Dr David Skilling is the founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, which was established in Singapore in 2011. David advises governments, companies, and financial institutions in several small advanced economies on the impact of global macro, globalisation, and geopolitics on small countries. David writes regularly on emerging global economic and political issues from a small country perspective, including in a regular column in Singapore’s Straits Times. He also speaks regularly on small advanced economy issues at international conferences and institutions, and is regarded as a leading expert on small countries and globalisation.
David acts as a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Centre for Government. He has recently served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs & Trade in New Zealand, providing advice on strategic global issues, and as a Fellow at Singapore’s Civil Service College.
Prior to founding Landfall Strategy Group, David was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company’s Public Sector Practice, based in Singapore, as well as being a Senior Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s in-house economic think-tank. David’s work with governments in Asia focused on economic strategy, management of government balance sheets, and policy strategy and delivery.
Before joining McKinsey at the start of 2009, David was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately-funded, non-partisan think-tank, which focused on achieving significant impact in important areas of policy. David led research in areas including savings policy, broadband policy, foreign policy, and climate change strategy, and the reports and commentary were widely acknowledged as having led to substantial policy change. David made frequent appearances in New Zealand and international media on these issues.
Until 2003, David was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury. Between 2001 and 2003, David helped to lead the Government’s work on Economic Transformation, writing a series of high profile and influential papers on New Zealand’s economic performance, prospects, and policy options. In his time at the New Zealand Treasury, David also advised on a wide range of policy issues such as, government balance sheet management, developing a financial risk management framework for the government, and various public sector management reforms.
David has a Ph.D. in Public Policy, and a Master in Public Policy degree, from Harvard University, as well as a Master of Commerce (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Auckland. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University for three years, and also worked at the OECD.
David was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, and has attended Davos and other World Economic Forum events in Asia.