Executive Programme

Georgetown University APQ 2017

Advanced Professional Qualification (Apq) In Global Business Leadership And International Relations 2017

“The world is changing so rapidly, that the only way for any of us to be successful is to assume that our learning is not going to stop, when we’re 22, 32 or 42, that we have to be constantly learning anew, constantly building our toolkit, constantly coming back to school” – Prof Michael O’Leary on “Building and Leading Senior Teams” Lecture, GU-HCS APQ Programme, Washington DC, 18 November 2015

Georgetown University (GU) and Human Capital (Singapore) have co-developed a specially designed 1-week Executive Education Programme for business owners and corporate leaders from Singapore and the region with special focus on Global Business Leadership and International Relations to prepare them for their business expansion and exploring new markets. This programme is the result of an earlier initiative by HCS on the Global Immersion Programme, which Minister Heng Swee Keat had launched in November 2013.

The APQ 2017 aims to promote capability development and productivity growth in the workplace through:

  • Redesign and transformation of businesses and culture
  • Product Innovation
  • Expanding market via internationalisation

*The programme is conducted in English with simultaneous and/or consecutive interpretation in Chinese by Professional Interpreters. Learning materials are in English and Chinese.

Why APQ 2017?

The APQ 2017 programme will help top executives, corporate leaders, business owners and PMEs identify opportunities and challenges of conducting business in other countries in order to better compete in today’s global economy. Georgetown University’s expertise and network, combined with its strength in international business strategy, management, policymaking, international relations, and leadership, make the program truly exceptional. Georgetown has developed a curriculum that focuses on the concepts, techniques, tools, and subjects most relevant to the executive who has a special interest in global business.

This 1-week programme will enable participants to master the fundamental business disciplines and skills needed to evaluate and capitalise on regional and global business opportunities. It is suitable for participants who are already in or aspiring to join in the global business sector.

About Georgetown University

Can you tell me more about the Georgetown University and its McDonough School of Business?

Founded in 1789 to educate the leaders of a new nation, Georgetown University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States. Today, Georgetown sits at the global crossroads of commerce and policy, in Washington DC. While much has changed in 200 years, our mission to prepare and educate leaders – whether for business, government, or not-for-profit organisations – remains the same.

For 60 years, the McDonough School of Business has been at the forefront of Georgetown’s mission to educate leaders. We leverage the full capabilities of Georgetown University for each and every programme. While each is highly-customised, our goal for each programme is the same: to create unforgettable learning experiences for the participants.

Georgetown is located at the nexus of global business and policy. As a global capital, Washington, D.C., brings together leaders from diverse sectors and backgrounds to address the world’s most pressing challenges. This blend of influence and opportunities is unmatched anywhere else. Georgetown serves as the center of intellectual life in Washington, hosting the world’s top business and government leaders. Our network of alumni, partners, and speakers make Washington an integral part of your learning experience. The Office of Executive Education at Georgetown, can exclusively help capture this unique Washington – and world – experience for your executive students. This programme will give them an opportunity to learn from the best scholars from the McDonough School of Business, the Walsh School of Foreign Service and senior experts from business and government.

More info: https://www.georgetown.edu/ and http://msb.georgetown.edu/

Georgetown University’s National and International Accreditation

Georgetown University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and The McDonough School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Georgetown University’s National and International Ranking National Rankings 2016 (Georgetown University)


National Rankings 2016 (Georgetown University)

  • Forbes — 21st
  • U.S. News & World Report — 20th
  • Washington Monthly — 9th

McDonough School of Business Recent Rankings:

  • Bloomberg Businessweek: Undergraduate Program — 18th; Full-time MBA — 34th; MBA Evening Program — 4th
  • Financial Times: Full-time MBA — 18th in the U.S.; Executive MBA — 5th in the U.S. and 1st for international business; Global Executive MBA — 33rd in the world; Custom Executive Programs — 5th in the U.S.
  • Poets & Quants: Undergraduate Program — 4th
  • U.S. News & World Report: Undergraduate Program — 15th and 6th for international business; Full-time MBA — 21st and 8th for international business; MBA Evening Program — 18th

Course Fees

How much does the GU GIP 2017 cost?

Total course fee: S$10,000*.

Businesses registered in Singapore may claim PIC benefits of either cash payout (up to 40%) and 400% tax deductions/allowances. Please contact IRAS for more details.

SkillsFuture Study Award for Singapore Citizens

Singaporeans who are planning to enrol in or are successfully enrolled in this course should concurrently apply for the SkillsFuture Study Awards for International Business. Recipients of the Study Award may receive a monetary award of $5,000 to defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course. Previous recipients of SkillsFuture Study Award will not be eligible to receive another tranche of award.

Note: Applicants will be assessed and IE Singapore retains the final decision on the provision of the SkillsFuture Study Award. Both the forms and submission link can be found in www.skillsfuture.sg/studyawards/international-business. There are up to 20 SkillsFuture Study Awards for participants to allocated for this course. Fulfilment of basic eligibility criteria does not guarantee a successful award as evaluations will be based on the merits of each application. Applicants with incomplete or inaccurate documentation will be rejected. IE may contact the applicant and/or referee for further clarification. Disbursement of award monies will only commence after Jan 2018

Sample Investment Cost – for a Singaporean employee sponsored by a company (For Illustration ONLY)

Full Course Fee:  S$10,000
Less PIC (company): S$4,000
Less SkillsFuture Award (individual): S$5,000
Investment Cost: S$1,000

*Fees include basic seminar package and excluding GST. Fees do not cover airfare, transport, personal expenses and accommodation. Subject to change. The programme organiser can arrange for group booking for accommodation and airfare at an estimated cost of S$5,000, subject to terms and conditions.

Location And Schedule

The intensive 1-week course will be conducted in Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA from 12 Nov to 18 Nov 2017. Pre-learning workshops will be conducted in Singapore on 6, 13, 20 & 27 Oct 2017.

Teaching Faculty And Learning Methods

What form does the teaching take?

Emphasis on Skill Development

The programme will focus on skills mastery and developing a mindset continually striving towards greater excellence through knowledge, application and experience. The application of skills will be covered under group projects, and case studies based on real-life business challenges.

The programme framework and syllabi will enable participants to:

a)  Explore business challenges and transformation
b)  Examine “best practices” and apply them in the global context.
c)  Build competencies to identify sensitive and competitive situations.
d)  Evaluate and implement global expansion strategies.

Teaching Approach

Effective executive programmes integrate a variety of learning modes and experiences. The APQ 2017 will focus on learning modes that convey meaningful content and allow for significant participant interaction with faculty and with each other. Teaching methods may include lectures, case studies, role plays, panel discussions, simulations, key note speakers, exercises to apply learning the work context and site visits to prominent institutions.

Please see the tentative programme overview and site visit locations here.

Who will be teaching the Programme?

The programme consisting classroom instruction, group discussion and project work will be led by prominent faculty members from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and School of Foreign Service. The list of lecturers as follows:

Name Designation Education Profile

Paul Almeida

Dean McDonough School of Business

Professor of Strategy and International Business

Ph.D., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, International Business and Strategy

M.A., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Applied Economics and Managerial Science

M.B.A., Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

B.E., University of Poona, Electrical Engineering

Paul Almeida is Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education (degree and non-degree programs) and Professor of Strategy and International Business at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Professor Almeida is also the Co-director of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA program. He received his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Almeida’s research studies innovation, knowledge management, alliances and informal collaborations across firms and countries. He is particularly interested in understanding how knowledge flows and builds across people and organizations and how this affects performance. He has published in leading journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, and Research Policy as well as in scholarly books. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading journals and as Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. Professor Almeida was also previously Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management. He has received the Georgetown’s Faculty Research Award and the Dean’s Service Award.

Professor Almeida currently teaches executives and MBAs at Georgetown in the areas of strategy, international business, technology and knowledge management. He has won the Joseph LeMoine Award for Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, Best Professor Award for Executive Programs at Georgetown University, and is a seven-time winner of the Best Professor Award for Georgetown’s Executive MBA program.

Professor Almeida leads the Office of Executive Education at MSB. The office focuses on developing and running innovative degree and customized certificate programs for executives with an emphasis on global education and technology- enhanced learning. Executive Education offers six highly successful degree programs including the Executive MBA (ranked #5 in the US by Financial Times), Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA (ranked #15 worldwide by Financial Times), Executive Master’s in Leadership program (EML), EML for DC Public School Principals, Executive Master’s in International Business (Brazil), and Master’s of Science in Finance (online). In addition, Executive Education offers numerous customized programs in as many as 19 countries around the world for companies like Rio Tinto (UK), ICBC (China), Panasonic, Bayer (Germany), Abengoa (Spain) and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Paul Almeida conducts executive education and corporate seminars with many organizations, including Microsoft, Gucci, Rolls Royce, IBM, Bechtel, Nextel, Sprint, Samsung, ARAMARK, AREVA, ENI, the World Bank, US Chamber of Commerce, National Public Radio, OPIC, the Department of Agriculture, FDIC, Federal Election Commission, Department of Commerce and Social Security Administration.

Marc L. Busch

Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Ph.D., Columbia University

M.Phil., Columbia University, Political Science

M.A., University of Toronto, Political Science

B.A. (Hons), Queen’s University, Political Studies

MARC L. BUSCH (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Professor of Government and Professor of Business Administration at Georgetown University. He is an expert on international trade policy and law.

He serves as a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers (ITAC-16), a public-private group reporting to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative.

He has addressed a wide variety of governments and international institutions, including the Advisory Centre on WTO Law, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the World Bank and the United Nations. He has testified before the US Congress on Airbus- Boeing litigation, and before the Canadian Senate on softwood lumber litigation. He has consulted to Booz Allen Hamilton, Bell Canada, Frontier Strategy Group, Goruck, Health Canada, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, McKinsey, Monitor, Nomacorc, Philip Morris International, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Trade Law Division of the Department of International Trade Canada, on behalf of which he addressed a NAFTA 2022 panel on dispute settlement.

He is the author of the book Trade Warriors, as well as articles in the American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Political Science, Fordham International Law Journal, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of World Trade, World Politics and World Trade Review. He has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the John M. Olin Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, Georgetown, Queen’s, Harvard, and Columbia. He served as co-editor of the journal Economics & Politics, and currently serves on the editorial board of International Studies Quarterly.

He has previously taught at Queen’s University and Harvard. He has received awards for teaching at all three institutions, including MBA Professor of the Module at Georgetown, the Executive MBA, AMBA, Cornell-Queen’s, and MBA Society Teaching Excellence awards at Queen’s School of Business, and Harvard’s Thomas Hoopes Teaching Prize. In 1997, he was nominated for the Joseph Levenson Teaching Award at Harvard for best junior faculty undergraduate professor. In 2004, he received the Frank Knox Teaching Excellence Award for the best undergraduate professor at Queen’s University. In 2010, Forbes Magazine named his course, “Business, Government and the Global Economy,” one of the Top 10 Most Innovative MBA courses in the United States.

Raj Desai

Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service Ph.D., Harvard University, Political Science

M.A., Harvard University, Political Science

B.A., University of California, Irvine, Political Science

Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Foreign Service, Dr. Desai worked as an economist and private sector development specialist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

He has taught at Harvard University and Charles University in Prague and is co-editor of Between State and Market: Mass Privatization in Transition Economies, as well as the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs on issues of economic reform and development.

Dr. Desai also serves as an occasional consultant to the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and other international organizations. He was author of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2005: A Better Investment Climate for Everyone.

Arthur Thomas Dong

Teaching Professor M.S., Columbia University, International Affairs

J.D., Touro Law School

B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Economics and Social Science

Professor Dong serves Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in the Economics and Strategy Department. He has instructed several courses including the core Strategic Management course, Entrepreneurial Strategy, Financial Accounting and the elective the Economics of Strategic Behavior. The latter course, the Economics of Strategic Behavior has proven to be one of the most popular electives within the MBA program.

His professional experience outside of Georgetown includes consulting roles at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP, AT&T and Fannie Mae. Additionally, Arthur has extensive experience in providing strategic advisory to American and local firms operating in China. Arthur’s training within the business curriculum was obtained at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business as well as the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. In addition to his appointment at Georgetown, he serves on the adjunct faculty at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches in the Executive Masters in Public Administration Program. Professor Dong has been recognized for his teaching ability and has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching including the2008 Gonzales Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Georgetown University, 2009 and 2010 Professor of the Module Award by the Evening and Full Time MBA programs, and the 2009 Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching at Columbia University.

Ricardo Ernst

Professor of Operations and Global Supply Chain Management Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Operations Management

M.A., University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Operations Management

M.B.A., Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración

B.S., Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Civil Engineering

As an expert in global operations and Supply Chain management, Ricardo Ernst has taught more than 6,000 executives how to transform the way they conduct business in global markets. He has garnered accolades and honors for developing strategic frameworks and quantitative metrics and performance evaluations for the logistics requirements and challenges of coordinating complex supply chain projects for corporations and nonprofit organizations.

In addition to teaching executive education at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C., Ernst has taught in numerous global locations on nearly every continent. He is the managing director of the Georgetown University Latin American Board, designed to improve the strategic positioning and outreach of the University with the Latin American region. He is also the managing director of the Global Business Initiative created to distinguish Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business as the premier destination for global business education.

Ernst has earned several awards for teaching, including the Outstanding Teacher Award for the International Executive MBA program, The Joseph F. Le Moine Award for Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence from Georgetown University, and The MBA Core Curriculum Award from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also has been listed as one of the Best Professors by Businessweek magazine.


Brooks C. Holtom

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Washington, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources

M.Acc., Brigham Young University, Tax Accounting

B.S., Brigham Young University, Cum Laude, Accounting

Professor Holtom’s research focuses on how organizations acquire, develop and retain human and social capital. His work has appeared in the top journals in management (Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management and many others). In the 2007 AACSB Report on the Impact of Business School Research, his work was specifically cited as having made an important intellectual contribution to policy or practice (along with Michael Porter of Harvard, Peter Senge of MIT and Nobel Prize winner James March).

He was named the 2005 Ascendant Scholar of the Year for the Western Academy of Management and has twice received the Professor of the Year award for the Georgetown University Executive Masters of Leadership Program.

He has performed research in or served as a consultant to many organizations including Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, Citibank, International Monetary Fund, Northwestern Mutual, the Korean Ministry of Finance and Economy, Rolls Royce, POSCO, SK Group, United States Air Force, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the World Bank.

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