Speakers

Professor Tommy Koh

Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore

Professor Tommy Koh is currently Ambassador-At-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Special Adviser of the Institute of Policy Studies and Chairman of the Centre for International Law, Rector of the Tembusu College, National University of Singapore. Prof Koh is also Chairman of the SymAsia Foundation of Credit Suisse.

Prof Koh was Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York from 1968 to 1971 and again from 1974 to 1984. He was Ambassador to the United States of America from 1984 to 1990 and concurrently accredited as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico. In recognition for his service, Prof Koh has also been awarded numerous accolades both at home and abroad.

Prof Koh was President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea from 1981 to 1982, and Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development from 1990 to 1992. He was also Singapore’s Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (2000 to 2003). He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1993.

Prof Koh received a First Class Honours degree in Law from the National University of Singapore, a Masters degree in Law from Harvard University and a post-graduate Diploma in Criminology from Cambridge University. He was conferred a full professorship in 1977 and has an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Yale University and Monash University. He has also received awards from Columbia University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Curtin University.