Sim Ann

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Sim Ann
沈颖
Sim Ann 5 (cropped).jpg
Sim in 2021
Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
15 May 2021
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterVivian Balakrishnan
Senior Minister of State for National Development
Assumed office
27 July 2020
Serving with Tan Kiat How (2022–present)
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterDesmond Lee
Deputy Party Whip of the
People's Action Party
Assumed office
6 June 2019
Serving with Zaqy Mohamad (2019–2020)
Secretary-GeneralLee Hsien Loong
Party WhipJanil Puthucheary
Preceded bySam Tan
Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information
In office
1 May 2018 – 14 May 2021
Serving with Janil Puthucheary
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterS. Iswaran
Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth
In office
1 October 2015 – 26 July 2020
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterGrace Fu
Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry
In office
22 August 2016 – 30 April 2018
Serving with Koh Poh Koon
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterLim Hng Kiang (Trade)
S. Iswaran (Industry)
Succeeded byChee Hong Tat
Senior Minister of State for Finance
In office
1 October 2015 – 21 August 2016
Serving with Indranee Rajah
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterHeng Swee Keat
Preceded byJosephine Teo
Succeeded byChee Hong Tat (2022)
Minister of State for Communications and Information
In office
1 September 2013 – 30 September 2015
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterYaacob Ibrahim
Succeeded byChee Hong Tat
Minister of State for Education
In office
1 September 2013 – 30 September 2015
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterHeng Swee Keat
Succeeded byJanil Puthucheary (2016)
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and Information
In office
1 November 2012 – 31 August 2013
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterYaacob Ibrahim
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education
In office
21 May 2011 – 31 August 2013
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterHeng Swee Keat
Succeeded byLow Yen Ling (2015)
Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim (2015)
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Law
In office
21 May 2011 – 31 October 2012
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
MinisterK. Shanmugam
Succeeded byRahayu Mahzam (2022)
Member of Parliament
for Holland–Bukit Timah GRC
(Bukit Timah)
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Preceded byYu-Foo Yee Shoon (PAP)
Majority34,991 (32.72%)
Personal details
Born1975[1]
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
SpouseMok Ying Jang
Children3
Alma materExeter College, Oxford (MA)
Stanford University (MA)
Nanyang Technological University

Sim Ann (Chinese: 沈颖; pinyin: Shěn Yíng; born 1975)[1] is a Singaporean politician and former civil servant who has been serving as Senior Minister of State for National Development since 2020 and Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs since 2021. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Bukit Timah division of Holland–Bukit Timah GRC since 2011. She has also been serving as the party's Deputy Party Whip since 2019.

A recipient of the President's Scholarship, Sim started her career in the Civil Service and had worked in the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

She made her political debut in the 2011 general election as part of a four-member PAP team contesting in Holland–Bukit Timah GRC, and won 60.1% of the vote.

Education[edit]

Sim was educated at Raffles Girls' School and Hwa Chong Junior College before graduating from Exeter College at the University of Oxford in 1997[2] with a Bachelor of Arts (later promoted to Master of Arts by seniority) degree in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE).

She subsequently went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in political science at Stanford University in 1998. She also completed a postgraduate diploma in translation and interpretation at the Nanyang Technological University in 2005.

Career[edit]

Civil Service career[edit]

Sim started her career in the Civil Service.

From 1998 to 2000, she was Assistant Director for Finance Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Health (MOH). From 2000 to 2003, she was Assistant Director for Implementation Planning at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). From 2003 to 2006, she was Deputy Director for Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).

From 2007 to 2009, Sim was seconded to the International Enterprise Singapore as its Regional Director based in Shanghai, where she headed a team assisting Singapore-based companies with investment and sales in East China.

From 2009 to 2011, she was Director of the National Population Secretariat and led efforts to restructure the secretariat into the National Population and Talent Division under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Political career[edit]

Sim entered politics when she joined a four-member People's Action Party team to contest in Holland–Bukit Timah GRC during the 2011 general election. The PAP team won with 60.08% of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Party so Sim became a Member of Parliament representing the Bukit Timah ward of Holland–Bukit Timah GRC. On 21 May 2011, she was appointed Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education. On 1 November 2012, she relinquished her appointment at the Ministry of Law and became Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information while continuing to hold her appointment at the Ministry of Education. On 1 September 2013, she was promoted to Minister of State and continued serving at the Ministries of Education, and Communications and Information.[1]

During the 2015 general election, Sim contested as part of a four-member PAP team in Holland–Bukit Timah GRC again and they won with 66.6% of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Party. Following the election, on 1 October 2015, Sim was promoted to Senior Minister of State and appointed to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. She was also appointed Deputy Government Whip.[3] On 22 August 2016, she relinquished her appointment at the Ministry of Finance and switched to the Ministry of Trade and Industry while continuing to serve at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.[4] On 1 May 2018, she switched from the Ministry of Trade and Industry to the Ministry of Communications and Information, while continuing to serve at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.[5][1]

At the 2020 general election, Sim joined the four-member PAP team contesting in Holland–Bukit Timah GRC again and they won with 66.36% of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Party. On 27 July 2020, Sim was appointed Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Communications and Information. On 15 May 2021, she relinquished her appointment at the Ministry of Communications and Information and became Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while concurrently serving as Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of National Development.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sim is married to Mok Ying Jang, a doctor who is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics. Mok was also a member of the first Singaporean team to climb Mount Everest in 1998.[6][7] Sim and Mok have two sons and one daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "MP | Parliament Of Singapore". www.parliament.gov.sg.
  2. ^ "Exeter PPE graduate elected to Singaporean parliament". University of Oxford. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. 28 September 2015. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Changes to Cabinet and other appointments". Prime Minister's Office. 22 August 2016. Archived from the original on 24 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Changes to Cabinet and other appointments". Prime Minister's Office. 24 April 2018. Archived from the original on 17 November 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  6. ^ "gov.sg | OPS". www.sgdi.gov.sg.
  7. ^ "Dr Vivian Balakrishnan rushes to help fallen woman". sg.news.yahoo.com.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by Member of Parliament for
Holland–Bukit Timah GRC (Bukit Timah)

2011 – present
Incumbent