Peter Ho

Peter Ho
Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs), Singapore

Peter Ho Hak Ean is the Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs) of Singapore. He also holds the posts of Head, Civil Service, and Secretary (National Security and Intelligence Coordination) in the Prime Minister’s Office. He began his career as a naval officer. After holding various command and staff appointments in the Singapore Armed Forces, he transferred to the Administrative Service and was appointed Deputy Secretary (Policy) in the Ministry of Defence, Singapore (MINDEF) in 1989. In 1990, he was posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Secretary. In November 1995, he was appointed Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) in MINDEF, and in July 2000, he was appointed Permanent Secretary (Defence). He assumed the appointment of on 15 July 2004. Peter Ho has also held a variety of other concurrent appointments. He was Chairman of the Board of DSO National Laboratories from March 1997 to June 1998, Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore from February 1996 to January 2003, and Chairman of the Board of the Defence Science and Technology Agency from March 2000 to March 2002, and again from July 2002 to December 2003. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore from December 1999 to November 2003. He is currently a member of the boards of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, the Institute of South Asian Studies, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the Institute of Policy Studies, Chairman of Value Innovation Tank Limited, and Chairman of Singapore Cooperation Enterprise. Peter Ho holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the Engineering Tripos and a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.


Improving Government Effectiveness
Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Peter Ho (Singapore), Peter Schwartz (Global Business Network)
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Peter Ho is heading a transformation of Singapore’s government service, seeing the government "as a platform". Peter Schwartz, author of The Art of the Long View, writes, "In my view, Singapore is the Apple Computer of nations..." They will discuss the Singapore miracle and how it is unfolding. Read more.
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