robin lewis10Professor Robin J. Lewis, Director

ROBIN J. LEWIS is Director of the MGPP and Professor at the School of Public Policy at RANEPA.  He is also the President of the International Development and Public Policy Alliance (IDPPA), a consortium of graduate policy schools in Brazil, Russia, India, China, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa founded in 2012.
Prof. Lewis was Associate Dean of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York (1985-2007) and was also was the first Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), an innovative partnership between SIPA and top universities in London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and Berlin.

He has advised governments, universities, foundations, and international organizations on higher education and policy training in more than twenty countries, including China, Vietnam, Germany, and Algeria.

Prof. Lewis is the author of one book, E.M. Forster’s Passages to India (New York: Columbia University Press/Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1977) and numerous articles. He was Executive Editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Asian History, a project of the Asia Society that brought together more than 300 scholars from around the world and was published by Macmillan in 1987.  He holds M.A. (High Honors) and Ph.D. (With Distinction) degrees from Columbia University.


verbetskyAlexey Verbetsky, Associate Director

Alexey Verbetsky is the Deputy Director, International Institute MSSES at RANEPA. He has over 15 years of managerial and consulting experience in both public and private sector and has been supervising the implementation of complex international educational programs since 2007. Mr. Verbetsky currently teachest Russian and English courses on business environment and research methodology. He holds an MA in Economics (New Economic School), MBA (Kingston University London).



Alina Rabinovich, Program Manager

Alina has a degree in English and foreign literatures from Lomonosov Moscow State University. Before taking her position as Program Manager at the MGPP program, she worked for Russian Federation Ministry of Culture.



fritzenScott Fritzen is Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He was recently Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the Wagner School at New York University and also served in 2014-15 as Associate Provost at NYU Shanghai. His teaching and research center on two themes: professional policy education and public sector reforms in developing countries, with a particular interest in the challenges of corruption control and decentralization.

He has published in a range of journals such as Public Administration Review, World Development, Public Administration and Development, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, International Journal of Public Administration and Social Science & Medicine. He is most recently the co-author of The Lee Kuan Yew School: Building a Global Policy School in Asia (in press), and The Public Policy Primer: Managing the Policy Process (2010), and co-editor of The Handbook of Public Policy (in press) and Transforming Asian Governance (2009). Serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, his current research program examines corruption trajectories across India, China and Indonesia.

He is on leave from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where he served as a member of the core faculty team that launched the School in 2004 and as Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) from 2008 to 2011, a period which saw the School emerge as a leading policy school in Asia. His extensive consulting practice in Asia has included numerous team-leader assignments for clients such as the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, Oxfam and Save the Children. He was the first American in the post-war era designated a Fulbright Fellow for Vietnam, and speaks Vietnamese, Japanese, German, and Bahasa Indonesia.

Dr. Fritzen holds a PhD in Public Affairs and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.


PalLeslie A. Pal is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the School of Policy and Administration at Carleton University, and Director of the Centre on Governance and Public Management.

Dr. Pal has served on the national boards of the Canadian Political Science Association, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Institute on Governance, and the Performance and Planning Exchange. He also has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Public Administration, and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He was the Director of the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Programme from 1998 to 2001. He served as the first Chair of the Accreditation Board of the Canadian Association of Programs of Public Administration (2006-2009), and was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association and chair of its Committee on Research and Training. In February 2012 he was appointed to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission as one of three commissioners for the province of Ontario.

He has served as consultant to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Statistics Canada, the Canadian federal departments of Justice, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Treasury Board, the Privy Council Office, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Public Service Agency, Human Resources and Development Canada, Heritage Canada, and Industry Canada. His international consulting practice has included work with the Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration, the Open Society Institute (Budapest, Bosnia, Mongolia), the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the World Bank, the OECD, the Swedish International Institute for Public Administration (SIPU), and the Hong Kong Civil Service Training and Development Institute.


tsydypovTumun Tsydypov is Senior Project Manager at the Forum Center in Moscow, which provides analytical support to the Open Government Project in Russia. His primary role is to lead special policy review projects for the Government of the Russian Federation. Prior to his appoinrtment at the Forum Center, he served as Associate Vice-Rector and Adviser on International Strategy at RANEPA. Being responsible for strategic international partnerships, he was a key member of the project team that designed the Master of Global Public Policy program in cooperation with the World Bank. Prior to that, he worked for several years for the World Bank, consulting on public governance reform and migration projects in Russia. He holds a PhD degree in Political Science from the Russian Diplomatic Academy and an MSc degree in International Politics from the University of Wales Aberystwyth (UK).



verillaudFrancis Vérillaud has served as Vice President of Sciences Po Paris since 2002, and as the director of international affairs and exchanges at Sciences Po since 1995, he has been the principle architect of Sciences Po’s internationalization strategy.

He has vigorously pursued the institution’s growing engagement with international students and faculty, negotiating and helping launch educational and scientific programs such as the dual degrees with the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and many others, including the Global Public Policy Network. Before coming to Sciences Po, Francis Vérillaud held several positions in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including postings in Washington and Santiago, Chile.

He has taught economics classes in several French lycées, at the Universidad Católica de Chile and at Sciences Po. Francis Vérillaud is a graduate in philosophy from Paris University Nanterre and a graduate from Sciences Po Paris.



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