Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2011
LEE Fook Kay
BSc (Hons) 1984, PhD 1990
Chief Science and Technology Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs Singapore

Dr Lee Fook Kay is the Chief Science and Technology Officer (CSTO) in the Ministry of Home Affairs Singapore (MHA). He now leads the technology development efforts of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Home Team in counter terrorism and law enforcement. He has more than twenty years of experience in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosive (CBRE) domain and is instrumental in the strategic building and development of CBRE capabilities in Singapore.

He started his career in 1989 as Research Scientist at DSO National Laboratories, an affiliated organization under the Ministry of Defence. From 1993 to Oct 2003, Dr Lee headed the Centre for Chemical Defence in DSO. Subsequently he was appointed the Deputy Director of Defence Medical and Environmental Institute at DSO to manage defence research and development in the areas of environmental protection, biomedical sciences and human performance. He was concurrently the Director of the Chemical, Biological and Radiological Programme at DSO National Laboratories before leaving to join the Ministry of Home Affairs. Today, he remains a key advisor in the National Authority (CWC) Advisory Board.

Dr Lee is well regarded in both the local and international scientific communities. These range from technology institutes in chemical and biological defence to international bodies like the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Expert Group for the Biological Weapons Convention and the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC).

Dr Lee's pioneering efforts in building Singapore’s CBRE defence research have won him several awards, including the Defence Technology Prize and the Public Administration Medal (Silver). He has also been conferred the credentials of Chartered Chemist by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

"I strongly believe that Science can secure our lives."

In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, we honour Dr Lee Fook Kay with the 2011 Outstanding Science Alumnus Award.