Governance

Investment Strategies Committee

The Investment Strategies Committee assists the GIC Board in evaluating Management’s recommendations on asset allocation, and its oversight of overall portfolio performance.

Chairman

Deputy Chairman, GIC Board
Chairman, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Senior Minister of Singapore. He is also Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, and advises the Prime Minister on economic policies. He is, concurrently, Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He is also Deputy Chairman of GIC and chairs its Investment Strategies Committee. Tharman chairs the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of economic and financial leaders. He led the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, and earlier chaired the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the key policy forum of the IMF. He is currently also on the External Advisory Group to the IMF Managing Director and the World Economic Forum’s Board of Trustees, and co-chairs the Advisory Board for the UN’s Human Development Report and the Global Education Forum. Tharman was Deputy Prime Minister from 2011 to 2019, and served as Minister for Finance from 2007 to 2015. He earlier served as Minister for Education for five years.

 

Tharman studied economics at the LSE and Cambridge University. He later obtained a Master’s in Public Administration at Harvard University, where he was named a Lucius N Littauer Fellow.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Senior Minister & Coordinating Minister for Social Policies

Deputy Chairman

Director, GIC Board
Chairman, GIC Human Resource & Organization Committee
Deputy Chairman, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Peter Seah Lim Huat is the Chairman of DBS Group Holdings. He chairs GIC’s Human Resource and Organization Committee, and is Deputy Chairman of the Investment Strategies Committee. He heads the boards of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Health Services, LaSalle College of the Arts, and chairs the National Wages Council. He was a banker for 33 years before retiring as Vice Chairman and CEO of the former Overseas Union Bank in 2001. He was also President and CEO of the Singapore Technologies Group. Mr Seah also serves on the boards of Fullerton Financial Holdings and STT Communications.

 

Mr Seah graduated from the University of Singapore with a degree in Business Administration.

Peter Seah Lim Huat
Chairman
DBS Group Holdings Ltd

Members

Director, GIC Board
Member, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Heng Swee Keat is Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Finance. He is a member of the GIC Investment Strategies Committee. Mr Heng is Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, as well as the chairman of the Future Economy Council and the National Research Foundation. He also served as Minister for Education from 2011 to 2015. Before entering politics in 2011, he was Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He also served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry,  as well as CEO of the Trade Development Board. Between 1997 and 2000, he was Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

 

Mr Heng holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University, and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Heng Swee Keat
Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister for Finance

Director, GIC Board

Member, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Lawrence Wong is the Minister for Education and Second Minister for Finance. He is a member of the GIC Investment Strategies Committee. He chairs the Singapore Labour Foundation, and is a member of the Research Innovation and Enterprise Council and the National Research Foundation Board. Mr Wong began his career as a civil servant, and his portfolio included Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority and the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was elected a Member of Parliament in May 2011 and subsequently held positions in the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Communications and Information, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of National Development.

 

Mr Wong obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor respectively. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Lawrence Wong
Minister for Education
and Second Minister for Finance

Member, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Chan Chun Sing is Minister for Trade and Industry, responsible for driving Singapore’s economic and industrial development. He is concurrently Minister-in-charge of the Public Service and Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association. Mr Chan served with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) from 1987 to 2011. He was elected a Member of Parliament in May 2011 and subsequently held positions in various ministries, including as Minister for Social and Family Development and 2nd Minister for Defence. Mr Chan was also Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

 

Mr Chan holds a Bachelor’s degree (First Class Honours) in Economics from Cambridge University under the SAF (Overseas) and President’s Scholarship. He was awarded the Distinguished Master Strategist Award 1998 by the US Army Command and Staff College. In 2005, he completed the Sloan Fellows Programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.

Chan Chun Sing
Minister for Trade and Industry

Director, GIC Board
Chairman, GIC Risk Committee
Member, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Lim Hng Kiang is the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He chairs the GIC Risk Committee and is a member of the Investment Strategies Committee. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Previously, Mr Lim was Minister for Trade and Industry from 2004 until 2015, when the Ministry was carved into two portfolios. He was then appointed Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) until he stepped down in May 2018. In his current appointment, Mr Lim provides advice on the Ministry’s economic strategies to grow Singapore’s capabilities and international economic space. He has held Cabinet posts in National Development, Health, Foreign Affairs, Finance and the Prime Minister’s Office. Before entering politics in 1991, he was Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of National Development.

 

Mr Lim graduated from Cambridge University with First Class Honours (Distinction) in Engineering. He later earned a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Lim Hng Kiang
Special Advisor to
Ministry of Trade & Industry

Director, GIC Board
Chairman, GIC Investment Board
Member, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Ang Kong Hua is the Chairman of Sembcorp Industries. He chairs the GIC Investment Board and sits on the Investment Strategies Committee. He has helmed several of Singapore’s biggest companies, bringing years of experience spanning the manufacturing, services and financial sectors. Mr Ang started his career at the Economic Development Board. He then joined DBS Bank at its inception in 1968 and pioneered its investment banking division. From 1974, he was CEO of NSL (formerly NatSteel) until he retired in 2003, and stayed as its Executive Director until 2010. He was previously Chairman of Singapore Telecommunications and Singapore Post, Vice Chairman of Neptune Orient Lines, and a Director of DBS Bank, CIMC Raffles Offshore (Singapore) and k1 Ventures.

 

Mr Ang holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics from the University of Hull.

Ang Kong Hua
Chairman
Sembcorp Industries Ltd

Advisors

GIC Advisor Emeritus
Advisor, GIC Investment Strategies Committee
Advisor, GIC Risk Committee

 

Dr Martin L. Leibowitz is a Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley, and Vice Chairman of its Research Department. He advises GIC’s Investment Strategies and Risk Committees. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director in the Research Department, Dr Leibowitz was the Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of TIAA-CREF, responsible for the management of more than US$300 billion in equity, fixed income and real estate assets. He was also Director of Global Research at Salomon Brothers, and has received wide recognition for his writings on various financial topics and investment analysis. He now serves on the investment advisory committees of The Rockefeller Foundation, The Carnegie Foundation, the IMF Pension Fund, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and The Institute for Advanced Study.

 

Dr Leibowitz holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of New York University.

Dr Martin Leibowitz
Senior Advisor
Morgan Stanley

Member, GIC International Advisory Board
Member, GIC Investment Board
Advisor, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

G. Leonard Baker is a Partner in Sutter Hill Ventures. He advises GIC’s Investment Strategies Committee and sits on the Investment Board. He was a trustee of Yale University, where he chaired the Finance Committee and served on the Yale Investment Committee from 1990 to 2015. Mr Baker is a board member of Stanford Management Company, advises the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Investment Committee, and is a board member of the US Environmental Defense Fund. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2005, he was conferred the Public Service Star Award in Singapore for his contributions in the areas of education and investment management.

 

Mr Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Yale and a Master in Business Administration from Stanford.

G. Leonard Baker
Partner
Sutter Hill Ventures

Member, GIC International Advisory Board
Advisor, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Dr Mohamed El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and President Elect of Queens’ College Cambridge. He is an advisor to the GIC Investment Strategies Committee. Previously, he was CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO from 2007 to 2014, and former chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council. He was President and CEO of Harvard Management Company, Managing Director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, and Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. Dr El-Erian writes regularly, and is a Financial Times Contributing Editor and Bloomberg View columnist. He has two New York Times’ best sellers – the 2008 “When Markets Collide” and the 2016 “The Only Game in Town” – and was named four years in a row to Foreign Policy list of Top Global Thinkers.

 

Dr El-Erian holds a Bachelor of Economics from Cambridge University, as well as a Master’s and PhD in Economics from Oxford University.

Dr Mohamed El-Erian
Chief Economic Advisor
Allianz

Member, GIC International Advisory Board
Member, GIC Investment Board
Advisor, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Glenn Hutchins is Chairman of North Island and co-founder of Silver Lake. He is a director of AT&T and Virtu Financial; Co-Chairman of the Brookings Institution and CARE; on the Executive Committee of the Boston Celtics Basketball Team and the Obama Foundation; and a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Center for American Progress. He also founded the Hutchins Family Foundation to manage his philanthropic initiatives in academic research and public policy. Previously, Mr Hutchins served President Clinton in both the transition and the White House as a special advisor on economic and healthcare policy.

 

Mr Hutchins holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Glenn Hutchins
Chairman
North Island

Member, GIC International Advisory Board
Advisor, GIC Investment Strategies Committee

 

Carsten Stendevad is a member of Bridgewater’s senior management team and also serves as an advisor to the GIC Investment Strategies Committee and a Member of the Board of Novo Holdings (the investment arm of Novo Nordisk foundation). Previously, he was CEO of ATP, where he was responsible for all investment, pension, and administrative activities. Under his leadership, ATP redesigned its investment strategy with a new approach to portfolio construction and increased focus on direct investments in real assets, all while delivering strong investment returns. Previously, Mr Stendevad was a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Investment Bank in New York, with global responsibility for its corporate finance advisory team. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and an analyst at the Central Bank of Denmark.

 

Mr Stendevad holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a recipient of the Order of Dannebrog awarded by HMQ Margrethe II of Denmark.

Carsten Stendevad
Senior Fellow
Bridgewater Associates