Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance
Tharman Shanmugaratnam has been Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister since 2011. He was first elected as MP in 2001 in Jurong GRC, where he has served ever since.
Tharman also leads the national ‘SkillsFuture’ initiative. It will give every Singaporean opportunities to develop themselves or discover new interests at every stage of life.
He was the first Asian to be appointed Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the key ministers’ policy forum of the IMF. He served an extended term of four years, from March 2011 to March 2015, at the request of his international peers.
Tharman was Minister for Education between 2003 and 2008, when he led reforms to create a more flexible and broader education system. He has also been actively involved in community service since the early ‘90s, in SINDA and other organisations.
He spent all his time on sports in his school days, and began to pick up interest in studies after NS. He obtained bachelor and master’s degrees in economics at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. After working for some years, he did a master’s in public administration at Harvard University, where he received the Lucius N Littauer Fellow award for outstanding leadership potential.
He is married to Jane Yumiko Ittogi, who is actively engaged in community work. They have four children.