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Ann FloriniAnn Florini
Professor of Public Policy, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
Academic Director, Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration, Singapore Management University
Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

Ann Florini’s research, teaching, and consulting address innovations in governance of both the public and private sectors. In addition to her academic and think-tank work, she designed and ran the Global Governance Initiative on behalf of the World Economic Forum (2000–2005), releasing the Initiative’s reports each year at the Forum’s annual meetings at Davos. Prior to joining SMU, she was the founding director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore (2006–2011), where she created and led programmes of research on the intersections of business and public policy, Asia’s roles in global affairs, and energy and natural resources policy. She was co-director of the International Task Force on Transparency, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University (2000–2005), and Director, Project on Transnational Civil Society, Japan Center for International Exchange (1998–2000).

Dr Florini has taught in executive education programmes offered by Brookings, the Human Capital Leadership Institute, University of St. Gallen, the National University of Singapore, and INSEAD. She has lectured around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Among her books are China Experiments: From Local Innovation to National Reform (with Hairong Lai and Yeling Tan, Brookings Press 2012); The Right to Know: Transparency for an Open World (Columbia University Press, 2007); The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World (Island Press, 2003/Brookings Press 2005); and The Third Force:  The Rise of Transnational Civil Society (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/Japan Center for International Exchange, 2000). She has published numerous scholarly and policy articles in such journals as Energy Policy, Foreign Policy, Global Governance, Global Policy, International Security, and International Studies Quarterly.

Dr Florini received her PhD in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


John Donaldson 
Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University

Over the last decade, Professor Donaldson has authored and co-authored numerous journal and conference papers as well as other academic publications on issues such as poverty reduction and economic growth in China, the transformation of China’s agrarian system and central-provincial relations in China. John Donaldson is the author of Small Works: Poverty and Economic Development in Southwestern China (Cornell University Press, 2011). His research has also been published in such journals as World Development, International Studies Quarterly, Politics and Society, China Journal, China Quarterly and Journal of Contemporary China. 

Professor Donaldson also serves as a Senior Research Fellow with the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, working with the SMU Change Lab to research and design innovative solutions to unmet needs in vulnerable communities in Singapore.

 Professor Donaldson has a PhD in Political Science as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature and Psychology.


Roland KupersRoland Kupers
Visiting Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Independent Consultant, Complexity, Resilience and Energy Transition
(Former) Vice President LNG - Royal Dutch Shell

Roland Kupers is an independent consultant on Complexity, Resilience and Energy Transition, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University and Associate Professor, Master of Public Affairs, Sciences Po, Paris.

A theoretical physicist by university training, Roland spent the first 11 years of his career with AT&T in the Netherlands and in Italy, holding different business management positions. His last assignment there was as Regional Managing Director for Northern Europe. After AT&T, Roland spent a sabbatical year looking at new developments in understanding the dynamics of organizations, as well as publishing and lecturing on the topic of complex systems. Then in 1999 he joined Royal Dutch Shell in various senior management functions, including Vice President for Sustainable Development and Vice President Global LNG. He was closely involved with strategy and scenario planning, both for Shell’s own Long Term Energy scenarios, as well as in projects with other partners such as IUCN.

Since 2010 he has published widely, including in HBR, on Project Syndicate and co-authored two books (forthcoming 2013). Roland was a co-author of a report commissioned by the German Government on the feasibility of Green Growth in the EU-27. He has been a regular public speaker and panel member at a broad range of conferences and forums.

Roland is a Dutch national; his travels have made him fluent in five languages.


Peter Lovelock
Director & Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC)
Co-Director, Technology Research Project, University of Hong Kong

Dr Peter Lovelock is the Director of TRPC, a Singapore-based think tank, looking at the policy, economic and social impacts of emerging information and communication technologies. He brings more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications, technology, Internet and new media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia.

Trained as an engineer, economist and political scientist, Peter left academia to work at the United Nations as a policy analyst where he drafted the charter on the right of all humans to communications access. He subsequently returned to the TRPC to build out the consulting and policy positions of the business, first in Hong Kong and China, and later in Singapore and Southeast Asia. For the last 15 years, the TRPC has provided research and consulting services to companies, as well as to institutions such as the World Bank and the IFC, the ITU, UNDP and ESCAP, the European Commission, and for regulators in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and India.

TRPC advises private sector clients in areas such as broadband and wireless access technologies, regional and global data networks, cloud computing and big data, social media and multimedia strategies, mobile payments and authentication, convergence policies, and establishing new digital businesses, among others.

Dr Lovelock is strategic advisor to the Yellow Pages group, and the ADB, as well as a senior advisor to Microsoft, and sits on the board of the Asia Cloud Computing Association.


Jonathan MarshallJonathan Marshall
Director, Marshall Consulting
Coach, Supervisor, INSEAD Business School
Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Dr Marshall is on faculty at the National University of Singapore where he teaches applied leadership studies, he is a coach and supervisor at INSEAD’s Business School, and he is director of Marshall Consulting, a boutique leadership consultancy. Over the last seven years he has worked with more than 1000 people from over 87 nations. They range from recent graduates to two star generals, captains of industry, and elite athletes.

Dr Marshall is a third-generation Singaporean. He began his work in leadership as a naval officer and assistant squadron commander to 130 sailors in the Singapore Navy. He was a dot com-er in a start-up firm, which became Yahoo! Mail. Pursing his interest in helping people, he went on to do a doctorate in psychology at Stanford University; his research focused on the application of ancient Eastern and Western forms of trance-related healing to improve performance and well-being in modern society. His post-doctorate was at Harvard University where he held specific responsibilities for conducting psychotherapy for faculty, staff, and students at Harvard Business School. In practice, he worked both as an executive coach and psychotherapist. He went on to the starting team of the Psychology Division at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He then joined the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore to start up their leadership training. Along with teaching courses and conducting research, he created and supervised a non-degree coaching program. He received commendations for teaching excellence in each of the recent two years. His current academic interests include research on people who have attained profound and pervasive levels of well-being.

Having been on faculty for nine years, Dr Marshall has recently moved his energies to his private consultancy. He maintains an adjunct faculty position at the National University of Singapore while primarily applying using the craft of leadership psychology to increase performance and well-being in leaders, teams, and individuals.


Ijlal Naqvi 
Assistant Professor of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
Singapore Management University  

Ijlal Naqvi is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Singapore Management University. Ijlal has a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A.L.D. in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Ijlal’s research interests center on the state both as the site of political contestation and as the chief driver of development outcomes. Ijlal has studied the electrical power sector in Pakistan as a site where citizens meet the state, particularly how formal and informal institutions constitute governance and what this means for the prospects of governance reform. His fieldwork in Islamabad spanned informal squatter settlements and the policy making environment. He is also developing a map of the electricity distribution network which will incorporate inputs from street level bureaucrats and ordinary citizens. Ijlal’s current research looks at state-run process of community engagement in Singapore. 


Jackson NickersonJackson Nickerson
Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Brookings non-resident Senior Scholar in Governance Studies
Associate Dean and Director, Brookings Executive Education

Jackson Nickerson is the Fraham Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the director of the Brookings Executive Education program, a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and a Senior non-resident Fellow at the Grameen Foundation. In a prior life he was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

His research, which can be found in leading academic journals, has won numerous awards including twice winning the Olin Award Recognizing Research That Transforms Business. His research on pharmaceutical manufacturing, which has been discussed in Business Week, has led to tangible changes in the way the FDA oversees pharmaceutical manufacturing. 

Jackson teaches strategic management and leadership courses on innovation, organizational strategy, and critical and strategic thinking. His research focuses on leadership issues around why firms choose different organizational structures and the performance implications of these choices, with a special emphasis on knowledge, innovation, and problem formulation and solving. 

Through executive education and consulting activities, Jackson has engaged and impacted numerous organizations for government, industries, and not-for-profits including architecture and art, chemicals, education, finance, health care, and pharmaceuticals.  Jackson is a director of the publicly listed company CleanTech Biofuels and a director of, a privately held new media company. 


Dawn YipDawn Yip
Principal Consultant, Soulbreath Consulting
(Former) Lead Strategist, Futures Group, Ministry of Trade & Industry

Dawn is a firm believer in the value and vitality of strategic conversations in creating and sustaining systemic change. She has spent much of her career  designing and facilitating conversations among leaders from the three sectors, typically around foresight, strategic planning and change management. Prior to founding Soulbreath Consulting, Dawn was an Administrative Officer in the Singapore government from 1994 to 2007. Her portfolios included public housing and healthcare, national and sectoral scenario planning and foresight, trade facilitation and leadership development and training.


Simon Zadek
Visiting Professor and DSM Senior Fellow in Partnership and Sustainability, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, Senior Fellow, Global Green Growth Institute
Senior Advisor, International Institute of Sustainable Development
Visiting Scholar, Tsinghua School of Economics and Management
Founder and CEO (2002-2009), AccountAbility

Simon is co-Director of the UNEP Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System, Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Sustainable Development and the Global Green Growth Institute, and Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing. He is on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and was Senior Visiting Fellow at Harvard`s JK Kennedy School of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He founded and was until 2009 Chief Executive of the international think tank, AccountAbility.

Simon's work is focused on the intersection of economic policy, business strategy and transformation, and sustainability outcomes. He recently co-authored the report, Green Investment, launched at Davos as part of his input to a G20-catalysed initiative focused on green finance. He contributed to the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, focusing on the financial market reform and sustainability. He was team leader for the South African Government in the development of the South African Renewables Initiative, an international co-operation initiative focused on leveraging international finance to enable South Africa to scale up its renewables ambitions and roll-out.

He is currently based in Geneva, following a period based in Beijing where he focused on how to embed sustainability into China`s financial market reform program, greening China's outward investment, advancing green public procurement, and low carbon business in China's eco-industrial parks, working with the Development Research Centre of the State Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Council for International Co-operation on Environment and Development, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Commerce. He is widely published through academic, policy and media channels.


Bernise Ang
Principal & Methodology Lead, Zeroth Labs

Adjunct Faculty, Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration, School of Social Sciences,Singapore Management University

Bernise Ang is Principal and Methodology Lead at Zeroth Labs, an urban innovation lab which maps the complexity of policy issues and creates new/better solutions for the public good. Bernise serves emerging cities from developing countries such as Bangladesh, Vietnam, China and others, and multilateral agencies such as UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNESCO using Zeroth Labs’ first principles approach to tackle complex problems.

Bernise’s consulting work spans sectors such as environment, sanitation, consumer technology, youth development, higher education, healthcare, waste management, and public service design. Although trained in psychology, her work at Zeroth Labs is playing alchemist of myriad approaches such as anthropology, data science, design, behavioural science, foresight methods and systems thinking.

Bernise had a previous corporate life in private equity and in M&A, and also founded Syinc a youth development nonprofit. She was also engaged in international policy work with the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD), where her efforts also contributed to the official recognition of Youth as a constituent stakeholder within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Bernise is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and researches and speaks on the social and economic implications of increasingly ubiquitous artificial intelligence and the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

Last updated on 15 Oct 2018 .