Saturday, April 09, 2011

Curriculum Vitae of Tan Kee Chor

TAN Kee Chor was born in Singapore on 24 June 1977.

He was educated in Chong Boon Primary School, Anderson Secondary School and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) where he graduated in 1997 with a Diploma in Business Studies. Kee Chor subsequently attained a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at UniSIM through distance learning from 2000 - 2006.

An active student leader since his secondary school days, Kee Chor was selected as a student ambassador of Ngee Ann Polytechnic from 1995-1997. Besides organising campus events and leading visitors around the campus, Kee Chor also helped conduct a familiarisation tour of Singapore for foreign students.

In the third year of polytechnic education, Kee Chor co-led a project team to win the 3rd prize of the National Business Strategy Competition (student category) for the year 1996/1997 organised by the Marketing Institute of Singapore.

After completing his secondary school education in 1994, Kee Chor worked for Prime Auto Care (PAC) as a car-grooming technician. He was retained by PAC on part-time employment in July 1995 after he began polytechnic education. Kee Chor was subsequently promoted to assistant sales supervisor in October 1995. Kee Chor ended his employment with PAC after June 1997 to enlist for National Service (NS).

During NS, Kee Chor underwent basic military training before he was deployed to Defence Finance Organisation (DFO) as a finance clerk. In February 1998, He was posted overseas to Taipei to serve as a finance clerk at a military training HQ. Kee Chor's one-year posting was subsequently extended until he was released from full-time NS in December 1999 with certification for outstanding conduct and performance.

Kee Chor began his professional career at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in February 2000 under the Management Support Officer Scheme. He was first appointed as the Assistant Corporate Affairs Officer championing the PS21 movement in MFA. He also led his team to win an Gold Award at the National Quality Circles' Convention in August 2001.

In September 2001, Kee Chor was posted to the Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh understudying as the Attaché (Admin & Consular) for four months. The short-term posting was followed by four months of pre-posting training for administrative secretaries.

Kee Chor was posted to the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei in June 2002 as the Assistant Trade Representative (Admin & Consular). During his posting, Kee Chor was also elected to the supervisory committee of the Singapore Association in Taipei from 2003-2006 where he organised numerous events for the Singapore community in Taipei. He relinquished his post in Taipei in February 2006.

Kee Chor was posted to the Internal Audit Unit in MFA HQ as an Internal Audit Officer, a position he held until October 2007.   Thereafter, Kee Chor served at the Singapore Embassy in Cairo from March 2008 to July 2011 as the Second Secretary (Admin & Consular) where he experienced the 25th January 2011 uprising and assisted many Singaporeans depart Egypt during the crisis.

Kee Chor is currently serving as Assistant Director, Recruitment & Appointments, in MFA HQ.  Since joining MFA, Kee Chor was promoted four times in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2012.  He is now a Grade 3 officer under the Foreign Service Administration Specialist Scheme.

In 2010, Kee Chor received the Excellence in Service Award from MFA and the Certificate of Recognition as an Outstanding Activist from the PS21 ExCEL Committee.

In 2011, Kee Chor received the PS21 Star Service Award and the Efficiency Medal - a National Day Award.

Besides his primary appointments in MFA, Kee Chor also undertook secondary appointments such as assistant editor for the in-house newsletter, member of the S2006 CSO sub-committee and assistant honorary treasurer for the MFA Club.

Kee Chor is married to Mdm Chong Yik Yin and they have a son.

He enjoys bowling, swimming, golf, cycling, travelling, blogging and reading.

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