FMG Highlights: FMG’s CEO Public Talks

Date November 2, 2016

‘BREXIT: A University of Edinburgh Lecture’ – 1st November 2016

The UK’s vote to leave the EU did not end the debate about the UK’s relationship with the EU. Instead, it opened up a new phase in that debate about how access to the EU single market trades off against politicians’ commitment to limit migration into the UK. We observe powerful economic arguments for market access jar with populist concerns about migration. The lecture, by Professor Charles Jeffrey from the University of Edinburgh,  concluded that populist appeals to voters are likely to have the upper hand over economic arguments moving forward from BREXIT.

Hosted by Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University, in partnership with British Council Singapore, the lecture was attended by over 250 students, faculty and members of the public on the 1st of November. FMG’s CEO, Mr. Devadas Krishnadas, was invited to moderate the Question & Answer session which followed the lecture.

“How has BREXIT affected the perception of the quality of leadership in the UK?” and “What is the rest of the world meant to think of the utility of democracy?” – These are some of the questions Devadas posed to Professor Jeffrey during the lecture. Alongside a wide range of questions from participants ranging from concerns of U.K’s national security to decision-making in democracies as an aftermath of BREXIT, it was a lively discussion with Devadas managing the field.

Frontier Policy-Making: Singapore at the Edge of Governance – 2nd November 2016

Singapore is changing.

Over 50 university students, faculty and members of the public attended a public talk, titled ‘Frontier Policy-Making: Singapore at the Edge of Governance’, by FMG’s CEO Devadas Krishnadas at the Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University.


Devadas shared his views about how the policy and political conundrums that Singapore faces today are complex and defy easy answers. He further provided insights into how the Singapore government should respond to being confronted with a political landscape that is likely to become more contested and what reforms it should pursue.

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