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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. Concurrently, he is Director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) and Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) in 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
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
- Ong Keng Yong. The ASEAN We Don't Know in The Soft Power 30. US: Portland, USC Center on Public Diplomacy, 12 July 2018
- Ong Keng Yong. ASEAN Arts and Culture: The Role of Singapore in Cultural Connections, Vol. 3. Singapore: Culture Academy Singapore, June 2018, pp. 9–13
- Ong Keng Yong. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in The Little Nation That Can – Singapore’s Foreign Relations and Diplomacy, Commentary: Volume 26, 2017, pp. 90-94, published by the National University of Singapore Society
Last updated on 02/01/2019