Ann Florini

Ann Florini is Professor of Public Policy, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University, and Non-resident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Her research addresses innovations in governance of both the public and private sectors, with emphasis on global governance.

As a Brookings senior fellow, she designed and ran the Global Governance Initiative on behalf of the World Economic Forum (2000-2005), releasing the Initiative’s reports each year at the Forum’s annual meetings at Davos. Prior to joining SMU, she was the founding director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore (2006-2011), where she created and led programs of research on the intersections of business and public policy, Asia’s roles in global affairs, and energy and natural resources policy. She was co-director of the International Task Force on Transparency, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University (2000-2005), and Director, Project on Transnational Civil Society, Japan Center for International Exchange (1998–2000). Previously, she was Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, research director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Project on World Security, Senior Researcher at the Center for International and Strategic Affairs, UCLA, and director of the Project on Multilateral Issues and Institutions at the United Nations Association of the USA.

Her publications include China Experiments: From Local Innovation to National Reform (with Hairong Lai and Yeling Tan, Brookings Press 2012); The Right to Know: Transparency for an Open World (Columbia University Press, 2007); The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World (Island Press, 2003/Brookings Press 2005); and The Third Force: The Rise of Transnational Civil Society (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/Japan Center for International Exchange, 2000). She has published numerous scholarly and policy articles in such journals as Energy Policy, Foreign Policy, Global Governance, Global Policy, International Security, and International Studies Quarterly.

Dr. Florini received her Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.