CIG Appoints New Chairman and Board Member

SINGAPORE, 01 MARCH 2020 — The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) has appointed Mr Lee Kok Fatt, General Manager of Gardens by the Bay, as Chairman of its Board of Directors. His appointment will take effect on 1 March 2020.

Kok Fatt has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, and has held senior appointments in the Singapore Civil Service. Kok Fatt was Principal Private Secretary to former President Dr Tony Tan and served as Secretary of the Council of Presidential Advisors. At the Ministry of Finance, Kok Fatt served as Director of Fiscal Policy as well as managed organizational planning and funding for social programmes. He also led the management of information technology, international relations, research and performance management at Singapore Customs, a trade facilitation and revenue enforcement agency under the Ministry of Finance. He was a member of Institute of South East Asia Studies Board of Trustees.

After leaving the Civil Service, Kok Fatt was the Executive Director of the Future-Moves Group and Executive Director at United Overseas Bank. He is currently General Manager of Gardens By The Bay. He also authored the book Singapore’s Fiscal Strategies for Growth: A Journey of Self-Reliance (2017).

"In the short time since it was established, the Chandler Institute of Governance has made a meaningful impact through its targeted projects with government bodies to improve capabilities for better governance. I trust that my experiences from working in the Singapore Government, and in organisational governance and Board leadership, will support CIG’s mission to enhance the quality and efficiency of public governance worldwide. I look forward to working with the team at CIG.”
Mr Lee Kok Fatt
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chandler Institute of Governance

Appointment of New Board Member

CIG also appointed Dr Gyanendra Badgaiyan as a member of its Board of Directors on 1 March 2020. He concurrently steps down from his role as a member of the CIG Advisory Council. Gyanendra has been instrumental in facilitating and forging partnerships between CIG and state governments in India.

Gyanendra was a senior officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He held key positions such as Head of District Administration in Dadra Nagar Haveli and Delhi, and Secretary to the Chief Minister of Delhi. He was the Director General of the National Centre for Good Governance, Chief Economist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Research Fellow at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) at Helsinki. Gyanendra was also Professor of Economics at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), a premier training institution for the civil services in India. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the IDFC Institute.

"I am deeply aligned with CIG’s mission to support governments in training, research, advisory work and capability development. I am keen to harness my experiences and knowledge from my work in the Indian government, as well as with multilateral organisations and think tanks, to guide and enhance CIG’s work.”
Dr Gyanendra Badgaiyan
Member of the Board of Directors, Chandler Institute of Governance

CIG’s Executive Director, Mr Wu Wei Neng welcomed both Mr Lee Kok Fatt and Dr Gyanendra Badgaiyan to the Board. He said:

"As the Chandler Institute of Governance grows and expands our support to governments and public leaders worldwide, we need a strong, professional and independent board to guide our work. Kok Fatt and Gyanendra have both served with distinction in the senior levels of government in their respective countries. They bring a wealth of expertise, networks and guidance to CIG. I am very pleased to be working with them and seeking their counsel.”
Mr Wu Wei Neng
Executive Director, Chandler Institute of Governance

About the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG)

The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) is an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in Singapore. We believe in a world where citizens have a deep sense of trust in their governments and public institutions, and where nations are governed by principled, wise leaders supported by an effective civil service. Trust and effective governance serve as a strong foundation for national development and prosperity. CIG supports governments in building government talent, leadership and public service capabilities through training programmes, research initiatives and advisory work. We are not affiliated with any national government or political party, and we do not represent any partisan or commercial interests. For more news and information, visit or follow CIG on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @ChandlerINST

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