Ambassador Michael Tay (Singapore), Executive Director of Russia-Singapore Business Forum (RSBF)

Ambassador Michael Tay (Singapore), Executive Director of Russia-Singapore Business Forum (RSBF)"

Executive Director of Russia-Singapore Business Forum (RSBF)
Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Biography:

Ambassador Tay initiated the Russia Singapore Business Forum (RSBF) in 2006, which today is the only international business-to-business platform engaging Russian business.


He is concurrently an adjunct professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


In 2009, Ambassador Tay was the 17th Executive Director of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat. He took office at one of the most challenging moments in APEC’s 20-year history due to the global recession. His main priority was to keep APEC focused on the path of free trade, resisting protectionism while accelerating economic integration of the Asia-Pacific, and improving links with the business community.


From 2003 to 2008, Ambassador Tay served as Singapore’s Ambassador to Russia.


From 1999 to 2002, Ambassador Tay was the Director-General of ASEAN-Singapore, which placed him at the centre of the ASEAN policy-implementation and budgetary management. During Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 1998-1999, he led the taskforce that organized the ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and the Summit.


In 2006, Ambassador Tay was awarded the Singapore Public Administration Medal (Silver) and bestowed with the honour of ‘Patron of Art of the Century’ by the International Welfare Fund of Russia.