Tharman Shanmugaratnam

President of the Republic of Singapore

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam was elected as Singapore’s President in September 2023.

He served in politics for 22 years before resigning to contest in the Presidential Election; the President, as Head of State, holds a non-partisan office in Singapore’s system of governance.

Tharman was Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister for several years, and Education Minister earlier. He last served in government as Senior Minister.

He has been committed through his years to building economic resilience and a more inclusive social compact. On the latter, he has been especially engaged in sustaining social mobility, improving jobs for lower-income workers, and making life-long learning a reality for all. He has also sought to deepen and advance Singapore’s model of multiculturalism.