SIF Connects! Washington DC 2015

100 Singaporeans and Friends of Singapore (FOS) attended the third edition of SIF Connects! Washington DC on 6 October for SIF's our SG50 Dialogue on "What's next, Singapore?". Both communities shared experiences and insights on issues of common concern in education and the environment, as well as on the idea of a future-ready Singapore. Here are some highlights from the event!

The visualisation summarising the insights and advice from American FOS on What’s next, Singapore? was presented to the Singapore Embassy in Washington DC as a gift by FOS to Singapore in celebration of its 50th anniversary of independence.
30th US Congressional Staffers Visit Programme alumni Mr Erik Ashida (left) and Ms Jami Burgess posing with their Singapore visit photograph and feature in the special SG50 edition of SINGAPORE Magazine, respectively.
Singaporeans and FOS reconnecting over the reception that followed the dialogue on What’s next, Singapore?
Singaporeans and FOS reconnecting over the reception that followed the dialogue on What’s next, Singapore?
Singaporeans and FOS reconnecting over the reception that followed the dialogue on What’s next, Singapore?
SIF programme alumni, partners and Friends of Singapore reconnected at the third edition of SIF Connects! Washington DC.
The dialogue panellists (from left): Singapore: Insights from the Inside editors Dr David Fedo (Volume I) and Mr Richard Hartung (Volume II), USA Today journalist Ms Elizabeth Weise, US House of Representative chief of staff and SIF representative in Washington DC Mr Matthew Herrmann, SIF governor Ms Jennifer Lewis, New America Managing Editor Mr Fuzz Hogan and SIF chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yon
The dialogue session was moderated by SIF governor Ms Jennifer Lewis.
SIF Connects! Washington DC centred on a dialogue on What’s next, Singapore?
SIF Chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong giving the welcome remarks at SIF Connects! Washington DC 2015.
Newly-appointed SIF representative in Washington DC Mr Matthew Herrmann (left) sharing a light moment with Singapore’s Deputy Chief of Mission Ms Jolene Tan.
Representatives of SIF and USAI concluding a Memorandum of Understanding to launch the SIF-USAI Dialogue between Singaporeans and Americans in 2016.
USAI vice-chairman Mr Benjamin Wu (left) at a lunch hosted by SIF chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong for American Friends of Singapore and panellists of the SG50 Dialogue with FOS held at SIF Connects! Washington DC on 6 October 2015.
SIF chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong (centre, left) appointed United States House of Representatives chief of staff and 29th US Congressional Staffers Visit Programme alumnus Matthew Herrmann (centre, right) as SIF’s first representative in Washington DC.
SIF chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong (right) reconnecting with longtime American Friend of Singapore USAI senior advisor Dr Anthony Cordesman. Dr Cordesman was in the first delegation of congressional staffers who visited Singapore in 1991 under the US Congressional Staffers Visit Programme.
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