Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio A. Morales hosted Prof. Eduardo Araral, Vice Dean (Research) and Director, Institute of Water Policy of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore to lunch on Monday, 3 July 2017, at the American Club. Although Ambassador Morales and Prof. Araral have met many times in official events, they did not have the opportunity to sit down more informally as they both have hectic daily schedules.
Prof. Araral who finished his doctoral degree in Public Policy from Indiana University-Bloomington on a Fulbright PhD Scholarship, is a multi-awarded theoretician and practitioner. As a theoretician, he specializes in the study of the causes and consequences of institutions for collective action and the governance of the commons. He has published in 20 journals and 17 other publications and presented in 40 conferences.
As a practitioner, Ed has an active portfolio of government advisory, consultancy and executive education. He has served as Strategy Adviser to Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development as well as to the Government of Vietnam for public administration reform. In addition, Ed has undertaken 18 consultancy projects for Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNDP, local governments and NGOs. He has also lectured in 115 Executive Education Programs for more than 3,000 government officials from 27 countries in Asia including Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Directors, City Commissioners and Mayors, NGO leaders, CEOs of multinationals and ranking military officers.
Prof. Araral is also a recipient of the Pamana Award, which is conferred to Filipinos overseas, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honour and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.