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About the course

Three leading universities come together to offer state-of-the-art knowledge and practice on public policy for private sector development. The National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 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.

The performance of the private sector is key to a country’s economic development, and government policies and programmes can either stimulate or inhibit it. Government officials who design and implement these impactful policy initiatives have a critical role to play. They need 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.


Public Policy and Private Sector Development uses case studies that analyse how decision makers managed the political, cultural, and social impediments to policy implementation. Recognising that every country offers a unique context, the course does not offer “right answers,” but rather encourages the participants 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


  • Equip government officials and future business leaders with insights, skills, and analytic frameworks that enable them to serve as catalysts for policy reforms in complex, sometimes contentious, settings
  • Enable government officials to set priorities, sequence actions, manage conflict, and build coalitions to achieve their policy objectives

Who should attend

Mid-level government officials and private sector executives with 5–10 years of working experience who work in economic or industrial policy

Trust the experts

Kent Weaver

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...


Roger Leeds

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

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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