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GELC2020

7 September, Singapore

Opening Address

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Minister Lawrence Wong

Guest of Honour & Opening Address
Minister for Education

Singapore

About Lawrence Wong

Mr Lawrence Wong was elected a Member of Parliament in May 2011 and was re-elected in September 2015 and July 2020. He has held positions in the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the Ministry of National Development.  After the 2020 General Election, he was appointed the Minister for Education and the Second Minister for Finance.

 

Mr Wong co-chairs the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on COVID-19, and is a member of the GIC Board, the Future Economy Council, the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council and the National Research Foundation Board. He also co-chairs the Singapore-Shanghai Comprehensive Cooperation Council.

 

He also chairs the PAP Community Foundation and contributes to the labour movement as Chairman of the Singapore Labour Foundation, and Advisors to the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) U Associate Leaders’ Circle, and the Union of Power and Gas Employees.

 

Beginning his career as a civil servant, Mr Wong had worked previously as the Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority and the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. At the community level, he was involved in youth work in the church and voluntary organisations.

 

Mr Wong was educated at Tanjong Katong Secondary School and Victoria Junior College.  He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. 

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