Tan Kiat How
Tan Kiat How (Chinese: 陈杰豪; pinyin: Chén Jiéháo; born 1977) is a Singaporean politician and former civil servant who has been serving as Senior Minister of State for National Development and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information concurrently since 2022. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Kampong Chai Chee division of East Coast GRC since 2020.
Prior to his appointment as Senior Minister of State, he served as Minister of State for National Development, Minister of State for Communications and Information and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office between 2020 and 2021.
He made his political debut in the 2020 general election when he joined a five-member PAP team contesting in East Coast GRC, and they won with 53.39% of the vote. Tan was appointed Minister of State shortly after being elected, and appointed to the Prime Minister's Office from 2020 to 2021. In 2022, Tan was promoted Senior Minister of State after a Cabinet reshuffle.
Tan was educated at Hwa Chong Junior College before he went to the University of Illinois to study computer engineering and economics. He also completed a master's degree in management at Stanford University and was a Mason Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
A computer engineer by profession, Tan had worked at the Ministry of Communications and Information, where he served as Deputy Secretary (Cyber and Technology) and helped to develop the Intelligent Nation 2015 blueprint. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) from January 2017 to June 2020. During his tenure, the IMDA awarded spectrum for the deployment of fifth-generation mobile networks and established the SG Digital Office in May 2020.
Tan was announced as a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate contesting as part of a five-member PAP team in East Coast GRC during the 2020 general election. On 10 July 2020, the PAP team in East Coast GRC won with 53.39% of the vote against the Workers' Party so Tan became a Member of Parliament representing the Kampong Chai Chee ward of East Coast GRC.
On 27 July 2020, Tan was appointed Minister of State at the Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of National Development. On 15 May 2021, he was transferred from the Prime Minister's Office to the Ministry of Communications and Information, while continuing to concurrently serve at the Ministry of National Development. Tan was promoted Senior Minister of State on 13 June 2022 while serving both portfolios of Communications and Information and National Development.
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