Mrs Josephine Teo was appointed Minister for Manpower on 1 May 2018. She is concurrently Second Minister for Home Affairs. She also assists Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Population matters, and previously served in the Finance, Transport and Foreign Affairs ministries.
As Minister of State for Finance, Mrs Teo co-chaired the Pioneer Generation Taskforce and coordinated the Government’s successful implementation of the Pioneer Generation Package. As Senior Minister of State for Transport, she chaired the Changi 2036 Steering Committee to enhance Singapore’s position as a leading global air hub. The Committee’s proposals led to the landmark decision to develop the third runway and T5 at Changi East. As chairperson of the the Public Transport Tripartite Committee, Mrs Teo ensured the effective transition to the Bus Contracting Model and the establishment of the Singapore Bus Academy.
A Member of Parliament since 2006, Mrs Teo was formerly Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education and Assistant Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). She represented the labour movement on the government-appointed Economic Strategies Committee and co-chaired the sub-committee on Fostering Inclusive Growth. Mrs Teo was concurrently Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit organisation Business China, a platform launched by then Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and then China Premier Wen Jiabao to strengthen Singapore’s bicultural foundations, and remains as an adviser.
An alumna of Dunman High School and Raffles Junior College, Mrs Teo graduated from the National University of Singapore, winning several honours including the Rachel Meyer Book Prize for being the Best Woman Student in 1990. She obtained a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics on scholarship from the Economic Development Board. She is married and has three children.