Global Advisory Council
Professor Dean Williams
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Executive Team - Dean Williams
Dean Williams is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. At the School’s Center for Public Leadership he ran the World Leaders Project – an initiative that drew lessons and insights on leadership from successful (and many unsuccessful) world leaders. He also chairs the annual Harvard executive education program, The Global Change Agent. He has worked on major change initiatives in various parts of the world. For five years he served as the Chief Advisor to the President of Madagascar, assisting in the facilitation of an innovative process of rapid national development. For two years he was the lead consultant to the government of Queensland, Australia, orchestrating a complete reform of the educational system. Formerly, he was a consultant to the Government of Brunei in upgrading its civil service. He has also served as a consultant with the Singapore’s National Productivity Board, and is the director of the Social Leadership Singapore program.
Professor Gil Alterrovitz
Director of Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory
Harvard Medical School
Executive Team - Professor Gil Alterovitz
Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Executive Team - Dana Born
Dana H. Born (Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership (CPL); Faculty Chair, Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program; Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government) is a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the Presidentially appointed Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also the Professor and Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. Previously, Dana served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy), Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team for the Department of the Air Force (DC/Staff Personnel), Aide and Speech Writer to the Secretary of the Air Force, Squadron Commander for 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling AFB, DC and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Executive Team - Martin Attiq
Dr Lee Weng Keng
COO of Education and Healthcare Divisions
Executive Team - Dr Lee Weng Keng
In 1974, he started his career as a secondary school teacher in Sekolah Tunku Abdul Rahman, Ipoh, and subsequently gained experience in material and logistic management in UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd in 1975 before joining Texas Instruments (M) Sdn Bhd in 1977 to 1994 where he further enhanced his experience and management skills in logistic, production, operations and general business administration. He was the General Manager (M&C Operations) in Texas Instruments (M) Sdn Bhd prior to joining Sunway Group.
He joined Sunway Group as General Manager (Operations) in 1994 and was appointed Senior General Manager in 1997. He successfully achieved the turnaround of Sunway Keramo Sdn Bhd, a vitrified clay pipes business subsidiary of Sunway Berhad and built it into a high quality and profitable company.
Over the years as director, he has provided the leadership for developing the business of Sunway Education Group Sdn Bhd. He was appointed Head of Sunway Group Education and Healthcare Division in 2005 and joined the Board of Directors of Sunway Medical Centre Berhad the same year.
Hemisphere Frontiers Consulting LLC
Executive Team - Onyeka Obasi
Booz Allen Hamilton
Executive Team - Daniel Wallance
The World Bank Group
Executive Team - Umar Shavurov
Umar Shavurov holds a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and MA in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from the University of Salvador (Argentina). He also holds Diploma in Inter-national Relations from the Kyrgyz State University. He worked extensively over the last decade internationally on public sector reforms in Latin America, West Africa, and Central Asia. He also has extensive experience of leading reforms in private and public sector in the context of Kyrgyzstan.
Aaron Jay Kleiman
Executive Team - Aaron Jay Kleiman
Aaron holds a bachelor degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a master degree in Military Studies from American Military University, and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is married to Annie Kleiman and has a two-year-old daughter, Aurora.
Professor Mathias Risse
Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Executive Team - Mathias Risse
Mathias Risse is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy. He works mostly in social and political philosophy and in ethics. His primary research areas are contemporary political philosophy (in particular questions of international justice, distributive justice, and property) and decision theory (in particular, rationality and fairness in group decision-making, an area sometimes called analytical social philosophy.) His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics; Philosophy and Public Affairs; Nous; the Journal of Political Philosophy; and Social Choice and Welfare. He received his BA, BS and MS in mathematics from Bielefeld, and his MA and PhD in philosophy from Princeton. Before coming to Harvard he taught in the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale. His books On Global Justice and Global Political Philosophy were both published in 2012.
Professor Steven Jarding
Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Executive Team - Steven Jarding
Steven Jarding, Lecturer in Public Policy, is an American and international educator, lecturer, writer, and political consultant. He has taught at the Kennedy School since 2004 where his teaching has been recognized as “exemplary” by Kennedy School alumni, and where his course on campaign management Course Award.” In 2016, Jarding was voted Teacher of the Year by the Kennedy School student body. He has lectured or consulted in over 25 countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. Steven is co-author of the book, Foxes in the Henhouse published by Simon and Shuster in 2006 and the author of the “American” chapter on political advertising in the 2017 international textbook, Handbook on Political Advertising.
Retired Lecturer in Ethics
Harvard Kennedy School
Executive Team - Kenneth Winston
Kenneth Winston, Lecturer in Ethics, teaches political and professional ethics. He developed the Kennedy School’s course on ethics for mid-career students, which has been offered since 1987. In recent years, he has worked to build the school’s capacity in comparative international ethics, developing new cases for classroom use and teaching in overseas venues, especially in Asia. Winston has written extensively on case teaching, professional ethics, and legal theory. Recent articles include: “Moral Competence in the Practice of Democratic Governance,” “On the Ethics of Exporting Ethics: The Right to Silence in Japan and the U.S.,” and “The Internal Morality of Chinese Legalism.” Winston holds degrees in philosophy from Harvard College and Columbia University. He has been a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a Senior Research Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a John Dewey Senior Fellow. He was selected by the KSG class of 2005 for the Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching. He lives in Dorchester with his wife, Mary Jo Bane, and enjoys hiking, birding, and cooking.
Dr. Park Jin
Asia Future Institute
Executive Team - Park Jin
Dr. Jin Park is an executive President of Asia Future Institute and a Chair Professor at Hankook University of Foreign Studies. He is currently a Public Policy Scholar in residence at the Wilson Center, and is updating his dissertation on the foreign relations of former South Korean president Park Chung Hee using materials obtained by the History and Public Policy Program.
Dr. Park served in the Korean National Assembly for 11 years, from 2002 to 2012, representing the Jong-ro district in central Seoul. As a member of the National Assembly, Dr. Park served as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Trade & Unification Committee.
Prior to being elected to the National Assembly, Dr. Park held many positions in the government, including Political Affairs Secretary to the President from 1996 to 1998 and Press Secretary to the President from 1993 to 1996.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Law from Seoul National University, his MPA from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and his D.Phil. in Political Science from Oxford University in 1994. He also earned an LL.M. from the New York University School of Law in 2000.
Dr. Park is widely published, having written about the North Korean nuclear crisis among other topics, as well as personal memoirs on the time he spent as political affairs secretary and as press secretary in the Blue House.
Samuel H. Kim
Co-founder and President
Director of Boston, Kuala Lumpur & Seoul Offices
Executive Team - Samuel H. Kim
Samuel Hungsoo Kim, a Korean national, is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CALI). He is passionate about nurturing and empowering talent in Asia and runs over 35 programs annually, in more than 27 Asian countries, to help the region’s emerging leaders explore ways of being socially responsible as they face today’s complex challenges.
CALI comprises four main initiatives: the Asia Leadership Trek, a public-service program that offers study trips throughout Asia to scholars at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Tufts; the Asia Leadership Institute, a program for building leadership capacity in thought-leaders and aspiring talents of Asia; the Acumen Case Center, focusing on research and content development; and Acumen Publishing, which produces the Center’s various books and essay series. Samuel oversees both these initiatives and CALI’s 40-member team, including faculty and teaching fellows from Harvard and Stanford Universities and the Center’s administrators, at the main office in Boston and at the Asian regional hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Manila, and Tokyo. His endeavor to create positive social change through teaching bold and effective leadership practices accompanies his deep aspiration to reach all 48 countries in Asia and the Caucasus.
Samuel’s research and training focus on building social capital and trustworthy institutions; the effective use of power, authority, and influence; and negotiations, mediation, and confidence-building. To date, some 36,000 burgeoning and established leaders from the governmental, political, non-profit, and corporate spheres in Asia have benefited from his programs. Prior to establishing CALI, Samuel worked for 14 years in a wide range of sectors, from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota. He currently sits on the boards of three social-profit organizations and has served as a visiting fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University.
Samuel holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; a Master’s in International Cooperation from Seoul National University; and an LLB in Law, International Politics, and Economics from Handong University. He is the editor of nine books: the 4-volume Rethinking Asia series; Finding the Leaders in Us: New Goals for the Future; Redefining Success: Learning to Lead for Change; Next Generation Leadership: Empower Youth to Shape the Future of Asia; Leaders in Development: Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness in a Changing World; and Leadership That Triumphs: Moments of Greatness in the Work of Leadership. He regularly writes opinion pieces and editorials.
Co-founder and Head of International Affairs
Head of Manila Office
Executive Team - John Lim
Faustino John Lim is the Co-founder and Director of International Affairs of the Center for Asia Leadership. A former fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, he has worked in diverse organizations including the Embassy of Canada in Korea, the International Crisis Group, and in sectors such as English education and social entrepreneurship. In his work at the Center for Asia Leadership, his team developed a Harvard student project into a full-fledged leadership training and research organization that has benefited over 16,000 individuals in 22 countries through over 60 conferences and leadership programs. He also developed the Center’s research and publication arm, advising the interviewing agenda of over 100 minister or director-level individuals from the public and private sector, resulting in five published books. He has also established the Asia Leadership Institute, developing a network of value-driven companies and NPOs, resulting in annual programs in six countries. His current work engages him in researching and applying various leadership, education, and entrepreneurial models and frameworks within Asian contexts.