Dr YAACOB Ibrahim
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim is the Minister for Communications & Information, the Minister in charge of Muslim Affairs and the Minister in charge of Cyber Security.
He was a structural engineer at Bylander Meinhardt Partnership before receiving a scholarship to pursue a PhD at Stanford University (US). He then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University (US) before joining the National University of Singapore. He is currently on leave of absence from the university as an associate professor.
Dr Yaacob has been active in community service since his school days and has been involved in the Association of Muslim Professionals, Jamiyah, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura and the Nature Society (Singapore). Dr Yaacob also served as a board member of the Civil Service College, the National Heritage Board, STV12 Pte Ltd, and Temasek Polytechnic, and as a trustee of NTUC Income, a union-linked cooperative. He has been associated with Yayasan Mendaki since its formation and has been its Chairman since March 2002.
Dr Yaacob has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1997. He served as the MP for Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) from 1997 to 2011 and Moulmein-Kallang GRC from 2011 to 2015. He is currently the MP for Jalan Besar GRC (Kolam Ayer). He was also the first Mayor of Central Singapore District from April to November 2001.
Dr Yaacob served as Parliamentary Secretary and Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology before he was appointed the Minister of State for Community Development and Sports in November 2001. In March 2002, he was appointed as the Ministry’s Acting Minister and Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs. In May the following year, he was promoted to Minister for Community Development and Sports.
In August 2004, Dr Yaacob was appointed Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. He was re-appointed in the same capacity following the May 2006 elections. Following the May 2011 elections, he was appointed Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. In November 2012, with the restructuring of ministries, Dr Yaacob became the Minister for Communications and Information. He was appointed the Minister in charge of Cyber Security in April 2015. He has been re-appointed as the Minister for Communications and Information following the September 2015 elections. He continues to be in charge of Muslim affairs and cyber security.
Dr Yaacob serves in the People’s Action Party’s Central Executive Committee as its vice-chairman.
Dr Yaacob was born in Singapore on 3 October 1955. He is married and has two children: a son and a daughter. He enjoys reading, listening to music, and meeting people.