IPS-Nathan Lecture

2016/17 IPS-Nathan Lectures: Lecture I (Hunting Black Swans & Taming Black Elephants: Governance in a Complex World)

What accounts for the growing complexity and unpredictability of our era? What are the cognitive biases and traditional institutional limitations that make it difficult for governments to recognise, prepare for, and confront complex challenges? This first lecture sets out to answer these questions. It also introduces concepts and themes that will be discussed in subsequent lectures.

Mr Peter Ho is the 2016/17 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore.
He is also the Senior Advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures, a Senior Fellow in the Civil Service College, an Adjunct Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and a Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
When Mr Ho 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 was also the inaugural Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
Mr Ho is Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, Social Science Research Council, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, the National Supercomputing Centre.  He is a member of the National University of Singapore Board of Trustees, a board member of the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship, a member of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies’ Board of Governors, and a council member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is also a member of Statoil’s Strategy Advisory Council, and the McKinsey Center for Government Advisory Council.

Opening Remarks by Mr Janadas Devan
Mr Peter Ho’s speech
• Media Coverage of Lecture I: Hunting Black Swans & Taming Black Elephants: Governance in a Complex World (5 April 2017)
• Report on Lecture I: Hunting Black Swans and Taming Black Elephants: Governance in a Complex World
2016/17 IPS-Nathan Lecture Series: Lecture I b y Mr Peter Ho


Guild Hall,
NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
Wed 5 April 2017
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

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