The work of the organization is guided by an elected Council, and by a small group of advisors. The present Chairman of the SIIA is Associate Professor Simon SC Tay, a professor of law at the National University of Singapore, and former Chairman of Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA). The SIIA’s founders include academics and enthusiasts, among them Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large. From the 1980s to the early 1990s, the SIIA was chaired by Dr Lau Teik Soon, former Member of Parliament who helped start the influential ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies network (ASEAN-ISIS), of which the SIIA is a founding member. In 2005, Former President S.R. Nathan became the SIIA’s first Honorary Member.
The SIIA is an independent organization, funded by foundations, membership subscriptions and corporate sponsorship. We receive no regular funding from the Singapore government. We welcome opportunities to work with any organization committed to making Singapore a better-informed, more cosmopolitan society that understands the region and contributes actively to its development.
In 2013, the institute was ranked as the top think tank in Asia and the Pacific by the 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings.