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Minister of State 

Republic of Singapore

Alvin Tan was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2020, and appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Trade & Industry (MTI), and the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth (MCCY). He is also a Board Member at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). 

At MTI, Mr Tan is involved in growing Singapore’s economy, focusing on the tourism, tech startup, agri-food tech and advanced manufacturing sectors, and securing free trade agreements with Latin America. At MCCY, he is working on empowering youths, promoting mental well-being, and mentoring, strengthening racial and religious harmony and supporting Singapore’s sports, arts and culture sectors. At MAS, Mr Tan is helping develop Singapore’s financial sector, including as a fintech, green finance and digital assets hub. 

Before leaving the private sector to join politics, Mr Tan worked in finance and tech at companies such as Goldman Sachs, Facebook and LinkedIn. He has also worked in the United Nations and Oxfam, and in New York, Hong Kong, Sydney, and San Francisco. He has also served in the Singapore Armed Forces as an armour officer, and the Ministry of Defence in diplomacy, research and counter-terrorism roles. 

Mr Tan has degrees in Economics from Sydney University and Harvard University. He was an International and Global Affairs Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs.