Tharman serves as Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in the Singapore Cabinet following the General Elections in September 2015.
He spent much of his earlier professional life at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank and integrated financial regulator, where he was chief executive before his entry to politics in 2001. He has served in economic and education appointments since then, including five years as Minister for Education. In May 2011, he was also appointed Chairman of MAS.
Tharman was appointed Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the policy steering committee of the IMF, in March 2011. He was also admitted to the Group of Thirty, also known as "The Consultative Group on International Economic and Monetary Affairs", in June 2008.
Tharman also leads the national ‘SkillsFuture’ initiative. It will give every Singaporean opportunities to develop themselves or discover new interests at every stage of life. Besides his responsibilities in government and in the PAP, Tharman is Chairman of the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute. He also chairs the Board of Trustees of SINDA.
Tharman did his undergraduate and masters education in Economics at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He later obtained a masters in Public Administration at Harvard University, where he received the Lucius N Littauer Fellow award for outstanding performance and leadership potential. He became the fifth recipient of the Award of Honorary Fellow of the Economic Society of Singapore, in July 2010.
Married to Jane Yumiko Ittogi, who is actively engaged in community work. They have four children, three boys and a girl, in their mid to late teens.