About Us

Corporate Services


ISEAS Corporate Services Division (CSD) delivers a suite of corporate services to all ISEAS staff and Divisions. It comprises Administration & Programme Support Department, Finance Department, as well as the HR Department.

The Administration & Programme Support Department provides a range of administrative, procurement and logistics support services, oversees building and facilities management, as well as support the Institute’s research and research dissemination events such as public lectures, forums and seminars.

The Finance Department supports the Institute through budget planning and administration, and the administration of day-to-day financial operations. In tandem with the public sector, the Finance Department will be transformed to focus on improving service delivery, build a Digital Government, work with stakeholders closely and prepare Finance officers for the future.

The Human Resource Department provides professional personnel services in the areas of manpower planning, recruitment, compensation and benefits, training and development, and performance management.

For general administrative enquiries, please contact us at Tel: 67780955; email: admin@iseas.edu.sg

For HR-related enquiries, please email ISEAS HR at HR@iseas.edu.sg




The Institute’s research programmes and activities as well as day-to-day operations are supported by various departments including Administration, Library, Publishing, Information Technology and Public Affairs.  Please click the link to the departments for more information on their respective functions.


Deputy Chief Executive Officer


Dr Terence Chong is Senior Director (Research Division) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).  He has a BA (First Class) in History from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick.

Dr Chong’s research interests include new Chinese immigrants in CLMV countries, the middle class, and Christianity in Southeast Asia. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Contemporary Asia, Critical Asian StudiesJournal of Southeast Asian StudiesModern Asian Studies and Asian Studies Review. He has won several research grants including the Social Science Research Thematic Grant in 2016.

Dr Chong is part of the National Heritage Board’s Heritage Advisory Panel and the National Collections Advisory Panel. He is also part of the Programme Advisory Committee at the Singapore University of Social Science.

Dr Chong was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2022. He is also the co-winner of the 2023 Holland Prize for best research paper published in Pacific Affairs.


Director & Chief Executive Officer


Mr Choi Shing Kwok was appointed Director and CEO of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute on 15 January 2018 and also took on the role of Head of ASEAN Studies Centre at the institute in March 2020. He concurrently holds a number of board and advisory appointments on companies, charities and research establishments in Singapore.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Choi was the Permanent Secretary in the then Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (now renamed the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment) from 2012 to 2017. He started his career in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1978 and held various appointments in the SAF and Ministry of Defence till 2005. After leaving the Ministry of Defence, Mr Choi held the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport from 2005 to 2012.

Mr Choi studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He also obtained a Master’s in Public Administration degree from Harvard University in 1994.

Mr Choi was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) in 1993 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2000 for his contributions to Singapore.


Board of Trustees


1.Professor Chan Heng Chee (Chairman)Ambassador-at-Large & Professor
Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2.Mr Vikram Nair
(Deputy Chairman)
Head, India Desk
Rajah and Tann
3. Mr Chee Wee KiongDistinguished Fellow
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
4.Ms Foo Chi HsiaDeputy Secretary, Southeast Asia and ASEAN
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
5.Mr Daniel KohManaging Director
Global Head, Treasury Market
Standard Chartered Bank
6.Mr Derek LauChief Executive Officer
Heliconia Capital Management Pte Ltd
7.Mr Edward LeeDirector
Asia Mobile Holdings
8.Ms Julia LeongPartner
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
9.Professor Joseph LiowDean
Tan Kah Kee Chair Professor of Comparative and
International Politics
College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University
10.Mr Esa MasoodSecond Deputy Secretary
Ministry of Social and Family Development
11.Ms Tang Jiahui AmeliaDeputy Secretary
Strategy Group
Prime Minister’s Office
12.Mr Godwin TangDirector, Academic Research Division
Ministry of Education
13.Professor Brenda YeohDirector, Humanities & Social Science Research
Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology)
National University of Singapore
14.Mr Choi Shing Kwok
Director and CEO
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Updated as of 24 April 2024




ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) 尤索夫伊萨东南亚研究院, formerly Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, was established as an autonomous organisation by an Act of Parliament in 1968.  It was renamed ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in August 2015 in honour of Singapore’s First President, Mr Yusof Ishak.

Its primary objectives are:

  • To be a leading research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security, and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment.
  • To stimulate research and debate within scholarly circles, enhance public awareness of the region, and facilitate the search for viable solutions to the varied problems confronting the region.
  • To nurture a community of scholars interested in the region and to engage in research on the multi-faceted dimensions and issues of stability and security, economic development, and political, social and cultural change.

The Institute conducts a range of research programmes; holds conferences, workshops, lectures and seminars; publishes briefs, research journals and books; and provides a range of research support facilities, including a large library collection.

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