3rd Asia-Pacific Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management
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TAN Peng Yam, DSTA


TAN Peng Yam

Chief Executive

Mr Tan Peng Yam assumed the role of Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), Singapore, on 1 January 2011.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tasmania in Australia as a Colombo Plan scholar, Mr Tan started his career in the then Defence Science Organisation in 1983 before going on to assume responsibilities in Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and DSTA as Deputy Director of R&D, Head of Defence Technology Office (United States) and Deputy Chief Executive (Technology). Before taking the helm in DSTA, he served as Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) and led the management of acquisition projects for MINDEF.

Mr Tan is a board member of the Government Technology Agency and the Land Transport Authority and a member of the Temasek Polytechnic Board of Governors, Temasek Laboratories at Nanyang Technological University and the Temasek Defence Systems Institute Management Boards.

Mr Tan was conferred the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Honorary Fellowship in November 2013. He has also received the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 1997, the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2005, the Commendation Medal (Military) in 2007 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2012.