Yena Lim

Ms Yena Lim joined the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) as a Commission member and as its chief executive in October 2010. The CCS is a statutory body established under the Competition Act on 1 January 2005 to administer and enforce the Act. It comes under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The CCS’ mission is to champion growth and choice for the economy, and it focuses on rigorous enforcement and effective advocacy to achieve its goals.Before she joined the CCS, Yena Lim was the managing director of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) from 2006 to 2010. She was involved in the last three Five-Year R&D plans for Singapore – from 2001–2005, 2006–2010 and 2011–2015, and oversaw A*STAR’s growth into a broad-based research funding agency, funding research institutes that spanned the biomedical and physical sciences and engineering fields and providing expertise to support the key manufacturing sectors in Singapore. Ms Lim worked in the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2006, where she was responsible for economic policies pertaining to competitiveness and capability development for the economy. She was involved in the liberalisation of the electricity and gas markets, as well as the industrial land market structure. When she worked in the Ministry of Transport, she was in charge of reviewing the market structure for bus and rail transport, and also oversaw the move of the taxi sector towards greater liberalisation. Her other appointments in government included driving HR reforms for the Singapore Civil Service when she was at the public service division of the Prime Minister’s Office; overseeing the school physical infrastructure planning and development and the higher education policy in the Ministry of Education; and overseeing the government’s fiscal policy, including revenue and taxation policies in the Ministry of Finance.

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