Congress theme: “Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities”

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee: Keynote at today’s Opening Session

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18 August, 10:30-12:00


Session Room 1

Chan Heng CheeAre Libraries ready for the Big Change?

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 and served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States from July 1996 to 14 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, Ambassador Chan 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 has 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” award 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”.