Lunch Dialogue with Madam Halimah Yacob


Good governance is paramount in the conduct of parliamentary business as it acts as the critical and inquisitorial voice that checks on the actions of the Executive. Parliament is also where new laws are legislated, state finances are controlled and accountability of the government is maintained.

Do different views have a place in Parliament? What are the factors considered when Parliament deliberates and debates over new policy bills? How does Parliament represent and balance the interests of Singaporeans, as well as Singapore businesses? Are there opportunities for greater collaboration between the government, unions and businesses to optimise productivity and enhance the work experience in Singapore?

A strong advocate for tripartite relations, Madam Halimah Yacob will share with IPS’ Corporate Associates her insights as the Speaker of Parliament in facilitating parliamentary debates on policies aimed at creating a conducive economic environment for businesses to thrive and Singaporeans to achieve their aspirations and dreams.


Madam HALIMAH Yacob was elected as the Speaker of Parliament in January 2013. She is the first woman Speaker of Parliament and has been a Member of Parliament since 2001. She previously served as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Madam Halimah started her career with National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and then served as Director of the Singapore Institute of Labour Studies, Director of the Women’s Development Secretariat, Director of the Legal Services Department, Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronics and Electrical Industries, and Deputy Secretary General of NTUC.

Madam Halimah was on the Boards of Temasek Cares Board, Jurong Town Corporation, Housing & Development Board, Economic Development Board, NUS Board of Trustees, Nanyang Polytechnic Board of Governors, Tribunal for Maintenance of Parents, NTUC Thrift and Loan Co-operative and Mendaki Sense. She is also a member of the Governing Body of ILO, the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation. Madam Halimah also served on the Economic Review Committee in 2001.

For her commitment in providing women with better opportunities in the workforce, Madam Halimah was awarded Berita Harian’s “Achiever of the Year” in 2001, Her World Magazine’s “Women of the Year” in 2004, AWARE Heroine Award 2011 and Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014.


Professor Kishore MAHBUBANI is the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Concurrently, he serves in the Boards and Councils of institutions around the world. Before that, he served in the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (from 1971 to 2004) – notably as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), President of the UN Security Council (in January 2001 and May 2002), and Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry (from 1993 to 1998). He speaks and writes extensively on public policy issues, and is the author of Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence, Can Singapore Survive, and co-author of The ASEAN Miracle.



By invitation only. 


If you have any enquiries, please contact Ms Jasline Ng at 6516 – 8382 or via email:  

Monday, 17 July 2017
12.00 noon to 2.00 pm