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The Global Government Summit welcomes public sector leaders from the world’s governments.

Leo Yip

Head, Civil Service, PS (PMO, PMO (STRATEGY) AND NSIC), Singapore

Leo Yip joined the Singapore public service in 1982 as a police officer. He holds degrees from Cambridge University, Warwick University and Harvard University.

In 2000 he was appointed Principal Private Secretary to Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew till 2002 when he joined the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) as Deputy Secretary. He served concurrently as Chief Executive of Singapore Workforce Development Agency from 2003.

Mr Yip was appointed Permanent Secretary of MOM in July 2005. He was concurrently appointed Deputy Chairman of the EDB in 2008 and became full-time Chairman from 2009 to 2014.

Mr Yip was appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in December 2014 and was concurrently appointed as Permanent Secretary (PMO and NSIC) in 2016. Mr Yip relinquished his MHA appointment on 1 September 2017 to become Head, Civil Service and PS (PMO, PMO (Strategy) and NSIC).

Peter Woolcott

Commissioner, Public Service Commission, Australia

Mr. Peter Woolcott AO commenced as the Australian Public Service Commissioner in 2018. 

Mr. Woolcott has had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service, serving in senior diplomatic positions around the world.

He has served as Australia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand (2016–2017), Ambassador for the Environment (2014–16), and led the negotiations to the Paris Agreement on climate change (2016), Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Ambassador for Disarmament (2010–2014), Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues (2009), Ambassador to Italy (2004–2007), and Australian Consul‑General, Honolulu and Representative to US Commander‑in‑Chief Pacific (1998-2001).

Mr. Woolcott served as Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull from 2017 – 2018.

Mr. Woolcott was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2017 for his distinguished service to public administration in the field of international relations, and as a lead negotiator in the non-proliferation and arms control fields.

Mr. Woolcott was Chair of the Final United Nations Conference on the Army Trade Treaty in 2013.

HE Sokha Prum

Minister, Ministry of Civil Service, Kingdom of Cambodia

Mr. Prum Sokha was appointed as Minister for the Ministry of Civil Service in March 2020. Prior to this position, he was the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Interior for 25 years since 1993 and an official and director of the general policy department in CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) since 1985 before being promoted to deputy minister in 1991.

Since the beginning of his career, he held numerous positions that includes being Chief Negotiator of the CCP, member of the Bar Association of Cambodia as well as being involved in many public administration reform such as decentralization and deconcentration (D&D), criminal justice system, law enforcement against human trafficking, etc. His role as an administrative reform shows great importance for the democratic development at the sub-national level of administration in all Cambodian provinces.

He holds as a master degree in public management at NUS (National University of Singapore) in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Sophy Kong

Secretary of State, Ministry of Civil Service, Cambodia 

Mr. KONG was appointed as Secretary of State in September 2022. Prior to this position, he was Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Civil Service, the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Since starting his career in 2000, he has held numerous positions in the Office of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Civil Service including Head of Secretariat of Public Administrative Reform Committee, Director General of Civil Service Policy, Deputy Secretary General of the Council for Administrative Reform Committee, Director of the Priority Mission Group (PMG) Project, Director of the Governance Project, and assistant to the Program Manager for the National Program for Public Administrative Reform.

He holds a master’s degree in Public Management from Potsdam University in Germany, a Diploma of High-Ranking Official in Public Administration from Cambodia’s Royal School of Administration, and two Bachelor’s degrees—one in Law from Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences and the other in Management from National Institute of Management in Phnom Penh.  

Nathalie Drouin

Deputy Clerk, Privy Council Office, Canada

Nathalie G Drouin became Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet on August 23, 2021.

Prior to joining the Privy Council Office, Mrs Drouin was Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada from June 2017 to August 2021. Mrs Drouin previously served as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice of Canada from September 2016 to June 2017.

From September 2012 to September 2016, Mrs Drouin was Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attourney General for the Gouvernement du Quebec.

In addition, she held a number of positions within the Authorite des marches financiers, including Director of legal Affairs and Director general of market Supervision and Legal Affairs. 

Nathalie G Drouin hold a bachelor’s degree in law and post-graduate diploma in business administration, both from Universite Laval. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1992.

Taimar Peterkop

Secretary of State, Government Office, Estonia 

Mr. Taimar Peterkop was appointed Secretary of State in December 2018. Secretary of State is the Head of the Government Office (central government institution to support the Government and the Prime Minister in policy making and implementation).

Prior to being appointed Secretary of State, Taimar was Director General of the Estonian Information System Authority (government agency responsible for core e-government systems and cyber security of Estonia). Before that, he was the Deputy Secretary General for Legal and Administrative Affairs of the Ministry of Defence.

During the period 2000–2001, Peterkop worked as a lawyer at the Government Office and from 2001–2008, at the Ministry of Defence, the first four years of which was spent in the Legal Department as Head of the Office of International Law, and the last three years as Head of the Operations and Crisis Management Department. During the period 2008–2010, Peterkop served as Defence Counsellor at the Estonian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Taimar Peterkop is a graduate of the University of Tartu School of Law and the United States Army War College, and holds a Master’s level degree in Strategic Management.

Ilze Juhansone

Secretary-General, European Commission

Biography to be updated shortly.

Attendance subject to commission commitments.

Seppo Määttä

Director General, Government Strategy Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Finland

Seppo Määttä was born in June 12th of 1966 in Finland and has a Doctorate in Economics and a Master’s degree in Administrative Sciences. Mr Määttä’s doctoral dissertation is on the interpretation horizons of strategy and strategic information. Mr Määttä has been married with his wife Päivi for 34 years, have two adult sons and two Australian Cobber dogs Pablo and Pietro.

From 1994-1997, Seppo worked as the management adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen. When coming back to Finland, Mr Määttä worked at the Ministry of Finance in Finland for 7 years as the top management adviser, where he was responsible for ministry´s strategy process, as well as  the implementation and reporting. He was also a member of the ministry´s management group.

In 2004-2006 Seppo worked in the Netherlands at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) as an expatriate from the Ministry of Finance. Määttä’s task was to meet management of the centre of government, as well as ministries of finance and economy, in several EU-member states in order to find out what kind of expectations the member states had regarding the Lisbon strategy and its implementation during the Finnish EU Presidency in autumn 2006. He Mr Määttä was managing the project on the Lisbon strategy and the role of the public administration.

In 2006 Mr Määttä was appointed managing director of the newly established management consultancy and training company Talent Partners Public Consulting Ltd (TPC). TPC achieved a leading position among the competitors on the market of public administration in years 2006-2011. Mr Määttä resigned from the TPC to establish a new company of his own called BroadScope Management Consulting Ltd in Nov. 2011.

In 2018 Mr Määttä was appointed head of the new Strategy department in the Chancellory of the Government. His work has opened up a wide-ranging view of society and its actors both in Finland and internationally. He has participated in the meetings of the Centres of Government, which have been arranged by the OECD.

Mr Määttä have written several articles and books on strategic management in the public sector. He also have given hundreds of presentations in Finland and abroad on public management, public sector strategies, governance systems and mechanisms and phenomenon based budgeting and management.

John McCarthy

Chief Economist, Government of Ireland, Ireland

John McCarthy is an Assistant Secretary General and as Chief Economist has responsibility for the Economic Division .

He was previously a senior economist in the Department heading up the macro economic analysis unit. He is the deputy member of the Economic and Financial Committee and the chair of the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) output gap working group.

He is a member of the National Statistics Board and an adviser to the National Competitiveness Council. He is the Irish member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Economic Policy Committee. Prior to joining the Department, he was a senior economist in the Central Bank.

Prof Daniel Hershkowitz

Civil Service Commissioner, Prime Minister’s Office, Israel

Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, Professor of Mathematics, obtained his academic education at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for about three years, and since 1985 he has been a member of the senior academic staff of the Technion’s Faculty of Mathematics. Among his various positions he served as dean of the Technion’s Division of Continuing Education and External Studies, as Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, and he chaired the Technion’s Academic Staff Organization. He served for six years as the president of the International Linear Algebra Society. From 2009 to 2013 he was a member of the Israeli parliament and served in the Israeli cabinet as the Minister of Science and Technology. Thereafter he served for four years as the President of the Bar-Ilan University. Later on he was appointed Chairman of the Israeli National Council for Research and Development. Since September 2018 he has been serving  as the Civil Service Commissioner for the State of Israel. 

Hershkowitz was widely recognized in Israel and around the world for his work. Among others he received honorary degrees from several colleges, in 2013 he received the Decoration of Honour of the Bulgarian Academy of Science and in 2017 received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.

Katsura Ito

Commissioner, National Personnel Authority, Japan

Katsura Ito has been a proven strategic business leader in the software industry. She has over 20 years of experience in the enterprise IT/software industry in various roles such as systems engineer, and marketing and business management. Her strong passion is for transforming the legacy Japanese companies/organizations through digital transformation and diversifying of talents.

Ms. Ito started her career in IBM Japan then moved to Adobe Systems, and worked for Microsoft. While at Microsoft, she served several leadership roles including for technology evangelism, sales, customer success, and finally served as Chief Learning Officer. With this scope, she has been leading digital skill building programs across Japan, supporting various organizations/companies’ digital transformation along with organizational modernization.

In 2022, Ms. Ito was appointed as a Commissioner of the National Personnel Authority (NPA), where she focuses on transformation of government officials through digital skill building, diversity and work style innovation.

Amartugs Tsenddavaa

Commissioner, Civil Service Council, Mongolia

2022- Current Permanent member – Commissioner, Civil service council, Parliament of Mongolia

2020-2022 Director of Public administration department, Head of the Secretariat Civil service council of Mongolia, Parliament of Mongolia

2015-2020 Director-general
– Employment policy coordination department, Ministry of Labour
– Employment policy implementation coordination department, Ministry of Labour and Social protection, Government of Mongolia

1994-1998 Bachelor’s degree on labour economics and management, Labour Institute of Mongolia
2001-2003 Master’s degree on Business administration, National University of Mongolia (NUM)
2005-2006 Master’s degree on Public Administration (Policy), Flinders University, Australia

Areas of expertise:
– Elaboration and development of employment and labour market policy, coordination, TVET and skills development,
– Social security and employment policy monitoring and evaluations,
– Workforce migration, human resources management policy and coordination, contract management,
– labour statistics, information management systems,
– skills assessment, career guidance, employment service
– public sector legislation and implementation, public sector reform

Dr Folasade Omolara Yemi-Esan

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Nigeria 

Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan attended the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she graduated as best Bachelor of Dental Surgery student in 1987.

She also holds a Certificate in Health Planning and Management, and Masters Degree in Public and International Administration both with distinctions from the Universities of Ilorin and Lagos respectively. She started her career at the Federal Ministry of Health and rose to become a Director and served in different positions, including: Coordinator of Oral Health in Schools Programme, Liaison Officer West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) and Director, Health Planning Research and Statistics.

Dr. Yemi-Esan, rose to the position of Federal Permanent Secretary in 2012 serving first as Permanent Secretary, Service Policy and Strategy Office in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and thereafter in the Federal Ministry of Information, Federal Ministry of Education and Career Management Office (OHCSF).

Before her appointment as Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Yemi-Esan was Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, where she was appointed as Director on the Boards of the Nigeria LNG and Bonny Gas Transport Ltd.

Under the leadership of Dr. Yemi-Esan, the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has recorded a number of remarkable and unprecedented strides which are a precursor to the implementation of the flagship Enterprise Content Management Solution aimed at digitizing records and automating processes in the Nigerian Public Service.

Karlo Alexei Nograles

Chairperson, Civil Service Commission, Philippines 

Before being appointed to the Civil Service Commission, Atty. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles served as Cabinet Secretary, appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in November 2018 to head the Office of the Cabinet Secretariat. He served as close adviser to the President and ensured close coordination among the different agencies of government, such as DILG, DPWH, DSWD, DOH, and others. 

As Cabinet Secretary, he led the following:

– Co-Chair of the Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) tasked to formulate policy and plans and lead all government efforts in addressing the COVID19 pandemic as well as preparing the country for post pandemic recovery

– Chair of the Inter Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger tasked to formulate the country’s national food policy to ensure the attainment of zero hunger and poverty eradication consistent with the Philippine Development Plan

– Chair of National Irrigation Administration (NIA), which is responsible for the development and management of irrigation in agricultural lands

– Chair of the Cabinet Assistance System (CAS), which handles priority areas or matters that need special and immediate attention of the President and the Cabinet

– Chair of the Cabinet Cluster Secretariat, which monitors the directives and promises of the different clusters of the Cabinet Secretariat. Among them are the Economic Development Cluster (EDC), Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC), Infrastructure Cluster (IC), Security, Justice, and Peace Cluster (SJPC), etc.

Before he was appointed as Cabinet Secretary, he was Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, which approves the national budget for the annual expenses of the government. He served as a three-term congressman of the 1st District of Davao City.

Peter Ong Boon Kwee 

Chairman of Enterprise Singapore, Board Member, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore (Alumni)

Appointed as Chairman of Enterprise Singapore since 1 April 2018, Mr Peter Ong Boon Kwee plays a key role in steering Enterprise Singapore’s efforts to grow stronger Singapore enterprises. He works closely with the Board of Directors and executive management team in providing greater support to Singapore companies looking to build new capabilities and internationalise.

Mr Ong retired from the Singapore Public Service on 1 September 2017. Prior to his retirement, Mr Ong was Head of Civil Service, a position he held since 2010. In 2016, he was also concurrently appointed as Permanent Secretary (Prime Minister’s Office) (Strategy) where he oversaw the formation of the PMO Strategy Group to support the Prime Minister and his Cabinet in establishing priorities and strengthening strategic alignment across Government.

Mr Ong also previously held the positions of Permanent Secretary in various Ministries like Finance, Trade and Industry, Transport and Defence. His other previous postings include stints at Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited – a Government investment holding company, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of Home Affairs.

Throughout his 30 over years in the Singapore Public Service, Mr Ong has been involved in many areas of strategic policy making and governance spanning economic, social, security and international spheres. He was also the G20 Sherpa for Singapore, and the Chairman of The High Level Taskforce on ASEAN Economic Integration. He also sat on the Boards of listed companies like SingTel, DBS Bank and ST Engineering. Mr Ong was also Chairman of key statutory boards like the Defence Science & Technology Agency, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

Mr Ong currently sits on the Boards of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (Chairman of Board Risk Committee) and the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship. He has also been appointed as Special Global Advisor for Antler Innovation Pte Ltd.

He was awarded the Colombo Plan Scholarship to pursue his Bachelor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, Australia and graduated with first class honours. He graduated top of his Masters in Business Administration class from Stanford University, USA in 1993 as Henry Ford II and Arjay Miller Scholar.

Sanja Ajanovic Hovnick

Minister, Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia

Sanja Ajanović Hovnik graduated in the optimization of work processes in the state administration at the Faculty of Administration of the University of Ljubljana, where she later also obtained a master’s degree and is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of economics of national labour and social policies.

Since 2008, she has been a civil servant who, throughout her career in the state administration, got to know the operation of various administration structures and state bodies and the way they operate, including administrative practices and processes.

Between 2015 and 2018, she worked as the secretary of the parliamentary group in the National Assembly. In 2018, she held the position of secretary-general of the Advocate of the Principle of Equality.

In 2019, she assumed the position of deputy director at the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy and acted as the person responsible for the field of development and European territorial cooperation.

In 2020 and 2021, she held several management positions at the Agency for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development.

Through a more than a decade-long career in the state administration, she gained in-depth insight into the operation of public systems and processes, developed a high level of competence in the areas of leadership and management, cooperation with key stakeholders and conducting constructive dialogue with them to achieve the best possible results.

Peter Pogačar

Director General – Public Sector Directorate, Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia

Peter Pogačar was born on 13 November 1973 in Ljubljana. He holds a Degree in Law from the University of Ljubljana and has passed the bar examination.

He started his professional career at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities as an adviser to the Slovenian Government focusing on the development of supplementary pension insurance within the first major pension reform.

In 2004, he became Director of the Pension Insurance Department where he was in charge of the pension funds managed by the Capital Fund. From 2009 to 2015, he was Director General of the Directorate for Employment Relationships and Rights Deriving from Employment. During his mandate, he conducted and successfully concluded drafting of the pension and labour market reforms that came into force in 2013. In the international field, he was a key partner of the OECD and the European Commission in the dialogue on guidelines and monitoring of adopted measures in view of the recommendations from the Ministry.

In 2015, he was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities where his main responsibility was regulation of labour market and social security systems in Slovenia.

In September 2019, he was designated Director General of the Public Sector Directorate at the Ministry of Public Administration and Chief Government Negotiator for negotiations with public sector. His mission is modernization of public sector in Slovenia.

Peter Pogačar regularly gives lectures or participates as a key speaker at numerous international and national events focusing on the pension system and labour market and is co-author of several publications on pension and labour market legislation.

Zukiswa Mqolomba

National Commissioner (Deputy Chairperson), Public Service Commission, South Africa

Zukiswa Mqolomba is a senior Public Sector Executive with roots deeply embedded in strategy, economics, poverty and public policy work. She is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and Chevening scholar. She has two master’s degrees: a Master’s from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s in Poverty and Development from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom respectively. She also holds an executive leadership training certificate in 21st Century Leadership with Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Boston, United States. She is doing her PHD in Sociology at the University of Cape Town doing a dissertation on professionalisation of the state and (re)building state institutional capabilities. She has won international, continental and domestic awards for her leadership in public policy and governance. For instance, she has been awarded the Africa Youth Awards 2021, and Africa3535 leadership laureat award for Governance. She has also won the Humphrey Leadership award from the United States also for her policy contribution in the Public sector, as well as 2 time winner of the Mail&Guardian top 200 leaders award, running in the top 10 for Politics and Government. She is also a recipient of the Vice-chancellor’s award, University of Cape Town. She has a keen interest in finding solutions to public sector challenges, as well as public service innovations and transformations. She’s done research and policy work on public sector innovation and transformation. Her research work includes conducting research on the developmental state and the institutional architecture pertaining to building it. She has done some work on building meritocratic states, including recruitment in the public service, as well as strategies on how to deal with corruption and to professionalise the public service. She’s also done work on the National Development Plan and how to build a professionalised and transformed public service. She used to work for the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa at the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation as a Senior Sector Expert: Economy (“Senior Economist”). She formerly works as an Executive Manager: Research, Training, Monitoring and Evaluation at a State Agency, namely the Media Development and Diversity Agency; influencing the country’s community media and development agenda on inclusion, marginalization and transformation. She’s participated in civic programmes of the United Nations, NATO, The Elders and African Union Commission. She is interested in reading biographies of legends in international and local nations. She also likes to write on various themes and topics affecting women, youth and marginalised communities. She is a co-editor of a book of essays entitled ‘Chasing Freedom: Histories, Analysis and Voices of Student Activism in South Africa published by CODESRIA in March 2002. She has recently been appointed by the President of the Republic of SA to be a National Commissioner (Deputy Chairperson) for the Public Service Commission of South Africa.

His Excellency Mohammed Bin Taliah

Chief of Government Services of the United Arab Emirates Government, United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Mohammed Bin Taliah is the Chief of Government Services of the United Arab Emirates Government, where he oversees improving government services and implementing programs to ensure providing high quality services through the Emirates Government Service Excellence Program (EGSEP), which aims to raise the efficiency of government services and improve customer experience. He also oversees other programs including the Global Star Rating System, Khadamati system, and the Best M-Government Award, an international annual award aiming to encourage government entities and students to develop innovative solutions in the field of smart applications.

Bin Taliah has previously held several managerial positions in various fields in the public and private sectors, including IT, cyber security, corporate governance, media, and ICT. From 2014 to 2019, he served as Assistant Director General for the Corporate Services Sector at the Prime Minister’s Office, in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs.

Bin Taliah holds the Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master of Science degree in Project Management from the British University in Dubai, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi.

Simon Case

Cabinet Secretary and Head of Civil Service, United Kingdom

Simon Case was appointed Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service in September 2020.

Before this he was appointed Permanent Secretary at No10, focusing on Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic.

He has also served in the Royal Household, having previously been Private Secretary to HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Prior to this, he held many other notable positions across government, serving under both Cameron’s and May’s administrations as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.

He has also served as Director General for Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as Director General for the UK-EU relationship throughout his time in government. Simon has amassed over 15 years of experience in the Civil Service.

Arturo Herrera Gutierrez

Global Director for Governance Global Practice, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Practice Group (EFI) Vice Presidency, World Bank

Mr. Herrera, a Mexican National, has extensive experience in governance, as a practitioner and from the development and academic perspectives. He joined the World Bank in 2010 as Senior Public Sector Management Specialist in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. He held various positions in the Bank including as Sector Manager in LAC, Practice Manager in Governance Global Practice for the LAC and East Asia and the Pacific regions in the Global Unit before leaving the World Bank Group in 2018. 

Between 2018 and 2021 he has held leadership positions in the Government of Mexico as Co-Head of the Finance Team in Presidential Transition Team, Deputy Finance Minister and, most recently, as Minister of Finance and Public Credit.

As Global Director for Governance, Mr. Herrera’s priorities include leading the formulation of strategy and engagement of the Bank’s work on public institutions and country-level governance, especially in fragile, conflict and violent settings; maximizing the effectiveness of operational support for public financial management and public procurement; fostering excellence in the Governance Practice’s work on public sector administration and operational support for legal and judicial reforms.

Mr. Herrera has also taught Monetary and Banking and Macro and Micro Economics at both El Colegio de Mexico and New York University where he completed his doctoral studies in Economics.

Rachel Bacon

Deputy Secretary, APS Reform Office, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

Biography to be updated shortly.

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