Desmond Lee

Minister for National Development & Minister-in-Charge of Social Services Integration
Republic of Singapore

Mr Lee is currently the Minister for National Development, and the Minister-in-Charge of Social Services Integration. He co-chairs the Singapore Together Movement, the Emerging Stronger Taskforce, as well as the Singapore-Tianjin Economic and Trade Council, and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Joint Working Committee.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Lee held various ministerial positions at the Prime Minister’s office, Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development.

He began his career in the civil service as a Justices’ Law Clerk of the Supreme Court, providing legal research support. He then served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel in the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers, before being posted to the Ministry of Health to head its legal department in 2005.

Before entering politics, Mr Lee spent two years at the Legal Policy Division of the Ministry of Law. Subsequently, he joined Temasek as in-house counsel until his appointment to office at the Ministry of National Development.

Mr Lee graduated in 2001 from the National University of Singapore with first class honours in law. He also holds a Master's degree in law from the University of Oxford.