Mr Edward Lee became Singapore’s Ambassador to Indonesia in 1994 and retired on 1 July 2006 after 36 years of service with the Foreign Service Branch of the Singapore Administrative Service in various senior positions across Asia-Pacific.
Since his first posting to Indonesia in 1974, Mr Lee served a total of 18 years in the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta. He also served as Ambassador to the Philippines from 1990 to 1993 as well as High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalem from 1984 to 1990. For his long-standing contributions to the public service, Mr Lee was honoured with several accolades including the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1996, the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1998, the Long Service Medal in 1997, and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2006. In 1993, Mr Lee was conferred the diplomatic rank of Datu (Grand Cross) of the Order of Sikatuna by the Philippine Government in recognition of his efforts in promoting bilateral relations between the Philippines and Singapore.
In 2007, he was conferred the highest civilian award by the Indonesian Government, the Bintang Jasa Utama (the Star of Excellent Services) for his many years of contribution towards building up stronger and closer relations between Singapore and Indonesia.
Mr Lee was on the Board of a number of listed companies in Singapore including Keppel Land, Indofood Agri Resources and QAF. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of ISEAS-Yusuf Ishak Institute and also a Senior Advisor of Harsono Strategic Consulting in Indonesia.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree from the University of Singapore and a Master of Arts Degree from Cornell University.
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