Kenneth Sim

Dean, Chandler Academy of Governance, and Deputy Executive Director
Kenneth is Dean of the Chandler Academy of Governance, which is part of the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG). In this role, Kenneth sets the strategic direction for the Academy and oversees the design and delivery of its training programmes.

Kenneth is an experienced public policy practitioner and a former Singapore Administrative Service officer, with over 15 years of work experience covering both policy development and implementation. Kenneth has held key appointments in varied portfolios including industry development, casino regulation, energy policy and environmental sustainability. Kenneth had also served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Kenneth firmly believes that a strong system of education and training is the bedrock for national development and has been deeply involved in this space for much of his professional life. Within the Singapore public service, Kenneth spent over 5 years at the Ministry of Education (MOE) where he developed policies and programmes on tertiary and continuing education. At the MOE, Kenneth led a project team to set up the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore’s fourth publicly-funded university. He also held a concurrent appointment as Director (Strategic Planning) at SkillsFuture Singapore, a MOE statutory board charged with developing and implementing Singapore’s policy roadmap for continuing education and training.

Outside of the public service, Kenneth was Lead Consultant with Times Higher Education, a UK-based publication house and education services company, where he provided expert advice to senior university and government leaders on university strategy and performance benchmarking.

Kenneth graduated with a BA in Economics and Sociology from Columbia University, which he attended on an Overseas Merit Scholarship awarded by the Singapore Public Service Commission.