Devadas has extensive experience in both the public and private sector and is an expert on strategy, foresight, public policy and economic policy. Prior to founding FMG, Devadas accumulated a rich breadth and depth of experience in security, fiscal, economic and social policy.
During his time in the Singapore public service, Devadas successfully led efforts in long-term planning, whole-of-government budget coordination at the Ministry of Finance where he was the Deputy Director of Fiscal Policy, Strategic Planning and Lead Foresight Strategist.
He was also the first Lead Social Strategist at the then-Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
He was also Assistant Director in the Joint Operations Directorate of the Ministry of Home Affairs. He served in the Singapore Police Force for 10 years where he assumed operational, policy and command appointments at the national and regional levels.
Devadas is a respected expert on the topic of strategy, foresight, public policy and economic policy, and has been quoted and published by various international publications including the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post and The Straits Times.
He has authored more than 100 Op-Eds in major publications and is the author of 3 books, FUSE: Foresight-driven, Understanding, Strategy and Execution® (2015), a landmark book on foresight-driven strategy, as well as Sensing Singapore (2014) and The Seduction of the Simple (2016), anthologies of his public commentaries on Singapore policy and public issues.
Devadas is a graduate of the Oxford University Scenario Programme (OSP) conducted by the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He has also completed the General Management Programme (GMP) conducted by the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is also a graduate of the Singapore Police Force Senior Officers Basic Course (SOBC) and the Civil Service College Management Development Course (MDC).
He was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to read a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School, Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. As an undergraduate at the University of Sydney he read Modern History and Political Economics and was awarded the International Merit Scholarship and was the winner of Aisling Society and G.A. Wood Prizes and took the Merit Book Prize for 4 consecutive years.
In addition to leading FMG, Devadas is also an independent Director with PartnerRe Asia Pte Ltd, a reinsurance firm and with Auto & General, a direct insurer.
Isabel Chew is a principal in the CEO’s Office at FMG where she provides advice on strategic projects to the leadership. With more than five years of experience in management consulting and academia, Isabel has built up competencies in research, data analysis, training, communications, strategy and public policy.
As principal, she has worked with national governments in Southeast Asia and East Africa to formulate economic policies and public outreach programmes, develop strategy roadmaps and evaluate existing programmes. She also supported the development and delivery of FMG’s executive education programmes, including training more than 300 public sector officials in data skills.
Isabel holds a Masters in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she was the recipient of the Starr Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the Corky Trinidad scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Liberal Studies from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and a Bachelors (First Class Honours) in Political Science from the National University of Singapore. Isabel is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, with an emphasis on methodology and Southeast Asian politics.
Dr. Li Bo is an Associate Principal and Head of Public Sector Data Analysis in FMG. She is a core member of our Executive Education practice. She has extensive experience in data analysis, data management, statistics, modelling and forecasting.
Armed with a PhD in Statistics and an Applied Mathematics degree, Dr. Li Bo uses her expertise in multivariate data analysis, advanced statistical methods, advanced statistical theory and in computing, to help clients identify trends and gain insights for better decision-making.
Since joining FMG, Dr. Li Bo has worked on a number of large scale data analysis projects, including performing data analysis for a nation-wide studies on economic and communication policies. She has also led a team that pioneered the use of predictive analytics for better targeting and prioritisation of resources in government.
Dr. Li Bo has a PhD in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Mathematics from the National University of Singapore. She has published multiple academic papers in leading academic journals on data analysis and statistics and has spoken in local and international applied statistics conferences.