Mr Malminderjit Singh
Mr Malminderjit Singh is the Head of Content and Media at the Institute for Societal Leadership at the Singapore Management University helping to develop and profile societal leaders through training programmes for young leaders and documenting oral history of eminent leaders.
He has more than 12 years of work experience across diverse fields and industries including in communications, journalism, government service, management and research. His previous roles include being the Associate Director of Communications and Public Affairs at The HEAD Foundation, the CEO of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Correspondent with The Business Times and as Assistant Director (Trade Division) at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He has done adjunct academic work at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, and consulted other think-tanks and multinational companies in the areas of thought leadership, communications and public policy. Malminder has also been a speech writer to public and private sector leaders. In addition, he is a sought after moderator who has chaired panel discussions involving senior politicians, policy-makers, industry and thought leaders on topics ranging from education to public policy and from community issues to economics and international relations.
Malminder believes passionately in the power of ground-up initiatives and collective action in solving societal issues and so spends much of his time developing such efforts. He is the Director of The Birthday Collective and the Editor of The Birthday Book 2016 and co-editor of the 2017 edition.
He has also been involved in youth development efforts where he previously served as the Vice Chairman of the SINDA Youth Club. His service to SINDA saw him being awarded the SINDA Volunteer Award for three years. In addition, he was a Mentor to the Citibank-YMCA Youth for Causes programme, involved in the Singapore Indian Education Trust’s Youth Committee (Connexus), where he has led a project team on the development of the eMentoring programme, and as a Panel member of the National Youth Council’s Young Change Makers grant award.
Malminder has been appointed as a Director to *SCAPE Board, where he hopes to deepen his contribution to the youth scene in Singapore.
Within the Sikh community, Malminder has been appointed as a government representative to the Sikh Advisory Board, where he has been serving as its Secretary since 2010, advising the government on matters pertaining to the Sikh community as well as managing the rights of the Sikh community in the public domain. He was the founding member and Secretary of the Coordinating Council of Sikh Institutions (CCSI) and served on the Sikh Welfare Council’s management committee. He is also a member of the Naam Ras Kirtan Darbar organizing committee and actively involved in several other community initiatives and task forces. Particularly, Malminder has contributed to developing thought leadership within the community. He previously edited the Sikh community’s SG50 commemorative publication titled “Singapore at 50 – 50 Sikhs and their Contributions to Nation-building” produced by YSA. He is currently co-editing a new book volume titled Sikh Voices with its inaugural issue due to be launched at the end of 2017.
At the national level, Malminder serves on several committees. These include the Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony, the Strengthening National Service task force and the Ministry of Defence’s ACCORD committee helping to formalise the SAB Volunteer Corps.
Professionally, Malminder was elected to serve by the media sector on the Singapore Press Club management committee for two consecutive terms and by alumni of his alma mater, the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, as the first Vice President of its Alumni Association, which he co-founded. He also previously contributed his expertise to the Singapore Hockey Federation in the areas of marketing and Talent Development.
Malminder was previously involved in political activism in Singapore where he served as the Chairman of the Fifth PAP Policy Forum Council having served as its Assistant Secretary before. He was a member of the PAP HQ EXCO committee, member of the Central District Committee, on the Editorial Board of the Petir magazine and a petition writer at the Kebun Baru and Tampines East branches.
Malminder has written and spoken on an array of topics and has contributed a chapter on comparative youth activism in a book published by the Association of Muslim Professionals. He was also the Lead Writer for the Action Community for Entrepreneurship’s (ACE) recommendations on Entrepreneurship to the 2010 Economic Strategies Committee. He is a frequent contributor to publications regionally on his views on international relations, economics, public policy and youth activism. He combines his desire for spirituality with his love for the literary arts in dabbling in Sikh poetry writing through the Sikhnificant pseudonym, which currently has an Instagram page.
Malminderjit graduated from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom with an Honours degree in Economics, where he was an active member of the student government. In 2008, he completed a Master of Science degree in International Political Economy from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University.