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Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Deputy Prime Minister
​Coordinating Minister for Eco​nomic​​ and Social Policies
Republic​ of Singapore

DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies in the Singapore Cabinet.

Tharman is also Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator. He has spent his working life in public service, in roles related to economic policy and education. He served as Minister for Finance for eight years, over 2007- 2015, and as Minister for Education for five years, over 2003-2008. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 2011.

Tharman is Chairman of the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of leading economic and financial policy thinkers, having succeeded Jean-Claude Trichet in Jan 2017. He also chai​rs the G20 Eminent Persons Group that was established in May 2017 to review the system of Global Financial Governance. He had previously been appointed by his international peers as Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the key policy forum of the IMF, from 2011-2014; he was its first Asian chair.

After his schooling in Singapore, Tharman studied at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He later obtained a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University, where he was named a Lucius N Littauer Fellow in recognition of outstanding performance.

Professor Bertil Andersson
Nanyang Technological University

NTU President, Prof Bertil Andersson, an eminent biochemist and winner of the prestigious Wilhelm Exner Medal has worked in Singapore for over 10 years. He joined NTU in 2007 as its first Provost and was appointed President in 2011. Under his leadership, NTU jumped from 74th position in 2010 to an all-time high of No. 11 globally to be the highest placed Asian university in the QS World University Rankings this year.

NTU now leads the top Asian universities in normalised rese​arch citation impact (Clarivate Analytics' InCites 2015), and in the last five years, NTU has established joint labs on its campus with leading international organisations such as Rolls Royce, BMW, Siemens, Johnson Matthey, Lockheed Martin and Singapore's ST Engineering.

A fellow of Imperial College London, Prof Andersson, spearheaded the establishment of NTU's joint medical school with Imperial College, whose first batch of medical students will graduate in July 2018. He was recognised by the President of Singapore with the 2016 President's Science and Technology Medal and has advanced education practices through the 'flipped classroom' pedagogical approach exemplified through NTU's iconic Hive building, and through an emphasis on continual lifelong education.

Prof Andersson has also overseen the rapid physical transformation of the NTU main campus and the development of a second clinical medicine campus at Novena, providing a conducive environment for education, research and inter-disciplinary interactions.

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