2017 - PRESENT
Peter Ong Boon Kwee was born in Singapore. He was awarded the Colombo Plan Scholarship to pursue his Bachelor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, Australia and graduated with first class honours. He graduated top of his Masters in Business Administration class from Stanford University, USA in 1993 as Henry Ford II and Arjay Miller Scholar.
Mr Ong was appointed Chairman of Enterprise Singapore following the announcement of the merger of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and SPRING Singapore. As Chairman-Designate of Enterprise Singapore, Mr Ong will drive efforts to grow stronger Singapore enterprises by supporting them to build new capabilities and internationalise.
In January 2018, Mr Ong was also appointed Senior Economic Advisor at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he will provide strategic advice on economic strategies and policies as well as champion efforts to enable robust enterprise growth.
Mr Ong retired from the Administrative Service on 1 September 2017. Prior to his retirement, Mr Ong was Head of Civil Service, a position he held since 2010. In 2016, he was also concurrently appointed as Permanent Secretary (Prime Minister’s Office) (Strategy) where he oversaw the PMO Strategy Group to support the Prime Minister and his Cabinet in establishing priorities and strengthening strategic alignment across Government.
Mr Ong also previously held the positions of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, the National Security Intelligence Co-ordination Secretariat, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Defence. Other previous postings include stints at Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited – a Government investment holding company, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of Home Affairs.
Mr Ong currently sits on the Boards of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore Telecommunications Limited and the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship. He was conferred the (Honorary) Knight of the Most Distinguished Order Of The Crown by The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia XIV on 2 June 2012 (the award carries the title “Tan Sri”). He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2010.