We are honoured to have His Excellency Zainal Arif Mantaha as a supporter, speaker, and jury member for #AMPLIFY Paris 2018, in conjunction with the #FranceinSG year of innovation.
After a brief career in private legal practice, Mr Mantaha joined the Singapore Foreign Service in May 1991. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Mr Mantaha has covered various portfolios, including as Director of the Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific Directorate from April 2005 to May 2006 and Director-General of the Europe Directorate from January 2011 to July 2012 and from November 2014 to June 2015.
His overseas assignments included postings in Bonn (December 1993 to March 1997), New York (March 2000 to August 2001) and London (June 2006 to September 2010).
Mr Mantaha has also been seconded by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Asia-Europe Foundation as Director for People-to-People Exchange from September 2001 to October 2004, and to the Singapore Civil Service College as Diplomat-in-Residence from January to November 2013.
Mr Mantaha has a law degree from the National University of Singapore. In 2014, he attended the Cycle international de perfectionnement (International Advanced Training Course) at the French graduate school for the civil service, École nationale d’administration (ENA), and obtained the International Diploma in Public Administration (Honours).