About Us

The HEAD Foundation (THF) is a Singapore-based think tank devoted to the research, policy influence, and effective implementation of education for development in Asia.

Established as an International Charitable Organization in 2013, we aim to advance the study and understanding of education – particularly in the Asian context – and its implications for governments, businesses and civil society in the region. In addition to our work in research, policy influence and advocacy, the Foundation also aims to apply the knowledge for more effective practice and policy implementation through programmes and projects.

THF provides a collaborative and inclusive platform for a multidisciplinary approach to scholarship, debate and programme development. We study the adaptation of models and best practices in light of the contexts and priorities of the Asian communities we serve, and promote public awareness of issues in our fields of expertise. We partner with like-minded global and regional experts and institutions to advance our common goal of empowering Asia’s development through education.

THF’s activities include:

  • Conducting research projects within Asian countries;
  • Publishing a book series, working papers, reports and policy documents;
  • Convening events such as workshops, seminars, lectures and policy fora;
  • Developing and delivering tools, models and programmes for capacity building.

FACULTY

The HEAD Foundation is supported by a team of academics and researchers, each distinguished in his or her own field. They are regularly consulted and bring to bear a wide experience in education and leadership development, as well as an awareness and understanding of Asian societies and processes of development.

Professor S. Gopinathan

Academic Director

RESEARCHERS

Dr Uma Natarajan

Principal Researcher

Mr Vignesh Naidu

Research & Project Manager

Dr Li Jie Sheng

Research Analyst

ASSOCIATES

Ms Thammika Songkaeo

   Research Analyst

Mr Loke Hoe Yeong

Adjunct Research Manager   

MANAGEMENT TEAM

The HEAD Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with its headquarters in Singapore. The Foundation is a registered International Charitable Organisation governed by a Board of Directors. It is led by a Managing Director and supported by a team of management professionals.

Mr Yu-Book Lim

Managing Director

Mr C.D. Liang

Director, Operations & Development

MANAGERS

Ms Maryann Ong

Finance Manager

Miss Anusha Aswani

Project Manager

FELLOWS

Professor Hans P.M. Adriaansens

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Professor Philip G. Altbach

Boston College

Professor Mark Bray

The University of Hong Kong

Professor Henrik Bresman

INSEAD

Professor Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro

Bandung Institute of Technology

Professor Jacob de Smit
Professor Clive Dimmock

University of Glasgow

Professor Christine Ennew

University of Warwick 

Dr Phillip Harker

Phil Harker & Associates Pty Ltd

Professor Alma Harris

University of Bath

Professor J. Matthew Hartley

Matthew Hartley is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on academic governance and the social and democratic purposes of higher education. Dr. Hartley is the Associate Dean of Penn GSE. He is also the Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD). Dr. Hartley serves on the editorial boards of Educational Researcher, the Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Hartley is currently examining how universities in Kazakhstan are responding to education reforms aimed at promoting greater institutional autonomy and shared governance. He has worked with the Council of Europe in Strasburg, France, exploring partnerships between universities, schools, and civil society organizations aimed at promoting education for democratic citizenship. In 2011, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Bratislava, Slovakia, in partnership with the Slovak Governance Institute, studying the launch of community-based learning efforts at several universities. His book, To Serve a Larger Purpose, co-edited with John Saltmarsh, examines the roles of universities in democratic societies.

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Professor J. Matthew Hartley

Professor J. Matthew Hartley

Matthew Hartley is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on academic governance and the social and democratic purposes of higher education. Dr. Hartley is the Associate Dean of Penn GSE. He is also the Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD). Dr. Hartley serves on the editorial boards of Educational Researcher, the Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Hartley is currently examining how universities in Kazakhstan are responding to education reforms aimed at promoting greater institutional autonomy and shared governance. He has worked with the Council of Europe in Strasburg, France, exploring partnerships between universities, schools, and civil society organizations aimed at promoting education for democratic citizenship. In 2011, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Bratislava, Slovakia, in partnership with the Slovak Governance Institute, studying the launch of community-based learning efforts at several universities. His book, To Serve a Larger Purpose, co-edited with John Saltmarsh, examines the roles of universities in democratic societies.

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University of Pennsylvania

Dr Mohammed Waheed Hassan

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Dr Anabel Jensen

Notre Dame de Namuer University

Professor D. Bruce Johnstone

Professor Bruce Johnstone is Distinguished Service Professor of Higher and Comparative Education Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His principal scholarship is in US and international comparative higher education finance, governance, and policy formation, on which he has written and edited more than 125 books, monographs, articles, and chapters including (with Pamela Marcucci) Financing Higher Education Worldwide: Who Pays? Who Should Pay? (published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010). He continues to direct the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project: an examination into the worldwide shift of higher education costs from governments and taxpayers to parents and students. Johnstone has been a consultant in higher education finance to the World Bank in Morocco, Romania, Kenya, the United Emirates, and the Organization of East Caribbean States. Johnstone served as vice president for administration at the University of Pennsylvania from 1976 to 1979), president of the State University College of Buffalo from 1979 to 1988, and chancellor from 1988 to 1994 of the State University of New York (a system consisting at that time of some 64 campuses and more than 400,000 students). He holds Bachelors in economics and Masters in teaching degrees from Harvard, a 1969 Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota, and several honorary doctorates.

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Professor D. Bruce Johnstone

Professor D. Bruce Johnstone

Professor Bruce Johnstone is Distinguished Service Professor of Higher and Comparative Education Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His principal scholarship is in US and international comparative higher education finance, governance, and policy formation, on which he has written and edited more than 125 books, monographs, articles, and chapters including (with Pamela Marcucci) Financing Higher Education Worldwide: Who Pays? Who Should Pay? (published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010). He continues to direct the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project: an examination into the worldwide shift of higher education costs from governments and taxpayers to parents and students. Johnstone has been a consultant in higher education finance to the World Bank in Morocco, Romania, Kenya, the United Emirates, and the Organization of East Caribbean States. Johnstone served as vice president for administration at the University of Pennsylvania from 1976 to 1979), president of the State University College of Buffalo from 1979 to 1988, and chancellor from 1988 to 1994 of the State University of New York (a system consisting at that time of some 64 campuses and more than 400,000 students). He holds Bachelors in economics and Masters in teaching degrees from Harvard, a 1969 Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota, and several honorary doctorates.

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University of Buffalo

Professor Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati

Professor Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati

Dwikorita Karnawati was appointed as Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia, in 2014 after successfully accomplishing her former duty as Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Alumnae. Dwikorita Karnawati is a Professor in Engineering and Environmental Geology at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. Former appointments include the Fulbright Adjunct Professor in San Diego State University, U.S.A., from 2011-2012; the Leverhulme Professor in the Institute of Advanced Study – Bristol University, UK, in 2003; and the Hitachi Fellow Researcher in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 1997. She obtained the Philosophy of Doctor from the Department of Earth Sciences at Leeds University, UK, in 1996. Her contributions to science have been internationally recognized by the International Consortium – United Nations International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) that granted her the International Award in 2011, and by the International Consortium on Landslides that appointed her to be their Vice-President due to her innovative efforts in developing Community & Indigenous Technology-based for Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Universitas Gadjah Mada

Dr Khoo Hoon Eng

Yale-NUS College

Dr Molly N. N. Lee

Dr Molly N.N. Lee was the Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Programme for Development (APEID) and Programme Specialist in Higher Education at UNESCO Asia and the Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok. As the Coordinator of APEID, she ran programmes on higher education, technical and vocational education, education for sustainable development and ICT in education. Prior to joining UNESCO Bangkok, she was a Professor of Education at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Dr Lee has a PhD and Master’s degree from Stanford University, and a Master’s in Education Planning and Development from University of London Institute of Education. She has published 4 monographs and over 30 articles on various topics on education in Malaysia such as higher education, science education, teacher education, and educational reforms. Her research interest on private higher education arises from her empirical studies of the newly emerging private education sector in Malaysia in the past decade. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Centre for International Higher Education in Boston College, and a founding member in the Comparative Education Society Asia and Malaysia Educational Research Association. She has done consultancy work with various international agencies such as UNESCO, IDP Australia, Commonwealth of Learning, OECD, and World Bank.

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Dr Molly N. N. Lee

Dr Molly N. N. Lee

Dr Molly N.N. Lee was the Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Programme for Development (APEID) and Programme Specialist in Higher Education at UNESCO Asia and the Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok. As the Coordinator of APEID, she ran programmes on higher education, technical and vocational education, education for sustainable development and ICT in education. Prior to joining UNESCO Bangkok, she was a Professor of Education at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Dr Lee has a PhD and Master’s degree from Stanford University, and a Master’s in Education Planning and Development from University of London Institute of Education. She has published 4 monographs and over 30 articles on various topics on education in Malaysia such as higher education, science education, teacher education, and educational reforms. Her research interest on private higher education arises from her empirical studies of the newly emerging private education sector in Malaysia in the past decade. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Centre for International Higher Education in Boston College, and a founding member in the Comparative Education Society Asia and Malaysia Educational Research Association. She has done consultancy work with various international agencies such as UNESCO, IDP Australia, Commonwealth of Learning, OECD, and World Bank.

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Professor Mok Ka Ho Joshua

Lingnan University

Mr Sriven Naidu

Singapore Management University

Professor Gordon Redding

Gordon Redding leads a team of specialists in higher education in a context of major global change. His career has been devoted largely to higher education and research in Asia, including 24 years at the University of Hong Kong, where he holds an Emeritus Professorship, and where he founded and directed the university’s Business School. He has also spent 16 years at INSEAD, for part of that time as Director of its Euro-Asia Centre the origin of its Asian campus. He continues to teach at INSEAD. His initial degree was at Cambridge, followed by eleven years as an executive in UK industry. He returned to the world of scholarship by doing a Ph.D at Manchester Business School, but has retained his connections with the world of industry via consulting and executive development work for companies worldwide. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics for his work on Asian business. In 2006 he received the bi-annual Award for Distinguished Scholarship of the International Association of Chinese Management Researchers. He has published fifteen books, of which the main ones have been The Spirit of Chinese Capitalism (New York, de Gruyter), The Future of Chinese Capitalism (with Michael Witt, Oxford University Press), and The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems (edited with Michael Witt, Oxford University Press).

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Professor Gordon Redding

INSEAD

Mr Alan Ruby

University of Pennsylvania

Dr Sheldon Shaeffer

UNESCO Bangkok

Professor Gi-Wook Shin

Gi-Wook Shin is the director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center; the Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chair of Korean Studies; the founding director of the Korea Program; a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and a professor of sociology, all at Stanford University. As a historical-comparative and political sociologist, his research has concentrated on social movements, nationalism, development, and international relations. Shin is the author/editor of twenty books and numerous articles. His recent books include Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War (2016); Global Talent: Skilled Labor as Social Capital in Korea (2015); Criminality, Collaboration, and Reconciliation: Europe and Asia Confronts the Memory of World War II (2014); New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan (2014); Asia’s Middle Powers? (2013); Troubled Transition: North Korea’s Politics, Economy, and External Relations (2013); History Textbooks and the Wars in Asia: Divided Memories (2011); South Korean Social Movements: From Democracy to Civil Society (2011); One Alliance, Two Lenses: U.S.-Korea Relations in a New Era (2010); Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia (2007); Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia (2006); and Ethnic Nationalism in Korea: Genealogy, Politics, and Legacy (2006). Due to the wide popularity of his publications, many of them have been translated and distributed to Korean audiences. His articles have appeared in academic journals including American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Political Science Quarterly, International Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, Pacific Affairs, and Asian Survey. Shin is not only the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, but also continues to actively raise funds for Korean/Asian studies at Stanford. He gives frequent lectures and seminars on topics ranging from Korean nationalism and politics to Korea’s foreign relations and historical reconciliation in Northeast Asia. He serves on councils and advisory boards in the United States and South Korea and promotes policy dialogue between the two allies.  He writes monthly columns to Dong-A Daily (Korea) and Nikkei Asian Review (Japan). Before coming to Stanford, Shin taught at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Los Angeles. After receiving his BA from Yonsei University in Korea, he was awarded his MA and PhD from the University of Washington.

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Professor Gi-Wook Shin

Professor Gi-Wook Shin

Gi-Wook Shin is the director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center; the Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chair of Korean Studies; the founding director of the Korea Program; a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and a professor of sociology, all at Stanford University. As a historical-comparative and political sociologist, his research has concentrated on social movements, nationalism, development, and international relations. Shin is the author/editor of twenty books and numerous articles. His recent books include Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War (2016); Global Talent: Skilled Labor as Social Capital in Korea (2015); Criminality, Collaboration, and Reconciliation: Europe and Asia Confronts the Memory of World War II (2014); New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan (2014); Asia’s Middle Powers? (2013); Troubled Transition: North Korea’s Politics, Economy, and External Relations (2013); History Textbooks and the Wars in Asia: Divided Memories (2011); South Korean Social Movements: From Democracy to Civil Society (2011); One Alliance, Two Lenses: U.S.-Korea Relations in a New Era (2010); Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia (2007); Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia (2006); and Ethnic Nationalism in Korea: Genealogy, Politics, and Legacy (2006). Due to the wide popularity of his publications, many of them have been translated and distributed to Korean audiences. His articles have appeared in academic journals including American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Political Science Quarterly, International Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, Pacific Affairs, and Asian Survey. Shin is not only the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, but also continues to actively raise funds for Korean/Asian studies at Stanford. He gives frequent lectures and seminars on topics ranging from Korean nationalism and politics to Korea’s foreign relations and historical reconciliation in Northeast Asia. He serves on councils and advisory boards in the United States and South Korea and promotes policy dialogue between the two allies.  He writes monthly columns to Dong-A Daily (Korea) and Nikkei Asian Review (Japan). Before coming to Stanford, Shin taught at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Los Angeles. After receiving his BA from Yonsei University in Korea, he was awarded his MA and PhD from the University of Washington.

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Stanford University 

Professor Dato’ Dr Morshidi Sirat

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Professor Ryoko Tsuneyoshi

The University of Tokyo

Professor N. V. Varghese

Professor N.V. Varghese is currently the Director of the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), New Delhi. He holds a doctoral degree in Economics with specialisation in educational planning. Prior to assuming the current responsibilities, he was Head of Governance and Management in Education at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP/UNESCO), Paris until October 2013 and Head of its Training and Education Programmes from 2001 to 2006. He was responsible for designing and introducing the IIEP Master’s programme in educational planning and management. While in IIEP, he was also the Secretary General and responsible for the Secretariat  of  the International  Working Group on Education (IWGE) which is a network of  funding agencies in education. In the 1990s, he was a Professor and Head of the Educational Planning Unit at NIEPA, New Delhi. He has been closely associated with educational planning at the federal and decentralized levels and with the design and development of externally funded education projects in India. While in NIEPA, he was responsible for managing an Asian regional network – the Asian Network of Training and Research Institutions in Educational Planning (ANTRIEP) and was editor of its Newsletter. He has  directed  several research  projects,   published  more than 20 books and research reports, and more  than 160 research papers  and articles in  areas related to educational planning, financing and higher education.

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Professor N. V. Varghese

Professor N. V. Varghese

Professor N.V. Varghese is currently the Director of the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), New Delhi. He holds a doctoral degree in Economics with specialisation in educational planning. Prior to assuming the current responsibilities, he was Head of Governance and Management in Education at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP/UNESCO), Paris until October 2013 and Head of its Training and Education Programmes from 2001 to 2006. He was responsible for designing and introducing the IIEP Master’s programme in educational planning and management. While in IIEP, he was also the Secretary General and responsible for the Secretariat  of  the International  Working Group on Education (IWGE) which is a network of  funding agencies in education. In the 1990s, he was a Professor and Head of the Educational Planning Unit at NIEPA, New Delhi. He has been closely associated with educational planning at the federal and decentralized levels and with the design and development of externally funded education projects in India. While in NIEPA, he was responsible for managing an Asian regional network – the Asian Network of Training and Research Institutions in Educational Planning (ANTRIEP) and was editor of its Newsletter. He has  directed  several research  projects,   published  more than 20 books and research reports, and more  than 160 research papers  and articles in  areas related to educational planning, financing and higher education.

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PARTNERS

The HEAD Foundation (THF) seeks to collaborate with like-minded regional and international institutions to advance the field of Education for the development of Asia. We work with our institutional partners to mutually enhance knowledge-building capacities and to strengthen the influence and impact of our activities to achieve meaningful outcomes in Education.

  • The UCL Institute of Education

    THF and the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 7 March 2016 to collaborate on academic initiatives. The Foundation and IOE will collaborate on research programmes, events, and academic exchange, with a focus on the Southeast Asian region. Areas of mutual interest include educational leadership, teaching and learning, equity and access, and higher education.

  • University of Glasgow’s Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change

    THF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Glasgow in January 2016 to work on education reform implementation in Vietnam. The joint study with Vietnam National University and the Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences will open leads into training and other intervention strategies to support capacity building and sustainable models for high performance in the Vietnamese context.

  • INSEAD Global Leadership Centre

    THF and the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop leadership training programmes for Southeast Asian educational leaders.

  • Boston College’s Centre of International Higher Education (CIHE)

    A  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked between THF and the Centre of International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College in January 2016. Both parties will collaborate on a newsletter entitled “Higher Education in Southeast Asia and Beyond” to fill a gap in periodicals in the field of higher education research in Southeast Asia.

    Created to add value to current literature dealing with higher education research, the biannual publication includes articles written by researchers from both the Foundation and CIHE. The publication aims to create a more diverse set of perspectives on higher education garnered from the expertise at the two institutions. The newsletter will be launched later this year.

  • University of Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education

    THF is collaborating with the University of Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education’s Professor D. Bruce Johnstone on a comparative research project for Higher Education financing and accessibility in Southeast Asia and East Asia. The International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility (ICHEFA) project for Asia will begin by compiling country profiles for the 10 Southeast Asian countries.

  • East-West Centre’s Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership

    The HEAD Foundation and the East-West Centre’s Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership have entered into a Cooperative Agreement. The two parties are exploring  opportunities to convene joint policy fora and other related activities in higher education.