Tony Tan Keng Yam Former President Republic of Singapore
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Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam graduated from the University of Singapore with a First Class Honours Degree in Physics in 1962. He has a Master of Science degree from MIT and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide.
Dr Tan has served as the Minister for Finance, Trade and Industry, Education and Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence. He was the Chairman and CEO of OCBC Bank from 1992 to 1995. In September 2005, after leaving the Cabinet, Dr Tan was appointed Deputy Chairman and Executive Director of GIC, Chairman of the National Research Foundation and Chairman of SPH. In July 2011, he contested in the Presidential Election and was sworn in as the seventh President of the Republic of Singapore on 1 September 2011 for a 6-year term. In September 2017, Dr Tan was appointed the Honorary Patron and Distinguished Senior Fellow of Singapore Management University. In January 2018, he was appointed the Special Advisor to GIC.
Dr Tan has been conferred numerous honours for his work. He was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal by the New York Foreign Policy Association for his outstanding leadership and service in both the public and private sectors. For his contributions towards Singapore’s development into a global hub of scientific research and education, Dr Tan was inducted into the Honorary Senate of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in July 2012. He was also awarded the Great Gold Medal by Comenius University (Slovakia) and the King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society of United Kingdom. He has honorary doctorates from Loughborough University, Murdoch University, The University of Sheffield and The University of Adelaide.