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Visionary fiery soul receives Danish medal of honour and export diploma

09.03.2018  02:36

At a reception hosted by the Danish Ambassador to Singapore on 8 March 2018, Mr Leonard Ng Keok Poh was recognized for his outstanding efforts in promoting Danish products and services abroad. The award ceremony took place in the shadow of the recent passing of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik, who was commemorated with one minute of silence. For more than 50 years, His Royal Highness devoted much of his time to promote Danish exports, and the award to Leonard Ng Keok Poh was one of the last under His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s chairmanship of the jury.

Leonard Ng Keok Poh has developed Studio Dreiseitl Singapore into one of the regional market leaders with more than 60 employees and an impressive range of projects. The widely admired redesign of the Bishan Ang Mo-Kio Park was among the first projects. Later on followed Jurong Eco-Garden, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and many more. Up next is the Mandai project, which includes the development of Singapore Zoo - one of Singapore’s main tourist attractions. Leonard Ng Keok Poh has been a prominent figure in designing Singapore’s urban landscape but also in pushing Danish export and values. This achievement has now been awarded with The Danish Export Association & His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour.

“Leonard is a true fiery soul who is highly appreciated by colleagues and clients because of his dedicated and collaborative approach. He is driven by an admirable ambition to improve urban life through spectacular projects within the field of landscape architecture and innovative water solutions,” says Hanne Christensen, Managing Director of Ramboll Water. In 2008, Leonard Ng Keok Poh took up the challenge to establish an affiliate of the globally recognized landscape architecture company Atelier Dreiseitl. In 2013, The Danish Ramboll Group teamed up and Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl was established.

“Ramboll Dreiseitl has under Leonard’s guidance made important contributions to Singapore’s urban landscape. Ang Mo-Kio Park, Jurong Eco-Garden and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay are true landmarks of diligence, sky-high ambitions and the ability to translate Danish design into Singaporean solutions. Leonard Ng Keok Poh is an award winner in true spirit of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour,” says Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore, Dorte Bech Vizard.
Leonard Ng Keok Poh was selected for the award by a jury of four representatives appointed by the Executive Committee of the Danish Export Association, and a representative of the Danish Trade Council.

For more information, contact Ole Boisellier-Malmgren, Head of Trade at the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore, on oleboi@um.dk.


Facts about Leonard Ng Keok Poh:
Leonard Ng Keok Poh is Partner in Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl and Country Director for Ramboll in Singapore.  Born in Singapore on 29 July 1962, Leonard is married and father of three. Two daughters aged 13 and 11, one boy of 9 years. Leonard Ng Keok Poh holds a BA in Administration and Finance from the University of Regina, Canada. A BA in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln University in New Zealand and a MA in Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association in the U.K.


Facts about the Diploma of the Danish Export Association & HRH Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour:
The National Association for Danish Enterprise, founded the Diploma of the Danish Export Association and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour in 1982 in close co-operation with the Royal Danish Court and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both awards are given in recognition of an outstanding effort in promoting Danish products and services abroad. His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark was a strong representative of Danish export and Chairman of the Jury for the Danish Export Association’s Diploma. He personally presented the awards to winners on several occasions.
Tuesday 13 February, 2018, His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 83. The award ceremony took place in the shadow hereof with one minute of silence in commemoration of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik.



 

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