Manohar Khiatani is the President and Group CEO of Ascendas, a leading provider of business space solutions in Asia with Assets under Management exceeding US$10 billion. From its base in Singapore, Ascendas has developed a strong regional footprint, serving a global clientele of over 2,400 customers across Asia. Mr. Khiatani was previously the Chief Executive Officer of JTC Corporation (JTC), the Singapore Government’s lead agency to plan, promote, and develop industrial infrastructure and facilities. At JTC, Mr. Khiatani spearheaded the development of specialized and innovative infrastructure solutions for various industrial sectors.
Prior to joining JTC, Mr. Khiatani was the Deputy Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Mr. Khiatani joined the EDB in 1986 where he played an instrumental role in the development and transformation of important sectors in Singapore’s economy such as aerospace, marine and offshore, electronics, precision engineering, logistics, infocomms and media, and clean technology. He was also in charge of the EDB’s operations in the Americas and Europe.
Between 1994 and 1999, Mr. Khiatani was the Managing Director of Preussag SEA, a diversified German conglomerate, where he was responsible for developing the group’s business in Southeast Asia. In 1999, Mr. Khiatani returned to the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
Mr. Khiatani is a Board Member of Ascendas Pte Ltd, Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited, Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte Ltd, Ascendas Hospitality Fund Management Pte Ltd, Ascendas Hospitality Trust Management Pte Ltd, and SIA Engineering Company Ltd.
Mr. Khiatani holds a Master’s Degree (Naval Architecture) from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2006.