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Douglas Foo

Pingat Bakti Masyarakat
Chairman, Sakae Holdings Ltd
Assumed office
Singapore’s Non Resident High Commissioner to Tanzania
Assumed office
5 March 2019
PresidentHalimah Yacob
Nominated Member of Parliament
In office
26 September 2018 – 23 June 2020
Personal details
Born1969 (age 52–53)
Spouse(s)Koh Yen Khoon
FatherFoo Kia Hee
RelativesSister - Lilian Foo
EducationRed Swastika School
Alma materRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology
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Douglas Foo Peow Yong Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (born 1969) is a Singaporean business executive and former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP).[1] He is the founder and Chairman of Sakae Sushi;[2] as well as Singapore’s Non Resident High commissioner (Commonwealth)[2] and appointed representative to the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.[3][4] He is also the President of the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), Vice-President of the Singapore National Employers’ Federation (SNEF) and Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF).[4][5][6][7]

Early life

Foo was born in Singapore in 1969 and has two younger sisters Lena and Lilian. His father, Foo Kia Hee, was an immigrant from Hainan, China and worked as a mechanical and electrical consultant.[8][9][10]


Foo received his primary education at Red Swastika School, secondary education at Dunman High School and pre-university education at Victoria Junior College.[8][11][12]

Foo had originally planned to study Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), but decided to switch course to Business administration. However, he did not qualify for NTU's business school, and thus travelled to Australia to study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in business administration (finance).[4][8][13][14]

Foo attended the Eisenhower Fellowships in 2013.[13][15]


Early career

Before his National service in Singapore, he worked various jobs including taking turbine readings for engineers at the Seraya Power Plant, relief teaching at Pin Yi Secondary School and as a baker at Délifrance.[8][14]

After finishing his university education in Australia, Foo returned to Singapore and joined Tokyu Group, where he worked as a marketing executive in the real estate arm of the company. While working there, one of his Japanese clients interested him in forming a garment manufacturing and trading business which would manufacture garments in India and sell them in Japan. Despite being inexperienced in the field, Foo invested in the idea and formed Apex-Pal International Pte Ltd in 1996. The company's office was based in International Plaza (Singapore) and had a factory in India with 50 workers and reconditioned sewing machine from Taiwan. The business was profitable within its first year.[8][14]

Sakae Sushi

Following the success of his company's venture, Foo was interested in expanding and diversifying the company. He recognised that Singaporeans were increasingly health conscious about their food. He saw a business opportunity in providing Japanese food at prices more affordable to the masses as Japanese food, although healthy, was rather expensive at the time. He travelled to Japan and Hong Kong to explore the concept of Conveyor belt sushi, before opening the first outlet of Sakae Sushi at OUB Centre at Raffles Place in September 1997 during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The business was successful, and it allowed the company to open numerous Sakae Sushi outlets around the world. The company has since also developed various other Food and Beverage brands.[8][9][11][14]

After becoming publicly listed on the Singapore Exchange on 16 July 2003, the company was renamed to Apex-Pal International Ltd, and was subsequently renamed to Sakae Holdings Ltd on 4 May 2010.[8][16][17]

Foo served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company[8] until 1 March 2014 when his sister Lilian Foo took over as the CEO.[18][19]


During SMF's Annual General Meeting on 19 September 2014, it was announced that Foo would be the President of SMF from 19 October 2014, succeeding George Huang.


Foo joined the SBF Council in 2014 as a member after having previously served on the SBF-led SME Committee.[20][21] He was appointed as Vice-Chairman of SBF in June 2018.[22]


Foo was selected as an NMP on 17 September 2018[1][23] and received his instrument of appointment from President Halimah Yacob on 26 September 2018. He was sworn in with eight other NMPs during the following Parliament sitting on 1 October 2018.[4][24][25] He served during the second session of 13th Parliament of Singapore, which commenced on 7 May 2018.[1][26][27]

Foo ceased to be a Member of Parliament following the dissolution of Parliament on 23 June 2020 prior to the 2020 Singaporean general election.[28][29]

Personal life

Foo is married to Koh Yen Khoon, who he met in 1988 while working at a Délifrance cafe. He has 4 sons.[8][9]


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  7. "Council Members - Singapore Business Federation | Apex Business Chamber". Retrieved 2020-12-28.
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  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 hermes (2015-11-16). "Conveyor of healthy dining to the masses". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  10. "Annual Report 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-12-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  21. "Annual Report 2014" (PDF). Singapore Business Federation. Retrieved 2020-12-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. "New industry leaders and TAC representatives join SBF Council for 2018-2020 term - Singapore Business Federation | Apex Business Chamber". Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  23. "PRESS STATEMENT PARLIAMENT OF SINGAPORE NOMINATED MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT" (PDF). Parliament of Singapore. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 2020-12-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. hermes (2018-09-27). "New NMPs appointed by President Halimah". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  25. "VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRTEENTH PARLIAMENT OF SINGAPORE" (PDF). Parliament of Singapore. 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2020-12-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  28. "Constitution of the Republic of Singapore - Singapore Statutes Online". Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  29. "GE2020: President Halimah Yacob dissolves Parliament, issues Writ of Election; Nomination Day on Jun 30". CNA. Retrieved 2020-12-29.

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