Professor Lily Kong


Singapore Management University

Professor Kong is SMU’s fifth President, and the first Singaporean to lead the 21-year old university. She is also the first Singaporean woman to head a university in Singapore. She was previously Provost of SMU; Vice Provost and Vice President at the National University of Singapore (in various portfolios), and Executive Vice President (Academic) of Yale-NUS College.

Professor Kong is internationally known for her research on social and cultural change in Asian cities, focusing on a range of 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 Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006 and the Public Service Star in 2020. She was among the 25 recognised on Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen list in 2020.