Chairman, Group of Thirty
DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies in the Singapore Cabinet.
He is also Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator.
Tharman succeeded Jean-Claude Trichet as Chairman of the Group in Jan 2017. He was previously appointed by his international peers as Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the key policy forum of the IMF, for an extended period of four years from 2011, and was its first Asian chair.
He has spent his career in public service, in roles related to economic policy and education. He served as Minister for Finance for eight years, over 2007- 2015, and as Minister for Education for five years, over 2003-2008. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 2011. Among his broad responsibilities in Singapore, he leads the Council for Skills, Innovation and Productivity (CSIP). One of its key programmes aims to develop the skills of the future and promote the practice of lifelong learning (‘SkillsFuture’).
Tharman studied at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He later obtained a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University, where he was named a Lucius N Littauer Fellow in recognition of outstanding potential.