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David Skilling

Dr David Skilling is the Founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, a Singapore-based research and government advisory firm. David currently advises the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand, is a Fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore, and also engages with several other small countries. David writes regularly on small states and globalisation, including through a monthly column in the Singapore Straits Times. Prior to founding Landfall Strategy Group, David was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company’s Public Sector Practice, based in Singapore, as well as being a Senior Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute. Before joining McKinsey, David was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately funded, non-partisan think tank, which contributed to the public debate on important national issues. Until 2003, David was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury. David has a Ph.D. in Public Policy, and a Master in Public Policy degree, from Harvard University, as well as a Master of Commerce (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Auckland. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University for three years, and was elected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008.