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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Public Policy and Private Sector Development

Jun 17—21
5 days
Singapore, Singapore
SGD 5080 ≈USD 3693
SGD 1016 per day

How it works


The performance of the private sector is key to a country’s development, and government policies and programmes can stimulate or inhibit it. More importantly, the individuals who design and implement these impactful government initiatives have a critical role to play.

These local professionals – from all sectors – must have both domain-specific technical knowledge and analytical skills, as well as the agility needed to operate in complex state-market environments. Policies to develop a country’s private sector must be anchored in a solid understanding of context-specific economic, financial, political, and cultural realities. Policymakers must know how to set priorities, sequence actions, manage conflict, and build coalitions.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, in partnership with the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) – an initiative of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Stanford University, offers an executive programme on “Public Policy and Private Sector Development” for government officials and private sector executives in Asia.

Programme Objectives

To equip government officials and future business leaders with insights, skills, andanalytic frameworks that enable them to serve as catalysts for policy reforms in complex, sometimes contentious, settings.

### PROGRAMME CURRICULUM A few key lectures provide the conceptual framework for a largely case-based curriculum, which draws material from LAD’s own library of specially-written case studies. Offering an interactive learning experience, each case describes how decision makers addressed obstacles or managed the political, cultural, or social impediments to a policy or its implementation. Recognising that every country offers a unique context, there are no “best practices” or “right answers” – students are encouraged to draw from their own experiences to enrich classroom discussions and stimulate debate as they weigh real life trade-offs whilst juggling the changing dynamics of their home country.

The case studies address a wide range of topics, including:

  • Privatisation of public resources
  • Outsourcing of regulatory functions to combat corruption and improve efficiency
  • Managing the demands of international finance institutions and multilateral banks
  • Challenges of establishing a stock market and consumer credit information system

Who should attend

  • Mid-level government practitioners and private sector executives with 5–10 years of working experience
  • The next generation of leaders in Asia


Dr. Araral specialises in and has received numerous awards for the study of governance and institutions for collective goods across a range of public policy contexts. He teaches public management, public finance, research methods, policy analysis and programme evaluation, and institutional analys...
Kent Weaver joined the McCourt School of Public Policy as Professor of Public Policy in the Fall of 2002, after 19 years at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to Brookings, Weaver taught in the Political Science Department at the Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Sci...
Director of the School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy. Dr. Leeds also has taught in the MBA programs at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University Business School. His work focuses on public policy responses to financial crises, international financial mark...
Donald Low is Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Besides leading the School’s executive education efforts, he also heads its Case Study Unit. His research interests at the School include economics in public policy, inequality and social ...


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