Mr. Paul Zahra, Permanent Secretary (Policy), Malta
Mr. Zahra joined the Malta Public Service in 1984 and served at the Economic Division within the Office of the Prime Minister. During 1989-1992, he was personal assistant to the Economic Secretary and Chief Economics Officer at the Ministry of Finance. In 1993 he was appointed Head of the Economic Policy Division and subsequently Director (Economic Strategy) and Director General (Economic Policy). Since 2001 Mr. Zahra discharged duties as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Services and the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Zahra is also the Chairman of the State Aid Monitoring Board. Mr Zahra was appointed Permanent Secretary (Policy), OPM in March 2006 and re-designated Permanent Secretary (Operations), OPM in June 2008.
Dr. Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary to the Government, Malaysia
Dato' Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa was appointed as the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia effectively on 24 June 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 22 April 2009. He holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Economics at Oklahoma State University.
Hon. Amal Pepple, Minster of Housing, Land and Urban Development, Nigeria
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 breath of experience as Permanent Secretary in the following key Ministries: Federal Ministry of Transport, FMOT, (June-99 Feb.2000), Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, FMI & NO, (Feb2000-Jan2001), 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 ; Federal Ministry of Finance (Nov.2007-June 2008).
Mr. Stephen Sedgwick, Australia 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.
Mr. Benjamin C. Eghan, Cabinet Secretary, Republic of 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).
Mr. Sanjay Kothari, Secretary to Government, Department of
Adminstrative 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 ambience.
Mr. Kwek Mean Luck, Dean and CEO, Civil Service College, Deputy Secretary (Development), Public Service Division, 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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Daniel Watson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada, Canada
Daniel 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. Daniel 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. Daniel returned to Western Diversification as Associate Deputy Minister in March 2009, and on July 16 of that same year, was appointed Deputy Minister. Daniel is a graduate of the University of British Columbia
Hon. Dalmas A. Otieno, Minister for the Ministry of State for Public Service, Kenya
His career spans both politics and business worlds. He began working in the insurance and banking sectors before joining politics where he was first elected to Parliament in 1988. Upon election, he was appointed a Government Minister and served in various Ministries between 1988-1996: Industry; Manpower Planning and Employment; Transport and Communications. In 2008, Hon. Otieno was once again appointed a Minister following his election to Parliament. Due to his distinguished service to the nation, he has been bestowed with national honour awards: Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear of Kenya (EBS) – 1986 and Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (EGH) – 1989. As the Minister of State for Public Service, he was in 2008 elected and continues serving as the Chairman of the Conference of African Ministers for Public/Civil Service.
Mr. John Ombler, Deputy State Services Commissioner, New Zealand
John Ombler took up the position of Deputy State Services Commissioner on 1 July 2008. Mr Ombler joined the State Services Commission in 2007 and prior to his appointment to Deputy State Services Commissioner was Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services. Mr Ombler has been in the Public Service for 34 years, twelve of which have been in senior management positions. The majority of his career has been spent at the Department of Conservation. At the time he joined the State Services Commission in 2007. Mr Ombler was the General Manager, Research Development and Improvement.
Max Everest-Phillips, Director, GIDD, Commonwealth Secretariat
Mr. Nick Manning, Manager, Public Sector Governance, World Bank
Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon, Canada
Tan Sri Dato Seri Ahmad Sarji, Malaysia
Hon. Zola Skweyiya, South Africa
Mohan Kaul, United Kingdom
Sir Richard Mottram, United Kingdom
Sir Kenneth Stowe, United Kingdom