Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture
Tam Chon Weng
Mr Tam Chon Weng was born in Burma in July 1962, of a family from Xinhui, Guangdong Province. He is married and has two daughters. Mr Tam has a PhD in Business Administration from Nankai University; a Master’s degree in International Business & Entrepreneurship (supported by government scholarship) from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom; a Bachelor’s degree in Business Adminstration from the National Chengchi University in Taiwan; a Bachelor of Law degree from the China University of Political Science and Law; a Higher Diploma in Portuguese Language and Culture in the Lisbon University Institute in Portugal; and a Diploma in Human Resource Management and Strategic Management from the Catholic University of Portugal.
He also completed several public administration and management programmes organised by the Civil Service College Singapore and the Macao Government; a fundamental training workshop for middle- and high-ranking civil servants of Macao and courses on policy-making for senior civil servants, jointly organised by the Chinese Academy of Governance and the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Government. Mr Tam graduated from Pui Ching Middle School, Macao.
Mr Tam’s previous positions included: Chief-of-Office of the Chief Executive’s Office during December 2009 to December 2014; Government Spokesperson; co-ordinator of the Macao delegation in the Macao-Portugal Joint Committee; official representative of the communication mechanism on Taiwan Affairs of the MSAR Government; government delegate at the broadcaster Teledifusão de Macao, S.A. (TDM); Macao representative in the co-ordination mechanism for the Secretary-Generals in the Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) Regional Cooperation; director of the Macao liaison office of Guangdong-Macao Cooperation; head of the Macao follow-up working group under the Framework Agreement on Cooperation Between Guangdong and Macao; deputy head of the Guangzhou-Macao Co-operation Taskforce; deputy head of the Zhuhai-Macao Cooperation Conference; and head of the Zhuhai-Macao Hengqin Development Working Group.
Mr Tam was Secretary-General of the Organising Committee of the APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting in 2014. In March 2010, he was appointed to head the drafting group of the Framework Agreement on Cooperation Between Guangdong and Macao. Subsequently, Mr Tam was appointed to head a preparatory office of the Guangdong-Macao Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Industrial Park.
On 20 December 1999, Mr Tam was appointed Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR. He was then assigned by the Secretary to be the government representative at the Science and Technology Committee, Standing Committee for the Coordination of Social Affairs, Consultative Commission for Women’s Affairs, and representative of the University Council of the University of Macau. He was the chairman of the Coordinating Council for Training Activities of the Institute for Tourism Studies. He was also a member of the Government’s education committee, Macau Grand Prix Committee and a member of Macao’s supporting committee for reconstruction in post-earthquake Sichuan.
Mr Tam was elected chairman of the Regional Follow-up Committee of the World Conference in Higher Education 1998, UNESCO from 2007 to 2009.
1997- 1999 Director of the Tertiary Education Services Office; Chairman of Supervisory Board of the Social Security Fund.
1995-1997 Director of the School of Administration and Applied Sciences, in the Macao Polytechnic Institute
1994-1995 Head of Human Resource Division of the Secretary for Public Administration and Civil Service; member of the Supervisory Board of the Social Security Fund.
1990-1993 Assistant to the Secretary for Statistics and Census
1989-1990 Senior technician at the Secretariat for Statistics and Census
He is also an advisor of the Alumni Association of Pui Ching Middle School Macao, and Chairman of the Taiwan Chengchi University Alumni Association in Macau.