Professor Lee Sing Kong is the Vice President (Education Strategies) and a Professor of Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He obtained a 1st Class Honours in Horticultural Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1974, supported by the Colombo Plan Scholarship and awarded by the Public Service Commission of Singapore. He received his PhD in 1985 from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in Plant Biotechnology.
Professor Lee’s research interest is in agrotechnology, urban forestry and plant tissue culture. His passion in these areas has led to several national initiatives such as the greening of Singapore and development of new technologies for food production in the urban landscape. He researched aeroponics at the National Institute of Education (NIE), developing and adapting ground-breaking technology for the production of temperate vegetables in the tropics through rootzone modification, work that has earned him national and international recognition.
Prof Lee has served on several national committees on education, agrotechnology and biotechnology over the years and has received numerous awards for his contributions. Among his accolades are the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (1981), Save Planet Earth Merit Award (1992), Asian Innovation Award (Bronze) (1998), Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques (1999), National Technology Award 2000, Urban Agriculture Award 2000, Excellence for Singapore Award 2001, Singapore Innovation Award 2001, Public Administration Medal (Silver) (2004), Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Biology (2005), NUS Distinguished Alumni in Science Award (2009), Public Administration Medal (Gold) (2011), Medal of Honour for the Cause of Education (Vietnam) 2011 and most recently, the Medal for Distinguished Service 2013, awarded by Teachers College, Columbia University.