Guest of Honour
Mr Bilahari Kausikan
We are honoured to have with us Mr. Bilahari Kausikan, our Guest-of-Honour, who will grace the Opening Ceremony of this year’s conference.
Mr. Kausikan received his education from Raffles Institution, the then-University of Singapore (now the National University of Singapore), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Political Science, as well as Columbia University, New York, where he attained a Master of Arts degree in Political Science.
Mr. Kausikan began his career in the Civil Service in 1981 as a Foreign Service Officer before he joined the Administrative Service in 1983. He was elected as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1994 to 1995, serving concurrently as the Ambassador to Finland. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Kausikan was appointed as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, serving concurrently as Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to Canada. In 1998, he was appointed Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and subsequently served as the Second Permanent Secretary and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2013. He served as Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large from 2013 to 2018.
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kausikan has served in a variety of positions, including Director for Southeast Asia, Director for East Asia and the Pacific, as well as Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia. Presently, Mr. Kausikan serves as Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute at the National University of Singapore.
For his service, Mr. Kausikan has been awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) and the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal) by the government of the Republic of Singapore. He has also been awarded the Order of Bernado O’ Higgins (Gran Cruz) by the President of the Republic of Chile in 2002, and the Oman Civil Merit Order (Second Class) by the Sultan of Oman in 2013.
Mass Activity and Dinner & Dance
Ultimately, we strive to make one’s experience at SDYC fulfilling, memorable, and enjoyable. Our Dinner & Dance, as well as Mass Activity, provide opportunities to bond and socialise with fellow delegates beyond committee sessions. Needless to say, delegates can expect to break away from intense debate and enter into more lighthearted fun.
Our Dinner & Dance – shorthanded as D&D – will not only fill appetites, but will certainly sate a delegate’s desire for entertainment as well. There will be a repertoire of exciting performances and fresh, new activities on stage for delegates to participate in. Furthermore, there will be plenty of opportunities for delegates to memorialise the D&D experience with companions both old and new. One thing is for sure: when it all begins, delegates will be easily swept up by the infectious atmosphere of the room.
For the sake of mystery, we will hold out on revealing much about the Mass Activity we have planned this year. However, delegates can expect their discursive skills and leading capabilities to be put to the test once more, albeit in a much less weighty circumstance. There will be strategy, contest, alliances as well as deception, in a frantic race for the finish. Returning delegates should not be fooled by a sense of familiarity. We promise that the experience has been reinvigorated and it will be equally thrilling and challenging to all.
Many thanks to our delegate affairs team and enjoy SDYC!