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Temasek Foundation International Water Leadership Programme

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The state of the current world crises and challenge of access for clean water is well-documented. Around 1.2 billion people still do not have access to clean water. More than 2.6 billion people do not have access to sanitation. And around 2 out of 10 children still die every year due to the lack of access for clean water. Asia remains home to more than half of the world’s population, so it is unsurprising that more than one-third of its population suffer lack of access to adequate and safe water. Despite Asia being the bright spot of economic activities globally, it has suffered very much from changing climatic conditions, increased toxicity (in land, air and water), malnourishment, and increased incidences of poverty (particularly in the urban areas).

With all these pertinent issues at hand, the Temasek Foundation International Water Leadership Programme (TFIWLP) is developed in collaboration with the Institute of Water Policy (IWP) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy with support from Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB). It aims to meet the needs of water utilities, regulators and urban policymakers in Asia. The programme is designed to provide participants with best practice examples of governance and effective management of water utilities, and to help develop strategies to cope with emerging challenges to their institutional, regulatory, and financial environment. To this end, it brings together leaders in the public and private sectors for an intensive two-week executive education programme to learn from water experts, researchers, practitioners, and from one another.

Key Information

Programme date 31 Jul 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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

Tel: (65) 6516 8697/ (65) 6601 1183
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline: 26 May 2017

Programme Objectives

In bringing together this diverse group of water leaders, the aim is to:

  • Educate participants on current best practices in water usage and provision found in Singapore and internationally
  • Generate a forum for the transfer of ideas and research between participants, educators, and internationally recognised innovation leaders
  • Draw a diverse population of actors, each bringing a unique approach, skill set, and organisational perspectives to water management
  • Strengthen leadership capacities for water management and governance in Asia

Target Audience

The Programme is designed for up to 30 middle-and upper-level managers in local, regional or national water utilities. It is also highly relevant to policymakers, regulators, government officials, consultants, researchers, urban planners, environmentalists, and representatives of civil society who are concerned with the governance of water utilities. The participants are expected to have general proficiency and understanding of the English language, as this will be the medium of instruction.


Dale Whittington
Visiting Professor, LKY School

Dale Whittington is a Professor in the Departments of Environmental Science & Engineering and City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), and a Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He also holds a part-time position at the Manchester Business School. He is the author of over 100 publications, including (with Prof. Duncan MacRae) a graduate textbook on public policy analysis, Expert Advice for Policy Choice (Georgetown University Press, 1997). He serves as a resource person and research advisor for two international environmental economics networks: 1) Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA); and 2) Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP). He is also Chair of the Board of the Environment for Development research network (EfD) based in the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Prof. Whittington is a member of the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), and has served as consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United States Agency for International Development, OECD, Hopi Tribe, and numerous other organizations. In 2011-2012 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg. With Dr. Duncan Thomas (Manchester Business School), in the spring of 2014 Prof. Whittington designed and launched the University of Manchester’s largest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries.” Over 17,000 students participated from 184 countries.

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.

Dr. Leong Ching
Deputy Director (IWP) & Assistant Professor, LKY School

Leong Ching obtained her Phd in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She is the recipient of the Wang Gung Wu Medal and Prize winner 2013, (Best PhD Thesis in Humanities and Social Sciences). She has previously worked as a newspaper and television reporter and has graduate degrees in philosophy, information technology and journalism. Her research interests include water policies, public sector reform, and communication strategies. Her current research project includes examining the impact of communication on the implementation of water policies, narratives and third‐party governance.

Dr. Wu Xun
Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Professor WU Xun is a professor at the Division of Social Science and Division of Environment in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and an adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore. He is also Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy at HKUST.

Professor Wu is a policy scientist with a strong interest in the linkage between policy analysis and public management. Trained in engineering, economics, public administration, and policy analysis, his research seeks to make contribution to the design of effective public policies in dealing emerging policy challenges across Asian countries. His research interests include policy innovations, water resource management, health policy reform, and anti-corruption, and his work has been published in top journals in his fields of study, such as Policy Sciences, Public Administration Review, Governance, Social Sciences & Medicine, and Water Resources Research.  He is a co-editor of the Cambridge University Press (CUP) Series in Comparative Public Policy.

Dr. Olivia Jenson
Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Olivia Jensen is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Water Policy.

Her research focuses on the political economy of water and sanitation service delivery including economic and environmental regulation, public-private partnerships, contracts and utility performance. Before joining IWP she was the Asia bureau chief of Global Water Intelligence. She has worked as a consultant for both public and private clients including the World Bank, OECD and UNEP. 

Olivia holds a PhD and MSc in Development from the London School of Economics, an MA from the International University of Japan in International Relations and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (Magdalen College).

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