Mr Heng Swee Keat was elected a Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC on 7 May 2011. He was appointed Minister for Education on 21 May 2011. The Ministry of Education formulates and implements education policies. It oversees the management and development of schools, including Government and Government-aided primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges, and a centralised institute. It also registers private schools.
Prior to this, Mr Heng was the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). MAS serves as the central bank of Singapore, as well as an integrated supervisor of the financial services industry, covering banking, insurance and capital markets.
Mr Heng has also served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, overseeing economic policy, trade negotiations, and the regulation and development of industry. Before assuming this appointment, Mr Heng was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trade Development Board.
Between 1997 and 2000, Mr Heng served in the Prime Minister's Office as the Principal Private Secretary to the then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Heng has also served in various positions in the Singapore Civil Service. In 2001, Mr Heng was awarded the Gold Medal in Public Administration, and the Meritorious Medal in 2010 for his contribution to the public service in Singapore.
Mr Heng graduated with an MA in Economics from the Cambridge University, United Kingdom. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.