Professor Lily Kong
Member, Public Service Commission

Professor Lily Kong was appointed as a Member of the Public Service Commission in January 2009. 


Prof Kong joined the Singapore Management University as its Provost and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences in September 2015.


A graduate of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and University College London, Professor Kong was a faculty member in the NUS Department of Geography from 1991 to 2015, and held several senior administrative positions during her tenure in NUS including Acting Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs), Yale-NUS College (2011-2012), Vice-President (University and Global Relations) (2007-2014), Vice-Provost (Academic Personnel) (2012-2015) and Vice-Provost (Education) (2004-2007).


Professor Kong is widely known for her research on religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, and national identity. She is on a dozen editorial boards of international journals in her field and is frequently invited as keynote speaker to conferences in her domain. Her recent publications include “Religion and Space: Competition, Conflict and Violence in the Contemporary World” (2016), “Food, Foodways and Foodscapes: Culture, Community and Consumption in Post-Colonial Singapore” (2015) and “Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities: Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia” (2015).


An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards including the Commonwealth Fellowship Award and the Fullbright Fellowship Award. She has also won the Robert Stoddard Award from the Association of American Geographers for her contributions to the study of religion.


Prof Kong was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006.