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Dr David Skilling is the Founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group.  David advises governments, firms, and financial institutions in Asia and Europe on the impact of global economic and politics, with a particular focus on small advanced economies.

David writes regularly on global economic and political issues, including in the Wall Street Journal, Project Syndicate, Foreign Affairs, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, the Nikkei Asian Review, and Singapore’s Straits Times.  

David has recently served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand (2011-2015), providing insight on emerging global economic and political developments. In this role, David also established and coordinated the ‘Small Advanced Economies Initiative’, a grouping of senior government officials from seven small advanced economies. 

Prior to founding Landfall Strategy Group in 2011, 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.   

Before joining McKinsey, David was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately-funded, non-partisan economic think-tank.  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 influential papers on New Zealand’s economic performance, prospects, and policy options.

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 selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008.