Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies
Government of Singapore

Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Senior Minister, Singapore. He is also Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, and advises the Prime Minister on economic policies. He is Deputy Chairman of GIC and chairs its Investment Strategies Committee. He is also Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Tharman also chairs the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of economic and financial leaders. He chaired the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance. He earlier led the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the key policy forum of the IMF, from 2011-2014, and was its first Asian chair. He currently also co-chairs the Advisory Board for the UN’s 2019 Human Development Report, and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Board of Trustees. He served as Deputy Prime Minister for eight years (from 2011). He was also Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies for four years (from 2015), after serving as Minister for Finance for eight years and Minister for Education for five years.

Tharman studied at the LSE and Cambridge University. He later obtained a Master’s in Public Administration at Harvard University, where he was named a Lucius N Littauer Fellow.