Mr S R Nathan

Sixth President of Singapore (1999-2011)

Mr. S. R. Nathan, former President of Singapore (1999-2011), had an illustrious career in Singapore’s Public Service, holding diverse positions in his 50 years career including Medical Social Worker; Seaman’s Welfare Officer; Director with the rank of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence; First Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; among others.

His many and varied contributions to Singapore included serving as Executive Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (1982-1988), Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia (1988-1990), Singapore’s Ambassador to the US (1990-1996), Ambassador-at-Large (1996-1999) and establishing the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (now the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) at Nanyang Technological University.

He has written several books including “Why Am I Here” that describes his travails helping seafarers,“Winning Against The Odds” about  his experience in the post-independence Labour Movement and the formation of National Trades Union Congress, and his memoirs: “An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency” and “50 Stories from My Life”.

Mr Nathan is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow in Singapore Management University, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies as well as the Institute of South East Asian Studies. He is the Chairman of CapitaLand Hope Foundation. He has received many awards including Singapore’s highest award – The Order of Temasek, First Class.