The Economic Society of Singapore (ESS) was established on July 28, 1956 by the Economics Department of University of Malaya in Singapore (now known as National University of Singapore). Today, ESS is a non-profit organisation, bringing together members from the academia, government and business sector to discuss current economic issues relating to Singapore and the region. ESS publishes the Singapore Economic Review Journal, conducts independent research, and holds conferences and networking sessions.

Key Milestones

1956

The Economic Society of Singapore (ESS), formerly the Malayan Economic Society, was established on July 28, as a result of the initiative of graduates and some staff members of the Department of Economics of the then University of Malaya in Singapore.

1969

The Society changed its name to the Economic Society of Singapore, in keeping with the independent and sovereign status of the Republic on 28 March.

1969

The Society published the Malayan Economic Review (MER), a journal later renamed the “Singapore Economic Review” (SER).

1973

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Dr. Goh Keng Swee and Professor You Poh Seng

1976

The ESS became a founding member of the Federation of Asean Economic Associations (FAEA).

1979

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Emeritus Professor Lim Chong Yah

2006

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong

2010

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam

2017

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Minister Heng Swee Keat

1956

The Economic Society of Singapore (ESS), formerly the Malayan Economic Society, was established on July 28, as a result of the initiative of graduates and some staff members of the Department of Economics of the then University of Malaya in Singapore.

1969

The Society changed its name to the Economic Society of Singapore, in keeping with the independent and sovereign status of the Republic on 28 March.

1969

The Society published the Malayan Economic Review (MER), a journal later renamed the “Singapore Economic Review” (SER).

1973

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Dr. Goh Keng Swee and Professor You Poh Seng

1976

The ESS became a founding member of the Federation of Asean Economic Associations (FAEA).

1979

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Emeritus Professor Lim Chong Yah

2006

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong

2010

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam

2017

The status of Honorary Fellowship of the Society has been conferred to Minister Heng Swee Keat

66th ESS Council

PRESIDENT

Professor Euston QUAH

Albert Winsemius Chair Professor of Economics and Director, Economic Growth Centre School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

VICE-PRESIDENT

Mr. Manu BHASKARAN

Chief Executive and Founding Director, Centennial Asia Advisors

VICE-PRESIDENT

Dr. David LEE

Chairman, Global Fintech Institute Professor, Singapore University of Social Sciences

VICE-PRESIDENT

Ms. Selena LING

Chief Economist Head of Treasury Research and Strategy Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC)

VICE-PRESIDENT

Mr. Vikram KHANNA

Associate Editor, The Straits Times

VICE-PRESIDENT

Professor Danny QUAH

Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor (Economics), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

HONORARY TREASURER

A/P CHIA Wai Mun

Associate Professor (Economics) Co- Director, Economic Growth Centre Director, Master of Science in Applied Economics, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

ASSISTANT HONORARY TREASURER

Mr. LIM Sze How

Expert Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

HONORARY SECRETARY

A/P CHANG Young Ho

Associate Professor & Head, Business & Management Minors, Singapore University of Social Sciences

ASSISTANT HONORARY SECRETARY

Mr. LEE Jian Lin, Zach

Research Associate, Nanyang Technological University, TUM-CREATE

ASSISTANT HONORARY SECRETARY

Dr Harold TENG

Associate Director and Head of Administration Center of Excellence in Modelling and Simulation for Next Generation Ports (C4NGP), National University of Singapore (NUS).

COUNCIL MEMBER

Dr. Taimur BAIG

Managing Director and Chief Economist, DBS Bank LTD

COUNCIL MEMBER

Dr. CHUA Hak Bin

Regional Co-Head Macro Research Maybank Kim Eng

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr James CHEO

Managing Director Chief Investment Officer, Southeast Asia Global Private Banking and Wealth

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr. Philip CHUA

Former Senior Country Executive American Express Bank Ltd

COUNCIL MEMBER

Professor Gunter DUFEY

Prof Emeritus University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and EDUCATION EXCHANGE LTD SG

COUNCIL MEMBER

Ms Maureen DEROOIJ

Chief Executive Officer, The Executive Forum

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr Marcus Fum

Lead Economist & Head, Price Analysis Division, Monetary Authority of Singapore

COUNCIL MEMBER

Dr. Prakash KANNAN

Managing Director, Chief Economist and Head of Total Portfolio Management, GIC Pte Ltd

COUNCIL MEMBER

Dr. KON SC, Derrick

Chief Executive Officer, CEO Solutions and Board Director, Halogen Foundation Singapore

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr LAU Kok Hui

Chief Executive Officer, Vector InfoTech Pte. Ltd.

COUNCIL MEMBER

A/P LIM Jamus Jerome

Associate Professor of Economics, ESSEC Business School, Member of the 14th Parliament of Singapore

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr. NG Wai Choong

Chief Executive Officer, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr. Amos ONG

Partner and co-founder, A3 Capital Pte Ltd

COUNCIL MEMBER

Professor John QUAH

Distinguished Professor Department of Economics Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

COUNCIL MEMBER

Professor SOH Wai Lin Christina

Dean, Nanyang Business School, VP, Strategy and Leadership Development, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr. SONG Seng Wun

Director, CIMB Private Banking

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr. SUAN Teck Kin

Head of Research, Executive Director, Global Economics and Markets Research, United Overseas Bank

COUNCIL MEMBER

Dr. Michael SYN

Senior Managing Director, Head of Equities, Singapore Exchange Limited

COUNCIL MEMBER

Dr. TAN Hi Lin

Senior Director, Policy & Markets, Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mrs. TAN Say Tin

Senior Curriculum Specialist (Economics), Humanities Branch Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education

COUNCIL MEMBER

A/P TAN Swee Liang

Associate Professor of Economics (Practice) School of Economics, Singapore Management University

COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr. Franky TANUDJOJO

Managing Director, Head, International Banking, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited

COUNCIL MEMBER

A/P Walter THESEIRA

Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences; and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

COUNCIL MEMBER

Ms. TOK Yoke Wang

Senior Economist, The IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI)

COUNCIL MEMBER

Ms. YONG Yik Wei

Chief Economist, Economist Service; and Director, Economics Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry

ESS COMMITTEES

ESS GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

PROFESSOR DAVID LEE

Chairperson

MR. MANU BHASKARAN

Member

PROFESSOR CHANG YOUNG HO

Member

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CHIA WAI MUN

Member

MR. VIKRAM KHANNA

Member

MR. NG WAI CHOONG

Member

ESS INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

DR. PRAKASH KANNAN

Chairperson

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CHIA WAI MUN

Member

DR CHUA HAK BIN

Member

PROFESSOR DAVID LEE

Member

MR AMOS ONG

Member

MR SUAN TECK KIN

Member

MR LIM SZE HOW

Member

MR SONG SENG WUN

Member

ESS FEEDBACK POLICY COMMITTEE

MR. MANU BHASKARAN

Chairperson

MS SELENA LING

Member

PROFESSOR DANNY QUAH

Member

DR MICHAEL SYN

Member

DR TAIMUR BAIG

Member

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR WALTER THESEIRA

Member

DR DERRICK KON

Member and Adhoc Committee Chair

MR LAU KOK HUI

Member and Adhoc Committee Member

MS MAUREEN DE ROOIJ

Member and Adhoc Committee

ESS EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TAN SWEE LIANG

Chairperson

MS TAN SAY TIN

Member

DR HAROLD TENG

Member

MR ZACH LEE

Member

DR. TAN HI LIN

Member

MR MARCUS FUM

Member

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR JAMUS LIM

Member

PROFESSOR SOH WAI LIN, CHRISTINA

Member

PROFESSOR HOHN QUAH

Member

PROFESSOR GUNTER DUFEY

Member

MS TOK YOKE WANG

Member

ESS YOUNG PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEE

MR. PHILIP CHUA

Chairperson

MR. LIM SZE HOW

Advisor

MS. YONG YIK WEI

Advisor

MR. FRANKY TANUDJOJO

Advisor

MR JAMES CHEO

Advisor

MR ZACH LEE

Advisor

MR LEE KAH HOW

Young Professionals Leader

Past ESS Presidents

Khor Hoe Ee

2003-2008

Augustine Tan

2000-2002

Basant Kapur

1998-1999

Teh Kok Peng

1991-1997

Lim Chong Yah

1978-1990

1973-1975

You Poh Seng

1976-1977

1971-1972

Howe Yoon Chong

1969-1970

Pang Tee Pow

1967-1968

Lee Keng Tuan

1965-1966

Lim Tay Boh

1961-1964

Ungku Abdul Aziz

1959-1960

Thomas Henry Silcock

1956-1958

ESS Secretariat
Economic Society of Singapore
c/o Department of Economics

National University of Singapore
1 Arts Link
Singapore 117570

Tel: (65) 6773 2913

Fax: (65) 6775 2646

Email: esocsing@gmail.com