Honourable Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa was appointed as the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia effectively 24 June 24, 2012. He started his career in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service as Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1981. He served the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister's Department until 2009. At the Prime Minister's Department, he held the positions of Director of Disbursement Division, and Deputy Director-General of the National Transformation and Advancement Programme before being appointed as Director-General of Public-Private Partnerships Unit in the Prime Minister's Department on April 22, 2009. He holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Economics at Oklahoma State University.
Hon. Amal Inyingiala Pepple, CFR, was, until June 2009, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. A very distinguished bureaucrat with a track record of excellence in public service, she has served in various strategic leadership positions at the Federal and State levels for over three decades. Prior to her appointment as the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in June 2008, she was one of the most experienced bureaucrats in the Federal Civil Service going by her breadth of experience as Permanent Secretary in the following key Ministries: Federal Ministry of Transport, FMOT (June 1999 - Feb.2000), Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, FMI & NO (Feb. 2000 - Jan. 2001), Ministry of Petroleum Resources (Jan. 2001 - Jan. 2004), Federal Ministry of Commerce (Jan. 2004 - May 2005), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (May 2005 - Nov. 2007), and Federal Ministry of Finance (Nov. 2007 - June 2008). Ms. Pepple’s most recent appointment was Honourable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development (FMLHUD), Nigeria.
Stephen Sedgwick, Australian Public Service Commissioner, Australia
Mr. Sedgwick has had a long and distinguished career in the public sector having served as the Secretary to the Commonwealth Departments of Finance, Employment and Education between 1992 and 2002. He became Australian Public Service Commissioner in December 2009 after a period as Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. He is a former Commissioner and Chairperson of the Industry Commission, a former senior officer of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and was the Senior Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Hawke from 1985 to 1988.
Eric Molale, Permanent Secretary to the President and Head of the Public Service, Botswana
Mr. Molale started his working career as an Assistant District Officer (Development) in Tsabong in 1981. He joined the Ministry of Local Government, Lands and Housing as the Chief Housing Officer in 1988. He went back to work in Tsabong as a District Commissioner 1991. Thereafter, he assumed position as Private Secretary to the Vice President in 1994. He joined the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as Chief Economist (Rural Development) in 1994 and later took the position as Deputy Coordinator of Rural Development in the ministry in 1996. Mr Molale continued to work in the public service and went back to the Ministry of Local Government, Lands and Housing as Deputy Permanent Secretary in 1996. He took position as Senior Private Secretary to the President in 1998.
Daniel Watson, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Government of Canada
As a graduate of the University of British Columbia, Mr. Watson started his career as a supervisor at a Canada Employment Centre for Students in East Vancouver. He subsequently moved to the Policy and Research group of Saskatchewan's Department of Education, Training and Employment, then to British Columbia's Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, where he was involved in all aspects of modern treaty negotiations. Mr. Watson returned to the federal government in 1999 as Director of Aboriginal and Territorial Relations at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in Yellowknife. Two years later, he became Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Directorate at Justice Canada in Ottawa. He was then appointed Assistant Deputy Minister at Western Economic Diversification Canada in Saskatchewan in 2003, and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Policy and Strategic Direction at INAC in 2006. Mr. Watson returned to Western Diversification as Associate Deputy Minister in March 2009, and on July 16 of that same year, was appointed Deputy Minister. On September 4, 2012, Mr. Watson was appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Government of Canada.
Benjamin C. Eghan, Former Secretary to Cabinet, Ghana
Prior to this appointment as Secretary to the Cabinet, Mr. Eghan was the immediate Past Dean of the GIMPA Public Services School (GPSS). Before that, Mr. Eghan served from 1993 to 2002 as a Chief Director, Permanent Secretary, beginning with the Ministries of; Environment; Science and Technology; Communication; Transport and Communication; and finally, Manpower Development and Employment. Prior to that, he was a Senior Lecturer at GIMPA and at the same time worked in advisory capacity in Government contributing greatly to the restructuring of Ministerial Organizations and decentralization of national administration. He has served on numerous committees including for the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Economic Commission for Africa).
Sanjay Kothari, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, India
Mr. Kothari, a Secretary to Government in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has spent more than 8 years in personnel and administrative reforms in the State of Haryana. The primary concern and interest of Mr. Sanjay Kothari has been in the creation of innovative institutions and carrying out reforms for ‘good governance.’ He has authored a book entitled “good governance initiatives and reforms,” and he was instrumental in setting up an annual event ‘surajkund crafts mela’ in 1987, which is a celebration of rich handloom and handicrafts traditions of India in rural ambiance.
Kwek Mean Luck, Dean and CEO, Civil Service College & Deputy Secretary (Development), Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
Mr. Kwek Mean Luck is the Dean & CEO of Singapore's Civil Service College (CSC), and concurrently Deputy Secretary (Development) in the Public Service Division of the Prime Minister's Office. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Kwek was the Deputy Secretary (Industry) in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Prior to joining the Singapore Administrative Service, he served in the Singapore judiciary, where he had been a District Judge of the Subordinate Courts and Senior Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court, as well as a Justice's Law Clerk of the Supreme Court. He holds a Diploma in Singapore Law from the National University of Singapore and is called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor.
Sandi Beatie, Deputy State Services Commissioner, New Zealand
Sandi was appointed Deputy State Services Commissioner
on 1 April 2013. Prior to this she was on secondment to the SSC as a Deputy
Commissioner and lead for the Sector and Agency Performance Group.
joining SSC in 2011, Sandi was Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of
Justice. She led collaborative efforts across the Justice Sector
including strategy development and four-year Budget planning. Sandi has
extensive experience in leading and implementing change and in her final months
in Justice ensured the merger of the Legal Services Agency into the Ministry
and the accompanying policy and functional changes. In mid 2009 she was
seconded to the Department of Corrections for 18 months where she led a
programme of work to lift departmental performance. She also led the
contracting out of the management of Mt Eden prison to the private sector and
laid the foundations for a public private partnership approach to the
development of a new prison at Wiri. Sandi has held senior roles in the private
sector and local government. She was also a member of the Better Public
Services Advisory Group. As Deputy State
Services Commissioner, Sandi continues to lead the Sector and Agency
Performance Group and supports the Commissioner in the exercise of his
Dr. Joan Nwasike, Head, Thematic Programmes, Governance and Institutional Development Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
Nick Manning, Head, Governance and Public Sector Management, The World Bank
Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon, Canada
Tun Ahmad Sarji, Malaysia
Hon. Zola Skweyiya, South Africa
Mohan Kaul, United Kingdom
Sir Richard Mottram, United Kingdom
Sir Kenneth Stowe, United Kingdom