Professor Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal

Prof Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal started his career in 1985 as a Product Engineer with Texas Instruments and spent 13 years with the company, where he progressed through the ranks and became Director of Operations of its Singapore plant. In 1998, he left Texas Instruments to start United Test and Assembly Centre Limited (UTAC), a Singapore-based semiconductor test and assembly company, which became a unicorn only three years after its inception.

He has founded other companies such as Tri Star Electronic, a global distributor of consumer electronic products; semiconductor engineering firm Infiniti Solutions; and Solstar International (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a leading home appliances and consumer electronics brand, which today sells in many parts of Asia and Africa. Prof Singh is currently Solstar’s CEO. In 2009, he also helped start Urah Transdermal, a life-science research company that has developed and patented technologies for the delivery of active molecules through the skin barriers to biological targets.

Prof Singh also served the nation as a Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC from 1996 to 2015, after first becoming a grassroots leader in 1984. He held various positions, including as Deputy Government Whip and Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance and Trade and Industry.

He has lent his time to other causes. From 1995 to 2012, Prof Singh served as Deputy Chairman of the Action Community for Entrepreneurs, a Singapore national committee involved in Entrepreneurship Policy and Advocacy. He has also served as a board member in several Statutory and Public Bodies, including the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Spring Singapore. In addition, Prof Singh was previously a member of NTU’s Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Board for NTUitive, NTU’s Innovation and Enterprise company.

An active angel investor, Prof Singh is the President of the Global Startup Committee of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. He has written a book, The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship, capturing his experiences as an entrepreneur.

In addition to his degree in Electronics Engineering from NTU, Prof Singh has an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, and an Honorary Doctorate from Amity University Noida, India.

Prof Singh has previously been honoured at the Nanyang Alumni Awards, receiving the Nanyang Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Nanyang Alumni Service Award in 2002.

In recognition of his achievements as a serial entrepreneur and extraordinary contributions to the public sector, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Nanyang Technological University, is proud to present Prof Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal with the EEE Outstanding Alumni Award.