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 three-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:

  • To advise the Cabinet on national research and innovation strategies to drive the transformation of Singapore into a knowledge-based society, with strong capabilities in research, innovation and enterprise to meet our economic and societal needs; and
  • To lead Singapore’s commitment towards research, innovation and enterprise by strengthening enterprise innovation capabilities and accelerating technology translation, with a view to catalyse value capture in key strategic areas for Singapore.

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 Lawrence Wong 
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance 

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 and
Minister-in-charge of
Trade Relations 

Ms Grace Fu
Minister for Sustainability and the Environment

Mr Chan Chun Sing 
Minister for Education
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 and
Minister-in-charge of
Social Services Integration
Mrs Josephine Teo
Minister for Communications & Information and
Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation and Cybersecurity

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

Sir Andrew Witty
CEO, UnitedHealth Group
Mr Avi Hasson
CEO, Start-up Nation Central
Dr Chris Luebkeman
Leader, Strategic Foresight Hub, ETH Zurich
Prof Daniela Rus
Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT
Dr Li Ge
Founder, Chairman and CEO of WuXi AppTec, and Founder and Chairman of WuXi Biologics

Sir Richard Friend
Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge, and Chairman, NRF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Prof Robert Brown
Chairman, MOE Academic Research Council (ARC)

Dr Roland Busch
President and CEO, Siemens AG

Mr Sudipta Bhattacharya
CEO, Adani Group – North America
Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara
Executive Director and CEO, Temasek Holdings

Mr Forrest Li
Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Sea Ltd

Ms Goh Swee Chen
Chairman, Nanyang Technological University

Mr Hsieh Fu Hua
Chairman, National University of Singapore
Ms Jenny Lee
Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Mr Koh Boon Hwee
Chairman, Altara Ventures


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