Chay Yee

Chay Yee, PBM, B.A (Hons), M.Soc.Sc
Executive Chairman

Chay Yee graduated from the University of Malaya with a BA degree in Economics (2nd Class Upper Honours). He later completed his M.Soc.Sc from the University of Hong Kong.

In 1971 he joined the elite Singapore Administrative Service and served in the Ministry of Finance (Budget Division) for 5 years. In the Ministry of Finance, he was involved in processing and evaluating proposals for operating expenditures and major public development projects, examining and reviewing administrative functions of various government ministries and public bodies as well as assisting in the formulation of public policies.

In 1976, he joined Singapore’s national social security organization, the Central Provident Fund Board (CPF Board) and served as its Deputy General Manager from 1980 to 1992. While in CPF Board he played a leading role in the management of the rapid growth and development of the organisation. in the planning, development and implementation of all the major processes, projects and schemes of the organization as well as enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the staff to provide quality services to its 2 million members.

While serving as the Deputy General Manager of the CPF Board, he was sent to the People’s Republic of China to provide consultancy, advisory and training services to the nation on improvements to its social security system from 1989 to 1991.

Later, from 2008 to 2014, he provided consultancy services, in his personal capacity, to the government of 5 more countries, namely Rwanda, Kenya, Libya, Fiji and Palau aiming at revamping the social security schemes of these countries to meet the changing needs of their population.

Chay Yee has also played a leading role in the establishment of Singapore’s largest charity organization, the Community Chest of Singapore. He served a Director of the Community Chest for a total of 16 years. In recognition of his social and community services, he was awarded the Public Service Medal “PBM” by the President of Singapore. He was also awarded the “Outstanding United Way International Affiliate Board Member” by United Way International to which the Community Chest of Singapore was affiliated. United Way International is a global network of non-profit charity organizations operating in more than 40 countries and 6 continents.

He has been actively involved in the private education industry since 1992. More recently in 2017, he took over the management of the Baking Industry Training College from Prima Ltd and has been its Executive Chairman since. 

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