Professor Ong’s appointment to the Public Service Commission

APPOINTMENT AT THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

 

The President has appointed Associate Professor Benjamin Ong (王建忠) as a Member of the Public Service Commission (PSC) with effect from 1 December 2020, for a five-year term in the first instance.

Prof Ong, 63, is Senior Vice President of Health Education and Resources at the National University of Singapore (NUS), as well as a Senior Consultant with the Division of Neurology, National University Hospital (NUH). He was Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health (MOH) between January 2014 and January 2020, during which he played a pivotal role in developing Singapore’s healthcare system. Prof Ong oversaw the opening of new public healthcare facilities, pushed for the transformation of healthcare models to meet the needs of the aging population, strengthened healthcare regulatory and health technology assessment capabilities, and worked to strengthen our responses to infectious diseases including facilitating the setting up of the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. He also led in expanding healthcare manpower attraction, development and retention efforts.

Prior to his MOH appointment, Prof Ong was the Chief Executive, National University Health System (NUHS) and Senior Vice President of Health Affairs at NUS. He has also held positions as Chairman, Medical Board at the NUH, and was Head of the Department of Medicine at NUS. During his term as Chairman of the Integrated Health Information Systems Singapore, he provided leadership in Healthcare IT development and process improvement in patient care delivery.

On the new appointment, Chairman PSC Lee Tzu Yang said, “I warmly welcome Prof Ong to the Commission. With his wealth of experience and interests, he will bring his own perspectives and ideas to enrich the PSC’s discussions on talent identification and selection.”

Prof Ong was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2009, the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2020 for his contributions to the Public Service.