Public Policy and Private Sector Development |

Public Policy and Private Sector Development

It is widely recognised that the performance of the private sector is key to a country’s development, and that government policies and programmes can stimulate or inhibit such performance. Long underappreciated, however, has been the role of the individuals who design and implement the government initiatives that impact its critical sector. These local professionals – from all sectors – must not only have the technical knowledge and analytical skills in their respective domains, but they must also have the agility to operate in complex state-market environments.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore is partnering the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) – an initiative of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Stanford University – to offer an executive programme on “Public Policy and Private Sector Development” for government officials and private sector executives in Asia.

Key Information

Programme date 5 Jun 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772
Programme cost:

SS$4,850 + 7% GST# (Without accommodation)

SS$5,900 + 7% GST# (With accommodation)

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6516 8697 
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline: 7 May 2017

Programme Objectives

Policies to develop a country’s private sector must be anchored in a solid understanding of context-specific economic, financial, political, and cultural realities. Policymakers must know how to set priorities, sequence actions, manage conflict, and build coalitions.

The programme seeks to equip government officials and future business leaders with the insights and skills and analytic frameworks to enable them to serve as catalysts for policy reforms in complex, sometimes contentious settings.

Target Audience

The Programme is designed for mid-level government practitioners and private sector executives with 5–10 years of working experience; members of the next generation of leaders from Asia.


Roger Leeds

Roger Leeds is a Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy. Dr. Leeds also has taught in the MBA programs at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University Business School. His work focuses on public policy responses to financial crises, international financial markets and the role of the private sector in the development process. Dr. Leeds’ latest book is Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets.

Kent Weaver
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University

R. Kent Weaver is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies programme at the Brookings Institution and Professor of Public Policy and Government at Georgetown University. His major fields of interest and expertise are policy implementation, comparative public policy, and behavioural approaches to the study of public policy

Weaver is the author of Ending Welfare As We Know It, Automatic Government: The Politics of Indexation and The Politics of Industrial Change . He has also coauthored and co-edited a number of publications including The Collapse of Canada?, The Government Taketh Away, Guidance for Governance, Think Tanks and Civil Societies, Looking Before We Leap: Social Science and Welfare Reform , and Do Institutions Matter: Government Capabilities in the U.S. and Abroad .

Weaver graduated from Haverford College in 1975 and received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 1978 and 1982, respectively.

Donald Low
Associate Dean (Executive Education & Research) & Associate Professor (Practice), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Donald Low is Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Besides leading the School’s executive education efforts, he also heads its Case Study Unit. His research interests at the School include economics in public policy, inequality and social spending, behavioural economics, public finance, organisational change, and governance and politics in Singapore.

Prior to his current appointment, Donald served 15 years in the Singapore government in various senior positions. During that time, he established the Centre for Public Economics at the Civil Service College of Singapore. He was Director of Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance from 2004 to 2005, and Director of Strategic Policy Office in the Public Service Division from 2006 to 2007. Donald holds a double first in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters in International Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is currently Vice President at the Economics Society of Singapore.

Eduardo Araral
Vice Dean (Research) and Associate Professor, LKY School

Ed is a theoretician and a practitioner. As a theoretician, he specialises in the study of the causes and consequences of institutions for collective action and the governance of the commons. He has published in 20 journals and 17 other publications and presented in 40 conferences. Ed has received 12 awards and recognitions including fellowships from the research centers of 3 Nobel Laureates (Economics), the Ostrom Prize for the Governance of the Commons, Fulbright Phd Awards, a US National Science Foundation Grant, Finalist in the Best Dissertation Prize in Institutional Analysis, and Finalist in the Suez Water Prize. His work has been cited by the NUS President as an example of research that advances knowledge and helps solve important problems for society.

As a practitioner, Ed has an active portfolio of government advisory, consultancy and executive education. He has served as Strategy Adviser to Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development as well as to the Government of Vietnam for public administration reform. In addition, Ed has undertaken 18 consultancy projects for Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNDP, local governments and NGOs. He has also lectured in 115 Executive Education Programs for more than 3,000 government officials from 27 countries in Asia including Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Directors, City Commissioners and Mayors, NGO leaders, CEOs of multinationals and ranking military officers. Ed has also implemented some 120 projects in the field for 7 years as a staff/ Project Manager for an ADB funded poverty alleviation project in the Philippines.

Selina Ho
Senior Research Fellow

Selina Ho is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation. Her research focus is on politics and international relations, with an area specialty in China Studies. She is most interested in water as a strategic resource, and has worked on China’s municipal water sector and trans-boundary river policies. Dr. Ho received her PhD from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, where she also received a Masters in International Public Policy (Honours).

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