Heng Swee Keat

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Heng Swee Keat
Heng Swee Keat at Nan Hua High School, Singapore - 20120707.jpg
Heng Swee Kiat at Nan Hua High School in July 2012
Minister for Education
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 May 2011
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Ng Eng Hen
Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore
In office
1 June 2005 – 2 April 2011
Preceded by Koh Yong Guan
Succeeded by Ravi Menon
Member of Parliament
for Tampines GRC
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 May 2011
Preceded by Sin Boon Ann
Majority 18,347 (14.4%)
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 52–53)
Singapore
Political party People's Action Party
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Harvard University
Raffles Institution
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Heng (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wáng).

Heng Swee Keat (Chinese: 王瑞杰; pinyin: Wáng Ruìjié; born 1961) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has served in the Cabinet as the Minister for Education since May 2011. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Tampines Group Representation Constituency (Tampines GRC) since the 2011 general election.[1]

Prior to his election to Parliament, Heng served as the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 2005 to 2011.

Career[edit]

Heng began his career in the Singapore Police Force in 1983. He then joined the Singapore Civil Service's Administrative Service in 1997. He served a period at the Ministry of Education, before being appointed the Principal Private Secretary to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (who was then Senior Minister) in 1997. In 2001, Heng became the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.[2] He then served as Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 2005 to 2011.[3]

In February 2011, Heng was named the Asia-Pacific Central Bank Governor of the Year by the British magazine The Banker.[4]

At the 2011 general election, Heng was a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate in the Tampines Group Representation Constituency (Tampines GRC). When he was introduced as a candidate, former Prime Minister (and Emeritus Senior Minister) Goh Chok Tong tipped Heng to be a potential minister and core member of Singapore's fourth generation leadership team.[5] Heng was one of five PAP candidates in his constituency in a team led by Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan, which also included Irene Ng, Zulkifli Masagos and Baey Yam Keng. They faced a team from the National Solidarity Party (NSP), led by the party's Secretary General Goh Meng Seng, along with Reno Fong, Syafarin Sarif, Raymond Lim and Gilbert Goh. On polling day, 7 May 2011, the PAP team won the contest with 57.22% of the votes.[6] (This represented a drop of 11.29% from the PAP's percentage of the votes in the constituency at the 2006 general election.)[7]

On 18 May 2011, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed Heng to the Cabinet as the Minister for Education.

In August 2012, Heng was tasked to lead a new ministerial committee to conduct a broad-based review of the Government's policies and direction.[8]

Education[edit]

Heng holds a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He completed his pre-university education at Raffles Institution.

Notable appointments[edit]

  • Minister for Education (2011–present)
  • Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (2005–2011)
  • Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (2001–2005)
  • Principal Private Secretary to Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew (1997–2000)

Notable awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parliamentary Elections Act (Chapter 218) [candidates declared to have been elected Members of Parliament at the 2011 general election] (G.N. No. 1229/2011).
  2. ^ Minister for Education Mr HENG Swee Keat, Cabinet of Singapore, 12 June 2012, archived from the original on 7 December 2013 .
  3. ^ "MAS chief Heng Swee Keat steps down", The Straits Times, 31 March 2011 .
  4. ^ "MAS chief named top central bank governor for Asia-Pacific", The Straits Times, 12 February 2011 .
  5. ^ "Heng Swee Keat has 'potential to be Minister'", The Straits Times, 2 Apr 2011 .
  6. ^ 2011 Parliamentary Election Results, Elections Department, 8 October 2013, archived from the original on 6 March 2014 .
  7. ^ 2006 Parliamentary Election Results, Elections Department, 8 October 2013 .
  8. ^ "National conversation on common future welcomed: Goh Chok Tong", The Straits Times, 12 August 2012 .

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Koh Yong Guan
Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore
2005 – 2011
Succeeded by
Ravi Menon
Political offices
Preceded by
Ng Eng Hen
Minister for Education
2011-
Incumbent
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Sin Boon Ann
Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC
2011–present
Incumbent