- Ye Minn Thein (MPM Class of 2008), Myanmar
Every journey to success, starts with a single step
The bright, young, optimistic man, who harboured great ambitions to help others, hails from Myanmar and graduated in 2009 from the LKY School with Masters in Public Management. Mr. Ye Minn Thein is a diplomat and currently serves as the First Secretary of Myanmar Embassy in New Delhi.
- Terence Tan (MPP Class of 2010), Singapore
Public Policy and Law: A Promising Career Ahead
Bachelor of Laws degree with first class honours concurrently from the NUS Faculty of Law. Still just 26 years old, he has gone on to join the select ranks of top law graduates recruited by the Singapore Legal Service from NUS and other top universities to serve in its prestigious, 18-month Justices’ Law Clerk (JLC) Programme.
- Zhomart Abiyessov (MPM Class of 2007), Kazakhstan
Making a Mark in Central Asia
Mr. Abiyessov’s (MPM 2007 graduate) is contributing to transform his country by implementing a new HR policy. With the support of President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev and the People’s Democratic Party Nur Otan (PDP) the new HR policy has been initiated to select the best of the best among the Party’s members and staff, government officials and Kazakh citizens. These young talents are being trained to become the future public officials and key policy makers in the Kazakh Government who will realize the strategy of “Kazakhstan 2030”.
Ferdinand “Andy” Cui Jr (MPM Class of 2007), Philippines
Cui Scales New Heights in Manila’s Malacañang Palace
LKY School alumnus Ferdinand “Andy” Cui Jr., MPM Class of 2007, was recently named the Philippines’ undersecretary for policy and project performance system, the highest career position in the Philippine presidential office’s management staff, or PMS.
- Amarendu Nandy (PhD 2009), India
LKY School Awards First Doctorate Degree to Amarendu Nandy
Amarendu Nandy became the first graduate of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Doctoral Programme in August 2009, a major milestone for the school. Nandy, who specialises in the field of international migration, assumed his new role as associate professor at the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) in India in September. His specific research interests are in areas of development and pension economics, issues concerning international migration and social security.
- Tan Chuan-Jin (MPM Class of 2007), Singapore
LKY School Alumnus Tan Chuan-Jin Serves as National Day Parade Chairman
Singapore celebrated the 44th anniversary of its founding on August 9 with its annual National Day Parade (NDP), a spectacular show of military might, fireworks and cultural performances. LKY School alumnus Brigadier-General Tan Chuan-Jin (MPM 2007) served as chairman of the executive committee of the NDP. Tan, who also led Singapore’s humanitarian efforts in Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami, shares his experiences heading Singapore’s most important event of the year.
- Quak Hiang Whai (MPA Class of 2009), Singapore
Urging Asian Governments & Businesses to Engage Media
Quak Hiang Whai, an LKY School alumnus, veteran journalist and a former news editor of the Business Times, recently published Don’t Quote Me, a book on media relations and corporate communications. In this interview he argues that companies and governments in Asia must become more media savvy.
- Prakhar Sharma (MPP Class of 2006), India
Arming Afghanistan with Research
When Prakhar Sharma, MPP Class of ’06, took his first class with Professor Ann Florini on global issues and institutions, he knew that his career path would not be that of a modern-day bureaucrat. Instead, he ended up advising policymakers in war-torn Afghanistan.
- Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones (MPM Class of 2006), Philippines
LKY School Alumna Velasco-Allones Honoured by Philippines President
LKY alumna Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones, known as Tonette, received “The Outstanding Young Men” (TOYM) award in December 2009 from President Gloria Arroyo together with five other recipients. Deemed one of the most prestigious awards bestowed on young Filipino achievers, The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award is given out annually in recognition of exemplary excellence and leadership demonstrated in advancing the interest of fellow countrymen.
Master in Public Policy Alumni
- Bianca-Martina Rohner, MPP (LKY)/MPA (Sciences Po Paris – Master of Public Affairs) 2009, Germany
“Coming to the LKY School was my first time in Asia. Every day I had the opportunity to interact with students who come from more than 30 different countries and to learn from their experiences, their culture and their backgrounds...”
- Christian Ksoll, Double Degree MPP (LKY)/MPA (Sciences-Po Paris) 2010, Germany
“The analytical and theoretical skills I obtained at the LKY School help me to better understand the complex situations in which policies are made...”
- Limon Bade Rodriguez, Double Degree MPP (LKY)/MPA (Columbia SIPA) 2009, Phillipines
“I chose to study at the School because it is a global, as much as it is an Asian, public policy school. What makes it global is that its curriculum is comparable to other leading public policy schools in the world, and it has an international faculty and student body...”
- Prio Sambodho, MPP 2010, Indonesia
“Witnessing society in transition in Indonesia has opened my eyes to how urgently we need better public policy...”
- Ramakrishna Venkata, MPP 2010, India
“I was drawn to the LKY School because I wanted to pursue a PhD in Public Policy, and I believed that studying in Asia gives me the best opportunity to appreciate the art of policy making...”
- Saad Gulzar, MPP (LKY)/ MPA (SIPA, Columbia) 2010, Pakistan
“LKY is one of the few public policy schools with an Asian focus that are being recognized for their amazing faculty and facilities. For me the choice was made simpler by the LKY School’s generous financial support for its students...”
- Sitora Shokamolova, MPP 2010, Tajikistan
“The programme here forced me to think out of the box, search for new solutions to existing policy problems, and search for creativity and innovations in the field. It was a completely new approach for me...”
- Vo Thi Lan Phuong, MPP 2009, Vietnam
“Joining the MPP program was the most difficult and brave decision I have made in my life. I had to leave my good job, elderly mother and young daughter behind. However, when I look back, it was the best decision I had ever made...”
Master in Public Administration Alumni
- Corey Bennett Christianson, MPA 2009/2010, USA
“I came to the School after five years working in Vietnam on various development initiatives, primarily at the grassroots level. The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy offers the diversity I was looking for...”
- Mirfath Ismail Shafeeq, MPA 2009, Maldives
“The method of teaching is excellent here, and its mode of delivery is such that it is extremely easy to grasp the concepts and theories. It further helped that the lecturers incorporate their practical experiences into their lectures...”
- Rupinder Brar, MPA 2010, India
“Having spent two decades learning the brass-tacks of delivering results with the government in India, I felt the need to understand better, the nuances of governance in the modern global milieu, in a century that belongs to Asia...”
- Tan Sin Heng Daniel, MPA 2010, Singapore
“Having served in the Singapore Police Force for 14 years, my objective was to broaden my perspective of public administration and governance. My expectations have definitely been met here at the LKY School...”
- Wang Yan, MPA 2010, China
“I come from a place that shares a long history of reciprocal exchanges and cooperation with Singapore. We have also resorted to Singapore’s guidance in good practices of governance...”