San Francisco, July 10, 2013 — On Tuesday, July 9, 2013 The Asia Foundation hosted Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri at its San Francisco headquarters for a dinner discussion on Singapore’s role as a strategic partner in the Pacific Rim. Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold provided the program’s opening remarks, highlighting The Asia Foundation’s history and work in Singapore, and introduced Ambassador Mirpuri to a room of distinguished guests, where the Ambassador shared insight on the region from Singapore’s perspective and discussed ASEAN, Singapore’s strong economy and low unemployment, and the premium the country places on education for its greatest resource: the Singaporean people.
Mr. Mirpuri took up his appointment as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States of America in July 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador to Indonesia from 2006 to 2012, High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2002 to 2006 and High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2002. A career diplomat, Mr. Mirpuri joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1984. In 1994, he was appointed Director of MFA’s Policy Planning & Analysis Directorate I (Southeast Asia). In 1997, Mr. Mirpuri was seconded to Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom as Corporate Advisor (Asia Pacific). He was subsequently assigned to the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta in 1998 as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, having previously served in Jakarta as First Secretary (Political). Mr. Mirpuri graduated with an honours degree from the National University of Singapore. He received his MA at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies under a Raffles Scholarship. He attended the Programme for Executive Development at the Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, USA. Mr. Mirpuri was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 2010.