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Dignitaries

Hon Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia


 





Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations




 



Hon Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia







 

Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, President of CAPAM and Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia 



 




Speakers

Hon Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director General of Health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah is the current Director-General of Health Malaysia since 1st March 2013. He is also a Senior Consultant in Breast and Endocrine Surgery, Hospital Putrajaya. Prior to this, he also held the post of Deputy Director-General of Health (Medical Programme) between January 2008 until end of February 2013. He obtained both his Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree in 1988 and his Master of Surgery (M.S.) in 1994 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Four years later in between 1997-1998, he completed his Fellowship training in Breast & Endocrine Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
 
He received his Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia in 2004 and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians London in 2012. He has also been conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine from Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (2014), Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (2015) and Honorary Fellowship of the International College of Dentists (2016).
 

Hon Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General, Ministry of Finance, Malaysia

Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah hails from Kota Bharu, Kelantan. He joined the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1974 and was assigned to the Economic Planning Unit. His career at the Ministry of Finance began in 2003 and he is currently the Secretary-General of Treasury, the Ministry of Finance. He is also the Chairman of Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP), Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN), Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Cyberview Sdn Bhd. Apart from his extensive experience in government administration, he also serves as a board member in several agencies and government bodies such as Malaysia Airline System (MAS), Petroliam National Berhad (PETRONAS), Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).
 

Mr Jamiu Adewale Ashimi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Lagos State, Nigeria 

Jamiu Adewale Ashimi is a University of Ibadan graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Zoology and has earned a post-graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria. His first place of work was at Lagos State University, Ojo. In September 2001 he transferred to the Lagos State Civil Service where he served in various capacities and participated in a number of state and national assignments. On 20th December 2012, he was appointed as Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Public Service.
 
In 2005, Mr Jamiu Adewale Ashimi published the book ‘Development Strategy and Management: The Nigerian Experience’. He has published articles in local and international journals including in Commonwealth Innovations vol.14 No.3 titled ‘Strategic Management and Public Administration in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Nigeria’. He has presented papers at CAPAM Regional Conferences in Abuja (2010) and Trinidad and Tobago (2011) and has written the case study “Planning of a Local Government Housing Estate” published by CAPAM Library of Public Administration Case Study in Partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat – June 2011. Mr Jamiu Adewale Ashimi is presently the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Lagos State, Nigeria.
 

Mr Blessings Chilabade, Principal Secretary, Department of Human Resource Management and Development, Office of the President and Cabinet, Malawi

Mr Blessings Chilabade is currently serving as Principal Secretary, Department of Human Resource Management and Development in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Malawi. Before the current position he served as Principal Secretary for Public Sector Reforms, first in the Office of the President and Cabinet and later in the Office of the Vice President where the Public Service Reform Management Department supported the Public Service Reform Commission that was established to champion reforms in the Malawi Public Service. Earlier he also served as Director of the Staff Development Institute which is Malawi’s School of Government and various positions in the Human Resource in the Malawi Government. Blessings Chilabade has done many Consultancy assignments and taught Human Resource Management at the University of Malawi. He holds a Master of Science Degree (Human Resource Development) from University of Manchester and Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi. 
 

Ms Kelly Culver, President and Principal Consultant, The Culver Group Inc., Canada

Kelly Culver, B.A. (Hons), RPT, CMC is the President and Principal Consultant for The Culver Group Inc.  This boutique Canadian management consulting company specializes in public sector transformation and government advisory services, helping national and international clients transform their organizations and services by providing evidence-based advice drawn from best practices around the world. Kelly regularly collaborates with senior public sector leaders in Commonwealth countries on civil service reform and public sector modernisation, human resource development and institutional strengthening/capacity building.  She is presently working as a Commonwealth Technical Expert advising the Government of Mauritius as it develops and implements an enterprise-wide Civil Service Reforms Strategy.  Kelly is a Certified Management Consultant, Registered Professional Trainer and holds a Certificate in Mediation from the University of Western Ontario and a Certificate in Negotiation from the University of Toronto.  
 

Dr John Dzimba, Director General (Head of Institute), Lesotho Institute of Public Administration and Management, Lesotho

Dr Dzimba holds a PHD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Keele in the UK. He has been working at the Institute for the past fifteen years. Prior to this assignment, he lectured at the National University of Lesotho, University of Zimbabwe, University of Keele in the UK and University College of Dublin in Ireland.  Dr Dzimba has served as a member of technical committee in varies government assignments. Currently he is a member of the Council of Higher Education of Lesotho, a Board Council Member of the Central University of Technology, Free State and Gender Technical Committee in Lesotho. He is also a member of the Commonwealth Steering Committee for Public Service Training and Development Institutes and a council member of the African Management Development Institutes Network (AMDIN). Dr Dzimba has written and published widely in areas of policy, politics, administration and management.
 

Mr Max Everest-Phillips, Director, UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore 

Max Everest-Phillips is the Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore. He served previously as Director of Governance and Institutional Development at the Commonwealth Secretariat
in London. He started his career in the British Diplomatic Service, serving in Finland, Japan and Washington, and was Senior Governance Adviser at the UK’s Department for International Development. He holds a BA (Hons, 1st Class) in History from Oxford University.
 

Ms Sheriza Faisal
, Communications Designer (Senior Executive), The Human Experience Lab (THE LAB), PS21 Office, Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

Sheriza joined the Singapore Public Service in 2011 as part of The Human Experience Lab (The Lab) in the Prime Minister’s Office. The unit was formed to help public agencies develop human-centric public policies through building capabilities in design thinking.  A major part of her work was in developing visual communications to reflect to senior management the needs and voices of the people they serve. Prior to joining The Lab, Sheriza had worked for Avid Technology and Cisco Systems developing visual identities for their APAC product campaign and launches. She has also worked on developing marketing communication strategies with a strong focus on branding for SMEs. 
 

Dr Angelita Gregorio-Medel, School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Angelita Gregorio-Medel is a Faculty Member of the School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University and has recently completed her term as Undersecretary (Deputy Minister) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippine Government. Her longest involvement has been in civil society prior to joining government service. Her professional competencies have been drawn from a mix of field level community development and organising, project management, human resource development and management, capability building and training, and the founding and executive management of several Philippine based NGOs and Inter-country programs as well as network of civil society organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. She has a wide experience in participatory initiatives, social accountability, and CSO-Government cooperation platforms via strategic interventions at the grassroots, regional and international levels. She has an undergraduate economics degree, a Masters in Social Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University and Doctorate in Development Sociology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. 
 

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Bin Abdul Ghani, Sarawak State Secretary, Malaysia

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani was appointed on 2 August 2009.  He holds a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Statistics) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi and a Master of Human Resources Management from University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.  He has also attended a Senior Executive Fellowship programme at Harvard University, USA.
 
He began his career as a Management Executive with Petronas in 1980 before joining the Sarawak Civil Service in 1988 as the Director of Kuching North City Hall (DBKU).  He has 26 years of experience in various state government agencies, including in the Chief Minister’s Department and the Ministry of Social Development and Urbanization.  Between 2006 and 2009, he was the Deputy State Secretary (Planning & Development) and Deputy State Secretary (Administration, Security and Corporate Affairs).  Since 2009, he has been the Sarawak State Secretary.  He is also sits on the boards of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Swinburne University, Malaysian Airlines Berhad (MAB), Sarawak Economi Development Corporation (SEDC), Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (EPF), Bintulu Port Holding and other state agencies and NGOs.
 
He was awarded the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota, carrying the title “Tan Sri” by the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia in addition to various other state awards by the Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak.  
 

Mr David Hazlehurst, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, Australia

David joined the Department of Industry and Science as acting Deputy Secretary in August 2015. David is responsible for AusIndustry, the delivery hub for  Australian Government services to business, Digital Strategy and Operations and is also leading implementation of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.  David spent four years in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, capped off by leading the initial implementation of the Australian Government’s digital transformation agenda.  David was the interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Office, formally established in July 2015.  In his 25 years in the Australian Public Service, David has worked across social and economic portfolios, including leading the Higher Education Division in the Department of Education and was Chief Adviser to the Henry Review of Taxation in the Treasury.
 

Mr Marlon Herft, Director for Partnerships and Development in the Asia Pacific (APAC), Degreed

Marlon Herft is Degreed Director for Partnerships and Development in the Asia Pacific (APAC) with more than 15 years experience in the learning technology space.  Prior to joining Degreed, he was based in Singapore and worked with D2L and Skillsoft to develop both organisations across the APAC region with specific focus on direct and channel businesses.  Marlon is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. 
 

Ms Ong Toon Hui, Dean & CEO, Civil Service College, and Deputy Secretary (Development), Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore

Prior to her current appointment, Ms Ong served in the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Public Service Division and Ministry of Social and Family Development. Her public sector experience includes overseeing leadership development and human resource policies in the service, policies on social safety nets, family development, social sector development, rehabilitation and protection of youth-at-risk. Her current role is to develop people for a first class public service. Ms Ong graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science, Honours, (Chemistry) in 1989 and obtained her Ph.D. (Chemistry) University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1993. Ms Ong serves as a board member on the Civil Service College and the School Advisory Board in Peirce Secondary School. 
 

Hon Datuk J. Jayasiri, Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia

Datuk J. Jayasiri is Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia. He joined the civil service in December 1981 as Assistant Secretary of International Affairs, Ministry of Primary Industries dealing with international commodity issues. He later assumed the post of First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Malaysia in Geneva from 1988 to 1997 representing Malaysia in the Uruguay Round of negotiations to establish the WTO. He returned to MITI in 1997 and served as Principal Assistant Director of Multilateral Trade Relations and subsequently Director of APEC. He was Malaysia’s Senior Official to APEC from 2002 – 2006. He went on to become Senior Director, Bilateral and Regional Relations and then Senior Director of Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations. He was Deputy Secretary General (Strategy & Monitoring) MITI from January 2015-June 2016. He led Malaysia’s team in the ASEAN-China FTA, Malaysia-Japan FTA and the TPPA negotiations. 
 

Dr John Mary Kauzya, Chief of Public Administration Capacity Branch, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Dr John Mary Kauzya is the Chief of Public Administration Capacity Branch (PACB) of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations in New York where he has also served in different capacities since 1999. Prior to joining the United Nations he taught at Makerere University in Uganda and worked as the Deputy Director of the Uganda Management Institute. He has also worked as an International consultant/Advisor in many African countries in various fields of governance and Public Administration. In recognition of his work he was awarded with the O.P DWIVEDI AWARD 2014 by the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) for Outstanding Contribution to Public Administration and Public Policy in the World. He has widely published in various areas of governance and public administration. 
 

Dr Vindel L. Kerr, Assistant Professor, Department of Management Studies, The UWI, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. 

Dr Kerr is an entrepreneur, scholar, expert practitioner and public policy advisor in corporate governance. Since 2003, Dr Kerr has served more than 300 clients in 23 Countries through GovStrat Limited - an executive learning and management consulting firm he founded. He joined The University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago, in January 2014 where he is since serving concurrently as an Assistant Professor of Business Ethics. Dr Kerr has facilitated hundreds of learning interventions and trained in excess of 4,000 Corporate Directors, senior executives/civil servants and government ministers spanning the Caribbean, South America and Southern Africa. He is the sole consultant who developed the Corporate Governance Framework for Public Bodies of Jamaica and many other CG Codes, Board Charters, Evaluation Frameworks and Strategic Plans. His seminal book, ‘Effective Corporate Governance’ was published in 2005. Dr Kerr earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in agriculture, business management, corporate governance and public policy from the University of Manchester, UK; Rutgers University, USA; The UWI, Trinidad & Tobago, and College of Agriculture, Science, & Education, Jamaica, W.I.
 

Prof Margaret Kobia, Chairperson, Public Service Commission, Kenya 

Prof Margaret Kobia PhD is Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Kenya and an Associate Professor of Management. She holds a PhD in Human Resource Education from University of Illinois, M.Ed. from Kenyatta University and B.Ed. from the University of Nairobi. Prof Kobia is the Vice President CAPAM. Prof Kobia has taught management, entrepreneurship and research methods at university level and her research interests include public sector reforms and performance management training. Her head of state commendations and awards include: Order of Grand Warrior (OGW), First Class Order of Chief of the Burning Spear (CBS) and CAPAM 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. Her research interests include Public Sector Reforms and Management Training.
 

Mr Alexander Lau, Senior Design Lead, The Human Experience Lab (THE Lab), PS21 Office, Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

A veteran design professional with more than 20 years’ experience, Alexander owned and led award-winning multi-disciplinary design consultancies, working with international clients in the transportation, military, healthcare, security, hospitality, wellness, food and beverage and retail industries. The projects range from strategy and conceptualization for value creation, all the way through to production optimisation and project management. Today, it is unlikely for anyone out and about in Singapore not to encounter something designed by Alexander. In 2011, he went on to head the Design Excellence Centre at ITE College Central, where he refined the Design Thinking curriculum and developed Continuing Education Training Workshops for adult learners. Since 2012, more than 2,500 adult and student learners have been trained by Alexander. In his current role, Alexander advocates for human-centric, collaborative and experimental mindsets in the design of government policies and services. He is applying his experience to build capabilities and capacity in design-led innovation in the Singapore Public Service.
 

Mr Phil LeNir, President, CoachingOurselves International Inc., Canada 

Mr Phil LeNir is president of CoachingOurselves, an organisation he co-founded with Henry Mintzberg. Through their unique approach to management and leadership development they have transformed organisations around the world by changing culture and the way in which management is practiced. Mr LeNir has a Master’s degree in international management and an electrical engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has authored numerous articles on leadership development and published a book in Japan on Social Learning for Management development. Prior to CoachingOurselves, Mr LeNir held senior management positions in software firms specializing in speech recognition. He developed a patent in Speaker Verification systems and was responsible for developing speech recognition systems used by millions of people a year.
 

Ms Nteboheleng G. Mashapha, Lecturer, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lesotho

Nteboheleng Gladys Mashapha is a Lecturer at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lesotho Campus. She received her Bachelor of Science (Honors) from Punjab Technical University, and her Masters of Business Administration from Sikkim Manipal Open University. She further graduated from Avion Aviation Academy as a cabin crew member and worked with South African Airlink for three years as a passenger handling and check-in agent. Nteboheleng also served as a lecturer at the Institute of British and American Languages, India.
 

Hon Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad, Secretary General, Ministry of Education, Malaysia

Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad is the Secretary General, Ministry of Education Malaysia, a position she has held since June 2013. She is directly involved in driving the education transformation agenda, including creating a clear vision and direction for the execution of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025. Concurrently, she is Vice President of the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO.
 
Prior to her current position, Tan Sri Dr Madinah has worked in various government  agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Public Service Department, Ministry of National and Rural Development, Ministry of Works, and the National Unity and Integration Department of the Prime Minister’s Department. She was also the former Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a master’s degree and a PhD in Human Resource Development from Universiti Putra Malaysia.
 

Mr Brian Miloski, Chief Financial Officer, Alqimi Group President, Q Energy

Mr Miloski has extensive experience with strategy and capital development and execution with technology, energy and services companies. He has over 19 years of experience in the energy sector including biomass, solar, E&P, wind, IPP, storage and advanced lighting. Mr. Miloski holds a B.S. degree in Economics and Management Science from the State University of New York at Cortland College and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Baltimore.
 

Ms Leighanne Naicker, Assistant Director, Skills Development at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), South Africa     

Leighanne Naicker is the Assistant Director, Skills Development at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), South Africa. Prior to joining the dti, she worked at the South African Qualifications Authority in the Directorate: Foreign Qualifications. She also worked for Australia Awards, an international development initiative of AusAid. A graduate of the University of Kwazulu Natal and the University of Pretoria and a fellow of the Public Policy Partnership, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Leighanne is a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria. Her thesis focuses on how policy development can advocate the right to education for the migrant and refugee child. A pragmatic and independent thinker, Leighanne is passionate about policy development and public sector innovation.
 

Hon Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia

Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur is spearheading the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia as the Secretary-General. Prior to this, she was the Secretary General of Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (2010-2014) as well as Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (2014-2016). She obtained her PhD in Political Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and her Master of Social Science in Development Administration from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. She was also a recipient of the Goldman Sachs Visiting Research Fellow at University of Oxford in 2002.
 
In the international arena, Dr Noorul Ainur specializes in the fields of development, economics and administration and has served as the Senior Advisor in the Southeast Asia Group for the World Bank in Washington D.C. She was also a representative to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), Vice-President of the Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST IGC Bureau) of UNESCO, and Chairman of the UNESCO Natural Sciences (SC) Commission. 
 

Dr Joan Nwasike,
 Adviser and Head, 
Public Sector Governance Unit, 
Commonwealth Secretariat

Joan Nwasike is Adviser and Head Public Sector Governance in the Commonwealth Secretariat.   She is responsible for the development and implementation of six Thematic Programmes across all 53 Commonwealth countries in partnership with Commonwealth Associated Organisations as well as national and regional Agencies and the wider donor community.  She has had a brilliant career in the public and private sectors and academia and has lived and worked across the Commonwealth countries (East Africa, West Africa, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean). She has advised Governments on issues of governance and development, as well as Opposition governments in small states on development issues. She has also facilitated work with Public Accounts Committees (PAC).  She holds a BSIM degree in Industrial Management, Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA), Masters degree (MA) in Professional and Applied Ethics and PhD in Management.
 

Mr Gabriel Juma Okumu, Deputy Director Training and Development, Public Service Commission, Kenya 

Mr Juma is a Kenyan by birth who holds a Master of Education Degree in Planning and Economics of Education from Maseno University (2004), and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Moi University (1992). After graduating from Moi University, he was employed as a graduate teacher by the Teachers Service Commission, (between March 1992 and November 1998), rising to the position of Deputy Head Teacher. The Public Service Commission appointed Mr Juma to the position of Inspector of Schools I (Ministry of Education) between November 1998 and February 2004, and in March 2004 he was appointed Chief Examinations Officer. Mr Juma rose through the ranks to the position of Director Examinations. Due to the restructuring of the Commission in 2013, he was appointed Deputy Director Training and Development in July 2013.
 
Mr Juma has presented papers at international conferences, some of which have been published in renowned journals such as the Ugandan Journal of Management and Public Policy Studies Volume 10 (1) of March 2016.

Mr Daniel Oliech, Senior Assistant Director, Public Service Commission, Kenya 

Mr Daniel Oliech is Senior Assistant Director in charge of Research and Public Policy Analysis at the Public Service Commission (PSC).  At PSC Oliech is the design and quality assurance lead for the Commission’s research and evaluation programmes. Mr Oliech a CLEAR AA/World Bank certified technical impact evaluations practitioner.  In the course of his professional practice, Daniel has successfully implemented major regional and client organisation commissioned studies. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics of Education of Kenyatta University and a Bachelors Degree in Education Science of Egerton University, Kenya. He is a joint editor and peer reviewer of the Kenya Education Management Institute Journal of Education Management (KEMIJEM). He has expertise and professional grounding in study design, monitoring and evaluation, econometric modelling, and policy review and analysis. Previously, Oliech has led/participated in M&E tasks, research and capacity-building assignments across Sub-Saharan Africa. 
 

Dr Ong Hong Peng, Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia

Dr Ong Hong Peng started his career as Assistant Director of the Public Service Department in 1981. Currently, he is the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, and has been since May 2008. His other positions include Chairman, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Chairman, National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy (ASWARA), Chairman, Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) and Chairman of Steering Committee on National Key Economic Ares (NKEA) Tourism. He was the Chairman of UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific for the period 2011-2013, Chair of Heads of ASEAN National Tourism Organisations’ Meeting in 2014 and Chair of Senior Officials Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community in 2015. He graduated from Michigan State University, USA in 2000 with a Ph.D in Economics.
 

Hon Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Chair of Board of Governance, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (or for short, Dzul) is the Chair of the Board of Governance, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham. He also chairs the Steering Council of the Right Livelihood College Global Secretariat. Of late he has been appointed to the Advisory Board of Global Leadership Initiative, University of Tokyo, and a select member of the 2015 Hamburg Transnational University Leadership Council, a higher education think tank. Professionally, he is the 14th President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting – Advisory Education Hub Committee since 2007, and Executive Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (2006-2011).
 
He has served as the 5th Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) (from 2000 until 2011), as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policy and Management (1995-2010). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), the World Academy of Art and Sciences (FWAAS) and the Malaysian Institute of Malaysia (FMIM). He is also an Honorary Lifetime member of Asian Academy of Management. He is weekly columnist for the New Straits Times since 1995, and more recently, The Sun.
 

Mr Mark Rozario, Chief Executive Officer, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM)

Mark Rozario was Group Managing Director of a Malaysian listed property group, before stepping down to assume his current role at AIM in 2011. He is charged with driving AIM, a government statutory body chaired by the country’s Prime Minister, to implement a national innovation strategy. AIM was created to jump start wealth creation through knowledge, technology and innovation thereby stimulating and developing the innovation eco-‐system in Malaysia. By laying down the foundation of innovation, AIM hopes to inspire and produce a new generation of innovative entrepreneurs.
 
Mr. Rozario graduated with a BSc degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
 

Ms ​Margaret Saner CBE, Vice Chair of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration

Margaret Saner CBE is an independent adviser specialising in Governance, Leadership, Change and Institution Building. Recent assignments include a diagnostic review of a public service in the Caribbean.  In her career in the UK Civil Service, Margaret led a number of service-wide initiatives in the UK and worked extensively with other Governments, including a loan to the Government of Kenya. She supported the Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the UK in establishing cross government accountability for results. Margaret founded the Sunningdale Institute and is a former Chief Executive of the Civil Service College. She is also a former Director at CAPAM. She particularly enjoys the opportunities she now has to work with post graduate students, for example, at the University of Sussex. Margaret will complete 8 years as a member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) in 2017 and is the immediate past President of CEPA.
 

Dato’ Sri Dr Halim Shafie, Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

Dr Halim, aged 67, a Malaysian, was appointed Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on 12 January 2015. He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons), University of Malaya, Masters in Economic Development from University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D in Information Transfer from Syracuse University, USA. He has served in many Government agencies including the Ministry of Education, Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and The National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN). He was Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications in 2000, and Chairman of the MCMC from 2006 to 2009 before taking up position as Chairman of Telekom Malaysia from 2009 to 2015. Dato’ Sri Dr Halim has served on many Boards, including Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Multimedia Development Corporation, Pos Malaysia, National Library Advisory Board and Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation (MyClear), a subsidiary of Central Bank of Malaysia. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia.
 

Mr Rajeev Sharma, Chairman and CEO, Alqimi Group

With over 25 years experience in the information technology industry, Rajeev Sharma brings a track record of success and entrepreneurship as the Founder and CEO of Alqimi. Established in 1995, Mr. Sharma has steadily guided Alqimi from its origins as a technology systems integrator to a recognized innovator in the areas such as complex enterprise technology solutions, "Big Data", Cybersecurity, Social Media Intelligence, Next Generation Renewable Energy and Sustainable Fuels. Mr. Sharma holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
 

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. 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. 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.
 

Mr Peter van de Pol, Senior Advisor, Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) 

Peter van de Pol is Senior Advisor at the Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE). Peter has over 15 years of experience in innovation, change management and organisational development in the public and private sector. He has worked for extensive periods in Africa, Asia and Latin America with local communities, academic institutions, corporations, ministries and President’s and Prime Minister’s Offices on strengthening their individual and organisational capacity for equitable development. Peter joined UNDP in 2009, as Project Manager and Change Management Expert of the Civil Service Change Management Project in Bangladesh. In 2012 he became Policy Advisor of the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group of the Bureau for Policy Development of UNDP in New York. In that capacity he advised governments and public administrations on strategic planning, public innovation and capacity development. At GCPSE, Peter is responsible for foresight and strategic planning related activities in public service.
 

Shri Chirruvari Visnawath, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India

Shri Chirravuri Viswanath belongs to the 1981 batch of Indian Administrative Service and is presently holding charge of Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances and Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions since 2nd May, 2016. Shri C. Viswanath is a Post Graduate in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and did his Masters in Public Economic Management, Birmingham, UK. He has held many senior positions in the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Government of India, and handled several Departments like Environment & Forests, Food & Public Distribution, Irrigation, Information & Broadcasting, Department of Consumer Affairs, among others.
 
As Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Shri C. Viswanath was instrumental in India ratifying the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. As Joint Secretary in Department of Food & Public Distribution he drafted the National Food Security Bill. As Chairman & Managing Director, Food Corporation of India he successfully ensured liquidation of old stocks; enhancement of storage capacity; exploring alternate modes of transportation; mechanization; e-auction and other IT initiatives. As Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs Shri Viswanath was actively involved in championing the cause of Consumer Advocacy.
 

Mr Alan Whaites, Senior Adviser and Head of Profession, National School of Government International, British Government, United Kingdom

Alan Whaites is Senior Adviser and Head of Profession at the National School of Government International, a cross-departmental unit of the British Government focused on supporting civil service reform overseas, using UK public servants from a range of departments in both short- and long-term advisory roles. Since April 2015, it has been situated within the UK Stabilisation Unit, and is accountable to the UK National Security Council.  Previously he worked for the OECD leading their development work on accountable and effective institutions, conflict and fragility.   While at the OECD Whaites edited `A Governance Practitioner’s Notebook,’ and led the production of the annual `States of Fragility Report’ and the regular publications on illicit financial flows.  Past roles also include Head of Profession for Governance for the Department for International Development and serving as DFID’s Regional Senior Governance Adviser for Asia, in addition to a number of overseas assignments.    
 

Mr Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank’s Development Research Group, and a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of over 75 journal articles and chapters, as well as eight books, including Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action (Oxford University Press; with Matt Andrews and Lant Pritchett, forthcoming January 2017) and Trust, Voice and Incentives: Learning from Local Success Stories in Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa (with Hana Brixi and Ellen Lust; World Bank 2015). He is currently based in Malaysia, helping establish the World Bank’s first ‘Knowledge and Research’ Hub. He is on the editorial board of numerous journals, and is the Asia-Pacific representative on the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s largest research program (Management of Social Transformations). An Australian national, he has an MA and PhD in comparative-historical sociology from Brown University.
 

Ms Diana Yusoff, Senior Executive (Innovation and Delivery), PS21 Office, Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

Diana is an innovation strategist in the PS21 Office, tasked to develop an innovation ecosystem for the Singapore Public Service. This ecosystem consists of an innovation process to see ideas through to implementation, a capability-building framework, a strategy for fostering close-knit communities of innovation advocates, as well as a culture conducive for innovation. One of Diana's notable accomplishments in this role is developing a best practice guide for running collaborative innovation workshops, after having worked with agencies on workshops with topics ranging from designing the future of libraries to designing better public transport experiences. Diana is also a proponent of using frameworks and mental models to derive better outcomes. Previously, whilst also supporting the engagement team of the PS21 Office, Diana guided the organising team to develop a branding concept and strategy for Public Service Month 2015. Prior to joining the PS21 Office, Diana was a process and finance auditor in one of the Big 4 accounting firms.