Board of Directors
Ing Dr Nana Ato Arthur, Head of the Local Government Service, Ghana
Ing Dr Nana Ato Arthur is a professional engineer, development planner and an expert in governance and public policy with over 20 years’ experience. Currently, Dr Nana Ato Arthur is the Head of the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS), Ghana. Prior to his current position, he served as a Member of Parliament in the 6thParliament of Ghana (Jan 2013-Jan 2017). From May 2005 to April 2006, he was the Deputy Central Regional Minister and became the substantive Central Regional Minister from May 2006 to January 2009. He also served as the Municipal Chief Executive (Mayor) for the KEEA Municipality from May 2001 to April 2005 and the Vice President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG). Dr Nana Ato Arthur is one of the leading experts on decentralization and local governance in Ghana. He holds a PhD in Development studies.
Mr Franz Manderson, MBE, Cert. Hon., JP, Honourable Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service, Cayman Islands
Mr Manderson is the Honourable Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service of the Cayman Islands Government, with over 36 years of experience in the civil service as a career civil servant with a sound understanding of public administration. His career started in the civil service with the Department of Immigration in 1981. He was promoted through the ranks becoming the Chief Immigration Officer in 2004. He was awarded the Certificate and Badge of Honor for “services rendered in the management of the Cuban migrants in the Cayman Islands.” Having completed his legal studies at the University of Liverpool, he is an Attorney-at-Law, and was called to the Cayman Islands Bar in 2004. He was promoted to the post of Chief Officer in the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs in 2009. In this post, he spearheaded modernising the entire portfolio over a two year period. In 2012, Mr Manderson was appointed to his current post by the Governor. He is responsible for the management and performance of the entire Civil Service, which has approximately 3,900 staff. He is a member of Cabinet, the first official member of the island’s Legislative Assembly and is required to act as the Governor of the Islands on occasion. In 2018, he launched the civil service’s first ever 5-Year Strategic Plan, which enlists a strategy of becoming a “World-Class Civil Service”. This strategy reflects a shared aspiration for civil servants to consistently perform at their best and focuses on building the capacities and capabilities that are needed to achieve their new vision that delivers an outstanding customer experience, values their people and achieves excellence in all services provided. Mr Manderson was awarded the ‘Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2018.
Dr Jeannine Comma, Leadership Development Specialists, Inc., Barbados
For over 22 years, Dr Jeannine Comma had led the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management/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 presentations 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.
Mr K.V. Eapen is a senior officer of the Indian Administrative Service(IAS)with over 34 years’ experience in public service. He is the Secretary of the Departments of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, Government of India and has held the charge of Secretary of Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. Mr Eapen has also worked as Senior Adviser to the Executive Director at the International Monetary fund (IMF), in Washington where he represented India in the G20 International Financial Architecture Working Group and has been an Alternate Deputy in the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the IMF. He possesses a Master degree (M Sc) in Macro-Economic Policy & Planning in Developing Countries from University of Bradford, United Kingdom; Master of Arts in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, India; Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management & Policy from Management Development Institute, India; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from St. Stephen College, Delhi, India,
Dr Ali Hamsa, Pro-Chancellor, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
Dr Ali Hamsa is currently the Pro-Chancellor at the University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). He started his career in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service as Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1981. He also served the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department until 2009. At the Prime Minister’s Department, Dr Ali Hamsa held the positions of Director of Distribution 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 was appointed Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia from June 2012 to August 2018. Dr Ali Hamsa is a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN CEPA) for the 2018-2021 term. Dr Ali Hamsa holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Economics at Oklahoma State University.
Mr Graham Teskey, Principal Global Lead for Governance, AbtJTA, Australia
Graham Teskey is the Principal Global Lead for Governance for AbtJTA, a wholly owned Australian subsidiary of Abt Associates, which has its headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. Abt Associates is committed to excellence in research and the production of evidence, and translating these into policy and action. Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the world’s top twenty research firms and one of the top forty innovators. Before joining AbtJTA Graham had a long and distinguished career in the public service. Immediately prior to joining AbtJTA, Graham was the Principal Governance Specialist for the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs, where his role was to advise DFAT on its governance and public sector programs in the international aid program. Prior to moving to Canberra Graham was Senior Adviser and Head of the Governance and Anti-Corruption Secretariat Governance at the World Bank. He was responsible for the preparation and drafting of the Bank’s 2012 Governance and Anti-Corruption Strategy. Before joining the World Bank Graham spent 16 years with DFID and enjoyed postings to Fiji, Kenya and Uganda. In 1996 he helped establish DFID’s ‘Governance and Institutions Department’. His last two DFID Senior Civil Service posts were in London as Head of Africa Policy Department and then Head of Governance and Social Development. Graham was one of the lead contributors to the UK’s 2006 Development White Paper, “Making Governance Work for the Poor”. He began his career as an economist in the Central Planning Office in Fiji, which was followed by appointments in the National Planning and Statistics Office in Vanuatu, in Rukwa region in South-West Tanzania with NORAD, and a lectureship teaching development studies at the UK’s University of Bradford. Graham has degrees in economics, urban planning and business administration.
Ms Bernadette Welch PSM, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Civil Service, Fiji
Ms Welch has 25 years’ experience as a Federal public servant in Australia in five different departments and has also worked in state government and the private sector. Her most recent role, prior to being appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Civil Service in Fiji in May 2016, was Head of Operations for Australia’s 2014 G20 Presidency in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, one of the largest peacetime operations in Australia’s history. She has headed corporate services in two departments, restructured governance and program support in one and led the initial development of the Climate Change Regulator. She worked in the Treasury for eight years in a number of roles, including acting CFO, and was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service by the Governor General in 2007 for her work leading and restructuring an $840m insurance crisis program and heading operations for the G20 in 2006. She has a Master of Business and Technology from the University of NSW.
Mr Paul Zahra, Permanent Secretary, European Affairs, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Malta
Mr Zahra joined the Malta Public Service in 1984 and served at the Economic Division within the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). 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.
Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon, Canada
Tun Ahmad Sarji, Malaysia
Mohan Kaul, United Kingdom
Sir Richard Mottram, United Kingdom