Appreciation Lunch on "US Presidential Election 2012: A Review"


What might be the priorities of the next President of the United States – whoever that might be – and what implications might they hold for Asia in general and Singapore in particular. Ambassador Chan Heng Chee will share her analysis of the US presidential election campaign, its outcome and President Barack Obama’s first term.


chan-heng-cheeAmbassador Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Chairman, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design Ambassador Chan Heng Chee is currently Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry and Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She is a Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. She has served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States from July 1996 to14 July 2012. She was Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1989 to 1991 and was concurrently High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Singapore International Foundation (which created a Singapore version of the Peace Corps) and Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. She was the founding Director of the Institute of Policy Studies and Head of the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore. Ambassador Chan received a number of awards including The Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1999; The Meritorious Service Medal in 2005; The Distinguished Service Order in 2011; Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters in 1994 from the University of Newcastle, Australia; and the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom) in 1998. She was named Singapore’s first “Woman of the Year” in 1991, and was twice awarded the National Book Awards in 1986 for “A Sensation of Independence: A Political Biography of David Marshall” and in 1978 for “The Dynamics of One Party Dominance: The PAP at the Grassroots”. When Ambassador Chan left Washington at the end of her appointment, she received the Inaugural Asia Society Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award, the Inaugural Foreign Policy Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award 2012 and the United States Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Ambassador Chan has been a member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York and a Council Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London. Ambassador Chan holds a BSocSc (Hons) First Class from the National University of Singapore, a MA from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Singapore.
Thursday, 08 November 2012
12.30 pm to 2.15 pm
Orchard Hotel Singapore, Lavender Room