Indranee Rajah

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Indranee Rajah
Indranee Rajah in Lecture Theatre B.2.17, Block B, SIM University, Singapore - 20150905-02 (cropped).jpg
Indranee at an event at SIM University in September 2015
Senior Minister of State, Ministry for Finance (Singapore)
Assumed office
1 October 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Josephine Teo
Senior Minister of State, Ministry for Law
Assumed office
1 November 2012
Preceded by Ho Peng Kee
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education
In office
1 November 2012 – 30 September 2015
Preceded by new appointment
Succeeded by Dr Janil Puthucheary
Member of Parliament
for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Tanjong pagar-Tiong Bahru), (Taglin-Chairhill) (2001-2015)
Assumed office
23 March 2015
Preceded by Lee Kuan Yew
Personal details
Born (1963-04-12) 12 April 1963 (age 54)
Nationality Singapore
Political party People's Action Party (2001)

Indranee Thurai Rajah (Tamil: இந்திராணி இராஜா; born 12 April 1963) SC, is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency since 2001.

Legal practice[edit]

Indranee began her legal career in 1987 with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She joined Drew & Napier in 1988 and became a director of the firm in 2001. She is a litigator and has an active court practice as an advocate and solicitor. She specialises in cross-border dispute resolution. She was appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of Singapore in January 2003.


Indranee has been recognized by Asia Pacific Legal 500 for her dispute resolution and international arbitration practice. She has been named as a "Leading Individual in the field of Dispute Resolution" in the 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2010–11 editions.

Indranee has also been named as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers International: Singapore and the 2009 Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Litigation & ADR. In Best Lawyers International: Singapore, Indranee was also named as a leading lawyer for both the Litigation and Arbitration & Mediation categories in 2008 and 2009.

Political career[edit]

Indranee served as a Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2006 to 2011.

On 31 July 2012, Indranee was promoted to Senior Minister of State for Law and Education. She assumed these positions on 1 November 1, 2012.[2]

On 28 November 2013, it was announced that Indranee was heading a 12-member steering committee to provide strategic direction for the planned third law school in Singapore, including its admissions criteria, curriculum development and educational philosophy. Other notable members of this committee include Attorney-General's Chambers chief prosecutor Tai Wei Shyong and Chief District Judge See Kee Oon. Also on the list are senior counsels Amarjeet Singh and N. Sreenivasan, renowned criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan and leading family lawyer Foo Siew Fong. [3]

On 28 September 2015, it was announced that Indranee will be the Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law from 1 October 2015.[4]


Indranee was educated at Marymount Convent Primary School, Marymount Convent Secondary School[1] and Raffles Institution, before going on to the National University of Singapore, where she completed a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree in 1986.

Personal life[edit]

Indranee is the daughter of the late A.T. Rajah, retired Deputy Commissioner of Police and former President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.[5] Her father was Hindu and her mother, an ethnic Chinese, was Anglican and she was raised in her mother's faith.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Long, Susan (28 March 2014). "Life lessons from my mother". Council for Third Age (C3A). 
  2. ^ "Singapore reshuffles Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Sandra Davie (28 November 2013). "Top legal minds to help shape 3rd law school". The Straits Times (reproduced on Singapore Law Watch). Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "A.T. RAJAH (A NAME IN POLICE AND ATHLETICS) DIES IN HOSPITAL". The Straits Times. Courtesy of NewspaperSG. 16 September 1968. p. 9. 

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