Media Releases


​NTU appoints Zainul Abidin Rasheed to its Board of Trustees​

Published on: 02-May-2017

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has appointed Singaporean diplomat and retired politician Mr Zainul Abidin bin Mohamed Rasheed to its Board of Trustees with effect from 1 April 2017.

The university has also reappointed Ms Lien Siaou-Sze, Senior Executive Coach of Mobley Group Pacific and Mr Tan Chin Hwee, CEO (Asia Pacific) of Trafigura Pte Ltd, to its Board of Trustees for another three and five years respectively.

Mr Alwi bin Abdul Hafiz, Mr Tan Kim Seng and Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Meng Dui stepped down from 31 March 2017.

Speaking at an appreciation dinner for the three outgoing Trustees on Thursday evening (27 April), Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of the NTU Board of Trustees expressed the university’s appreciation to Mr Alwi, Mr Tan and BG (NS) Tan. 
Mr Koh said, “On behalf of the University and the Board, I wish to thank our three former Trustees for all their hard work and most importantly, for their dedication to this outstanding institution. In particular, we recognise their selfless participation in the board and committee discussions, as well as their other invaluable contributions. NTU has been extremely fortunate to have such talented people serve on its Board.”

“I also warmly welcome Mr Zainul Abidin on board. Mr Zainul Abidin has strong leadership experience and is firmly committed to the education cause, so I am confident that NTU will benefit immensely from his guidance in our ongoing journey of growth and innovation,” Mr Koh said.

The NTU Board of Trustees, the university’s highest governing body, comprises 16 members and is chaired by Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of private equity firm Credence Partners and former Chairman of Singapore Airlines, DBS, as well as Singapore Telecom Group (Singtel).

Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed

Currently Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to the State of Kuwait and the Special Envoy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Middle East, Mr Zainul Abidin has led a distinguished career in public service and in the media industry. 
Elected as a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2011, Mr Zainul Abidin served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Minister of State (2004-2006) and Senior Minister of State (2006-2011). He also held the post of Mayor of the Northeast Community Development Council (2001-2009). 
Prior to entering politics, Mr Zainul Abidin served as President of the Singapore Islamic Religious Council (MUIS) (1991-1996) and was Chief Executive Officer of MENDAKI (1990-1993). Before joining the public service, he held senior editorial positions in Berita Harian for 20 years and The Straits Times for 5 years.

Outgoing Trustees’ contributions 
Mr Alwi bin Abdul Hafiz, Sustainability Advisor for Golden Veroleum Liberia, and also co-founder and director of Intuitif Technologies Pte Ltd, was appointed to the NTU Council in 2001, before NTU became autonomous. He continued to give his invaluable time and support as a member of the Board of Trustees when it was formed in 2006.  
Over the past 16 years, Mr Alwi had been active in various NTU Board committees and he was also a member of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Governing Board’s Audit and Risk Committee. 
BG (NS) Tan Meng Dui, Deputy Secretary (Development) at the Ministry of National Development, joined the NTU Board of Trustees in 2012 and served on several NTU Board Committees such as the Enterprise and Finance Committees.  
Mr Tan Kim Seng, Chairman of Kim Seng Holdings and an alumnus of Nanyang University’s Class of 1974, served on the Board’s Alumni and Development Committee focusing on alumni engagement. 
In addition to contributing to the Board, Mr Tan made a gift of $2 million to the university through his family’s business firm, Kim Seng Holdings. His gift enabled NTU to set up the endowed Tan Guk Eng Scholarship and Khor Chew Har Bursary in honour of his parents. To date, 86 students from NTU's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information have benefited from the endowed scholarship and bursary. In 2007, Mr Tan received NTU’s Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award for his accomplishments in the corporate sector and community service.

*** END ***

Media contact:

Feisal Abdul Rahman 
Senior Assistant Director ​ 
Corporate Communications Office 
Nanyang Technological University
Email: feisalar(at)

About Nanyang Technological University 

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). 
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last three years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit    

Back to listing

Share Article