Russell is the Chairman of the Chandler Institute of Governance. He also serves as a Director of the Clermont Group and the Chandler Foundation.
Russell started his career as a judicial officer in the Supreme Court of Singapore. He held a dual portfolio of Assistant Registrar and Justices’ Law Clerk. Russell presided over numerous interlocutory court applications, and had the distinct honor of working closely with the Judges of the Court of Appeal and the High Court in the analysis, research and publication of judgments.
He then joined the Attorney General’s Chambers where, as State Counsel, he advised and represented government ministries and agencies on a wide range of constitutional and civil law matters.
Russell graduated from the Singapore Management University as the University Valedictorian. He obtained top honors for two bachelor’s degrees – a Bachelor of Business Management and a Bachelor of Laws.
Russell is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Lee Hsien Loong All Round Achievement Award sponsored by the Singapore Ministry of Education, the Singapore Press Holdings Valedictorian Award, and the Rajah & Tann Prize for the Top Graduating Law Student.
He is currently on a Dual Masters’ Program and is expected to graduate in August 2019 with a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Wu Wei Neng
Wei Neng is the Executive Director of the Chandler Institute of Governance, an international non-profit organization based in Singapore. The Chandler Institute supports government leaders and public officers through training, research, advisory services and resourcing. In this capacity, he develops the Institute’s strategic priorities and direction, and oversees research, programs and partnerships with governments and partners worldwide.
Wei Neng has worked extensively in the areas of public policy, research and analysis for the past 15 years. He currently holds adjunct and associate appointments with the Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development, and the Singapore Civil Service College under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Prior to this, he worked in public policy design and implementation in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Defence, and in training and development work at the Civil Service College. He dealt with major strategic and policy initiatives such as the US-Singapore Strategic Framework Agreement; bilateral defense agreements with various countries; energy policy negotiations at the bilateral and ASEAN levels; and bilateral climate change negotiations. He was lead national negotiator for climate finance and investment issues at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
He has taught and facilitated courses for over 3,000 government leaders and policymakers within and outside Singapore, including programs for mid-career and senior officials from over 60 countries. He has spoken and taught at the United Nations, the World Bank, the Singapore Management University, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the Singapore Civil Service College and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Wei Neng has authored and published books, research papers and case studies on a range of topics, including economic policy; urban development; land policy; public housing; climate change; institution building and state-market relations. He wrote Land Acquisition and Resettlement: Securing Resources for Development (2014), a book analyzing Singapore’s land expropriation framework, and its key role in supporting urban planning and development. He also edited Adaptive Governance for a Changing World (2016), featuring emergent ideas in governance, public sector reform, leadership development, public economics and social policy. Most recently he co-authored Working with Markets: Harnessing Market Forces and the Private Sector for Development (2017).
As a Humanities Scholar and a Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholar of the Singapore Government, he graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Manager, Programs and Partnerships
Clarissa is Manager of Programs and Partnerships at the Chandler Institute of Governance. She manages the design and execution of training programs and the building of collaborative partnerships that strengthen government capacity. Prior to joining the Chandler Institute, she conducted research on governance at a public policy-focused international non-profit organization. She also worked previously on a program that expanded access to international higher education for students in Asia. Clarissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.
Christopher is a Research Associate in the Chandler Institute of Governance. His interest in statistics and Singapore led him to begin his career at the Manpower Research and Statistics Department in Ministry of Manpower as a Data Miner. Christopher has also previously done research work on leadership and governance. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences (Honours) with a specialisation in Statistics from Nanyang Technological University.
Branding, Marketing and Communications Executive
Shanice is Branding, Marketing and Communications Executive at the Chandler Institute of Governance. A strategic thinker with a creative background, Shanice manages the branding, communications and marketing for the Institute. Prior to this, she held roles as a journalist, copywriter, community engagement and client relations manager, and a creative strategist. Shanice holds a Bachelor of Arts in English & Psychology.