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Ambassador Ong Keng Yong is Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is concurrently Director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) at RSIS.
Mr Ong continues to hold the position of Ambassador-at-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also Singapore’s Non-Resident High Commissioner to Pakistan and Non-Resident Ambassador to Iran. Mr Ong has been the Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) since 2015.
Mr Ong was High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia from 2011 to 2014. He served as High Commissioner of Singapore to India and concurrently Singapore’s Ambassador to Nepal from 1996 to 1998.
Mr Ong served as 11th Secretary-General of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), based in Jakarta, Indonesia, from January 2003 to January 2008.
Mr Ong started his diplomatic career in 1979 and was posted to the Singapore Embassies in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and the United States of America between 1984 and 1994. From September 1998 to December 2002, he was Press Secretary to the then Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Goh Chok Tong, while holding senior appointments in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and the People’s Association in Singapore. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Mr Ong graduated from the then University of Singapore with a LLB (Hons). He studied at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., USA, and graduated with a MA in Arab Studies.
Areas of Expertise
- ASEAN’s Strategic Role in Regional Architecture
- ASEAN’s Relations with External Parties
- ASEAN’s Community-building Initiatives
- Relations between Singapore and Malaysia and India
The APPSMO Advantage: Strategic Opportunities
04 August, 2016
Reflections on ICCS 2022 - Achieving Connectedness and Cohesion
16 September, 2022
International Conference on Cohesive Societies - Appreciating Diversity: What Has The ICCS Achieved?
28 June, 2019
CO17240 | Israeli-Palestine Conflict: Compromise and Restraint Needed
26 December, 2017
CO17148 | ASEAN into the Future: Need For Leadership
07 August, 2017
CO17146 | World Agricultural Forum 2017 - Future of Agriculture and Implications for ASEAN
03 August, 2017
CO17127 | Singapore and Food Security
30 June, 2017
CO16217 | Remembering SR Nathan - Man of Guts, Instinct & Tenacity
25 August, 2016
CO16202 | ASEAN Community: Economic Integration and Development of SMEs
10 August, 2016
CO15277 | ASEAN and the EU: Different Paths to Community Building
22 December, 2015
CO15227 | Strengthening Energy Security: Key to Sustainable Development in Asia
26 October, 2015
CO15064 | Pursuing Mutual Strategic Interests: Lee Kuan Yew’s Role in Singapore–US Relations
24 March, 2015
Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (CTTA) - Volume 12 Issue 01
06 January, 2020
Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses
- “Amb Ong Keng Yong on the Role of ASEAN” in Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 2021
- “ASEAN Arts and Culture: The Role of Singapore” (with Ajit Singh, and Le Luong Minh) in ASEANFocus: Bi-monthly Publication of ISEAS-Yusof Shak, Issue 4, 2019. pp. 11-14
- “The ASEAN We Don’t Know” in The Soft Power 30, 2018
- “ASEAN Arts and Culture: The Role of Singapore” in Culture Connections, Vol. 3, 2018, pp. 9-13
- “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” in The Little Nation That Can - Singapore's Foreign Relations and Diplomacy, Vol. 26, 2017, pp. 90-94
Chapters in Edited Books
- “Advancing the ASEAN-Korea Partnership: From Sectoral Dialogue Relations to the New Southern Policy Plus” (with Sarah Teo, and Shawn Ho) in Kwon Hyung Lee and Yoon Jae Ro (Eds.), The New Southern Policy Plus: Progress and Way Forward. Sejong: Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, 2021, pp. 49-67
- “The Making of America Foreign Policy” (with Jean Tan) in Tommy Koh and Daljit Singh, America: A Singapore Perspective. Singapore: Straits Times Press, 2021, pp. 120-127
- “Tourism Key to Building Connections Between Kazakhstan and Southeast Asia”, TODAY, 1 December 2020
- “G20 Religion and Policy: ‘We Need More Interactions and Pooling of Resources to Tackle the Challenges’”, KAICIID, 11 October 2020
- “The Challenge is How We Make the Most of Diversity”, The Straits Times, 27 June 2019
- “Asia Values: A Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, 2018 Halifax Papers, 8 January 2019
- “What ASEAN’s Enterprises Need to Succeed” (with Phidel Marion G. Vineles), East Asia Forum, 19 August 2016
- Speaker, Virtual Panel Discussion on “An ASEAN Answer to Myanmar’s Crisis?”, organised by the
Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, 27 April 2021
- Speaker, Tokyo Conference 2021, organised by Genron NPO, 22 March 2021
- Speaker, TIU Global Dialogue on “ASEAN and its Challenges”, organised by the Tokyo International University, 25 February 2021
Last updated on 13/09/2022