Tan Jee Say, Secretary General, SingFirst
Former Civil Servant, Investment Banker and Fund Manager,
Fellow of Oxford and Harvard
Tan Jee Say, 61, worked as a civil servant, investment banker and fund manager for nearly 30 years. He was head of economic and manpower planning in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and served as secretary to the late Dr Albert Winsemius, the economic adviser to the Singapore Government. Jee Say accompanied Dr Winsemius on his yearly meetings with businessmen, unionists and government ministers and followed up with reports to the late Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He had also worked with the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, the father of Singapore’s modern economic development.
Jee Say was Principal Private Secretary to then Deputy Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong for 5 years. He then joined the private sector, where he held positions as head of Asia Pacific operations for global institutions and international banks.
Jee Say was a candidate in both the General and Presidential Elections held in 2011 obtaining 25% of the national vote. In 2011, Jee Say wrote a critique of PAP’s economic policies in a 45-page essay entitled “Creating Jobs and Enterprise in a New Singapore Economy – Ideas for Change.” Jee Say was a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University in 2013 and a Fellow of Harvard University in 2014. He studied at Raffles Institution and at Oxford University on a Singapore Government scholarship.
Chirag Desai, Member, SingFirst
Market Risk Manager
Chirag, 38, has worked in market risk management at international banks in New York and Singapore for the past 12 years, after graduating from Columbia University in New York with a master’s degree in financial engineering in 2003. At the same time, he imparts his specialist skills by teaching part time in local universities and financial institutes. Chirag is an active community leader as secretary of his neighbourhood committee (NC). He also volunteers for Red Cross and SINDA activities. He studied at Raffles Institution, Raffles Junior College and the National University of Singapore before proceeding to Columbia University in the U.S.A.
Wong Chee Wai, CEC Member, SingFirst
Wong Chee Wai, 44, has worked for more than 13 years in several multinational corporations including HP, Sun Microsystems and Fuji Xerox . He obtained his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Advance Diploma in Business Information Systems from the Singapore Polytechnic. After working for a few years, he continued his studies at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK and graduated with an Honours degree in Applied Computing and subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Information Studies at Nanyang Technological University. He embarked on a PhD programme last year but decided to enter politics instead. He believes that monetary challenges should not be a barrier for young children to receive help in their school work. He spends his spare time tutoring children from lower income families.
Fahmi Rais, CEC Member, SingFirst
Trainer, Communication and Media Consultant
Fahmi Rais, 48, is a performance coach, motivational speaker, author, brand and public relations strategist, broadcast veteran and community leader. He earned his reputation as a Malay TV strongman after launching and leading both free-to-air and cable channels. He gained his management experience in top global communication agencies and has provided counsel to over 50 international brands. Fahmi has also been actively involved in grassroots, youth and community organisations for the last 26 years holding leadership positions. He now provides training on branding, body language, emotional freedom and a variety of other professional skills.
Fahmi has a Master in Mass Communication and a first degree in Law with Honours. He is married with 4 children.
Chiu Weng Hoe Melvyn, Member, SingFirst
Melvyn Chiu, 36, completed his ‘O’ Levels in St Joseph’s Institution. After working for a few years, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Canberra and went on to attain a Master’s Degree in International Business at Monash University. At Monash, he topped his class and was conferred the Best Graduate Award. Currently, he is working as a sales professional with an MNC. Having observed how current government policies affect PMETs, Melvyn has decided to step forward to be a voice for those affected.