University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Mr Lee was appointed Chairman of Founders’ Memorial Committee in 2015. He heads a 15-member committee, tasked to gather views from the public and to conceptualise a memorial to honour and remember the values and ideals of Singapore’s founding generation of leaders.
  • Mr Lee currently chairs the board of the Esplanade, Singapore’s national performing arts centre and one of the busiest arts hubs in the world. He was the first chairman of the School of the Arts, a specialised arts school for 13 to 18 year-old students. He also led the Arts and Culture Strategic Review commissioned by the Singapore government in 2011.
  • One of the country’s foremost industry leaders, Mr Lee has contributed more than 35 years of distinguished service to Shell Companies in Singapore before retiring as its Chairman. He worked with different stakeholders on the technical and human factors in change, including the impact on urban growth and development, in various countries.
  • During his eight-year tenure as Chairman of Workplace Safety and Health Council, Mr Lee supervised the launch of national programmes to create healthier and safer workplaces, including bizSAFE and CultureSAFE.
  • Mr Lee provides strong leadership and support as the Chairman of the Board for the NUS Middle East Institute. The think tank is the only research organisation in Southeast Asia that conducts scholarly and policy research on the broader Middle East. He is particularly involved in areas of research that have key economic value and political significance to Singapore.
  • Mr Lee continues to be closely involved in organisations whose work affects the development of Singapore and impacts the daily lives of Singaporeans. These include the Council of Presidential Advisers, Casino Regulatory Authority and Centre for Liveable Cities.
  • He was Member, NUS Council, and later the NUS Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2010, where he was a member of the Board’s Remuneration, Entrepreneurship and Investment committees. He was also Board Member of NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from 2008 to 2010; and Member, Advisory Committee for MSc (Environmental Management), NUS’ inaugural multifaculty programme, from 2002 to 2014.
  • Meritorious Service Medal, Singapore (2014)
  • Public Service Star, Singapore (2005)
" I hope NUS will focus on the great questions that are important to our future, to bring to the attention of the wider community and provide the frameworks and opportunities to work on them. "