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Lai Fung Chan

A*STAR Agency for Science, Technology and Research

Ms Chan Lai Fung was appointed Permanent Secretary (National Research and Development) and Chair, Agency for Science, Technology and Research on 1 April 2019. Prior to her current appointments, she was Permanent Secretary (Law) from 2006 to 2010, Permanent Secretary (Finance)(Performance) from 2009 to 2012, and Permanent Secretary (Education) from 2012 to 2019. She has also held various portfolios in the Ministry of Communications and Information, Ministry of Health, Public Service Division of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of the Environment, and the 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 in Economics (First Class Honours) degree on a Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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