The SMP is taught by internationally recognised faculty and senior practitioners* with diverse backgrounds in government and business. Participants will be given ample opportunity to learn, share ideas and engage with them to benefit from their wealth of global experience and deep knowledge through this programme.
Prof. Jeffrey Straussman (SMP 2013 Lead Faculty) is Professor and Vice-Dean of Executive Education at the LKY School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining the LKY School, he was the Dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany. He teaches in the U.S. and abroad, focusing on public management and leadership, public expenditure management and the political economy of transition. In 1992, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences where he taught public management and policy analysis and assisted Hungarian faculty in developing a public affairs department. Straussman’s international teaching and consulting have also taken him to Macedonia, Israel, Venezuela, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Peoples’ Republic of China, Bulgaria, Malaysia, India and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. His publications on public finance and budgeting have appeared in a variety of professional journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, Administration & Society, Governance and Public Administration Review.
Dr. Ora-orn Poocharoen (SMP 2013 Co-Lead Faculty) is Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include public management reforms, public administration theories, organization theories, comparative public administration, and public policy analysis. She received her PhD in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She has a Master of Law from University of Tokyo in Political Science and a Bachelor of Law from Hitotsubashi University in International Relations, Japan. She has advised and researched for various institutes in Thailand, including the National Counter Commission of Thailand, the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, the Bureau of Budget, the Public Policy Development Office, Action Aid, and the World Bank in Bangkok, and also for internationalorganizations such as Transparency International.
Prof. David Van Slyke is Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs of the Syracuse University. He also serves as the Research Director of the Smith Institute for Association Research, and as a non-resident faculty member in the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. At Maxwell School, he teaches the required Public Organisations and Management course and Project Management course as well as a course on Policy Implementation. His research and teaching focuses on government contracting, public-private partnerships, government-business relationships, strategic management, policy implementation, and nonprofit management. Prof. Van Slyke is actively engaged in Executive Education and consulting, and works extensively with senior government, NGO, and business leaders in China, India, Singapore, Thailand, and many other countries. Prior to becoming an academic, David worked for twelve years in the private commercial infrastructure field, in state government, and in a non-profit organisation.
Dr. Eduardo Araral is Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Ed is both an academic and a practitioner. For his academic work, Ed has received 10 awards and recognitions including fellowships from the research centers of 3 Nobel Laureates (Economics), 5 Fulbright Phd Awards, a US National Science Foundation Grant, and Finalist in the Suez Water Prize. As a practitioner, Ed has an active portfolio of government advisory, consultancy and executive education. His advisory work focuses on institutional reform. He is currently a strategic adviser to the Government of Kazakhstan / Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development, Banking, Finance and State Enterprises as well as to the Government of Vietnam / Drafting Committee for the 2011-2020 Strategic Development Plan. His service record in LKY School includes stints as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, chair of several faculty committees, faculty representative to the NUS Senate, University Committee on Education Policy and the Board of Graduate Studies.
Prof. Ashish Lall is Associate Professor with the Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Ashish teaches courses on Clusters & Competitiveness and ICT & Innovation at the School. Trained in Economics, his research interests include productivity and efficiency measurement at the firm and industry levels; aviation economics; competition policy and its interaction with trade policy and intellectual property laws. He also has a keen interest in the impact of ICT and innovation on national productivity and competitiveness.He was a co-author of the first Singapore Competitiveness Report and is the editor of a recently published volume on the competitiveness of ASEAN countries. Ashish has consulted for the World Bank, WTO, UNDP and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He is a member of the Singapore Competition Appeal Board. Previous affiliations include Nanyang Business School, Singapore, Canada Post Corporation, Abt Associates of Canada and the Canadian Royal Commission on national Passenger Transportation.
Dr. Astrid Tuminez is Adjunct Professor and former Vice-Dean of Research at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She brings to the school nearly two decades of experience in public policy analysis, philanthropy, research and project management, and private equity. Prior to joining LKY School, Dr. Tuminez was Senior Research Associate of the Philippine Facilitation Project of the United States Institute of Peace. She was also a Senior Fellow of the Southeast Asian Research Centre of the City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Tuminez has been a Senior Advisor, Strategy and Programs, for the Salzburg Global Seminar, a U.S. educational institution based in Salzburg, Austria. She is also the former Director of Research for alternative investments at AIG (American International Group) Global Investment Corp. In 1999-2000, she was an Executive Associate at AIG’s Credit Risk department. In the early 1990’s, she ran the Moscow office of the Harvard Project on Strengthening Democratic Institutions, where she worked directly with ranking reformist leaders in the former Soviet Union.
Mr. Peter Ho Hak Ean is currently the Senior Advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Civil Service College. He is an Adjunct Professor with theS Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and a Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. When he retired from the Singapore Administrative Service in 2010 after a career in the Public Service stretching more than 34 years, he was Head, Civil Service, concurrent with his other appointments of Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs), Permanent Secretary (National Security and Intelligence Coordination), and Permanent Secretary (Special Duties) in the Prime Minister’s Office. Before that, he was Permanent Secretary (Defence). He is Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Chairman of the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute for Engineering Leadership and Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Institute’s International Advisory Panel. He is a member of the National University Board of Trustees, an advisor to the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, a member of Nanyang Technological University’s Complexity Advisory Board, a council member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and a Society Fellow of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering Singapore. He is a member of Statoil’s Strategy Advisory Council. He is also a director of a number of Singapore-based companies.
Dr. Kenneth Paul Tan is Associate Professor and Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where he has taught since 2007. During this time, he has served as a member of the School’s Management Committee, held administrative positions such as Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Acting Director (Strategic Planning), and chaired a number of faculty committees. From 2000 to 2007, he taught at University Scholars Programme and Political Science Department, where he was Assistant Head from 2003 to 2005. Since 2000, he has received more than 10 teaching awards, including the Outstanding Educator Award 2009, the highest teaching honour bestowed by the University. He is a Fellow of the NUS Teaching Academy, and has served on the University Teaching Excellence Committee. He has written widely about Singapore, mainly on (1) governance (focusing on meritocracy and pragmatism), democracy, and civil society; (2) the creative city and culture industry (focusing on film, television, and theatre); and (3) race, gender, and sexuality.
Amb. Lam Chuan Leong is Ambassador-at-Large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he is also concurrently the Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and Chairman of the Competition Commission of Singapore. Amb. Lam has had a long and distinguished career in the Singapore civil service. At various points of his career, Amb. Lam had held the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry for Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Communications and Information. From 1981 to 1984, he served as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Singapore. His key areas of interest and expertise are in the application of general management theories and also of micro-economics, particularly in regard to regulation of monopolies, competition policy, pricing and market efficiency, privatisation of government services, transport economics, and the structuring of public as well as private financing initiatives.
Prof. Kishore Mahbubani was appointed Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy on 16 August 2004 after having served 33 years in the Singapore Foreign Service (with postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC and twice as Ambassador to the UN, during which he also served as President of the Security Council). He was the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry from 1993-1998. He is the author of Can Asians Think?, published in Singapore, Canada, US, Mexico, India and People’s Republic of China and of Beyond The Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World. He is also the author of The New Asian Hemisphere, published in February 2008. He was named in 2010 and 2011 as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for being the voice of a new Asian Century.
*The list of faculty and speakers is non-exhaustive and subject to changes.