University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Track 2 – 9:30 AM, Saturday, May 25

Confirmed speakers as of May 1, 2013.


Jack Know NewJack H. Knott is the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.  Before joining USC, Jack Knott served as professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He is a leading scholar in the fields of political institutions, public policy and public management.  He has published three books, including Reforming Bureaucracy: The Politics of Institutional Choice, and numerous journal articles and book chapters.  He has held fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City and the International Institute of Management in Berlin.

In 2007, Jack Knott was elected as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a non-partisan organization chartered by the U.S. Congress, and this year is the President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Jack Knott received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, and his undergraduate degree from Calvin College.


Eric HeikkilaEric J. Heikkila is a professor and the director of international initiatives at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, where he has been a member of the faculty continuously for twenty-five years. His research work is both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and his scholarly writings address a wide range of topics bearing on the geographical, economic, cultural and historical factors that influence urban development trajectories. He has applied spatial analysis, fuzzy sets and agent-based modeling to study urban structure. Other aspects of his work include a more qualitative, policy-oriented approach to urban development issues, especially in the context of the Asia Pacific region.

He has spent sabbatical leaves as a visiting scholar on separate occasions at National Taiwan University (Department of Geography), Peking University (Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences), and Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of Geography and Resource Management).

Eric Heikkila’s links to professional practice help ground his academic research agenda in more pragmatic concerns. Shortly after joining USC, he became founding executive secretary of the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development (PRCUD), a globally-based non-governmental organization that continues to thrive, and that organizes regular forums in host cities throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has organized two international forums addressing climate change respectively in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Palembang, Indonesia. As director of international initiatives, Heikkila has broad responsibility for planning and coordinating USC Price School’s global engagement, including strategic institutional partnerships.

Yong Jung NewYong-duck Jung is a professor at the Seoul National University (SNU) and president of the Korean Social Science Research Council. He has served as senator of SNU; trustee of the Hansung University; president of the Korean Association for Public Administration and the Korea Institute of Public Administration; executive member for the International Political Science Association’s research committee on globalization and governance; and council member of the American Society of Public Administration’s section on Chinese Public Administration and the Japanese Association for the Study of Political Society.

Yong-duck Jung has acted at the editorial board of several academic journals including Governance, International Public management Journal, Korean Journal of Policy Studies (editor) and Korean Public Administration Review (editor). He has been a policy advisor for a wide variety of public organizations in Korea, including the presidential committee for administrative reform; the organizing committee for the 6th Global Forum on Reinventing Government; the innovation committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; the financial performance evaluation committee of the Ministry of Planning and Budget; the government performance evaluation committee, co-chaired with the prime minister. Jung’s teaching and research subjects include public administration theory and philosophy and governance and public leadership.

He has written and edited many books including The State Apparatuses in Korea and JapanCollaborative Governance in the United States and Korea, and Public Conflicts and Policy Coordination Leadership. He holds B.S. and M.P.A. degrees from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.


Wei Wu NewWei Wu holds dual appointments as director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) under the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, and as director of the China Affairs Office at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He is also chairman and CEO of Nanyang Venture Consultants Pte. Ltd. (Shanghai), and executive director of the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship Programme. Dr. Wu served as an associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and was founding head of the Politics and Public Administration Unit at NTU.

Wu specializes in communication and public management, and has conducted a wide range of studies on media effects and public relations. He has published in top-ranking international journals, and made presentations at major international conferences.  Dr. Wu has taught courses in Leadership in public sectors, public relations, and organizational communication at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also conducted extensive training and consulting services for various government agencies and companies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. His recent research projects include a major study on public service quality, public communication, and government-media relations.

Wei Wu received a master of arts degree in communications from Stanford University, and a master of arts degree in English literature from Xiamen University. He received his Ph.D. in communications from Indiana University and is a tenured associate professor at NTU.