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  • Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Trade and Industry (Republic of Singapore)
  • Gouvernement de Singapour


Mr S Iswaran joined the Singapore Administrative Service in 1987. He served in the Ministries of Home Affairs and Education, the National Trade Union Congress, and eventually the Singapore Indian Development Association as its first CEO. Mr Iswaran was Director for International Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the lead up to Singapore’s hosting of the WTO Ministerial Conference in 1996.

He then joined the private sector as Director for Strategic Development at Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd. Later, as Managing Director at Temasek Holdings, he undertook investments, takeover, buy-out and merger transactions in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, hi-tech manufacturing, transport and logistics sectors.

Mr Iswaran is currently the Minister for Transport, with responsibilities spanning land, air, and sea transport. Key focus areas include rebuilding the Singapore air hub amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; strengthening Singapore’s maritime hub; and building a reliable, sustainable, and inclusive land transport system. He is concurrently Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations at the Ministry of Trade and Industry where he oversees various bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. Mr Iswaran has also held Ministerial positions in the Ministry of Communications and Information, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Education.

Mr Iswaran read Economics at the University of Adelaide and graduated with First Class Honours. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.