A*STAR Agency for Science, Technology and Research

Lai Fung Chan


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.