Permanent Secretary for Smart Nation and Digital Government, Prime Minister’s Office
Chairman, Government Technology Agency of Singapore
Mr Ng Chee Khern is Permanent Secretary for Smart Nation and Digital Government in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to lead the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group formed in May 2017. In this role, he leads the government’s efforts in driving the development of digital enablers for citizens and businesses, and applying digital and smart solutions to improve the lives of citizens in a Smart Nation.
Mr Ng was previously Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) in Singapore's Ministry of Defence where his portfolio covers defence research and technology, capability development and acquisitions, and defence administration. He was concurrently 2nd Permanent Secretary in Singapore’s Ministry of Health from August 2014 to February 2016 where he oversaw the overall operations, emergency preparedness and capacity building for the public healthcare sector in Singapore.
He is the Chairman of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) board, and a Director of the boards of CapitaLand Mall Trust Management. Mr Ng also serves as a board member of both the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Changi Airport Group (CAG).
Mr Ng was enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1984, and served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) where he succeeded as the Chief of Air Force in March 2006. After leaving the Air Force, Mr Ng was appointed as the Director of the Security and Intelligence Division in September 2010. Mr Ng was a recipient of the President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1985. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Second Upper Class Honours) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. He also graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.