Professor Lily Kong
Member, Public Service Commission

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


Professor Kong is Singapore Management University (SMU)'s fifth President, and the first Singaporean to lead the 22-year old university. She is also the first Singaporean woman to head a university in Singapore. She was previously Provost of SMU, and Vice Provost and Vice President at the National University of Singapore (in various portfolios).


Professor Kong is internationally known for her research on social and cultural change in Asian cities, focusing on issues ranging from religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, to smart cities. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards and has also won the Association of American Geographers Robert Stoddard Award for Distinguished Service (Geography of Religion and Belief Systems).


Professor Kong was conferred the Public Service Star (BBM) in 2020 and Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006. In a global study by Stanford University (2020), Professor Kong was identified as among the world's top 1% of scientists in the field of Geography. She was recognised on Forbes Asia's Power Businesswomen list 2020, and Forbes inaugural 50 over 50 (Asia 2020).