Keynote Speaker 2017

Prof. James Warner Björkman

5626 Prof. James Warner Björkman is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Administration at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, where he was Deputy Rector (1996-2000). He was educated at the University of Minnesota (BA 1966) and Yale University (MPhil 1969, PhD 1976). During 1987-1990 he directed the American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad, India.

He was also Professor of Public Administration and Development at Leiden University, he has been Visiting Professor in England (Essex University), Slovenia (the International Centre for the Promotion of Enterprise in Ljubljana), Sweden (Linköping University), India (Institute of Economic Growth), Pakistan (Institute of Development Economics), Namibia (University of Namibia in Windhoek), South Africa and Japan. In the International Political Science Association, he chaired its research committee on Comparative Health Policy (2006-2012).

He has published 18 books , 85 articles, reviews and chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of Public Organization Review, Grassroots Governance Journal, and the Indian Journal of Asian Studies.

Selected Publications:

Raman, A. V., & Björkman, J. W. (2015). Public-Private Partnerships in Healthcare. In The Palgrave International Handbook of Healthcare Policy and Governance (pp. 376-392). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Björkman, J. W., & Nemec, J. (Eds.). (2013). Health Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe: Options, Obstacles, Limited Outcomes.

Raman, A. V., & Björkman, J. W. (2008). Public-private partnerships in health care in India: lessons for developing countries. Routledge.

Björkman, J. W. (2005) Comparative European and American experiences with representation, participation, and decentralization. Health Care Systems: Understanding health care politics, 2(4): 139.

Björkman, J. W. (2004). Health sector reforms: measures, muddles and mires. Public Health Care.

Björkman, J. W., & Mathur, K. (2002). Policy, Technocracy, and Development: Human Capital Policies in the Netherlands and India. Manohar Publishers.

Dr. Kieke G.H. Okma

5626 Dr. Kieke G.H. Okma is visiting Professor at McGill University in New York City (USA) and at Catholic University in Leuven (Belgium). Former she was as visiting professor at Columbia University (USA) in 2009 – 2012 and at Cornell University in 2006-2010 (USA), associate professor at New York University, Wagner School of Public Service (USA) in 2006-2012 and at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (France) in 2012.

She was educated at Free University Amsterdam (Master 1978) and at the Utrecht University (PhD 1997) in Netherlands.She also worked with a variety of government agencies and international organizations including the World Bank for over 25 years.Her current interests include health care, health policies and health politics and international comparison of social policies. She has published widely.

Selected Publications:

Okma, K. G., Kay, A., Hockenberry, S., Liu, J., & Watkins, S. (2015). The changing role of health‐oriented international organizations and nongovernmental organizations. The International journal of health planning and management.

Okma, K. G., & Marmor, T. R. (2014). Health Risks and Health Care Reform in Western Europe and North America. International Review of Public Administration, 19(3), 274-285.

Okma, K. G., & Crivelli, L. (2013). Swiss and Dutch “consumer-driven health care”: Ideal model or reality?. Health policy, 109(2), 105-112.

Okma, K. G., Cheng, T. M., Chinitz, D., Crivelli, L., Lim, M. K., Maarse, H., & Labra, M. E. (2010). Six countries, six health reform models? Health care reform in Chile, Israel, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and The Netherlands. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 12(1-2), 75-113.