Muhammad Rostam Bin Umar

Chief, Strategy Group, Sport Singapore

Rostam has served almost 25 years in Singapore’s Public Service, first in the Singapore Tourism Board and then in Sport Singapore. He has built his experience, leadership and skill set across multiple domains – Human Resources, Organisation Development, Corporate Communications, Volunteer Management and most recently Strategy, Planning, Research and Resourcing.

Rostam joined Sport Singapore in 2011, as Chief of the Organisation and Strategy Development Group leading the Human Capital, Organisation Excellence and Volunteer Management functions. During his tenure, he also played a major role in the planning and execution of two major games in 2015 – the 28th ASEAN Games & the 8th ASEAN Para Games, taking on multiple portfolios as the Chief-in-charge of Manpower & Games Engagement (recruiting, engaging, training and deploying the workforce, including 17,000 volunteers), Client Services (managing the accommodation, transport, accreditation, arrival and departure operations), as well as the Mayor for the Games Village for both events.

In his time with the Singapore Tourism Board, he served in key leadership roles such as the Head of Change Management, Director of Communications and Executive Director of Human Resources, Organisational Development and Communications. He contributed to key initiatives such as the organisational transformation of Singapore Tourism Board, the public communications of Singapore’s two Integrated Resorts (Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands) and the first two editions of Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Formula One. He also served as Chair for the ASEAN Tourism Crisis Communications Taskforce from 2006 till 2010, ensuring crisis communications preparedness for ASEAN National Tourism Organisations.

In September 2016, Rostam transited into a new role in Sport Singapore as the Chief of the Strategy Group, focusing on strategy, research, resourcing and strategic communications. Among other things, in this capacity, he is keen to extend the impact of mass participation events beyond sports to serve the larger national agenda.

Rostam holds a Bachelor degree (with Honours) in English Language and Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.