Biography of The President

Mdm Halimah Yacob served in the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) for 33 years and held various positions including as NTUC Deputy Secretary General, NTUC Director of the Legal Services Dept, NTUC Director of the Women’s Development Secretariat, Director of the Singapore Institute of Labour Studies (now known as the OTCI Institute) and Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronic and Electrical Industries. She also represented NTUC on various national committees including the Economic Review Committee.

Mdm Halimah also represented Singapore in the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation for 12 years, the first Singaporean to be elected into the ILO. She represented workers in many ILO committees including the Committee on International Labour Standards and Legal Issues, the Technical Committee and the Committee on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

Mdm Halimah secured her basic law degree and Masters in Law from the National University of Singapore. In 2016, she was conferred the Doctor of Law by the NUS.

In 2001, Mdm Halimah was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the Jurong Group Representation Constituency. Her final and fourth term as an MP was in the newly formed Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

In 2011, Mdm Halimah was appointed Minister of State for the Ministry of Community Development and Sports where she introduced various programmes for seniors, including home-based care, and enhanced services for the disabled through the Centre of Enabled Living (now known as SG Enable). She also laid the foundation for the establishment of the Social Services Offices.

In 2013, Mdm Halimah was elected the ninth Speaker of Parliament and became the first woman to hold that position.

With her passion for social causes, Mdm Halimah is patron to more than 40 organisations including The Courage Fund, Special Olympics Singapore, Youth Corp Singapore, Singapore International Foundation, Singapore Association of Mental Health and Ain Society.

Passionate about women’s issues, Mdm Halimah was awarded the Woman of the Year by Her World Magazine (2003), the AWARE Heroine Award (2011) and is an inductee of the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (2014). She was conferred the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year in 2001.

Mdm Halimah was sworn in as the 8th President of the Republic of Singapore on 14 September 2017.