Dr. Tay Keong Tan
Tay Keong Tan is an Associate with Strategic Concepts International. He was formerly Executive Director of the Singapore International Foundation, which sends volunteers overseas on development assistance and humanitarian projects and develops civil society through volunteer training and service learning programmes. The flagship programs of the foundation, active in some thirty countries, are: Singapore Volunteers Overseas, Friends of Singapore, and Overseas Singaporeans (http://www.sif.org.sg). From 2004, the Foundation introduced several new platforms, including Singapore Executive Expeditions to promote volunteerism among corporate executives.
From 2001 to 2003, Tay Keong served in concurrent appointments as Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight and Chief of Staff of in the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. OIOS is the supreme watchdog agency with a mandate to promote transparency, accountability, and quality management within the United Nations. In OIOS, he played a major role in initiating the Organizational Integrity Programme, the United Nations' first anti-corruption campaign and the agency's Risk Management Framework for oversight resource allocation and work planning.
From 1998 to 2001, Tay Keong taught public policy analysis, strategic management, political analysis, organizational analysis, and public sector ethics in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Apart from training graduate students in public policy, he also specialized in teaching senior officials in executive programmes, among others, the Commonwealth Top Management Programme and Singapore-Commonwealth Senior Management Programme.
Tay Keong has consulted with the World Bank in Indonesia, the Danish International Development Agency in Laos, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Afghanistan, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (one of the pioneers of microfinance in Bangladesh), and the Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan. He also serves as a volunteer resource person on organizational integrity and governance for the Public Integrity Education Network, a global grouping of ethics and integrity professionals and educators.
Tay Keong was one of Singapore's two representatives to the East Asia Vision Group, an eminent persons group with representatives from thirteen Asian countries tasked to craft a future for Asian cooperation. Many of the East Asia Vision Group report recommendations, such as viewing the region as an evolving Asian Community, are now in the process of implementation.
Tay Keong's Master in Public Policy degree and Ph.D. in Public Policy are from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences respectively. His dissertation research was on the social capital and cultural survival of the Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
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