LSE - Shaping East Asia

LSE graduates in East Asia, as with many LSE graduates across the world, have been influential in shaping the economic, political and social developments in their home countries and the region. The below is a sample of some of those individuals.


LSE Year & Major


Fei Xiaotong


PhD, Anthropology, 1939

Leading Chinese sociologist, anthropologist and social activist. (Deceased 2005)

Yang Jiechi

International Relations, 1975

State Councilor of China (2013-)

Goh Keng Swee

BSc Econ, 1951 & PhD Econ 1956

Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, (Deceased 2010)

Tharman Shanmugaratnam

BSc Econ, 1981

Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (2011-)

Yu Kuo-Hwa

Anthropology, 1949

Premier, Taiwan (1984-89) (Deceased 2000)

Marty Natalegawa

BSc International Relations, 1984

Foreign Minister of Indonesia (2009-2014)

Tsai Ing-wen

PhD, Law, 1984

President (Elect) of Taiwan (2016-)

Thanin Kraivichien

LLB, 1953

Prime Minister of Thailand, 1976-1977

Puey Ungphakorn

BSc Econ, 1941 & PhD Econ 1949

Governor of Bank of Thailand (Deceased 1999)

Piyasvasti Amranand

MSc Econ, 1977 & PhD Econ, 1979

Energy Minister of Thailand (2006-2008)



Goh Keng Swee, LSE BSc 1951 & PhD 1956 - Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, 1973-1984

Fei Xiaotong at LSE in 1986

Puey Ungphakorm, BSc Econ, 1941 & PhD Econ 1949, Governor of Bank of Thailand