REALISING BUSINESS OUTCOME

We are well-positioned to advise on matters/ transactions relating to State land and land in general

Gaw Seng Suan, John

Managing Partner

John Gaw has more than 39 years of experience in land and property, largely in State land and property administration with the then Land Office and subsequently Singapore Land Authority. He started his career as a Collector of Land Revenue and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Commissioner of Lands. He was appointed Director of Land Resource Group in 2001 when the Singapore Land Authority was formed through the merger of 4 land-related departments under the Ministry of Law. He also held appointments as the Director of Land Data and Chief Data Officer at SLA.

He oversaw the full scope of land work including sales, purchase, tender, auction, leasing, licensing, lease renewal and extension, change and intensification of land use (differential premium matters), asset management and valuation. He was directly involved with the formulation of the many land policies. John was also appointed to numerous land-related inter-agency committees and work-groups such as the Master Plan Committee, Tender Evaluation Committees for Sale of Sites, One-North Science Hub Working Committee, Economic Review Committee – Land Sub-Work Group.
With the aim to influence land policies towards better outcomes for the nation and to assist landowners, developers and end-users achieve optimal value for their land and property holdings, John set up LandConsult LLP in 2010 and is the firm’s Managing Partner. He believes in realising equitable win-win outcomes for all stakeholders including for the State, Singaporeans and for clients.
He graduated with an Upper Second-Class Honour’s degree in Estate Management from the National University of Singapore in 1984. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers and is a registered property salesperson with the Council for Estate Agencies. John teaches on land administration at the Centre of Livable Cities, MND and at the Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore.
He was CEO of the Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore (REDAS) from March 2019 till May 2023.

Lewis Wu

Senior Advisor

Lewis Wu has more than 33 years of experience in the information technology and proptech industry. He was appointed the Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer with Singapore Land Authority from 2002 to 2006, and as the Senior Deputy Director of GeoSpatial Systems and Data from 2014 to 2022, Head of Technology with the Registry of Companies & Businesses (n.k.a. ACRA) from 1998 to 2002.

Member, Board of Directors of an information technology company (<500mn USD) focused on land titling and registration, and real estate information services. Technology Advisor to tech companies, professional development institutions (RCN), and trade associations (REDAS).

He has led the implementation and deployment of major national computerisation projects such as the Singapore Government’s land registration systems, geospatial and map platforms OneMap and land information service INLIS, company and business registration system BizFile, as well as the info-communication infrastructure supporting the APEC2009 Singapore world event.
He has worked as an international consultant to China ZhuHai City government, Vietnam, Bhutan and Kingdom of Oman on their smart city plan, information technology and geospatial masterplan.
With a passion for cultivating learning-and-development in people, he had been an adjunct academia and professional trainer with the local and overseas tertiary institutions and universities for more than 30 years since 1989.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences, and from the University of Birmingham, UK with a Master of Business Administration with Distinction. He has professional certifications from CIM(UK), COMIT, and CITPM, and is an Accredited Director with the Singapore Institute of Directors.