consumer products, engineering products, Shipping, real estate, hotels, food & beverages etc. The engagement management included managing relationships at Board level as also functional audits at granular level.
Sameer has experience in developing and rolling out the Standard Operating Procedures and Process Manuals for virtually all the key business processes.

Sameer has authored a book on ‘’Risk based Internal audit plan’’ published by ICAI in February 2015. Sameer is also authoring a book on the topic of ‘’Role of Internal Audit in Implementation of Internal Financial Controls’’.
Sameer has served as the faculty for the Information Systems Control and Audit on the board of ICAI for 3 consecutive years and has also been a Speaker on different forums of ICAI and International forums, clocking close to about 45 hours every year, speaking on extending trade opportunities, Corporate Governance, IFC, Internal Audits.

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