Alvin Tan is currently appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and the Ministry of Trade & Industry. He was previously the Director and Head of Public Policy & Economics (APAC) at LinkedIn. Alvin’s career spans the private, public and non-profit sectors. He began as a tank platoon commander and a military intelligence officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. He then worked in Oxfam Australia, the United Nations (in the Office of the UN Secretary-General in New York), and was Vice President at Goldman Sachs (Asia-Pacific) before joining Facebook as Head of Trust & Safety (Southeast Asia).
Alvin is also active in trade associations (US-ASEAN Business Council and Asia Business Trade Association), and helped build the Asia Internet Coalition as Vice Chairman. He is also passionate about the local community, having volunteered in the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng (KAKS) community for 14 years primarily serving seniors and the poor. Currently, he is Secretary to the KAKS Citizens Consultative Committee, Chair of the KAKS Inter-Racial & Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC), and a member of the REACH Supervisory Panel and the Media Literacy Council. Having joined Advisory’s Board in his quest to contribute to the youth community, Alvin hopes to share his many experiences and inspire Advisory’s members to pursue life anchored on humility, integrity, grit and respectfulness.