Prof Quek Tong Boon

Chief Executive, National Robotics Programme, SERC, Agency for Science, Technology and Research

  • Chief Scientific Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Chief Executive, National Robotics Programme, A*STAR

Prof Quek Tong Boon is currently the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Chief Executive of the National Robotics Programme as well as Advisor to the Science and Engineering Council(SERC) at A*STAR.

Until 30 June 2016, he was the Chief Defence Scientist of Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and prior to that, he was MINDEF’s Deputy Secretary(Technology and Transformation) and Chief Research & Technology Officer.

He graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1977 with a BA(Hons) in Engineering and Masters of Arts (Engineering) in 1981. In 1985, he obtained his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS). From Aug-Nov 95, he attended the Program for Management Development (PMD) at the Harvard Business School.

After completing his full-time National Service in 1980, he joined the Defence Science Organisation. From June 1994 to Dec 1997 he was the Director of the Defence Materiel Organisation before becoming Chief Executive Officer of the DSO National Laboratories from Jan 1998 to Jan 2004. 

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of PUB, Singapore’s water agency and a Director on the Board of Temasek Foundation Innovates, a non-profit philanthropic organisation. He has previously served on several other Boards including that of the DSO National Laboratories, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, and the Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.

In the higher education sector, his currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Advisor to the Provost of NUS. Until 30 June 2016 was also Chairman of the Temasek Laboratories at NUS, NTU and SUTD as well as Chairman of Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI) at NUS and iTrust at SUTD.

He is an Adjunct Professor in the NUS Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering Management.