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Lunchtime Talk

Are Think Tanks Still Relevant?

Think tanks play an important role in bringing together the academic and policymaking communities, providing politicians and other policy actors with research and advice that helps to inform and shape public policy.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tank and Civil Society Program estimates that there are more than 6,500 think tanks currently operating around the world. This number continues to grow, particularly in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. While their reach and influence has increased, think tanks now find themselves facing increasing competition for funding and public
attention, calls to demonstrate the impact of their work, and critiques of their claims of independence.

This panel will bring together think tanks and stakeholders to discuss various issues confronting think tanks today, including:

  • How think tanks can increase impact, make results more meaningful, and expand reach and influence with the media, public, and policymakers
  • How to measure the impact and value of think tanks
  • Best practices in knowledge sharing for development
  • Relationship between think tanks and funders/partners
  • Opportunities for collaboration between think tanks
Seminar Room 3-5,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469E Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772
Fri 29 January 2016
12:15 PM - 01:45 PM

Mr Gambhir Bhatta

Mr Gambhir Bhatta

Technical Advisor (Governance), Asian Development Bank

Prof K. E. Seetharam

Prof K. E. Seetharam

Principal Knowledge Sharing and Services Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

Mr Max Everest-Phillips

Mr Max Everest-Phillips

Director, UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence

Dr Olivia Jensen

Dr Olivia Jensen

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, LKY School

Dr Ooi Kee Beng

Dr Ooi Kee Beng

Deputy Director, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Michael Raska

Dr Michael Raska

Assistant Professor (Military Transformations Programme), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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