Inderjit Singh (Singaporean politician)

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Inderjit Singh
Member of the Singapore Parliament
for Ang Mo Kio GRC
In office
Preceded by Umar Abdul Hamid
Succeeded by Kwek Hian Chuan Henry
Personal details
Born Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal
(1960-06-06) 6 June 1960 (age 58)
Punjab, India
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
Alma mater University of Strathclyde
Nanyang Technological University
Profession engineer

Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal (born 5 June 1960) is a serial entrepreneur[1] and former politician in Singapore's parliament representing the Ang Mo Kio GRC from 1996 to 2015.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Punjab, India, he came to Singapore when he was 10 months old, Singh attended Kaki Bukit Primary School in Singapore and then progressed to Broadrick Secondary School and Temasek Junior College. He began his university education with a Bachelor of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Electrical and Electronics. He graduated with honors from the institution in 1985. While at Nanyang Tech he founded the EEE Club and was the first chairman of the NTU Students' Union Council. He also helped start the NTI Alumni Association (later became NTUAC).

After earning his bachelors, he continued his education at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, earning an MBA in 1991.[3]

Corporate life[edit]

He began his career with Texas Instruments, beginning as an engineer in 1985 and spent 13 years ascending the corporate ladder before becoming Director of Operations of the Singapore plant from 1996 to 1998.[2][4] After his stint with Texas Instruments, Singh began a career of entrepreneurship, in which he started six businesses[5] after leaving the corporate arena.[6] He founded the United Test and Assembly Center (UTAC), a semiconductor firm, in 1998 which became a Unicorn valued at US$2b in 2001. The venture was mostly funded by Taiwanese friends of his due to what he terms "a dearth of willing investors and a general disbelief that he would be able to achieve his dream of creating a homegrown multinational firm.".[7] . He raised a record of US$138m, all at one go, at the seeds stage in 1998. Inderjit left UTAC in 2001. The firm was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2004.[3]

Around the same time he started UTAC, he started, Tri-Star, which he started with his brothers as trading and services firm, in which much of his and his family's savings were used to fund the company. Today Tri Star is present in 38 countries in Africa as a distributor of Consumer Electronic products. Inderjit subsequently also set-up semiconductor engineering firm Infiniti Solutions in 2001. Infiniti at its peak had operations in the Silicon Valley, USA, in Austin Texas, a factory in Philippines and with the HQ in Singapore. More recently, he founded Solstar International, a Singapore-based consumer electronics products company, of which he is currently the CEO. Solstar is a Singapore based Consumer Electronics brand selling in 25 countries in Africa and other developing countries around Asia. In 2009, Inderjit, helped start Urah Transdermal,a Singapore based Life-Science Research and product Company that has Developed and patented technologies for the delivery of active molecules through the skin barriers to biological targets.

He is a Co-President of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, a global organisation on entrepreneurship development. He has also been actively driving the transformation of the entrepreneurship landscape and helping to shape policies to better support start-ups, small and medium businesses in Singapore and has been a board member of Spring Singapore (Enterprise Singapore today) and Vice-Chairman of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE). He was also a board member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for 8 years where he also Chaired the Audit committee of URA.

Inderjit is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and also is the Chairman of the board of NTUitive, the Innovation company of NTU. He is also the Chairman of the Alumni and Development committee, a board committee of NTU. He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of EMLyon, a premier business school in France.

He is the author of the popular book, “The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship”, which captures his entrepreneurial experiences.

He received the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni award in 2011 from NTU and was awarded the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) in 2016 by the government of Singapore as part of its annual National Day awards. He received the Strathclyde Alumni Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in 2013 [1]

Political Life[edit]

He became an active grassroots leader in 1984. He became a Member of Parliament for the Kebun Baru ward in the Ang Mo Kio GRC, in the Prime Minister's team, since the 1996 General Elections, and stepped down in 2015. As a Member of Parliament Inderjit held various positions. He was a Deputy Government Whip for a number of years and also the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee of the Ministries of Finance and Trade and Industry.