Who's coming for the White House state dinner for PM Lee: Guest list of Singapore and US attendees

(From left) US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, US Vice-President Joe Biden and actress Keri Russell are among the attendees at the White House state dinner.
(From left) US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, US Vice-President Joe Biden and actress Keri Russell are among the attendees at the White House state dinner. PHOTOS: AFP, MFA, EPA, REUTERS

US President Barack Obama hosts Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning Singapore time). 

The black-tie banquet will feature 200 guests such as prominent US politicians and members of the Singapore delegation, including Cabinet Ministers Vivian Balakrishnan, Chan Chun Sing and Ong Ye Kung.

On the US side, prominent political attendees are US Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defence Ash Carter.

Others include celebrated American author Amy Tan, former Democratic representative Gabby Giffords and AOL CEO and chairman Timothy Armstrong.

Here is the full list of guests:

Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, The White House

Ms Sharon Yuan

Timothy Armstrong, chairman & chief executive officer, AOL Inc.

Nancy Armstrong

Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Delegation


Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs. PHOTO: MFA

Ms Joy Balakrishnan

Jim Bankoff, chairman & chief executive officer, Vox Media

Diane Bankoff

Finnegan Biden

Frank Biden, president, School Property Development

Mindy Ward

Joe Biden, US Vice-President


US Vice-President Joe Biden speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 27.  PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Jill Biden

Tony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, US Department of State

Evan Ryan

Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, DC and Jason Turner


Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser (left) and Mr Jason Turner arrive for the state dinner in honour of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House in Washington, on Aug 2. PHOTO: AFP

John Brennan, director, Central Intelligence Agency


Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan discusses his agency's strategy in the face of emerging challenges during an event at the Brookings Institution on July 13 in Washington. PHOTO: AFP

Katherine Brennan

Rosalind Brewer, president & chief executive officer, Sam's Club

John Brewer

Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of Tampa, Florida


Mr Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of Tampa, speaks during a campaign event in Tampa, Florida, on July 22.  PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Catherine Marie Buckhorn

Kristie Canegallo, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation, The White House

Erin Murphy

Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defence, US Department of Defence


US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter speaks during a press conference at a meeting of defence ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL in Maryland, July 20. PHOTO: AFP

Stephanie Carter

Bob Casey, US Senator (Pennsylvania) and Terese Foppiano Casey


Senator Bob Casey (left) and Mrs Terese Foppiano Casey arrive for the state dinner at the White House on Aug 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Shaun Casey, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, US Department of State

Ann Wallace Casey

Loh Chin Hua, chief executive officer, Keppel Corporation


Mr Loh Chin Hua, chief executive officer of Keppel Corp. PHOTO: ST FILE 

Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Singapore Delegation


Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. PHOTO: ST FILE

James Clapper, director, US Department of National Intelligence


US National Intelligence director James Clapper attends the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL: Joint Plenary Session at the State Department in Washington on July 21. PHOTO: REUTERS

Susan Clapper

Michael Cohen, retired

Daralyn Samuels

Stephen Collinson, CNN and Geraldine Carroll


CNN reporter Stephen Collinson (left) and Ms Geraldine Carroll arrive for the state dinner at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: AFP

Christopher James De Souza, Member of Parliament, Singapore Delegation

Brian Deese, Assistant to the President & Senior Adviser, The White House

Heather Deese

Laurent Delanney, associate director of global sponsorship, Rolex SA

Caroline Delanney

Matthew Doherty, executive director, US Interagency Council on Homelessness

Dean Thorp

Suzy George, Deputy Assistant to the President & Executive Secretary & Chief of Staff of the National Security Council, The White House

Nate Tibbits

Gabrielle Giffords, rormer US Representative (Arizona), and Captain Mark Kelly


Ms Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly arrive for the state dinner at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: AFP

Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control & International Security, US Department of State


Ms Rose Gottemoeller speaking at Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Moscow. PHOTO: AFP 

Raymond Arnaudo

Steven Green, chief executive officer, Greenstreet Real Estate Partners

Dorothea Green

Avril Haines, Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Adviser, The White House

David Davighi

Major Jeremy Haynes, letter writer, and Chelsea Haynes


Major Jeremy Haynes and Chelsea Haynes arrive for the state dinner at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Dennis Heck, US Representative (Washington)

Paula Heck

Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore


Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore.  PHOTO: ST FILE

Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, US Department of State


US Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom.  PHOTO: AFP

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda

Fred Hochberg, chairman & president, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Thomas Healy

Robert Holleyman, Deputy US Trade Representative, US Trade Representative

Bill Keller

William Hurley, general manager, Chaotic Moon Studios

Brooks Hurley

Sherrilyn Ifill, president & director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc

Amali Ifill-Knobloch

S Iswaran, Minister for Trade & Industry of the Republic of Singapore, Singapore Delegation

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser & Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Engagement, The White House

Yohannes Abraham

Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President & Cabinet Secretary, The White House

Chng Kai Fong, Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Singapore Delegation

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of State for Management, US Department of State

Betty Swope

John Kerry, Secretary of State, US Department of State

Joe Kiani, chief executive officer, Masimo Corporation

Sarah Kiani

John King, Secretary of Education, US Department of Education

Melissa Steel King

Chad Kreikemeier, Special Assistant to the President & Senate Legislative Affairs Liaison, The White House

Elizabeth Kreikemeier

Daniel Kritenbrink, Senior Director for Asian Affairs, The White House

Joyce Kritenbrink

Stephen Lee, chairman, Singapore Airlines

Jacob Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, US Department of the Treasury

Shirley Gathers

Ray Mabus, Secretary, US Navy

Lynne Mabus

Casey Mace, Director for Maritime South-east Asia, The White House

Anne Milligan Mace

Rahayu Mahzam, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Singapore, Singapore Delegation

Sheila Marcelo, founder, chairman & chief executive officer, Care.com

Ron Marcelo

Edward Markey, US Senator (Massachusetts)

Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal

Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security

Tanya Mayorkas

Colonel Frank W. McGurk, US Army (Retired)

Mary McGurk

Nicholas McQuaid, Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy Counsel to the President, The White House

Katie McQuaid

Chrisette Michele, singer, and Doug Ellison


Singer Chrisette Michele (left) and Doug Ellison arrive for the State Dinner at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Tom Miller, Attorney-General, State of Iowa

Matthew Miller

Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the US, Singapore Delegation

Gouri Mirpuri

Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Counterterrorism, The White House

Professor Chua Nam Hai, deputy chairman, Temasek Life Science Laboratory

Bill Nelson, US Senator (Florida) and Grace Nelson


Senator Bill Nelson (left) and Mrs Grace Nelson arrive for the state dinner at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Douglas Oberhelman, chairman & chief executive officer, Caterpillar Inc.

Diane Oberhelman

Michael Brush, Deputy Assistant to the President & Director of Advance & Operations

Sue Pang

Deven J. Parekh, managing director, Insight Venture Partners

Monika Parekh

Yolanda Parker, chief executive officer, The Collective Group

Fred Parker

Ong Peng Tsin, founding partner, Monk Hill Ventures

Stefano Pessina, executive vice-chairman & chief executive officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Ornella Barra

Adrian Fenty and Laurene Powell Jobs, founder, Emerson Collective


Ms Laurene Powell Jobs (right) and former Washington mayor Adrian Fenty arrive for the state dinner at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: AFP

Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations and Cass Sunstein


US Ambassador Samantha Power (right) and Mr Cass Sunstein arrive for the state dinner at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce, US Department of Commerce

Dr Bryan Traubert

Jennifer Psaki, Assistant to the President & Director of Communications, The White House

Gregory Mecher

Bryan Rafanelli, Founder, president & chief creative officer, Rafanelli Events

Mark Edward Walsh

Dr. Ely Ratner, Deputy National Security Adviser to the Vice-President, The White House

Jennifer Ratner

Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, The White House

Ann Norris

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, Actors


Actors Keri Russell (left) and Matthew Rhys arrive for the state dinner at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Susan Rice, Assistant to the President & National Security Adviser, The White House

Ian Cameron

Charles Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic & Business Affairs, US Department of State

Susan Tolson

Craig Robinson, college basketball analyst, ESPN and Kelly Robinson


Craig Robinson and his wife Kelly Robinson arrive for the state dinner in honour of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: AFP

Philip Rosenthal, writer & producer

Monica Rosenthal

Robert Rubenstein, chief executive officer, Rubenstein Law

Janice Santiago

Daniel Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs, US State Department

Keiko Russel

Charles Scharf, chief executive officer, Visa Inc.

Amy Scharf

Peter Selfridge, Chief of Protocol, US Department of State

Parita Selfridge

LTC Wong Shi Ming, Lieutenant-Colonel, Singapore Armed Forces

Siew Gay Ong, Chief of Protocol, Singapore Delegation

Darlene Superville, The Associated Press

Rae Chel Superville

Lynn Sweet, The Chicago Sun-Times

Mary Shearer

Amy Tan, author


Author Amy Tan arrives for the state dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama for Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House in Washington on Aug 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Louis DeMattei

Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President & Chief of Staff to the First Lady, The White House

Kirk Wagar, US Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore

Crystal Meredith Wagar

Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Delegation

Amy Weinblum, chief of staff, Harpo Studios/OWN

Michael Weber

Peter Welch, US Representative (Vermont)

Margaret Cheney

Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education & Senior Minister of State for Defense, Singapore Delegation

Chia Yong Yong, Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore

Dewi Muliana

Jeff Zeleny, CNN

James Courtovich