Chief Executive Officer
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Chief, Public Sector Science & Technology Policy & Plans Office,
Prime Minister’s Office
Mr Frederick Chew is the Chief Executive Officer of A*STAR, Singapore’s lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance science and develop innovative technology to further economic growth and improve lives.
Helming the science and technology agency of over 4,100 research staff, Mr Chew drives the implementation of A*STAR’s strategies, initiatives, and programmes, and the building of A*STAR’s organisational capabilities. He works to share A*STAR’s mission and vision with public and private sector stakeholders, and to strengthen collaboration with partners across the research, innovation and enterprise ecosystem.
Mr Chew was previously the Deputy Secretary (Technology) at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). In this role, he was instrumental in optimising the Defence Technology ecosystem, in particular strengthening MINDEF’s partnership with industry.
Mr Chew also held various key positions in MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), including Director of Joint Operations, Commander of Maritime Security Task Force/Maritime Security Command and Head of Naval Plans.
Mr Chew graduated with a Masters of Engineering (First Class Honours) from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. He also holds a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University. Mr Chew is an SAF Overseas Scholar. He is also a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship and Fulbright Award.