Professor Dr. Ong Kian-Ming was the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysia from July 2018 to February 2020. He was a two-term Member of Parliament from 2013 to 2022, serving the largest parliamentary constituency in the country.

He was a former Fulbright Scholar and holds a PhD in Political Science from Duke University, an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Prior to his political life, he was formerly a lecturer at UCSI University, a researcher at the Socio-Economic Development and Research (SEDAR) Institute and the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Studies (INSAP) and a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the Kuala Lumpur office.

Professor Dr. Ong Kian-Ming is currently the Program Director, Philosophy Politics & Economics, at Taylor’s University, Malaysia). The PPE program will be the first of its kind in the country.

He was a Senior Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute from March 2023 to September 2023.

He is Senior Adviser to Global Counsel, an international advisory firm. He works primarily with the office in Singapore and member of the Board of Directors of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

He was an ASEAN Scholar in Singapore and completed his “O” and “A” levels in Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College respectively.

He enjoys jogging, watching movies, and listening to podcasts in his spare time.