Professor Lily Kong
Provost, Singapore Management University, Singapore

Professor Lily Kong is Provost and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences at the Singapore Management University.  

As Provost of SMU, Professor Kong is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and has the responsibility for leading the development of the university strategy and implementing policies relating to its academic activities, including teaching, learning and research, as well as faculty and student matters.  She works with the President in resource allocation to facilitate the delivery of the University’s mission.      

A graduate of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and University College London, Professor Kong was a faculty member in the NUS Department of Geography from 1991 to 2015.  She took on administrative positions from 1995, and was Sub-Dean, Vice-Dean and Dean in NUS' Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (1995 – 2003); Dean of the University Scholars Programme (2002 – 2003); Assistant Director, Office of Research (1998 – 1999); Vice Provost (Education) (2004 – 2007); Director of the Asia Research Institute (2008 – 2010); Acting Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs), Yale-NUS College (2011 – 2012); Vice-President (University and Global Relations) (2007 – 2014) and Vice-Provost (Academic Personnel) (2012-2015).   

Professor Kong is widely known for her research on religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, and national identity.  She is on a dozen editorial boards of international journals in her field, and is frequently invited as keynote speaker to conferences in her domain.  

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards including the Commonwealth Fellowship Award and the Fulbright Fellowship Award. She has also won an award from the Association of American Geographers for her contributions to the study of religion.  

She is also a member of Singapore’s Public Service Commission, and also serves on many local boards and committees, as well as internationally.