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.
As CEO, Peta is responsible for profitable growth and day to day management of Mercer Singapore through operational excellence, business mix management, portfolio extension, talent investment robust risk management Along with her dedicated Country Leadership Team, the team at Mercer Singapore are committed to delivering upon our brand promise creating healthy, wealthy, talented workforces.
Prior to joining Mercer, Peta was a Partner at KPMG Singapore responsible for building the People Advisory and originally relocated to Singapore to set up IBM’s Smarter Workforce ASEAN with emphasis on channel distribution and design of IBM Talent Insights Powered by Watson.
Sheela Parakkal was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer of Prudential Singapore in September 2015. In this role, Sheela champions the human capital value chain and leads the HR function to develop and drive people strategies in line with the business goals. This includes building best-in-class HR practices in recruitment, talent and succession planning, reward and recognition programmes.
Sheela started her 17-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore (PwC Singapore) as an auditor before moving into a human capital role focusing on business partnership, talent and development, and mobility of its large professional workforce. Prior to joining Prudential Singapore, she was the Human Capital Leader for PwC Singapore Consulting and the Group Human Resources Director overseeing regional operations at Sindicatum Sustainable Resources.
Sheela is Malaysian and holds an MBA (Banking & Finance) from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A certified public accountant, she is a member of the Australian Society for Certified Practising Accountants.
Wei-Jun Jean Yeung is Provost’s Chair Professor of Sociology, Founding Director of the Centre for Family and Population Research, and Research Leader of the Changing Family in Asia cluster in the Asia Research Institute in the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is a leading demographer and family sociologist, with work published in top international journals on aging, marriage, fertility, child development, and global family changes and policies. She is a council member of the Asian Population Association and Family Research Committee of American Sociological Association. Her work is widely publicized in high-impact international journals and media. Her recent publications include work on Productive Aging, Long-term Care, Labour Market Uncertainties, human capital, and family transitions in Asia.