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Nicholas Fang, Director, Security and Global Affairs

Nicholas Fang joined the Singapore Institute of International Affairs in 2010 and is currently the institute’s director for security and global affairs.


Nicholas started his career as a journalist, and spent nine years at The Straits Times, rising to the position of senior correspondent. He then joined Singapore’s national broadcaster Mediacorp where he spent two years as business desk editor at regional news channel Channel NewsAsia, before taking on other senior editorial positions. He was most recently deputy chief editor of Singapore news at Mediacorp.


Nicholas was appointed Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament in February 2012, where he served a two-and-a-half-year term and focused on issues pertaining to national security and defence, international affairs, media and sports. He has served on the boards of non-government organisations Mercy Relief and the Social Innovation Park, and is also a member of the advisory committee of the Youth Corps Singapore. He was Team Singapore’s Chef de Mission at the 2015 South-east Asian Games hosted in Singapore.

He founded Black Dot Pte Ltd in 2012, a strategic communications consultancy that offers public relations, media, sponsorship and marketing consultancy services.

Recent Content
1 year ago
China's naval expansionism is natural path for emerging global power

Some thoughts on the potential #militarisation of this region, which is a constant concern for some who live here. At the same time, the ability to project military power is part of the natural ... See more

Potential Chinese ports in Cambodia and Pakistan frighten regional rivals

1 year ago
Getting Singaporeans involved in the fight against fake news

A rising threat that requires a holistic and broad-based solution. #fakenews #factchecking #oneteamsingapore ... See more

Hardly a month goes by without the subject of fake news making the news, including in Singapore. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests that most Singaporeans remain largely unconcerned with this issue.

1 year ago
香格里拉对话会开幕 李显龙警示:美中对峙后果严重

Swopped cities with #VoiceofAmerica reporter Liu Libo this week as he covered the #shangriladialogue in Singapore and I traveled to Washington for work meetings, but we still managed to chat on the ... See more

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1 year ago

The recently passed #POFMA legislation is significant and groundbreaking for a number of reasons. Chatted with #SharanjitLeyl on the BBC News last Friday about the potential impact here in #singapore ... See more

2 years ago
Singapore Institute of International Affairs | The Trump-Kim bromance: is the honeymoon over?

The second #trumpkimsummit may have ended with a bit of an anticlimax, but this doesn’t mean that things will be quiet on the #koreanpeninsula. I shared some thought on the outcome and likely steps ... See more

04 Mar The Trump-Kim bromance: is the honeymoon over? Tags: Country: North Korea, Country: United States, donald trump, Leaders: Kim Jong Un, Region: Asia, Topic: Nuclear, Topic: Security by SIIA By ... See more

2 years ago
On water issue, Dr M again risks crossing a red line for Singapore

Singapore’s #waterstory is one of innovation, vulnerabilities and cross-border intricacies.

When Malaysia's opposition alliance, Pakatan Harapan, won the May 9 general election, many in the country hoped for a government that could stem corruption and move forward with reform. Many ... See more

3 years ago
Coffee with Claressa Nicholas Fang Managing Director Black Dot Communication - MONEY FM 89.3 -

It was very kind of #MoneyFM to invite me to chat about some of my experiences spanning a career in journalism, the sports scene in Singapore, and my views on politics and communications. #liveradio ... See more

Claressa chats with former National Fencer Nicholas Fang and finds out how he went on to becoming a journalist with the Straits Times, a Nominated Member of Parliament and now Managing Director of ... See more

3 years ago
Select Committee hearings: Nicholas Fang and Lim Sun Sun speak on Mar 29

I made a submission to the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods (aka Fake News) on some of what I felt were the key issues regarding the spread of fake news in Singapore, and what could ... See more

Nicholas Fang, managing director of Black Dot Pte Ltd, and Lim Sun Sun, professor of media and communication at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, spoke at the public hearings before ... See more

3 years ago

In Phnom Penh for a day to speak at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace's conference in ASEAN at Fifty. Flying in and out on the same day requires #coffee #siia #ASEAN ... See more

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