Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs (26 Nov 2014)

About the Speaker

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim was a structural engineer at Bylander Meinhardt Partnership before receiving a scholarship to pursue a PhD at Stanford University (US).  He then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University (US) before returning to Singapore to join the National University of Singapore. 
Dr Yaacob served as Parliamentary Secretary and Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology before he was appointed as the Minister of State for Community Development and Sports in November 2001.  In March 2002, he was appointed as the Ministry’s Acting Minister and Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs.  In May 2003, he was promoted to Minister for Community Development and Sports.
In August 2004, Dr Yaacob was appointed Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.  In 2011, he was appointed Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and later as the Minister for Communications and Information in November 2012 with the restructuring of MICA into MCI.
Dr Yaacob has been a Member of Parliament since 1997 - for the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (Kolam Ayer) and then for the Moulmein-Kallang Group Representation Constituency (Kolam Ayer).  He was the first Mayor of Central Singapore District from April to November 2001.
Dr Yaacob has also been active in community service since his school days and has been involved with the Association of Muslim Professionals, Jamiyah, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura and the Nature Society.  He also served as a board member of Civil Service College, the National Heritage Board, STV12 Pte Ltd, and Temasek Polytechnic, and as a trustee of NTUC Income, a union-linked cooperative.  He has been associated with Yayasan Mendaki since its formation and has been its Chairman since March 2002.

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26 November 2014
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244
Venue: The Auditorium
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