Ms Lai Wei Lin is the Deputy Secretary (Policy) in Singapore’s Ministry of Education, overseeing the development, planning and implementation of education policies, to support of the Ministry’s mission to provide our children with a well-rounded education, develop them to their full potential, and nurture them into citizens with strong civic- consciousness. Besides overseeing education policies ranging from preschool to tertiary- level education, Wei Lin also oversees strategic communications and stakeholder engagement for the Ministry.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Education, Ms Lai spent 7 years in the Ministry of Health, during which she led policy development and implementation in the areas of healthcare financing, healthcare systems planning, manpower and leadership development, as well as oversaw the corporate communications and human resource functions for the Ministry. She has also had previous stints at the Singapore Civil Service College, the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Ms Lai currently sits on the Boards of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Yale-NUS College, Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly known as SIM University) and Jurong Town Corporation. She also has an advisory role on the Eastern Health Alliance’s Talent Review Panel, to assist with the healthcare alliance’s work in talent identification, development and succession planning.
Ms Lai graduated from Harvard University, and has been with the Singapore Administrative Service since.