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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.

Vice President

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

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.

Honourary Treasurer
Ms. Amal Pepple, CFR, 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 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). 

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.

Co-opted Members

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

Nick Manning
Retired- The World Bank

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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