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Nicholas Fang, Director, Security and Global Affairs

Nicholas Fang moderating the panel on "The TPP and the Future of Trade" at the 9th ASEAN & Asia Forum (2016)

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
2 weeks 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

8 months 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

11 months 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

11 months 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

1 year 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

1 year ago
Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Had the pleasure of sitting down with Professor Tommy Koh last week to hear his thoughts on ASEAN which turns 50 today. Prof Koh is a true guru on ASEAN and had a key role in drafting the ... See more

#ASEAN turns 50 today. To celebrate #ASEANday and this milestone, we're launching "ASEAN at 50: A Video Project by the SIIA". We're speaking with experts, business leaders, and regular citizens, ... See more

2 years ago
Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Welcome news, and momentum to keep driving on.

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has been ranked among the top Asian think tanks for the fifth year running. The 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index by the University of ... See more

2 years ago
Vehicle carbon emissions scheme under review

Holistic approach needed to find the cleanest option for our air.


Cars are likely to have to be far cleaner than they are today to qualify for green incentives.. Read more at

2 years ago

The regional threat of terrorism persists, and will require a united ASEAN to counter and maintain peace and stability.

An #IslamicState cell is using the eastern Malaysian state as a transit point whereby militants from the region get to Marawi City, which is the stronghold of Philippine militant group Abu Sayyf ... See more

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