S Rajaratnam Endowment

The S$100 million S Rajaratnam Endowment (SRE) was set up by Temasek in 2010, in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Singapore’s independence, to recognise Singapore’s first Foreign Minister, one of our pioneering leaders.

Its objective is to achieve development, peace and stability in the region by deepening international friendships, promoting regional cooperation, and fostering a greater and common understanding of international rules, based on the twin pillars of good governance and sustainability.

Temasek Foundation Connects, a Singapore-based non-profit philanthropic organisation that funds and supports programmes which seek to build bridges and partnerships, and promote dialogue and mutual understanding across international communities and markets, provides oversight to the S Rajaratnam Endowment.


S Rajaratnam Endowment Board and Singapore Forum Advisory Board

Incorporated on 5 December 2013, the SRE is overseen by a Board under the chairmanship of Mr Wong Kan Seng, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore and Chairman of Ascendas-Singbridge Pte Ltd. The founding directors are Prof Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large, Republic of Singapore and Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities; Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan, Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore; and Dr Teh Kok Peng, Senior Advisor, China International Capital Corporation Limited.

The Chairman and founding directors of the SRE are also members of the Advisory Board of the Singapore Forum, the flagship event of the SRE. They are joined by five prominent foreign members on the Advisory Board. They are Mr Long Yongtu, former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China and former Secretary-General of Boao Forum for Asia; Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, India; Mr Chairul Tanjung, Founder and Chairman of CT Corp and former Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Republic of Indonesia; Dr Junichi Ujiie, Senior Advisor to Nomura Holdings Board, former Member of Monetary Authority of Singapore’s International Advisory Board and former Chairman, Nomura Holdings, Inc., Japan; and Mr Park Joon-woo, Chairman, The Sejong Institute, former Senior Secretary to the President for Political Affairs, Republic of Korea and former Korean Ambassador to Singapore.


Other Programmes Supported by the SRE

Apart from the Singapore Forum, the SRE also supports other programmes and partnerships that are aligned with the work and areas of interest that the late Mr S Rajaratnam was known for. Besides international relations, politico-economic, geostrategic and social issues, other areas include culture, journalism and literary arts. In addition, the SRE will also support programmes that aim to cultivate and engage past, present and future leaders.

For more information on the S Rajaratnam Endowment, please visit: www.srajaratnamendowment.org.sg.

Past Events 2016

"The idea that the solutions lie in monetary policy is a real distraction from the true task of governments – to form a consensus on the priorities for the future, and to move on in tackling the structural issues to get there."

Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Deputy Prime Minister &
Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies
Republic of Singapore

"For Central Asian states, it is vitally important to find ways to combine trade and economic strategies of the leading powers. The synergy... will enable the region to offer an efficient and balanced model of global economic development to the world."

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament
Republic of Kazakhstan

“One of the major challenges that the world economy is facing today is shrinking US dollar liquidity all around the world. The most natural solution for this retreating dollar liquidity would be an incoming rush of renminbi liquidity."

Thomas Trikasih Lembong
Minister of Trade
Republic of Indonesia

“I would like to push a particular scheme, what I call ASEAN Access – Internet access... I go anywhere in ASEAN, I want to be able to use my SIM and I want to subscribe to any SIM from anywhere, very much like the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA)."

Dr Narongchai Akrasanee
Chairman, MFC Asset Managment Plc., Former Minister of Energy, Former Minister of Commerce, Thailand

“We believe, in the future, it is not ‘free’ trade that we are looking for, but ‘fair’ trade that we are seeking. Free trade [should] mean fair trade from global powers. We have to talk about global prosperity."

Muhammad Lutfi
Former Minister of Trade
Republic of Indonesia

"First, we need to take a differentiated approach to different technologies and their applications… Second, we need to adopt a risk-based approach to Fintech… Third and last, I think we need to actively promote the Fintech ecosystem..."

Ravi Menon
Managing Director
Monetary Authority of Singapore

“The East Asia Summit already brings together the ASEAN ten, and the key partners of this region... I would like to propose that they organise themselves to a Peace and Security Council of the East Asia Summit..."

Dr Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Republic of Indonesia

“Chinese outbound investment is greater than inward investment... Tourism is also growing very fast. China last year has over 100 million people going to different countries; they spent US$160 billion, larger than Chinese outbound investment in the world."

Dr Wang Huiyao
President, Center for China and Globalization
Counsellor, State Council of the People’s Republic of China
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