Singapore: January 11-13, 2019

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A Changing World: How to Respond?

Join us for our 12th GMAP Alumni Weekend in Singapore, January 11-13, 2019.

We look forward to sharing with you everything that Singapore has to offer, and we very much hope you will join us!

As well as a chance to see and network with your fellow alumni, and engage in Asia-Pacific focused scholarship, there will be opportunities to meet the GMAP Class of 2019 and of course, enjoy the delights of the city!

The Alumni Weekends are also an excellent opportunity to organize a reunion with your classmates. The following classes will be celebrating big reunion years next year, so we encourage you to consider celebrating together at the Singapore Alumni Weekend:

Class of 2004– Celebrating 15 years!

Class of 2009– Celebrating 10 years!

Class of 2014– Celebrating 5 years!



*For those arriving early, you are welcome to join us for dinner on Thursday evening which will involve a Simulex briefing by Fletcher’s military fellows for the students. Please let us know if you plan to attend this dinner.

7:00 p.m. Dinner with students at The Shangri-La


3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Welcome & Registration
Location: 4th Floor Mezzanine, Shangri-La Hotel 

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Student & Alumni Panel: Conversations on Leadership
Location: Hibiscus Rooms 1 & 2 (4th Floor), Shangri-La Hotel (Business Dress)


Rachel Coupaud, GMAP18
Charge D’Affaires, Haitian Embassy to Taiwan

Jasmine Huggins, GMAP18
Ambassador of Saint Kitts and Nevis to Japan

Esther Ibanga, GMAP18
Executive Director, Women Without Walls Initiative

Trish Manzke, GMAP17
Europe Program Director, U.S. Department of the Navy

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Student and Alumni Structured Networking Reception 
Location: The Banyan Ballroom (3rd Floor), Shangri-La Hotel (Business Dress)

7:00 p.m. GMAP Alumni Weekend Opening Dinner
Location:The Banyan Ballroom (3rd Floor), Shangri-La Hotel (Business Dress)

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Deborah Winslow Nutter 
Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Practice, GMAP Director
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy


Dr. Tim Huxley
Executive Director, 
International Institute for Strategic Studies – Asia


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Security in the Sahel: Esther Ibanga, GMAP18, and Mandy Birch, GMAP15,
Location: Peony Room (4th Floor), Shangri-La Hotel 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: Singapore and the region 
Location: Peony Room (4th Floor), Shangri-La Hotel 
10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break, (Business Casual)

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Lunch at Janice Wong, National Museum Visit, and Singapore Boat Tour. Meet in Hotel Lobby at 12PM for departure. (Business Casual)

6:00p.m. Visit to Observation Deck at Marina Bay SandsMeet in Hotel Lobby at 5:45PM for departure. (Business Dress)

7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Dinner at Marina Bay Sands
(Business Dress)


Ignasius Jonan, GMAP05
Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia

Former Minister of Transportation
Former CEO, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Indonesian Railway Transportation)


8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Pre-Breakfast Discussion with Dr. Christian Bachheimer, GMAP17 on Chinese Foreign Policy 
Location: Peony Room (4th Floor), Shangri-La Hotel (Business Casual)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Informal Breakfast Discussions 
Location: The Line, Shangri-La Hotel, (Business Casual) 
(Breakfast is included for those staying at the hotel)  

Phillipe Rose, GMAP14
Senior Economist, Shell

Serhat Cubukcuoglu, GMAP15
Customer Success Manager, IBM-MENA

Irshad Mecca, GMAP17
Director, Farida Shoes

Joanna Lisiecka, GMAP16
Africa-Frontex Project Coordinator

FINTECH: led by,
Arthur Sculley, GMAP09
Senior Fellow, Institute for Business in a Global Context

Mattia Tomba, GMAP14
Head of Asia Tradeteq 

10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m. Talk: Humanitarian Design – Improving Refugee      Camps for Children
Location: Peony Room (4th Floor), Shangri-La Hotel (Business Dress)


Alice Vincent
Senior Security Consultant, ARUP

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Talk on The Foreign Policy of Singapore
Location: Azalea Rooms 1 & 2 (4th Floor), Shangri-La Hotel  (Business Dress)


Dean Robert Chua, F85
MFA Diplomatic Academy Singapore

2:00– 6:00 p.m. Asian Civilization Museum Tour and High Tea at the St. RegisMeet in Hotel Lobby at 2PM for departure. (Business Casual)

8:00 p.m. GMAP Alumni Weekend Closing Dinner
Location: The Library (3rd Floor, Lobby), Shangri-La Hotel  (Business Casual)

Please note that the weekend schedule is subject to change.

 The “Lonely Planet: Singapore” book is included in the alumni weekend gift bag.

Moderator Biography

Deborah Winslow Nutter, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Practice, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Deborah Winslow Nutter is the Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Practice of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. She is the founding director of the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), Fletcher’s signature hybrid residency and Internet Master’s program, in which she teaches foreign policy leadership and team dynamics. GMAP attracts senior international affairs professionals from around the world in business, government, the United Nations, and NGOs.

Dean Nutter holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, where she held several fellowships, including an Honorary Presidential Fellowship. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Colby College and studied at Oxford University. Prior to coming to Fletcher, she taught international politics, security studies, Soviet and Russian foreign policy, and international organizations and law at Bowdoin and Simmons Colleges, serving as Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the latter institution and leading its internationalization effort. Dr. Nutter has been a Fellow at Harvard University at both the Center for International Affairs and the Center for Science and International Affairs and spent one year as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. Dean Nutter lectures and writes on the intersection of geopolitics and leadership, using major historic world leaders and the challenges they faced as a basis for evaluating leadership performance and success. Her research and teaching also focus on leaders’ relations with their key advisers, including spouses. Her publications include Soviet Foreign Policy in Transition with Cambridge University Press, and journal and newspaper articles on security studies, transatlantic relations, international political leadership, India’s role in world affairs, and Winston and Clementine Churchill. She coined the word “Triplomacy” to describe diplomacy in the current era.

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Tim Huxley, Executive Director, The International Institute for Strategic Studies-Asia

Tim Huxley was educated at Oriel College Oxford (BA Geography, 1st Class Hons; MA), the University of Wales Aberystwyth (MScEcon Strategic Studies), and the Australian National University (PhD International Relations). He has worked for many years in the overlap between strategic studies and Asian area studies, his research focusing particularly on Southeast Asian states’ security and defence policies.

He has held research and teaching posts at universities in the UK and Australia, and from 1985-87 was a Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. Before joining the IISS, he was Reader in Southeast Asian Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hull.

His major publications include Defending the Lion City. The Armed Forces of Singapore (Allen & Unwin, 2000) and Disintegrating Indonesia? Implications for Regional Security (Adelphi Paper 349, July 2002). His recent major articles include ‘Standing up to China’ (co-authored with Benjamin Schreer) in Survival, December 2015-January 2016 and ‘Trump’s missing Asia strategy’ (also co-authored with Benjamin Schreer) in Survival, June-July 2017.

He assumed the post of Executive Director, IISS-Asia in early 2007, and has been based full-time in Singapore since then. He plays a leading role in organising the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, the IISS Fullerton Forum, and the IISS Fullerton Lectures.

Ignaisus Jonan, F05, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for the Republic of Indonesia

Ignaisus Jonan received his Drs in accountancy at the School of Economics and Business at Universitas Airlangga in 1986. He has since completed a Senior Executive Program at Columbia Business School in 1999 and the Senior Manager in Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2000, before completing the Global Masters of Arts Program in 2005.

He has worked extensively in both government and the private sector, beginning in earnest with his position as director of Citigroup Private Equity from 1999-2001. Between 2001 and 2014 he has switched between working at the Managing Director of Citigroup Investment Banking and as the CEO at the Indonesian Railway Company and at the Indonesian Government’s Investment Bank.

Preceding his current position, he worked from 2014-2016 as the Minister for Transportation, during which he was awarded the French Government’s Legion d’Honneur. He has since been awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award by The School of Economics and Business, at Airlangga University in 2018 and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Management Institute at the Economics and Business School of The University of Indonesia in 2017.

He is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees for Universitas Airlangga, Unika Soegijapranata, Unika Atmajaya Jakarta, and a member of the International management advisory group for the Fletcher School.

Alice Vincent, Senior Consultant on the Resilience, Security and Risk Team at Arup

Alice is a senior consultant at Arup. Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, and consultants working across every aspect of today’s built environment.

At Arup, she works in the Resilience, Security and Risk team specializing in risk assessments on infrastructure projects and is currently working in Singapore on Changi Terminal 5. She also runs a research project in Arup on how safer environments and an improved quality of life can be created for children in refugee camps, specifically by improving the design layout of camps. In addition, she is also involved in a program in Pacific Island states on improving safety for adolescent girls living in informal settlements.

She holds an undergraduate degree in History & Politics from Nottingham University and a MSc in International Public Policy from University College London.

Robert H.K Chua, F85, Dean of MFA Diplomatic Academy

A career diplomat, Mr Robert H.K. Chua served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from May 2006 to December 2017 and he was concurrently Dean of the Diplomatic Corps. His previous postings were the USA (First Secretary in Washington and Consul General in San Francisco), Japan (Counsellor in Tokyo), Philippines (Counsellor in Manila) and Vietnam (Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City). He served as the Senior ASEAN Member in the Myanmar-ASEAN-UN Tripartite Core Group in 2008 which was set up by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers to facilitate the distribution of international humanitarian assistance to the victims of Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Singapore in 1979, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, USA in 1985 under a Fulbright Scholarship.

He was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces Good Service Medal in 1981 after the completion of national service, the Civil Service Long Service Medal in 2002 and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2004. He and his wife Hisayo Yoshida have two children.


The Singapore Midyear International Residency and GMAP Alumni Weekend will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel, set in 15 acres of lush greenery just minutes from the vibrant Orchard Road shopping belt. The hotel is offering a rate of S$300 + tax for the alumni weekend (including breakfast and wifi) for a single occupancy room with a double occupancy room being S$340 + tax.


Nancy DiBiaggio, GMAP01

Nicolas De Boisgrollier, GMAP03

Kjell Bergh, GMAP04

Donna J. Bergh, Guest of Kjell Bergh

Michelle Rose, Guest of Kjell Bergh

John Regan, GMAP08

Arthur Sculley, GMAP09

Viktorija Meiksane, GMAP10

Oleg Khrabryy, GMAP 10

Egor Khrabryy, Guest of Oleg Khrabryy

Alan Miller, GMAP13

Isabelle Miller, Guest of Alan Miller

Phillipe Rose, GMAP14

Cristian Breitenstein, GMAP14

Juan Carrizosa, GMAP14

Mattia Tomba, GMAP14

Serhat Cubukcuoglu, GMAP15

Raymond Ressy, GMAP15

Mandy Birch, GMAP15

Paul Birch, Guest of Mandy Birch

Joanna Lisiecka, GMAP16

Christian Bachheimer, GMAP17

Samir Bajaj, GMAP17

Enrique Ochoa, GMAP17

Patricia Manzke, GMAP17

Paloma Serra Robles, GMAP17

Cynthia Moreno, GMAP17

Nawaz Wahla, GMAP17

Kamran Balayev, GMAP17

Irshad Mecca, GMAP18

Muhamad Al-Arif, GMAP18

Esther Ibanga, GMAP18

Iko Ibanga, Guest of Esther Ibanga

Kade Spears, GMAP18

Rachel Coupaud, GMAP18

Jasmine Huggins, GMAP18

Mio Joassainte, GMAP18

Shin Hoguchi, GMAP18

Elizabeth Parker Powell, MALD62