Emeritus Senior Minister
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was honoured by his alma mater, Raffles Institution, in 2013, with the Gryphon Award, which recognises Rafflesians who have made significant contributions to the community and nation. In his 14 years leading Singapore as its second prime minister, Goh brought the city-state through several crises, including the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the 2011 Singapore embassies attack plot by Jemaah Islamiyah, the economic recession in 2001-2003 and the 2003 Sars outbreak. He retired as senior minister from the Cabinet after the 2011 elections but continues to play an active role in public life, both locally and abroad. In September, he visited Beijing and Tianjin in China, commemorating the fifth Anniversary of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, which is the second government-to-government project between Singapore and China. Earlier in the year, Goh travelled to Myanmar to attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia. Goh still serves as senior advisor to the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is a patron of the Institute of Policy Studies at NUS. Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew received the Gryphon award in 2011.