SICW Opening Ceremony
5 October 2021 (Tuesday)
8.00pm – 8.25pm (GMT +8)
Singapore’s Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Mr Teo Chee Hean, will officiate the opening of SICW 2021.
|Guest of Honour
|Mr Teo Chee Hean
||Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security
|Ms Izumi Nakamitsu
||Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Guest of Honour
Mr Teo Chee Hean
Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security
Mr Teo Chee Hean was appointed Senior Minister on 1 May 2019 . He also serves, since 21 May 2011, as Coordinating Minister for National Security. He also oversees the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group, the National Security Coordination Secretariat, the National Population and Talent Division and the National Climate Change Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office.
In the first phase of his career, he served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) where he held various command and staff appointments in the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Joint Staff. In 1991, he was appointed Chief of Navy, and was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral.
In December 1992, he left the SAF to seek elected public office and was elected as a Member of Parliament in a by-election in the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC). He was re-elected to Parliament six times in the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.
He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister from 1 April 2009 to 30 April 2019. He has served as the Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Defence, Minister for Education, and Minister for the Environment. He has also served as Minister of State in the Ministries of Finance, Communications and Defence.
He was awarded the President’s Scholarship and the Singapore Armed Forces Scholarship in 1973. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Management Science from the University of Manchester in 1976. He subsequently attained a Master of Science degree (with distinction) in Computing Science in 1977 at the Imperial College in London, and a Master in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in 1986, where he was named a Littauer Fellow.
Ms Izumi Nakamitsu
Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Ms Izumi Nakamitsu assumed her position as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for
Disarmament Affairs on 1 May 2017. Prior to taking on this post, Ms Nakamitsu served as Assistant
Administrator of the Crisis Response Unit at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
She has many years of experience within and outside the United Nations system, most recently as
Special Adviser Ad Interim on Follow-up to the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of
Refugees and Migrants between 2016 and 2017. She was previously Director of the Asia and the
Middle East Division of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations between 2012
and 2014, and Director of the Department’s Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training, from 2008
Between 2005 and 2008, Ms Nakamitsu was Professor of International Relations at Hitotsubashi
University in Tokyo, where she also served as a member of the Foreign Exchange Council to Japan’s
Foreign Minister, and as a visiting senior adviser on peacebuilding at the Japan International
Cooperation Agency. Between 1998 and 2004, she was the Chef de Cabinet and Director of Planning
and Coordination at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, based in
Earlier in her career, Ms Nakamitsu was a member of the United Nations Reform Team of former
Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She also held positions with the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), including within the office of Assistant High Commissioner
for Policy and Operations Sergio Vieira de Mello, and in UNHCR field operations in the former
Yugoslavia, Turkey and northern Iraq.
Born in 1963, Ms Nakamitsu holds a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown
University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Law degree from Waseda University in Tokyo.
She is married and has two daughters.