Tan Chuan-Jin: Why Engagement?
Acting Minister for Manpower & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development (15 Nov 2012)

About the Speaker

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for nearly 24 years before retiring in 2011. Commissioned at Sandhurst, he has held various appointments in the SAF, including Commander Singapore 3rd Division and Commander Training and Doctrine Command.

When the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck on Boxing Day 2004, Mr Tan led the SAF’s relief effort to Meulaboh, Aceh in Indonesia. Despite the uncertainty and scale of the crisis, they brought in emergency relief to stabilise the situation in the critical period after the tragedy.

As Chairman Executive Committee, Mr Tan was responsible for organising National Day Parade 2009.

In May 2011, Mr Tan was elected as one of the Members of Parliament for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency. He was then appointed as Minister of State for National Development and Manpower.

On 1 August 2012, Mr Tan was appointed Acting Minister for Manpower, while concurrently holding the title of Senior Minister of State for National Development.

Mr Tan was awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship to read Economics and graduated with a BSc (Econs) from the London School of Economics (1992). He also holds a Masters of Arts in Defence Studies from King’s College London (1999), and a Masters in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (2008).

Born in 1969, Mr Tan is married with two children. He is an avid photographer and enjoys reading, watching movies and football.



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15 November 2012
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244
Venue: The Auditorium
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