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Political and Economic Developments in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Region
His Excellency Ashok Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the U.S.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Republic of Singapore, an island nation off the southern tip of Malaysia, is an energetic modern business entity with worldwide reach and a strong connection to Silicon Valley in the United States.

It’s going to get stronger, according to the Council’s July 12 speaker, the Honorable Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States since July 2012.

This fan of education is also an experienced diplomat well-versed in his nation’s respected international status as a global financial center with 5.5 million residents, many involved in the growing tech industry.

A Voice of America article on June 22, quoted Ambassador Mirpuri’s opinion that “many young Southeast Asians look to the U.S. as they hope to launch their startups in California's Silicon Valley.” The article notes that Singapore “is home to the regional offices of Facebook and Google and has taken advantage of the U.S. tech sector.”

In a 2015 visit to leaders and organizations in Salt Lake City, the Ambassador took on the topic of education and was quoted in the Deseret News as saying, “I think the most important thing, and this keeps coming out in my conversations in the U.S. in particular, is selecting and training teachers. I think in the end, that becomes, for many people, the ‘secret sauce’ of it.”

Before taking his current post, Ambassador Mirpuri was Singapore’s Ambassador to Indonesia (2006-2012. He also served as High Commission to Malaysia (2002-2006) and High Commissioner to Australia (2000-2002).

He began his career in diplomacy in 1984 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1994, he became the ministry’s Director of Planning & Analysis Directorate I (Southeast Asia). He went to the United Kingdom in 1997 as Corporate Advisor (Asia Pacific) for Shell International Ltd. He later served as both First Secretary and as Minister-Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta.

The Ambassador is an honors graduate of the National University in Singapore, earned his Masters of Arts at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies. His official biography notes that he “attended the Programme for Executive Development at the Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

For more reading about the Ambassador and Singapore’s American ambitions, the Voice of America article is HERE. The Deseret News article is HERE.


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