Vision

CSF’s vision is to build a strategically agile public service ready to manage a complex and fast-changing environment.

Mission

CSF’s mission is to position the Singapore government to navigate emerging strategic challenges and harness potential opportunities by:

  1. building capacities, mindsets, expertise and tools for strategic anticipation and risk management;
  2. developing insights into future trends, discontinuities and strategic surprises; and
  3. communicating insights to decision-makers for informed policy planning.

A Short History of Futures Work in the Singapore Government

Singapore began its future planning efforts as an experiment in the Ministry of Defence in the late 1980s. In 1995, the Government set up the Scenario Planning Office in the Prime Minister’s Office to develop scenarios from a whole-of-government perspective. The office was renamed the Strategic Policy Office (SPO) in 2003 to reflect the strengthened links between foresight work and strategy formulation.

In 2009, the Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF) was established as a futures think tank within SPO to focus on issues that may be blind-spot areas, pursue open-ended long-term futures research, and experiment with new foresight methodologies.

More recently, various Government agencies have recognised the value of foresight work and begun to set up their own foresight teams, which conduct more domain-specific horizon scanning and futures research.

On 1 July 2015, CSF became part of the new Strategy Group in the Prime Minister's Office, which was set up to focus on whole-of-government strategic planning and prioritisation, whole-of-government coordination and development and to incubate and catalyse new capabilities in the Singapore Public Service. 

Our Leadership Team

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Mr Peter HO, Senior Advisor, Centre for Strategic Futures

Peter Ho is the Senior Advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures, and is also a Senior Fellow in the Civil Service College. He is Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, and Chairman of the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. He is a member of the National University Board of Trustees. He is a board member of the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship, a board member of the S Rajatnam School of International Studies, and a council member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He is also a member of Statoil’s Strategy Advisory Council, and the McKinsey Center for Government Advisory Council.

When he retired from the Singapore Administrative Service in 2010 after a career in the Public Service stretching more than 34 years, he was Head, Civil Service, concurrent with his other appointments of Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs), Permanent Secretary (National Security and Intelligence Coordination), and Permanent Secretary (Special Duties) in the Prime Minister’s Office. Before that, he was Permanent Secretary (Defence). He was also the founding Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.


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Ms Joan MOH, Head, Centre for Strategic Futures

Joan joined the Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF) in June 2014. Prior to joining CSF, Joan worked on public housing policies in the Ministry of National Development.  She has also served in the Ministry of Finance, heading the unit looking at the long-term strategies for social policies, and in the Ministry of Health.  Joan has a BSc and MSC in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.


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Ms Jeanette KWEKDeputy Head, Centre for Strategic Futures

Jeanette returned to the Centre for Strategic Futures in August 2015. She joined the civil service in 2005, starting her career at the Defence Policy Office, MINDEF, where she worked on Singapore’s defence relations with international partners. In 2009, she joined the Strategic Policy Office (then at the Public Service Division), where she became one of the founding members of the CSF. During the early years of the CSF, Jeanette was involved in expanding the centre’s network of exciting minds and interesting personalities, growing futures capabilities across the public service, as well as organising and curating the first in an ongoing series of Foresight Conferences (now an integral part of Singapore’s Foresight Week).

Jeanette is a political scientist and economist by training, having graduated with honours from the University of Chicago in 2005. She is married with two young children. In whatever spare time the children leave her with, she enjoys reading and drinking hot coffee.


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Mr LEE Chor Pharn, Principal Strategist, Centre for Strategic Futures

Chor Pharn has extensive public service experience helming strategic and business development roles. In his current post as Principal Strategist, he supports and advises on CSF's foresight research agenda, and translation into strategy at various government platforms. He has also served in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, overseeing strategic foresight and futures thinking to support economic policy analysis, and in a business development role at the China office of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Chor Pharn has a Masters of Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.


Last updated: 25 Aug 2017

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