Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC)


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The NRF supports the Research Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC).

The RIEC is chaired by the Prime Minister of Singapore, who appoints members to two-year terms. The RIEC comprises Cabinet Ministers and distinguished local and foreign members from the business, science and technology communities.

Set up in 2006, the RIEC provides strategic direction for national R&D. It has two main goals:
  • Advise the Singapore Cabinet on national research and innovation policies and strategies to drive the transformation of Singapore into a knowledge-based society, with strong capabilities in R&D; and
  • Lead the national drive to promote research, innovation and enterprise by encouraging new initiatives in knowledge creation in science and technology, and to catalyse new areas of long term economic growth.

This high-level council underscores the political commitment to and importance placed on the national R&D agenda.

RIEC Members

Mr Lee Hsien Loong 

Prime Minister and
Chairman, RIEC

Mr Heng Swee Keat 
Deputy Prime Minister,
Minister for Finance and 
Chairman, NRF
Mr Teo Chee Hean 
Senior Minister,  
Coordinating Minister for 
National Security, and 
Special Advisor to NRF
Dr Ng Eng Hen 
Minister for Defence
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
Minister for Foreign Affairs and 
Minister-in-charge of the 
Smart Nation Initiative
Mr Gan Kim Yong 
Minister for Health              
Mr S Iswaran 
Minister for Communications and Information 
Mr Chan Chun Sing 
Minister for Trade and Industry              
Mr Lawrence Wong 
Minister for National Development & 
Second Minister for Finance 
Mr Masagos Zulkifli 
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
Mr Ong Ye Kung 
Minister for Education 

Mr Dominic Barton
Global Managing Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Co
Professor Isaac Ben-Israel
Chairman, Israel National Council for Research and Development &
Chairman, Israel Space Agency
Professor Robert Brown
President, Boston University
Ms Chua Sock Koong
Group CEO, Singtel
Mr Raymond Dalio 
Founder, Bridgewater Associates
Sir Richard Friend
Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge
Mr Hsieh Fu Hua
Chairman, National University of Singapore Board of Trustees
Mr Koh Boon Hwee
Chairman, Nanyang Technological University Board of Trustees &
Chairman, Credence Partners
Dr Wilhelm Krull
Secretary General,
Volkswagen Foundation
Mr John Rice
Chairman, GE Gas Power
Mr Michael Splinter
Chairman, NASDAQ
(Former Chairman and CEO,
Applied Materials)
Mdm Sun Yafang
Former Chairwoman,
Huawei Technologies
Sir Richard Sykes
Chairman, Royal Institution of Great Britain
Mr Tan Min-Liang
Co-founder, CEO, and
Creative Director, Razer Inc
Sir Andrew Witty
CEO, Optum
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