Our Secretary General, Tan Jee Say, has been appointed Harvard Fellow. He travels to Harvard University later this month to take up the Fellowship. He will be based at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The WCFIA was co-founded in 1958 by Robert Bowie and Henry Kissinger. Dr Kissinger later went on to become the US Secretary of State.
While at Harvard, Jee Say will interact with the university’s diverse community of scholars and practitioners of international affairs – politicians, diplomats, military officers, journalists, representatives of NGOs, and business professionals. His principal focus is on globalisation and employment security.
This is the second university fellowship for Jee Say. Last year in May, he was appointed Visiting Fellow by Oxford University where he researched on welfare states at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. The following month, he was a guest speaker at the international conference “Shifting to post-crisis welfare states in Europe” held in Berlin. It was the largest gathering of international scholars on the subject of welfare states. In March 2013, Jee Say delivered a special lecture in Peking University on “Population, Economic Growth and Quality of Life” in which he discussed the challenges of immigration and cross-border flow of labour, a subject that he will research further during his Harvard Fellowship.
This is the second “official” US trip for Jee Say since the 2011 Singapore general and presidential elections.Two years ago, he was an election observer in the US Presidential Election Exchange 2012 sponsored by the US State Department. It enabled him to experience an insider’s look at the US elections to learn about campaign strategies and management.