Sim Ann

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Sim Ann
沈颖
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry[1]
Assumed office
21 August 2016
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Lim Hng Kiang, S Iswaran
Preceded by Office created
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Assumed office
1 October 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Grace Fu
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance
In office
1 October 2015 – 21 August 2016
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Minister Heng Swee Keat
Member of Parliament
for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC
(Bukit Timah)
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Preceded by Yu-Foo Yee Shoon
Personal details
Born (1975-03-12) 12 March 1975 (age 42)
Singapore
Political party People's Action Party (2011)
Spouse(s) Mok Ying Jang
Children 3
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford
Stanford University

Sim Ann (simplified Chinese: 沈颖; traditional Chinese: 沈穎; pinyin: Shěn Yǐng; born 12 March 1975) is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), she is the Senior Minister of State at the ministries of Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry. She has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2011, representing the Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency.

Career[edit]

Prior to being elected to Parliament, Sim worked as a civil servant. From 1998 to 2000, she was an Assistant Director for Finance Policy and Planning at Singapore's Ministry of Health. From 2000 to 2003, she was an Assistant Director for Implementation Planning at the Ministry of Home Affairs. From 2003 to 2006, she became a Deputy Director for Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. From 2007 to 2009, Sim was seconded to International Enterprise Singapore as the Regional Director. Based in Shanghai, Sim headed a team assisting Singapore-based companies with investment and sales in the East China region. From 2009 to 2011, she was the Director of the National Population Secretariat and she led efforts to restructure the Secretariat into the National Population and Talent Division.

Political career[edit]

At the 2011 general election, Sim was elected to Parliament as an MP for the Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC). She was a member of the PAP's team in the GRC led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan, which defeated the team from the Singapore Democratic Party by 48,773 votes (60.1%) to 32,406 (39.9%). Since the election, she has represented the Bukit Timah ward within the constituency.

Following the election, Sim was made the Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Law. Subsequently, on 1 September 2013, Sim was made the Minister of State for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information.

In the General Election 2015, Sim was again a member of the PAP team contesting in the Holland - Bukit Timah GRC. The team, led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan, defeated the team from Singapore Democratic Party by 62,786 votes (66.6%) to 31,494 votes (33.4%).

On 28 September 2015, it was announced that Sim will be the Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, effective 1 October 2015.[2]

With effect from 22 August 2016, Sim relinquished her appointment in MOF as Senior Minister of State and took on the role of Senior Minister of State at the Ministry for Trade and Industry.[3]

Education[edit]

Sim was educated in Raffles Girls' School and Hwa Chong Junior College, before being awarded a President's Scholarship to study at Exeter College, Oxford University,[4] where she completed a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) in 1997. In 1998, she completed a Master of Arts in Political Science at Stanford University. Sim also holds a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Translation and Interpretation from Nanyang Technological University, which she completed in 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Sim is married to Mok Ying Jang. The couple have three children (two sons and one daughter). Sim's second son was born on 22 November 2011, making Sim the first MP in Singapore to give birth while holding office.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Live updates: National Day Rally 2016". Channel NewsAsia. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Changes to Cabinet and other appointments". Prime Minister's Office. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Exeter PPE graduate elected to Singaporean parliament". exeter.ox.ac.uk. 13 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sim Ann gives birth to baby boy, 1st MP to do so while in office". The Straits Times. 26 November 2011. 

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