19th International Conference on The Future of Asia

Dates:Thursday May 23 and Friday May 24, 2013


Lee Hsien Loong

Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister, Republic of Singapore

Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as Singapore’s third Prime Minister on 12 August 2004.

Mr. Lee was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1984 as a candidate of the People's Action Party (PAP) and has been re-elected six times, most recently in 2011 as an MP for the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency.  He was elected to the Central Executive Committee of the PAP in 1986, and became its Secretary-General in 2004.


Mr. Lee was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Ministry of Defence in 1984.  He was confirmed as full Minister for Trade and Industry in 1987, and was concurrently Second Minister for Defence. 


In 1990, Mr. Lee was appointed Deputy Prime Minister with responsibilities for economic and civil service matters.  He also concurrently served as Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 1998 until 2004, and Minister for Finance from 2001 until 2007. Mr. Lee was appointed Chairman of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) in June 2011. Mr. Lee also chairs the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), an international panel to oversee Singapore’s major effort in promoting R&D.


Before entering politics, Mr. Lee was a Brigadier-General in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).  He attended the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and held various staff and command posts, including the Director of the Joint Operations and Plans Directorate, and Chief of Staff of the General Staff.


Mr. Lee was born on 10 February 1952 and completed his schooling in Singapore.  He studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science.  He subsequently earned a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.


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