Ora-orn Poocharoen (Thailand)
Dean, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University and Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
With over 13 years of public service experience, Ora-orn Poocharoen has advised and done research for various institutions in Thailand, including the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, the Bureau of Budget and the World Bank, as well as for organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, Transparency International, the Asia Foundation, Oxfam, the Asia Productivity Organization and the International Budget Partnership. Recently, she provided consultation services to the Indonesian Government on talent management in the public sector. She has held various academic leadership positions at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where she was the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, the Committee Chair for the Master ’s in Public Administration programme, the Co-Chair of the Teaching Excellence Committee and a member of the Recruitment Committee. Prior to working in Singapore, she was a lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. There she served as the Deputy Head of the Public Administration Department and Director of the political science PhD programme. She is on the board of International Public Management Journal, and she served as an Associate Editor for Policy Sciences in 2015. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Public Management Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Performance and Management Review, and Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. Some of her recent publications are Meritocracy in Asia Pacific (2013), in Review of Public Personnel Administration; Collaboration, Coproduction, Networks: Convergence of Theories (2015) in Public Management Review; and Performance Management of Collaborative Projects: the Stronger the Collaboration the Less is Measured (2016) in Public Performance and Management Review. Ms. Poocharoen’s research expertise includes public administration theory, comparative public management, network management, human resource management, co-production and public participation. Specific topics include the corruption of performance information, the role of consultants in the policy process, the emergence of secondary cities in South-East Asia and smart cities. In 2015, she won the Annual Teaching Excellence Award at the National University of Singapore. Ms. Poocharoen is currently Director, School of Public Policy, Chiang Mai University, Thailand; and Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.