The Chicago Council on Global Affairs today announced that Ambassador Chan Heng Chee has been selected as this year’s Marshall M. Bouton Asia Fellow. Ambassador Chan is ambassador-at-large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry, and previously served as Singapore’s ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the United Nations. A veteran in US-Asian diplomacy, Ambassador Chan served in Washington for 16 years, from 1996 to 2012, and was the first female ambassador to the United States from an East Asian country.
“Ambassador Chan joins us at a critical time given Asia’s emerging rise as the engine of global growth,” said Ambassador Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “We’re thrilled to welcome the Ambassador as she brings invaluable insight on the transformative relationship both within Asia and between Asia and the US.”
Ambassador Chan will visit Chicago October 11-19 and deliver the Marshall M. Bouton Public Lecture on October 16 discussing the changing world order and global power dynamics. During her visiting fellowship, she will meet with civic, academic, and business leaders who are interested in her insights and expertise on Asian diplomacy, economics, and growth. She previously came to Chicago to speak at the Council’s Forum on Global Cities in 2016, on “The Power and Limitations of Global Cities.”
“While trade with China and diplomacy with the Korean peninsula continue to make headlines, the ASEAN region is experiencing profound economic, social, and political change. A more engaged relationship with the US during this critical moment will be greatly beneficial,” said Ambassador Chan Heng Chee.
This annual visiting fellowship was created to explore Asia’s growing economic and political development. Ambassador Chan is the third recipient of this fellowship – an endowment on behalf of former Council President Marshall M. Bouton.
Ambassador Chan chairs the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She is global co-chair of Asia Society, chairman of the National Arts Council, a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, a member of the Constitutional Commission 2016 and deputy chairman of the Social Science Research Council.