University Awards
I have been blessed in life with a devoted family, congenial jobs, assignments, and colleagues, as well as steady friends and companions. What more could I ask for. Prof J Y PILLAY
BSc (First Class Hons), Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London, 1956
Chairman, Singapore Exchange Limited
Chairman, Council of Presidential Advisers of the Republic of Singapore
Member, Presidential Council for Minority Rights of the Republic of Singapore
Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Served with dedication and distinction over three decades in the Singapore civil service
  • Contributed to Singapore's development in diverse and numerous ways through leadership positions in the ministries of finance, defence and national development, as well as several government-linked organisations
  • Among the pioneer group of bureaucrats entrusted to grow Singapore's fledgling economy following the tiny city-state's independence
  • Led the growth and transformation of Singapore Airlines from a small start-up to a global industry leader
  • Headed the advisory panel spearheading the merger of the Stock Exchange of Singapore and the Singapore International Monetary Exchange that led to the formation of the Singapore Exchange (SGX), and became its founding chairman
  • Board Member, The Community Foundation of Singapore (since 2008)
  • Pro-Chancellor, Singapore Management University (since 2008)
  • Life Trustee, Singapore Indian Development Association (since 1991)
  • Chairman, Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance (2002 – 2007)
  • Member, Investment Committee of the United Nations Pension Fund (1997 – 2006)
  • Board Member, Monetary Authority of Singapore (1998 – 1999)
  • President, Singapore Indian Development Association (1991 – 1996)
  • Chairman, Singapore Technologies Holdings Pte Ltd (1991 – 1994)
  • High Commissioner, Singapore High Commission in Britain (1996 – 1999)
  • Director, Singapore Symphonia Company Ltd (1979 – 1996)
  • Chairman, Singapore Airlines Limited (1972 – 1996)
  • Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Development (1989 – 1995)
  • Managing Director, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (1985 – 1989)
  • Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (1985 – 1989)
  • Chairman, Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore Pte Ltd (1977 – 1986)
  • Chairman, Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (1974 – 1986)
  • Chairman, The Development Bank of Singapore Limited (1979 – 1984)
  • Permanent Secretary, Revenue Division, Ministry of Finance (1972 – 1985)
  • Second Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence (1970 – 1972)
  • Permanent Secretary, Economic Development Division, Ministry of Finance (1968 – 1970)
  • Deputy Secretary, Economic Development Division, Ministry of Finance (1965 – 1968)
  • Chief, Projects Division, Economic Development Board (1961 – 1965)
"In the evening of my life, I have no grand aspirations or ambitions, if ever I did harbour them. I just hope to serve my family, friends, colleagues, and society as best I can."
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