At the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Ambassador Chan Heng Chee is responsible for developing strategic direction on matters relating to the Centre, proposing research initiatives, fund raising and research grants, leading research projects, as well as supervising researchers. She also manages the recruitment of staff.


Ambassador Chan Heng Chee is Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry. She chairs the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design.  She is Chairman of the National Arts Council, a Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, a Member of the Constitutional Commission 2016 and Deputy Chairman of the Social Science Research Council.

Ambassador Chan is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore and a Member of the Yale-NUS Governing Board.  She serves as a Member of the Executive Board of the Chinese Cultural Centre and is a Member of the Advisory Council of Temasek Foundation Connects. She is also a Member of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Council, a Member of Science of Cities Committee, National Research Foundation (NRF) and a Member of the Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data, Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

Ambassador Chan serves as a Trustee of the Asia Society, New York and a Member of the International Advisory Panel, AXA Group, GIE AXA, Paris (France).

Previously, she was Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States and Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico.

Ambassador Chan received a number of awards including The Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1999; The Meritorious Service Medal in 2005; The Distinguished Service Order in 2011; Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters in 1994 from the University of Newcastle, Australia; and the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom) in 1998 and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in 2015 from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom).

When Ambassador Chan left Washington at the end of her appointment, she received the Inaugural Asia Society Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award, the Inaugural Foreign Policy Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award 2012 and the United States Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

Ambassador Chan holds a B.Soc.Sc (Hons) First Class from the National University of Singapore, a M.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D from the University of Singapore.