Our highly prestigious 300 List is one of the things Singaore Tatler is most-known and loved for. Showcasing the leaders in their industries, it focuses on Arts and Entertainment, Captains of Industry, Chief Connectors, Life style Leaders, Serving the People and Social Stalwarts, giving you the definitive guide to who's who in Singapore.
Each week, we will bring you a look at a selection of people behind the list, the men and women helping shape the society we live in. This week we look to Part One of our Serving The People category. The country's most prominent and powerful community and business leaders, these highly influential individuals are well respected in their fields, putting them at the forefrong of new policies, safeguarding the nation's political, financial and security interests, as well as medical breakthroughs.
Melissa Aratani Kwee
Social activist and businesswoman Melissa Aratani Kwee replaced Laurence Lien in 2014 as chief executive of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. The vice-president of Human Capital at Pontiac Land Group is also the president of UN Women Singapore and the founder of Project Access, an initiative to inspire young women to be role models for positive change.
Lee Seng Gee
Lee Seng Gee is the chairman of both the Lee Rubber Group and Lee Foundation. Set up by his father Lee Kong Chian in 1952, the Lee Foundation has been awarded the National Arts Council Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for several consecutive years for its eminent contributions in areas ranging from the arts to community outreach. The Credit Suisse-Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award recipient also received the Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Merite in 2012.
Ng Chee Meng
Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng is the Chief of Defence Force and former Chief of Air Force. Ng sits on the board of the Defence Science and Technology Agency and was awarded the Most Exalted Order of Paduka Keberanian Laila Terbilang First Class (Brunei) in 2013.
Teo Chee Hean
Deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean is Singapore's minister for Home Affairs and Coordinating Minister for National Security. Prior to joining politics, Teo served in the Republic of Singapore Navy as Chief of Navy, with the rank of Rear-Admiral. Teo is also a Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and oversees the National Population and Talent Division as well as the National Climate Change Secretariat.
Mary Ann Tsao
Mary Ann Tsao is the chairman of Tsao Foundation and sits on the board of directors of The Family Business Network Asia. Tsao is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars relating to ageing and philanthropy and spoke at the World Cities Summit 2014. The former director and chairperson of the board of HelpAge International is actively involved with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.