Dr Tan Wee Kiat's unwavering passion for the natural environment affirms his calling as a champion
to conserve Singapore's natural heritage. His deep commitment to conservation
stems from a deep-seated appreciation and awe of nature's beauty. Recognising
the need to beautify and conserve the natural landscapes in an increasingly urbanised
Singapore, he has built his entire career around the stewardship of nature, weaving
together his passion with his work.
A visionary in promoting the conservation agenda, Dr Tan played a pivotal
role in uniting the local conservation NGOs in the 1990s and developing the
green spaces in Singapore. He was one of the founding members of the Singapore
Environment Council and has always appreciated the need to develop stronger
ground-up ownership for the conservation of our green spaces.
Leveraging on his expertise and reputation in the field of botany, Dr Tan
has also worked tirelessly to enhance Singapore's profile on green issues
internationally. Appointed as a Vice-President of the Royal Horticultural Society
(UK) in 2009, his influence and networks were instrumental in helping Singapore
gain international attention by winning the bid to host the 20th World Orchid
Conference (WOC) in 2011, where he currently holds the post of Chairman of
the organising committee.
Instrumental in sustaining Singapore's natural heritage, Dr Tan led
the National Parks Board to meet the recreational and lifestyle needs of Singaporeans
by enhancing accessibility to nature areas such as the Central Catchment Nature
Reserve, Pulau Ubin and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and introducing amenities
like the MacRitchie Trails and TreeTop Walk. Dr Tan currently steers the development
of the "Gardens by the Bay" project as Chief Executive Officer.
In recognition of his vision, commitment and outstanding contributions to
enhancing Singapore's natural landscape, Dr Tan was presented the Public
Administration Medal (Gold) in 2003 and the Medal for Meritorious Service in
A visionary who has devoted his life and career to the pursuit of environmental
excellence in Singapore and abroad, Dr Tan Wee Kiat is an excellent role model
for all who aspire to make a difference.