The Organization

The HEAD Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with its headquarters in Singapore. The Foundation is a registered international charity and is managed by a team of specialists reporting to a Managing Director. It is governed by a Board of Directors, and is supported by world-class advisors, each distinguished in his or her own field. They are regularly consulted and bring to bear a wide experience in education and leadership development, as well as an awareness and understanding of Asian societies and processes of development.

Senior Management Team

David Scott Clegg, Managing Director 

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David Scott Clegg is responsible for the leadership and management of the Foundation. An accomplished entrepreneur, investor and lead executive in the education field for 25 years, he is perhaps best known for his contributions in establishing and stewarding large-scale, innovative education systems in the United States, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He is the Founder of UNITE Education, a diversified investor and team of renowned advisors to high-profile education enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and Ministries of Education around the world. He was President and Vice Chairman of Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. (NASDAQ:NLCI), the largest national private school system in America. Nobel was recognized as an innovator of not only a company, but of an industry. He has partnered in early stage, Internet-based education platforms, as well as on various education initiatives in emerging nations through such affiliations as the United Nations NGO community and the World Bank’s African Virtual University. His work in the field has ranged from preschool through university, through site-based and online solutions. David Clegg is a regular contributor with publications as The Huffington Post and CEO Magazine. He has done over 100 interviews globally; has been a keynote speaker; is a published author; and has held board positions with various organizations in the fields of education and the life sciences. 

Professor Henrik Bresman, Academic Director

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Henrik Bresman is a professor at INSEAD and resides in Singapore. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Bresman is an expert on leading high-performance teams. He is the co-author of the top-selling book X-Teams: How to Build Teams that Lead, Innovate, and Succeed (published by Harvard Business School Press), which shows how teams at all levels can take on strategic leadership roles and change the direction of their organizations. His research on leadership and teams in contexts of technological innovation, international post-acquisition integration, and strategic change draws on data from industries such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, software development, and investment banking. His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Organization Science. His work has been profiled in many media outlets including Time Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, and the Economist. Professor Bresman’s current work focuses on developing principled and effective leaders who help societal progress in Singapore and throughout Asia.

C.D. Liang, Director, Community Development

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CD Liang is responsible for the community development function of the HEAD Foundation. CD was trained as a civil engineer and started his engineering career in the late 80’s in Kuala Lumpur. He subsequently became a software developer who designed and implemented multimedia solutions for hotels and financial institutions in several Asian countries. After completing his MBA degree in 1998, he worked for seven years in the Greater China region as a management consultant (for Monitor Company, then Arthur Andersen / KPMG Consulting) and a sourcing consultant (for FreeMarkets / Ariba Inc.)  He subsequently relocated to Singapore to work for eBay Inc. as Marketplace Development Director for Southeast Asia. Prior to joining The HEAD Foundation, CD worked for the non-profit division of a family business to manage social investments in education and media projects. CD had served many local conglomerates and MNCs throughout his career. Born and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, CD had also worked and lived in Bangkok, Boston and Hong Kong before he came to Singapore in 2005. CD has a bachelor degree (architecture & engineering) from Princeton University, and an MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Senior Advisors and Fellows

Professor Saravanan Gopinathan

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Professor S. Gopinathan obtained his doctorate in comparative higher education and education policy at SUNY, Buffalo, United States.  He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.  He served as the Dean of the School of Education (Mar 1994 till June 2000) and was the former Dean of Initial Teacher Training (July 2000 till June 2003).  In this role he oversaw the development and implementation of a BA/BSc (Education) programme as well as having responsibility for departments involved in leadership preparation, early childhood and special needs education, and ICT.  In 2003, he helped NIE establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice.  He has served on various MOE review committees and was a Resource Specialist for the Government Parliamentary Committee on Education, as a consultant for the Singapore Teachers Union, and a Board Member of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board.  Professor Gopinathan was also involved in setting up the Singapore Centre for Teaching Thinking, the Principals Executive Centre and is also a founder member of the Educational Research Association of Singapore.  His research interests span teacher education, higher education, values and citizenship education, and education development.  He is founding editor of the Singapore Journal of Education, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education.   He is currently involved in projects to establish teacher training facilities in Abu Dhabi, in Bahrain and in Indonesia.  He has consulted widely on policy development for educational excellence with the World Bank, Unesco, Unicef, the Arab League etc. and is acknowledged internationally as an expert on Singapore’s educational development.

Professor Gordon Redding

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Gordon Redding leads a team of specialists in higher education in a context of major global change. His career has been devoted largely to higher education and research in Asia, including 24 years at the University of Hong Kong, where he holds an Emeritus Professorship, and where he founded and directed the university’s Business School. He has also spent 16 years at INSEAD, for part of that time as Director of its Euro-Asia Centre – the origin of its Asian campus. He continues to teach at INSEAD. His initial degree was at Cambridge, followed by eleven years as an executive in UK industry. He returned to the world of scholarship by doing a Ph.D at Manchester Business School, but has retained his connections with the world of industry via consulting and executive development work for companies worldwide. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics for his work on Asian business. In 2006 he received the bi-annual Award for Distinguished Scholarship of the International Association of Chinese Management Researchers. He has published fifteen books, of which the main ones have been The Spirit of Chinese Capitalism (New York, de Gruyter), The Future of Chinese Capitalism (with Michael Witt, Oxford University Press), and The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems (edited with Michael Witt, Oxford University Press).

Dr. Bruce Johnstone

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Dr. Bruce Johnstone is Distinguished Service Professor of Higher and Comparative Education Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His principal scholarship is in US and international comparative higher education finance, governance, and policy formation, on which he has written and edited more than 125 books, monographs, articles, and chapters including (with Pamela Marcucci) Financing Higher Education Worldwide: Who Pays? Who Should Pay? published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010. He continues to direct the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project: an examination into the worldwide shift of higher education costs from governments and taxpayers to parents and students. The project has been the principal source of descriptive and theoretical work as well as on-going research on tuition, financial assistance, and student loan policies worldwide and has sponsored international conferences on higher education financing in Dar es Salaam, Prague, Moscow, Wuhan, Nairobi, and Arusha. Johnstone has been a consultant in higher education finance to the World Bank in Morocco, Romania, Kenya, the United Emirates, and the Organization of East Caribbean States. 

Johnstone served as vice president for administration at the University of Pennsylvania from 1976 to 1979), president of the State University College of Buffalo from 1979 to 1988, and chancellor from 1988 to 1994 of the State University of New York (a system consisting at that time of some 64 campuses and more than 400,000 students). He holds Bachelors in economics and Masters in teaching degrees from Harvard, a 1969 Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota, and several honorary doctorates.


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