Middle Managers

Executive Programme for Business and Government Leaders from the Middle East and Central Asia

Despite a lot of differences, many Middle East and Central Asian economies are grappling with a complex set of challenges in economic development and governance. Low oil and gas prices have diminished their economic outlook, and increased the urgency of their industrial diversification efforts. Governments in the region also have to address high youth unemployment rates, relatively low levels of female labor force participation, and an over-reliance on foreign labor. At the same time, there are high ambitions, and a desire to engage even more strongly with other regions, including Southeast and Northeast Asia.

This five-day executive programme will give business leaders and executives from the Middle East and Central Asia an insight into the economic transformation of East Asia over the last 30 years, as well as the market opportunities that are opening up in the region. What lessons might business and government leaders from the Gulf draw from the remarkable economic story of East Asia in the last 30 years?  How can Middle East and Central Asian countries benefit from, and increase linkages with, the economically most dynamic part in the world? What are future opportunities?

Through this five-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to hear from, and engage with, scholars at the LKY School who work on economic development and public policy, and Asian practitioners who work at the intersection of government and business. This programme will also equip participants with a richer understanding of the complexities and nuances of East Asian markets by analyzing the changing economic and social landscapes in the individual economies of the region. 

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

Mon 26 March 2018 to Fri 30 March 2018

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Wed 31 January 2018

Participants will:

  • Gain a broad understanding of the economic, political, social dynamics of the key markets in East Asia;
  • Draw lessons from the economic transformation of East Asia in last three decades and assess their relevance for the Middle East and Central Asian countries; and
  • Identify strategic opportunities in East Asia for businesses and governments from the Middle East and Central Asia.

Key Information

Programme Date

26 – 30 March 2018


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

Programme Cost


SGD $8,100 + 7% GST*

*GST is applied only to Singapore-based organizations and to participants who sign up as individuals. Participants who are sponsored by organizations outside of Singapore are not subject to GST.


*The programme fee covers all sessions at the LKY School, learning materials, lunch and refreshments. However, travel costs to Singapore, accommodation expenses, visas, and insurance costs are not included.



Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6601 5775
Fax: (65) 6872 9291


Minimum 20 participants for the programme to run

The programme will be conducted in English language.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment can be made online via VISA, Mastercard and AMEX.

For other enquiries for this programme, please email to 


Andreas Baumgartner

Executive Director, DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority, Dubai

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Andrew Cainey

Fellow, Hong Kong Institution for International Finance

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Danny Quah

Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics

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Donald Low

Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) & Associate Professor (Practice)

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40 Manu Bhaskaran

Manu Bhaskaran

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

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Tan Khee Giap

Visiting Associate Professor and Co-Director, Asia Competitiveness Institute

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