Lawrence Wong

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the Honourable
Lawrence Wong
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Lawrence Wong at the Singapore International Energy Week in 2010
Minister of Culture, Community and Youth[1]
Assumed office
1 May 2014
Acting: 1 November 2012 - 30 April 2014
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Officed created
2nd Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information
Assumed office
1 May 2014
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Yaacob Ibrahim
Preceded by Office created
Personal details
Born 18 December 1972 (1972-12-18) (age 42)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison

Harvard University

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wong.

Lawrence Wong (simplified Chinese: 黄循财; traditional Chinese: 黃循財; pinyin: Huáng Xúncái; born 18 December 1972) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he is currently the Minister, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and 2nd Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information. He was previously a Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Information, Communications & the Arts, and he is a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the West Coast Group Representation Constituency.


Wong began his career as a civil servant at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He served as the Ministry's Assistant Director (Research and Planning) from 1997 to 1999, as a secretary to Ong Teng Cheong (who was Singapore's first elected President). He then moved to the Ministry of Finance, where he served as Assistant Director (Fiscal Policy) from 1999 to 2001, before becoming the Deputy Director (Budget) and Head of Economic Programmes. In 2004, he moved to the Ministry of Health as the Director of Healthcare Finance.

From 2005 to 2008, Wong served as the Principal Private Secretary to Singapore's Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

In 2008, Wong became the Chief Executive of Singapore's Energy Market Authority.

Political career[edit]

Wong was elected to Parliament at the 2011 general election. On 21 July 2011, he was appointed a Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Education. On 1 August 2012, he was appointed a Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Information, Communications & the Arts. He is also currently the Chairman of the Publicity and Publications Sub-Committee of the PAP's Executive Committee.

Other appointments[edit]

Wong was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Monetary Authority of Singapore on 10 June 2011.


Wong was educated at Haig Boys' Primary School, Tanjong Katong Secondary School and Victoria Junior College, before going on to the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the United States where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1993. He subsequently obtained a Master of Arts degree in Economics at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Television dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Notes
2014 MediaCorp Channel 8 World at Your Feet Guest-of-honour for the futsal competition
Special appearance in two episodes


  1. ^ "Tan and Wong promoted to full Minister". Channel NewsAsia. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
New office
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Ho Geok Choo Madeleine
(Boon Lay ward)
Member of Parliament
for West Coast GRC