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Simon S.C. Tay

A world-renowned lawyer, political adviser and environmental policy expert, Professor Simon S.C. Tay teaches international law at the University of Singapore, and is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

He gained a Masters degree from Harvard - in the process winning the Law School's Laylin Prize for the best thesis on international law - and practiced for four years in one of Singapore's largest commercial law firms before leaving to help set up the Singapore International Foundation.

As well as being leading figure in Singapore public life - he served three terms as a Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament, and has sat on numerous government boards and committees - he has gained an international reputation for his work on environmental and human rights issues.

He has acted as a consultant to, among others, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Environment and Development. In 2000 the World Economic Forum (Davos) named him a 'global leader of tomorrow', while the Far Eastern Economic Review featured him as one of 'ten people to watch in Asia' in its 50th anniversary issue.

In addition to his legal, academic and public work he is a prolific journalist and also a published poet and author - his collection of short stories, Stand Alone, was short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize.

He is married with one son.