Low Cheaw Hwei

Head of Design ASEAN Pacific/Head of Design Consulting Asia ● Philips Design (Singapore)

Mr. Low Cheaw Hwei is Head of Design for Philips in Asia and Head of Government and Public Affairs for Philips in Singapore. Currently on the Philips ASEAN Pacific management team, Cheaw Hwei looks after the overall direction of Philips Design in the region, leading the company through a design transformation, as Philips – a leader in healthcare technology – moves towards experience and solutions based innovation. His second role brings synergy in driving both design and innovation initiatives into the work that Philips does in Singapore.

Having held various creative and management roles in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore, Cheaw Hwei has led Philips Design in design management, and creative and brand design strategy. At Philips, Cheaw Hwei held top design roles as Chief Design Officer for Philips TV and Audio-Video Multimedia, and Global Product and Service Design Creative Director for Philips Consumer Lifestyle.

Beyond achieving commercial success, Cheaw Hwei has led teams to win multiple local and international design and innovation awards, including the President’s Design Award, iF, RedDot and Singapore G-mark.

A respected industry practitioner, Cheaw Hwei has served as board member for various design platforms such as the Design Singapore Council, Singapore Design Masterplan 2025 Committee, Committee for Future Economy for innovation and capability development and judged at international design competitions. He is also a frequent speaker at international design and innovation forums and was recently awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to design education.

Design and the Digital Transformation in Healthcare

Our lives have radically transformed with the digital revolution -- from the way we gather and consume information, to how we navigate, communicate, transact and even in our social relationships.

The healthcare industry, however, seems to have trailed behind this transformation. Inevitably, healthcare is today being disrupted profoundly by these changes, across the entire health continuum -- from healthy living to the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, to eventual recovery. This is the moment for us to harness the potential of digital technologies, to innovate in ways never done before, to improve our healthcare systems.

However, technology alone will not help us crack the code to a more sustainable and qualitative healthcare system. Care models, healthcare practices, human behaviors and mindsets from the individual to the institutional level require a shake-up, and design is playing a role in this rethink -- by reframing complex problems while deeply analyzing and understanding people's needs, and crafting some of the solutions.

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