A recent panel discussion held by the College of Public Policy (CPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), during the Doha Forum 2019, explored Resilience, Governance and Public Policy for the 21st Century.
The panel discussion, divided into three parts, invited panelists to discuss specific aspects of resilience and its importance to effective 21st century governance. Among the panelists were, Dr. Leslie A. Pal, Founding Dean of CPP and Dr. Andreas Rechkemmer, Senior Professor at CPP.
Proceedings commenced with Dr. Andreas Rechkemmer, who traced resilience’s evolution from concept to key component of public policy making, followed by a contribution from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Dr. Zeger van der Wal.
Dr. Wal’s input factored agility and resilience into public affairs and leadership strategies in dealing with a “VUCA” world (vulnerable, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous).
Challenges of resilience in terms of sustainable development, climate change, and international cooperation was highlighted by Mr. Achim Steiner, the UNDP Administrator, followed by final panelist, Ms. Pia Hansson, Director, Institute of International Affairs and its Centre for Small States Studies at the University of Iceland. Ms. Hansson, discussed how small states like Qatar and Iceland need to make resilience a priority given their exposure to global pressures.
Attendees of Resilience, Governance and Public Policy for the 21st Century, were invited to pose questions and offer their insights, highlighting the importance of flexible organizations, adaptable policy leadership and innovating resilience practices.
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