Dhanabalan

Mr S Dhanabalan
Member, Council of Presidential Advisers

Mr S Dhanabalan is currently a Board Director of GIC Private Limited (formerly known as Government of Singapore Investment Corporation); Member, Council of Presidential Advisers; Member, Presidential Council for Minority Rights; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Temasek Trust and Chairman of Mandai Safari Park Holdings Pte Ltd.

He was Chairman of Temasek Holdings (1996 – Jul 2013), Chairman of Singapore Airlines (1996-98), Chairman, DBS Group Holdings Ltd (1999-2005) and Director, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Private Ltd (1981- 2005).

Mr Dhanabalan started his career in the Singapore Civil Service in 1960 and later served, from 1961 – 1968, in the Economic Development Board, the government investment promotion agency.  He was part of a small group that established the Development Bank of Singapore where he served from 1968–1978.  He entered politics in 1976 and was a Member of Parliament from 1976 to 1996.  While a Member of Parliament, he was Minister for Foreign Affairs (1980-88), Minister for National Development (1987-92) and Minister for Trade and Industry (1992-93). During this period, he was also concurrently Minister for Culture (1981-84) and Minister for Community Development (1985-86).