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Lim Hwee Hua

Co-Chairman, Tembusu Partners, former Second Minister of Finance, Singapore

Lim Hwee Hua was first elected to Parliament in December 1996 and served till May 2011, last as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, and concurrently as Second Minister for Finance and for Transport. Between 2002 and 2004, she was Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Prior to joining the Singapore Cabinet, Lim Hwee Hua enjoyed a varied career in financial services. At Temasek Holdings (2000 – 2004), she served as Managing Director where she oversaw divestments, restructured companies and boards, established strategic relations with key foreign counterparts and sat on boards including PSA, Keppel and Mapletree.

Lim Hwee Hua graduated with a Master of Arts (Honours) in Mathematics/Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1981. In 1989, she obtained a Master of Business Administration, major in Finance, from the Anderson School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles.

Lim Hwee Hua is currently engaged in private equity (Tembusu Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts), financial services (United Overseas Bank, Asia Pacific Exchange), maritime services (Bergesen Worldwide Group), sits on a few boards including the International Valuation Standards Council, and is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of National University of Singapore at both the Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Between 2011 and 2014, she served on the Ernst & Young Global Advisory Council.

Lim Hwee Hua has published two books:

– “Government in Business – Friend or Foe” in 2014, which been translated into Chinese “变革-市场中的政府角色“ 2014, Portuguese “O Governo Nas Empresas – Amigo ou Inimigo?“ 2016, and Spanish “Intervención gubernamental en el sector privado: ¿ángel o demonio?” 2016;

– “Government in Business – Leading or Lagging?” in 2021, a book which explores the regulatory challenges faced by governments amidst rapid technological innovation and disruption.

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