Mr Ong Eng Chuan was Deputy Secretary (Management), Ministry of Foreign Affairs from May 2016 to May 2023.
Mr Ong joined the Singapore Foreign Affairs in 1994. Prior to his Deputy Secretary appointment, Mr Ong served as Singapore’s Ambassador to Belgium with concurrent accreditation to the European Union, the Netherlands and Luxembourg from April 2012 to April 2016. He served twice in the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo as Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister-Counsellor from September 2005 to December 2008 and as First Secretary (Political) from November 1996 to January 2000. He also served as Counsellor (Political) in the Singapore Embassy in Washington from February 2004 to August 2005.
He was Director-General of the Northeast Asia Directorate from January 2009 to February 2012. He was also Special Assistant to then Foreign Minister S Jayakumar from December 2002 to January 2004.
Born in 1968, Mr Ong Eng Chuan graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1993, under the Japanese Government Monbusho Scholarship. He obtained his Masters of Arts in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, USA, in 2002, on a Fulbright Scholarship. Mr Ong was also a Pritzker International Fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, in 2002.
Mr Ong was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2014, and the Long Service Medal in 2017. He is married to Mdm Esther Phua Boon See and they have a daughter.
Former Heads of Mission
Since diplomatic relations were established in 1966, 11 previous Heads of Mission have served in the Embassy, including our former President of Singapore, the late Mr Wee Kim Wee (1915-2005).
Former Ambassadors of our Embassy include the following: