Chin Nam Tan had 33 years of distinguished service in the Singapore Public Service holding various key appointments before completing his term as a Permanent Secretary in 2007. He held various top leadership positions including as General Manager and Chairman, National Computer Board, Managing Director, Economic Development Board, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Manpower, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, Chairman National Library Board and Chairman Media Development Authority. He played a leading role in the information technology, economic, tourism, manpower, library, media, arts and creative industries development of Singapore. Dr Tan is now a senior corporate adviser holding directorships in various companies including Yeo Hiap Seng Ltd, Raffles Education Corporation Ltd, Gallant Venture Ltd. He chairs Temasek Management Services Pte Ltd and Global Fusion Capital Pte Ltd. He is a Senior Adviser of Salim Group, Litmus Group and Zana Capital. He is also a member of Centre of Liveable Cities Advisory Board and Board of Trustees, Bankinter Foundation for Innovation (Spain). Dr Tan holds degrees in industrial engineering and economics from the University of Newcastle, Australia and an MBA from University of Bradford, UK. He also holds two honorary doctorates by both universities. He attended Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. Dr Tan holds four Public Administration Medals of Singapore. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society, EDB Society Distinguished Fellow, Fellow of Singapore Institute of Engineers, Fellow of Singapore Institute of Directors. He is listed in the Singapore Computer Society’s Hall of Fame and named by UK’s Television Business International as one of the world’s 20 media personalities and the only Asian who “had a standout 2006”. In 2012, he was conferred the Eminent Alumnus Award by the Australian Alumni Association of Singapore and the Australian Government.


Temasek Management Services


Senior Corporate Adviser & Chairman

Areas of Interest

Innovation, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning
  • chin nam tan

Program Year



Multi-Nation Program

Country of Origin


Destination Country

United States