Tan Jee Say is an investment adviser. He has worked in international banks and asset management institutions such as Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Govett Asset Management and Standard Chartered Bank, for more than 16 years, and held positions as managing director and regional head of Asia Pacific operations.
Prior to joining the financial sector, he was with the Administrative Service for 11 years, including 6 years in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and 5 years as the Principal Private Secretary to then Deputy Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong.
Mr. Tan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and has an Islamic Finance Qualification jointly awarded by the Chartered Institute and ESA of Lebanon. He graduated from Oxford University where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics on a Singapore Government Overseas Merit Scholarship.
Mr Tan came to prominence in early 2011 when he wrote a detailed 46-page paper this February entitled, “Creating Jobs and Enterprise in a New Singapore Economy – Ideas for Change“.
The paper received the endorsement of Lord Butler, former Head of the British Civil Service in the 1980s and 1990s: “It seems to me a thorough and well-argued piece of work and as such it deserves the attention of policymakers.”
He took part in the May 2011 Singapore General Elections and has recently annnounced his intention to stand as a candidate for the upcoming 2011 Presidential Election.