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Her Excellency Karen Tan


The new Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations, Karen Tan, presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Until her appointment, Ms. Tan was High Commissioner to India since February 2011, and was concurrently accredited to Bhutan and Nepal from May 2011 to June 2013.

Before taking up her post in New Delhi, Ms. Tan served as Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva from September 2007 to December 2010.  She was Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic between February 2004 and August 2007.

She also served as First Secretary in Paris, from 1989 to 1992, and as Counsellor and subsequently Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York from 1997 to 1999.  She held various positions at the Ministry’s headquarters, including Senior Deputy Director of Policy Planning and Analysis Directorate IV, Director of Human Resources and Director of Policy, Planning and Analysis Directorate II, having joined the foreign service in 1985.


Ms. Tan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of London, and a Master of Science in European studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She was born in Singapore in April 1964.

Contact Information

Permenent Mission of Singapore to the united Nations
231 East 51st St.
New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 826-0840

Website: www.mfa.gov.sg/newyork/