The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Mr. George Yong-Boon Yeo, former Member of Singapore's Parliament and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Mr. George Yong-Boon Yeo is a former member of the Republic of Singapore's Parliament and Minister for Foreign Affairs. He studied Engineering at Cambridge University before serving in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) as a Signals Officer and attending the Singapore Command and Staff College. Mr. Yeo served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force, then attended Harvard Business School and graduated as a Baker Scholar. Upon his return to Singapore in 1985, he went on to appointments as Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff (1985-1986) and Director of Joint Operations and planning in the Ministry of Defense (1986-1988). Having attained the rank of Brigadier-General, he resigned from the SAF in August 1988 to enter politics.

In 1988, Mr. Yeo was elected to Parliament as one of three Members of Parliament for the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (GRC). He held the positions of: Minister of State for Finance and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (1988-1991); Acting Minister for Information and the Arts and Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (1990-1991); Minister for Information and the Arts (1991-1999); Second Minister for Foreign Affairs (1991-1994); Minister for Health (1994-1997); Second Minister for Trade and Industry (1997-1999); Minister for Trade and Industry (1999-2004); and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2006-2011). After losing his seat in the General Elections of May 2001, he spent a few months in Peking University as a Visiting Scholar before joining the private sector on Jan 1, 2012.

Mr. Yeo was a member of the Harvard Business School's Visiting Committee from 1998 to 2004 and has been the Advisor to the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall in Singapore since its establishment in November 2001. He has been a Patron of La Salle College of the Arts since 1988. In 2012, he was named for a Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards in India.

Mr. Yeo currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Kerry Group, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of the Kuok Group, and is a Visiting Scholar at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Belfer Center Director's Lunches may only be attended by a person with proof of a valid affiliation from an institute of higher education.

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