Simon Ong, born in Singapore in 1953, graduated with a master’s degree in design from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from the University of South Australia. He is the deputy chairman and co-founder of Kingsmen Creatives Ltd., a leading communication design and production group with 19 offices across the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and North America.
Kingsmen has won several awards, such as the President’s Design Award, Singapore Good Design Mark, SRA Best Retail Concept Award, SFIA Hall of Fame, Promising Brand Award, A.R.E. Retail Design Award and RDI International Store Design Award USA. Simon is actively involved in the creative industry as Chairman of the design cluster in the Manpower, Skills & Training Council of WDA, President of the Interior Designers Association (Singapore), an IDP member of the Design Singapore Council and a board member of SHOP!, a leading Association of Retail Environments in USA. In 2019, he was inducted into the Shop! Hall of Fame in recognition of his significant contributions to the industry. Moreover, he is a member of the advisory board to the Design Business Chamber of Singapore and Singapore Furniture Industries Council (Design). An ardent advocate of education, Mr. Ong currently serves as a board director of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), a member of the Advisory Board to the School of Design & Environment at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a member of Design Education Review Committee, Singapore (DERC).