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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.

Sophy Kong

Director General, General Department of Civil Service Policy, and Head of Secretariat of Public Administrative Reform Committee, Ministry of Civil Service, Cambodia

Mr Kong Sophy is the Director General of Civil Service Policy, and Head of the Secretariat of Public Administrative Reform Committee, Ministry of Civil Service, Cambodia.

Mr Kong was the deputy secretary general of the Council for Administrative Reform since 2005. He spent seven years on secondment to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC). Until resuming his job in the Ministry of Civil Service in 2013, he was the Chief of Court Management Section since 2011. Before being appointed as Head of the Interpretation and Translation Unit in 2007, he was the legal office and court interpreter/translator in the ECCC.

Since starting his career in 2000, Mr Kong held numerous positions in the Office of Council of Ministers including Deputy Secretary General of the Council for Administrative Reform (CAR), Director of Priority Mission Group (PMG) Program, Director of Governance Project, counterpart with international development donors, and assistant to the Program Manager for National Program for Public Administrative Reform.

Mr Kong has experience and knowledge in local and regional activities. He is an active senior official in the ASEAN Conference on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM).

Mr Kong holds a Master’s Degree of Public Management from Potsdam University in Germany, a Senior Official Diploma of Public Administration from the Royal School of Administration, and two Bachelor’s – one in Law from the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences and the other in Management from the 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.

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.

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 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.

Arturo Herrera Gutierrez

Global Director for Governance Global Practice in the 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.

Subrata Sinha

Regional Environmental Affairs Officer, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme

Mr. Sinha, a national of India, joined UNEP’s Regional Resource Centre (a Collaborating Centre) in 2001, as Head of the Assessment and Reporting Unit, and the UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office in Bangkok in 2005, as Regional Environmental Affairs Officer. He has over 25 years of experience dealing with strategic policy and programme coordination and promoting south-south cooperation at regional, subregional, national and local levels in Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Sinha has been working actively with governments, intergovernmental bodies, local governments, major groups and other stakeholders, and UN organizations to implement projects and programmes as well as supporting the outcomes of the Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, UN Environment Assembly, Subregional Ministerial Forums and other regional and global processes. He has previously served as the Head for TERI’s Centre for Environmental Studies in New Delhi, India. He holds a Master of Technology and Ph. D in Environmental Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-ISM), Dhanbad, India.

Nicolas Marquier

Country Manager, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Biography to be updated soon.

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