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Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia

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.

Vice President

Prof. Margaret Kobia, Chair, Public Service Commission, Kenya

Prof. Margaret Kobia is the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Kenya. She is also an Associate Professor of Management. Prof. Kobia holds a PhD in Human Resource Education from University of Illinois, M.Ed from Kenyatta University and B.Ed. from University of Nairobi.  Prof. Kobia has taught Management, Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at university level. Her research interests include Public Sector Reforms and Performance Management Training. Prof. Kobia is the editor of the African Journal of Public Administration and Management. Her Head of State Commendations and Awards include: Order of Grand Warrior (OGW), First Class Order of Chief of the Burning Spear (CBS) and Commonwealth Gordon Draper Award 2010. Before joining the Public Service Commission, she was the Director General, Kenya School of Government (2006-2013). Prof. Kobia also sits on several Public Sector Management Boards.


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.


Graham Teskey, Principal Governance Specialist, Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Australia

Since 2012, Mr Teskey has been the Principal Governance Specialist in the Australian Governments Department of Foreign Affairs. He is responsible for advising DFAT on all matters relating to governance and public sector management in Australia's international aid program. Prior to moving to Canberra, Mr Teskey was Senior Adviser in Governance at the World Bank in Washington, where he was Head of the Governance and Anti-Corruption Secretariat, and was responsible for the preparation and drafting of the Banks 2012 GAC Strategy. Before joining the World Bank in 2009, Mr Teskey spent 15 years with the Departmental of International Development (UK), with postings to Fiji, Kenya and Uganda. In 1996 he helped establish the first Governance group in DFID. His last two DFID posts were Head of Africa Policy Department and Head of Governance and Social Development. Mr Teskey was one of the lead contributors to the UKs 2006 Development White Paper entitled Making Governance work for the Poor. Mr Teskey spent the first six years of his career working as an economist in the Central Planning Office in Fiji and then in the National Planning and Statistics Office in Vanuatu. This was followed by spells in Tanzania with NORAD and teaching development studies at the University of Bradford in the UK. Mr Teskey has degrees in economics, planning and business administration.

Bridget Katsriku, Chairman, Public Services Commission, Ghana

Bridget Katsriku is currently the Chairman of the Ghana Public Services Commission. Before assuming that role, she held several key positions including the Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. She was the Chief Director (Permanent Secretary) for nine years in the civil service. Under her leadership as Chief Director in the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare and  later in the Ministry of Tourism, many policies were initiated. These include the National Disability Policy, a Policy on NGO- Government Relations, Aging, Street Children, Co-operatives Development, HIV/AIDS at the workplace, HIV/AIDS District Response Initiative and Tourism policy. She was responsible for the establishment of the Ghana HIV/AIDS Commission and headed it for two years.

Mrs. Katsriku is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon, with a degree in the Arts. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, and numerous post graduate certificates in Management, Public Policy Analysis, Manpower Planning and  Auditing. Currently she is Vice-Chair of the African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya,  representing the whole of West Africa. Mrs Katsriku has won several awards including Best Worker in the Civil Service in 2007 and a National Award of the Order of Volta in 2011, for her excellence and contribution to the Public Service.

N. Ravi Shanker, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, India

N. Ravi Shanker is the Secretary in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances,   Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service.  As a career civil servant for 34 years he has served the Government of India and the State Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal in various capacities. His focus in Public Administration is on Good Governance and the use of ICT to achieve the same.  He has been closely associated with the IT and Telecom Sector for the past 7 years.

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.

Before 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 statutory functions.

Dr. Jeannine Comma, Chief Executive Officer, Cave Hill School of Business
The University of the West Indies

For over 19 years, Dr. Jeannine Comma has led The Cave Hill School of Business/The University of the West Indies as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Comma is a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and of the University of the Virgin Islands. Her academic background paired with wide-ranging experience in both the private and public sector has developed her into an expert in Organisational Development, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Quality Management and Corporate Governance. Furthermore, her work has allowed her to facilitate Executive Leadership Retreats and workshops for Boards of Directors centring on Leadership Development and Transformation Management.

Dr. Comma has been a member of  the Board of Directors for several prominent organisations in Barbados: Sagicor Financial Corporation, Sagicor Life Inc., The National Initiative for Service Excellence, the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. and the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation. Furthermore, her career has allowed her to share her knowledge on a global scale with presentions at conferences and leading workshops in Singapore, Delhi, Morocco, South Africa, Ghana, England, Canada and the Caribbean. Her prior management experiences include Illuminat and the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) and she has lectured at universities in North America and the Caribbean.


Vivek Srivastava, Lead Public Sector Specialist, World Bank

Vivek Srivastava is a Lead Public Sector Specialist in the governance and public sector management practice at the World Bank. He is an economist and has worked on public management and employment and institutional reforms, decentralization and service delivery in a large number of countries in Africa and South Asia and has a special interest in post conflict countries. In his current position he is working on metrics and evidence about what works in public sector management reforms and on rebuilding public sector capability in post conflict countries. Before joining the Bank, he was a civil servant with the Indian Administrative Service for over 20 years. He holds a doctorate in economics from Boston University.

Co-opted Members

Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary-General (Economic and Social Development), Commonwealth Secretariat

Deodat Maharaj was appointed Deputy Secretary-General (Economic and Social Development) at the Commonwealth Secretariat in early 2014. He reports to the Secretary-General on economic affairs, trade and debt, social development, and public sector governance. He also manages the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation. Previously Deodat Maharaj served as Chief, Division for Afghanistan, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Headquarters in New York. The other posts that DSG Maharaj has held include, Chief of Staff (UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific), Caribbean Development Bank and as Head of the Secretariat, Ministerial Council for Social Development (Government of Trinidad and Tobago). Deodat Maharaj holds an MSc in International Affairs from Florida State University; first degrees in Government (University of West Indies) and Law (London University) and a post-graduate diploma in International Affairs from the University of West Indies.

Paul Zahra, Permanent Secretary, European Affairs, Government of 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.

Directors Emeritus

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

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