11-12 December 2018

SMU Administration Building
Speaker of Parliament, Republic of Singapore

Tan Chuan-Jin

Keynote Speaker

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin was elected the 10th Speaker of Parliament on 11 September 2017.

In his current appointment as Speaker, Mr Tan presides over Parliamentary debates and ensures fair and full discussions of national issues. He also oversees SG Cares, a national movement which encourages Singaporeans to volunteer and give back to society, and is concurrently adviser to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

Mr Tan had previously served as Minister for Social and Family Development from 9 April 2015 to 10 September 2017. Prior to the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Mr Tan headed the Ministry for Manpower from May 2014 to April 2015. He led the charge in creating better jobs and raising incomes for Singaporeans, while helping to strengthen retirement adequacy.

His previous appointments included Acting Minister for Manpower, Senior Minister of State for National Development and Minister of State for National Development and Manpower.

Mr Tan was elected Member of Parliament for Kembangan-Chai Chee, Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency in May 2011. Prior to that, Mr Tan served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for nearly 24 years. In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, he led the SAF’s relief efforts to Meulaboh, Aceh in Indonesia.

Born in 1969, Mr Tan studied in Anglo-Chinese School and Raffles Junior College. He was awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship to study Economics at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. Mr Tan also holds a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies from King’s College London. In 2008, he completed a Master’s Degree in Public Management at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

An avid sportsman, Mr Tan serves as the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council. Mr Tan is married with two children. He enjoys running and photography. In 2014, he published a book capturing his travel photographs and has auctioned his prints in support of charitable causes.