Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong began his career at the People's Association in 1983 and undertook
various leadership positions. From 1992, he was Deputy Executive Director
of the Chinese Development Assistance Council and became its Executive
Director in 1997. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Business
China from 2007 to 2009. He received the Public Service Medal (PBM) in
In 2006, Mr Tan was elected Member of Parliament and subsequently
appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry, and Information,
Communications and the Arts in July 2009. In November 2010 he was
promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary for both portfolios. He served
as Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Community, Youth and
Sports (May 2011-October 2012), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (May 2011-April
2014), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (Nov 2012-April 2014). He
served as Mayor of Central Singapore District from 2012 to 2014.
In May 2014, Mr Tan served as Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office
(May 2014-Apr 2018), Culture, Community and Youth (May 2014-Sep 2015)
and Ministry of Manpower (Oct 2015-Apr 2018). Mr Tan is currently Minister
of State for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family
Development. He also serves as Chairman of Government Feedback Unit
REACH since October 2015.
Mr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the National
University of Singapore in 1983.