Board of Directors
Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary to the Government, Office of the Prime Minister, Malaysia
Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa was appointed Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia effectively 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 also served the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department until 2009. At the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa 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.
Prof Margaret Kobia, Chairperson, Public Service Commission, Kenya
Prof Margaret Kobia 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 has taught management, entrepreneurship and research methods at university level and her research interests include public sector reforms and performance management training. Prof Kobia is also 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 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.
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.
Dr Jeannine Comma, Chief Executive Officer, Cave Hill School of Business, University of the West Indies, Barbados
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 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.
Mrs 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, including 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 postgraduate 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.
Mr 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 Mr 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.
Mr Sateeaved Seebaluck, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, Mauritius
Mr Seebaluk attended the Royal College Port Louis before proceeding to Delhi University for higher studies where he obtained the degree of BA (Hons) Economics. He is also the holder of a Diploma in Public Administration and Management from the University of Mauritius. He joined the Mauritian Civil Service in January 1976 as Economist at the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development and shortly after joined the administrative cadre at the Ministry of Finance. He was promoted to the position of Principle Assistant Secretary in 1990 and in 2000 was appointed Permanent Secretary. He served in various ministries and has been chairman and director of many boards and statutory committees during his career. While serving at the Ministry of Environment, Mr Seebaluk pioneered sustainable development and organised the International Conference on Small Islands Developing States in 2005. He attended several environmental summits and conferences and was the main negotiator for Mauritius of various multilateral environmental agreements. He is the recipient of several international awards on the environment.
In 2010, he was promoted to senior Chief Executive and was posted to the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms. In his quest for modernising the Civil Service by the introduction of new technologies and innovative strategies, Sateeaved Seebaluk spearheaded the introduction of the Human resource Management information System. In the process, he emphasized the need for changing the mindset of officers through Training in the age of the Learner. He thus initiated the setting up of the Civil Service College, Mauritius. He has been awarded Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK) by the President of the Republic on 12 March 2015 for his contribution in the public service and for the protection of the environment.
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.
Shri Chirravuri Viswanath, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), India
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.
He returned to the federal government in 1999 as Director of Aboriginal and Territorial Relations with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). He was appointed Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Directorate at the Department of Justice in 2001, where he served until being named Assistant Deputy Minister at Western Economic Diversification Canada in Saskatchewan in 2003. In 2006, he became the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Direction at AANDC. In March 2009, he was appointed Associate Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification followed by his appointment as Deputy Minister in July of the same year. In 2012, he was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer of the Government of Canada and then Chief Executive Officer for Parks Canada in 2015.
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.
Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon, Canada
Tun Ahmad Sarji, Malaysia
Hon. Zola Skweyiya, South Africa
Mohan Kaul, United Kingdom
Sir Richard Mottram, United Kingdom