Ronald Tong is the Deputy Executive Director of the Office of Space Technology & Industry (OSTIn), Singapore’s national space office. He has served over 15 years in the defence and diplomacy sectors, where he commanded Singapore's largest fighter squadron, negotiated milestone bilateral defence agreements between Singapore and US, and led the Air Force's transformation in the face of disruptive threats. He is also responsible for setting OSTIn’s strategic direction, delivering on it’s mandate to grow a vibrant space ecosystem, shape international Space norms and build fruitful international relationships with public and private Space entities.
Ronald joined OSTIn as Deputy Executive Director in September 2022. Today, he leads teams of mission-driven Space champions in OSTIn to 1) develop and carry out Singapore's national space strategy, 2) grow a vibrant and thriving Space industry and ecosystem, 3) promote research & development in Space technologies and translating them to commercial use 4) develop workforce and talent for Space, 5) shape international Space norms and build fruitful international relationships with public and private Space entities, and 6) create local legislation to govern Space activities.
Ronald has formerly held various command and staff appointments such as Group Head of Strategies and Plans in the Air Operations Department, where he oversaw current and future operations for the RSAF from 2020 to 2021.
Between 2019 and 2020, he was Director (International) of MINDEF Policy Office where he oversaw the bilateral defence relations between Singapore and the Americas, Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, and Africa.
He graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a Master of Science in Management for Experienced Leaders (MSx), also known as the Sloan Fellow program. He has also been an officer and fighter pilot with over 1000 flying hours on the F-16s.