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, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, 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

Mr Gan Kim Yong 
Minister for Trade and Industry
Mr S Iswaran 
Minister for Transport

Ms Grace Fu
Minister for Sustainability and the Environment

Mr Chan Chun Sing 
Minister for Education
Mr Lawrence Wong 
Minister for Finance 

Mr Masagos Zulkifli 
Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Health 

Mr Ong Ye Kung 
Minister for Health
Mr Desmond Lee
Minister for National Development 
Mrs Josephine Teo
Minister for Communications and Information, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative 
Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah
Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development
Dr Tan See Leng
Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry

Professor Isaac Ben-Israel
Chairman, Israel Space Agency (Former Chairman, Israel National Council for Research and Development)

Professor Robert Brown
President, Boston University, and Ministry of Education Academic Research Council Chairman
Dr Roland Busch
President and CEO, Siemens AG
Ms Chua Sock Koong
Group CEO, Singapore Telecommunications
Mr Raymond Dalio 
Founder, Co-CIO and Co-Chairman, Bridgewater Associates

Sir Richard Friend
Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge, and NRF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Chairman
Mr Hsieh Fu Hua
Chairman, National University of Singapore Board of Trustees, and Chairman, Asia Capital Reinsurance Group

Mr Koh Boon Hwee
Chairman, Nanyang Technological University Board of Trustees and and Chairman, Altara Ventures 

Dr Li Ge
Founder, Chairman and CEO of WuXi AppTec, and Founder and Chairman of WuXi Biologics
Mr John Rice
Retired Vice-Chairman, General Electric, and Former President & CEO of GE Global Growth Organisation), and Former Chairman, GE Gas Power
Mr Michael Splinter
Chairman, NASDAQ (Former Chairman & CEO, Applied Materials), and Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering International Advisory Panel Chairman

Sir Richard Sykes
Chairman, Royal Institution of Great Britain, and Chairman, King Edward VII’s Hospital, and Health & Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Committee Chairman
Mr Tan Min-Liang
Co-founder and CEO, Razer

Sir Andrew Witty
President, UnitedHealth Group, and CEO, Optum (Former CEO, GlaxoSmithKline)


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