Working with Stakeholders: From Engagement to Collaboration |

Working with Stakeholders: From Engagement to Collaboration

Partnerships and collaborations are increasingly the most effective approach to solve 21st century policy challenges. From local multi-stakeholder collaborations to global alliances, leaders in public, private, and non-profit organisations address new challenges by pooling their resources and competencies in innovative and strategic ways. However, effective collaboration amongst stakeholders with different missions, values, cultures, and vocabularies is an ambitious task. The skills needed to create these new networks differ from more traditional methods to run top-down organisation. Instead, driving cross-sectoral partnerships to create collaborative solutions requires managing diverse resources, mindsets, power structures, and accountability obligations. To address such vital challenges in stakeholder management, provide best practices of successful collaborations, and put forward innovative ways of thinking about 21st century problem solving, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore has pioneered the executive programme, Working with Stakeholders: From Engagement to Collaboration. Together with a distinguished team of experienced trainers, academics, and practitioners, the three-day long programme will provide you with the skills needed to fortify relationships with your stakeholders, tap on the collective brain trust of your stakeholder network, and explore exciting new modes of tri-sector collaboration.

Key Information

Programme date 3 May 2017 - 5 May 2017
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772
Programme cost:

S$3,450 + 7% GST;

S$3,105 + 7% GST (for group registrations of 3 and above)

*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: 5 Apr 2017

Programme Objectives

Through this three-day programme, participants will:

  • Understand the frameworks for stakeholder mapping, stakeholder engagement, assessing stakeholder relationships, network development, and cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Build a collaborative mindset based on common shared values to foster relationships amongst stakeholders within their organisation, across organisations, and with clients
  • Analyse the qualities that stakeholder collaborators of the future will require
  • Develop skills to effectively address management challenges arising in the 21st century due to a more diverse workforce and new trends in digital technology

Target audience

The open enrolment programme has been designed for: leaders from any sector – public, private, or civil society – who need to reach across sectors to achieve organisational outcomes and impactful change professionals who operate within networks, and are searching for more effective ways to create collaborative solutions.


Professor Zeger van der Wal
Assistant Dean (Research) & Associate Professor, LKY School

Zeger van der Wal is a seasoned lecturer, researcher, and consultant in the areas of organizational values and culture, integrity management, administrative reform, performance management, and work motivation. Currently, he is a senior Faculty member at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, based at Asia’s no. 1 university NUS. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Faculty Research Fellowship as well as the school’s Teaching Excellence Award. In January 2015, he was appointed Assistant Dean of Research and Associate Editor of Public Administration Review. In March 2015, NUS bestowed the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) upon him.

In recent years, he has developed an active portfolio of executive education and consulting assignments on integrity management and ethical decision-making, code of conduct design, public service motivation, stakeholder management, and performance management. Clients include: Ministry of Home Affairs, The Netherlands, China-Europe Public Administration Project (GIZ), Sri Lanka Public Service Commission, Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy, Home Team Academy Singapore, Ministry of Transport Singapore, Monetary Authority Singapore, UNDP, Toyota Asia-Pacific, VISA, and Civil Service College Singapore. Van der Wal has educated and trained over 2000 graduate students and senior officials across the globe..

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.

Associate Professor Francesco Mancini
Assistant Dean (AA) and Visiting Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Educated in business administration and economics in Bocconi University in Milan, Italy (his hometown) and international affairs in Columbia University, New York, his work focuses on geopolitics, global governance, international peace and security, armed conflicts and the means to prevent and solve them. He regularly lectures at academic institutions and presents at conferences and to governments on global peace and security issues.

Francesco is also a non-resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where he was Senior Director of Research before relocating to Singapore in June 2014. As Director, he focused on conflict analysis, prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. He also led IPI’s largest program, Coping with Crisis, Conflict, and Change, that aimed at strengthening multilateral response capacity to crises and conflict. He worked at the nexus of security & development and launched the daily policy analysis website The Global Observatory.

Francesco is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), a member of the Research Committee of the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Peacebuilding.

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