The Chancellor

President Halimah Yacob served in the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) for 33 years and held various positions including as NTUC Deputy Secretary General, NTUC Director of the Legal Services Dept, NTUC Director of the Women’s Development Secretariat, Director of the Singapore Institute of Labour Studies (now known as the OTCI Institute) and Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronic and Electrical Industries. She also represented NTUC on various national committees including the Economic Review Committee.

President Halimah also represented Singapore in the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation for 12 years, the first Singaporean to be elected into the ILO. She represented workers in many ILO committees including the Committee on International Labour Standards and Legal Issues, the Technical Committee and the Committee on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

President Halimah secured her basic law degree and Masters in Law from the National University of Singapore. In 2016, she was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Laws by the NUS.

In 2001, President Halimah was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the Jurong Group Representation Constituency. Her final and fourth term as an MP was in the newly formed Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

In 2011, President Halimah was appointed Minister of State for the Ministry of Community Development and Sports where she introduced various programmes for seniors, including home-based care, and enhanced services for the disabled through the Centre of Enabled Living (now known as SG Enable). She also laid the foundation for the establishment of the Social Services Offices.

In 2013, President Halimah was elected the ninth Speaker of Parliament and became the first woman to hold that position.

With her passion for social causes, President Halimah is patron to more than 40 organisations including The Courage Fund, Special Olympics Singapore, Youth Corp Singapore, Singapore International Foundation, Singapore Association of Mental Health and Ain Society.

Passionate about women’s issues, President Halimah was awarded the Woman of the Year by Her World Magazine (2003), the AWARE Heroine Award (2011) and is an inductee of the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (2014). She was conferred the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year in 2001.

President Halimah was sworn in as the 8th President of the Republic of Singapore on 14 September 2017.


Dr Chan Sek Keong

Dr Chan Sek Keong was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2015. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1961. From 1962 to 1986, he worked at several law firms in Malaya and Singapore and was also a partner in Messrs Shook Lin & Bok, Kuala Lumpur.

He was appointed as Singapore’s first Judicial Commissioner in 1986 and was subsequently appointed as a Judge in 1988. He became the first locally-qualified Attorney-General in 1992 and served in that capacity until 2006 when he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Singapore, a position he held until he retired in November 2012. He was appointed as a Senior Judge of the Supreme Court on 5 January 2015 for a period of three years and is eligible to sit as a Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court.

He was conferred the Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Distinguished Service Order) in 1999 and the Order of Temasek (2nd Class) in 2008. He is an honorary Doctor of Laws of the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University. He was the first local law graduate to be elected Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2010. He joined the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law as its first Distinguished Fellow in October 2014.

Dr Cheong Siew Keong

Dr Cheong Siew Keong was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2000. He graduated in Civil Engineering in Hong Kong, and then worked and studied Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Britain. He returned to Singapore in 1953 and served in various engineering institutions. In 1965, he served on the Board of Governors of the Singapore Polytechnic. Dr Cheong was appointed Chairman of the finance committee of the University of Singapore Council in 1975 before becoming its Chairman in 1992.

Dr Cheong is an “engineer with that rare distinction” of being a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers in Singapore and the UK. He was awarded the Public Service Star in 1980 for his service to the University and subsequently, conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University in 1982. He was a member of the Council of Presidential Advisors from 2 January 1992 to 1 January 2008.

Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen

Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2015.  He graduated from Northwestern University in 1973 with a Master of Business Administration.

Mr Lee is the Chairman of SIA Engineering Company Ltd, NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited, Tripartite Alliance Ltd and Shanghai Commercial Bank Ltd (Hong Kong).  He is the Managing Director of Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank Ltd (Taipei), GMT Investments Pte Ltd and Director of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC, Beijing), Singapore Labour Foundation, Kidney Dialysis Foundation and CapitaLand Limited. He is also a Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers.

Mr Lee has served as Chairman of Singapore Airlines Ltd (2006-2017), the immediate past President of the Singapore National Employers Federation (1988-2014), President of International Enterprise Singapore – formerly known as TDB (1995-2002), Chairman of PSA International Pte Ltd (2002-2005) and Chairman of Singapore Business Federation (2002-2008).  He has also served on the Boards of Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd, Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, Fraser & Neave Ltd, BAOSTEEL Group, Shanghai and COFCO Corporation (Beijing).

Mr Lee was awarded the Beijing’s Friendship Awards to Foreign Experts in 2007, the Singapore Public Service Star in 1998, the Singapore Distinguished Service Order in 2006 and the Distinguished Comrade of Labour in 2015. He was also conferred one of Singapore’s highest state awards, Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 2015.   He was a Nominated Member of Parliament (1994-1997).

Mr Ngiam Tong Dow

Mr Ngiam Tong Dow was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2000 and Chairman of the NUS Centennial Campaign Advisory Board in 2003. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Malaya in 1959 and subsequently, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1964. He worked briefly as a journalist with The Straits Times before joining the civil service in 1959. During his 40-year career in public service, he has been Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Ministries of Finance, Trade and Industry, National Development and Communications.

Mr Ngiam has served as Chairman of Economic Development Board, Sheng-Li Holdings (now known as Singapore Technologies), Development Bank of Singapore, Central Provident Fund Board, and the Housing and Development Board. He has also served on the Boards of Temasek Holdings, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Press Holdings and United Overseas Bank. Mr Ngiam was conferred the Distinguished Service Order in 1999.

Mr Po’ad bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar

Mr Po’ad bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2012. He graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Singapore and holds a Master in Management from the Asian Institute of Management (Makati, Philippines). He is also a Chartered Accountant registered with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

Mr Po’ad Mattar was appointed as a Member of the Public Service Commission in 2004. From 1994 to 2010, he has served as a Director of MediaCorp TV Singapore Private Limited (formerly Television Corporation of Singapore), member of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Council, member of the Public Utilities Board and director of its wholly-owned subsidiary, PUB Consultants Private Limited. He is currently a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers and sits on the Board of Directors of several listed and private companies. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (PJG), the Public Service Star (BBM), the Public Service Medal (PBM) and MUIS Distinguished Service Award.