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Speaker's Biography:

S Iswaran
Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), Republic of Singapore

Mr S Iswaran is Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry). His focus is economic restructuring, productivity growth, and the creation of a vibrant domestic economy and enterprise ecosystem. He oversees the government agencies in charge of tourism, energy, the growth and internationalisation of enterprises, and science and technology research. He recently co-chaired the Committee on the Future Economy, a national economic review committee, which recommended strategies to position Singapore's economy for the future. He held senior positions in Singapore's homeland security and education ministries, the National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore Indian Development Association. In the private sector, he was director for Strategic Development at Singapore Technologies, an engineering and technology consortium. As managing director at Temasek Holdings, a government-linked investment company, he oversaw investments and buyouts in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, hi-tech manufacturing, transport and logistics sectors.

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