CHRISTOPHER DE SOUZA
Mr Christopher de Souza, aged 35, was educated at St Michael’s Primary School, St Joseph’s Institution and Raffles Junior College. His interest in legal affairs saw him graduated in Law with First Class Honours from King’s College London where he topped his graduating Class. He then pursued the BCL Masters degree at the University of Oxford where he graduated with Distinction. He was awarded a Shell scholarship while at Oxford and received several book prizes when at King's College London, including the Jelf Medal for his academic and sporting achievements at the University.
During his years of practice as a lawyer, Mr de Souza was appointed Justices’ Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Singapore, Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers and a registrar of the High Court before moving into private practice at law firm Lee & Lee, where he is a partner in the litigation department. His area of legal practice is commercial litigation and arbitration. Mr de Souza was recently nominated as a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum and has been invited to speak at conferences including The Singapore Legal Forum 2010 and The Temasek Forum in London.
Mr de Souza became a Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit-Timah GRC in 2006 and was appointed a member of the Government Parliamentary Committees for three ministries: Ministry of Law, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Education.
He is responsible for the Ulu Pandan ward within Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.
He believes that politics is an effective way to better the lives of Singaporeans.
Over the past 5 years, he has overseen the HDB and Town Council upgrading works in Ghim Moh, Sunset Way and Farrer Gardens and the provision of new parks, footpaths and lush greenery at many of the private estates within Ulu Pandan.
In Parliament, Mr de Souza has often raised the concerns of residents on national and constituency issues.
Mr de Souza will continue to seek new and novel ways to continue to make our neighbourhoods, homes and families safe, well-equipped and joyful.
During his schooling days, Mr de Souza was fortunate to have good teachers who encouraged his passion for sports. Because of them, Mr de Souza played Hockey for Singapore at various tournaments up to 2005. He and his team mates were proud to wear the Singapore flag on their jerseys when competing with other States. During his National Service, Mr de Souza was awarded the Sword of Honour at his officers’ commissioning parade. Before entering politics, Mr de Souza was an active volunteer at Yayasan MENDAKI and the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association.
When not at the office, Mr de Souza enjoys reading, running and spending time with his family. He is married to Sharon, a legal officer, and they have a daughter.