GS16 Speakers

CHAN Lai Fung


Chairman A*STAR and Permanent Secretary National Research and Development

Ms Chan Lai Fung is the Chairman of A*STAR. She was appointed to her current position on 1 April 2019 and assumes the responsibility for charting A*STAR’s strategic direction and priorities under the national Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) plan. Ms Chan is also currently Permanent Secretary (National Research & Development). Prior to that, Ms Chan was Permanent Secretary (Education) from 2012 to 2019. She was appointed Permanent Secretary (Finance) (Performance) from 2009 to 2012; and Permanent Secretary (Law) from 2006 to 2010. She has also served in various portfolios in the former Ministry of Communications and Information, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Public Service Division of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Trade and Industry. Ms Chan is a board member of PSA International Pte Ltd. Ms Chan joined the Singapore Administrative Service in 1986 after graduating from Monash University in Australia with a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) on a Colombo Plan Scholarship.