Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative
Dr Balakrishnan has overseen various initiatives to use technology to improve public service delivery such as the installation of water-level sensors which tweet localised notifications to the public during his leadership at the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. He has a keen interest in technology and actively codes and builds gadgets in his spare time.
He studied Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) after being awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1980 and specialised in ophthalmology after graduation. He was appointed Associate Professor of NUS and Deputy Director of Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) in 1997. In 1999, he became the Medical Director of SNEC before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore General Hospital in 2000.
Dr Balakrishnan has been a Member of Parliament since 2001 and previously held appointments as the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister responsible for Entrepreneurship, Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Minister of State for National Development.
He will be delivering the opening address at the Opening Ceremony on 27 Mar at Singapore EXPO, Hall 1. The ceremony is open to all conference delegates.
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