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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).

Sir Alex Chisholm

Chief Operating Officer, Civil Service and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom

Sir Alex Chisholm became Civil Service Chief Operating Officer and Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary in April 2020. Prior to that, he was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy between 2016 and 2020. He is also a trustee and Deputy Chair at the international charity Breadline Africa.

Previously he was Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), having previously served as Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Chairperson and Commissioner of Ireland’s communications regulatory agency, ComReg, Chair of the Economic Regulators Network in Ireland and has held senior executive positions in the media, technology and e-commerce industries, with Pearson plc, Financial Times Group, eCountries Inc and Ecceleration Ltd.

Perin Bradley

Deputy Governor, Anguilla

The Honorable Perin Ainsworth Bradley, with a distinguished career marked by significant achievements in both education and public service, currently serves as the Deputy Governor of Anguilla. Born on December 10, 1977, in South Hill, Anguilla.

Mr. Bradley’s educational path began at the Road Primary School, now known as Adrian T. Hazell Primary School, before moving on to the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School in September 1989. His initial professional experience was at Barclays Banks, PLC, where he joined as a clerk in February 1995.

His pursuit of higher education led him to Howard University in Washington D.C., starting in January 1999. There, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, focusing on Finance. Mr. Bradley further advanced his education with a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Durham  University in the United Kingdom, which he attained in 2009.

In 2005, Mr. Bradley embarked on a career in the Anguilla Public Service. He held various key positions in the Ministry of Finance, including Deputy Registrar of Companies, Trade and Investment Officer, Compliance Manager overseeing international tax and transparency, and Comptroller of Inland Revenue. His exemplary service was recognized when he received the Anguilla Public Service Image Award in 2015.

Apart from his public service roles, Mr. Bradley has been an educator, lecturing on business topics at the Anguilla Community College, and served on the board of the Anguilla Community Foundation.

He is married to Hyacinth with whom he has daughter, Morgan. His interests include scuba diving and a passion for reggae music, especially as a fan of the Third World Band.

In July 2016, Mr. Bradley’s career reached a significant milestone when he was appointed as Deputy Governor of Anguilla. In this role, he serves as the Head of the Public Service, a position that places him at the forefront of public administration and governance in Anguilla. His tenure as Deputy Governor is characterized by his commitment to excellence in public service, dedication to effective governance, and a focus on the welfare and development of Anguilla and its people.

Dr Gordon de Brouwer

Public Service Commissioner, Australia

Gordon de Brouwer is the Australian Public Service Commissioner. Before returning to the public service, Gordon was Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, and a member of various public and not for profit boards. Gordon has over 35 years’ experience in public policy and administration in Australia, including as Secretary for Public Sector Reform, Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy, and senior roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury, ANU and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

He has been part of several major reviews including the Australian Public Service, the Reserve Bank of Australia, and the Woomera Prohibited Area.

Gordon is committed to public value, high-quality policy and implementation, and effective government.

Samir Bedi

Asean Workforce Advisory Leader; Singapore Government & Public Sector Leader, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.

Samir is EY Asean Workforce Advisory Leader and Singapore Government & Public Sector Leader, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd. with extensive consulting experience in helping organizations to develop business strategies linked to people-organization dynamics across Southeast Asia. He has worked on numerous competency, performance and rewards design and implementation projects for public-, private- and third-sector clients.

His experience covers all aspects of human resources consulting, ranging from organization structuring and manpower planning to job redesign and the future of work. Other areas include creating differentiated reward programs, developing a high-performance culture, integration of performance and reward and talent programs, as well as HR process review and audit.

Samir holds an MBA from XLRI, India.

Hannah Cameron

Deputy Commissioner, Public Service Commission, New Zealand

Hannah joined Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission in April 2018, having previously held the role of Deputy Chief Policy Officer at the Ministry of Health. Hannah started her career in the UK Civil Service and has worked in the New Zealand public service for 17 years in government departments that also include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice and Department of Internal Affairs.

Hannah led the reform of New Zealand’s Public Service Act in 2020 and is now embedding those changes into the culture and structures within the Public Service.  This includes improving information available to assess the performance of the Public Service, such as implementing Te Taunaki | the inaugural Public Service Census in 2021.

She also has a key role in advising Government on mechanisms to tackle complex problems such as Family Violence, Reform of the Health and Disability System and the COVID19 Response and Recovery.

Benjamin Chiang

Asean Government & Public Sector Leader; Technology Assurance Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Benjamin is the EY Asean Government & Public Sector Leader assisting governments in smart city transformation projects across Southeast Asia and the Technology Assurance Leader at Ernst & Young LLP in Singapore.

He has vast IT audit and security consulting experience with a focus on data governance and analytics, IT security governance, process and technical security assessments, computer forensics and incident response management.

Benjamin was previously a senior internal audit manager leading the IT audit function for a Nasdaq-listed multinational company.

He has served on various committees on the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and was previously on the board of directors for the Singapore Chapter of ISACA (formerly the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and the Association of Information Security Professionals.

Benjamin holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Queensland in Australia and a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Joyce Dimech

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms and Equality, Malta

Ms Joyce Dimech joined the Public Service in 1986, holding various positions within various Ministries and the Office of the Prime Minister ever since. She held several positions within different sections of the Ministry for Gozo, including Education, Care for the Elderly, and EU Affairs.

In 2004 she was appointed Director Customer Services, ably leading this major public service directorate in Gozo with a wide ranging portfolio that included Health. In March 2013 she was appointed Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Gozo and in April 2014 she was appointed Permanent Secretary (Strategy & Implementation) within the Office of the Prime Minister. In July 2020, Ms. Dimech was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government. In November 2020 she was also appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Research, Innovation and the Co-Ordination of Post Covid-19 Strategy. In April 2022 Ms. Dimech was re-appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government and in September 2023 she was also entrusted with the temporary responsibility for the Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms, and Equality.

Ms Dimech received her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Management from the University of Malta.​

Katia Daude

Country Manager, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, International Finance Corporation

Katia Daude Gonçalves is the Country Manager for Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets and a member of the World Bank Group (WBG). She is based in the WBG’s Singapore offices. She works closely with regional investment and advisory teams to help drive cross‐border investments and capital mobilization between Singapore‐based companies and financial institutions in emerging markets and developing economies around the world, while playing a critical role in building IFC’s nascent presence and portfolios in Malaysia and Brunei. A Mozambican/Portuguese national, Ms. Daude Gonçalves joined IFC in 2009 and previously served as IFC’s Resident Representative for Mozambique. She began her career at Banco Internacional de Mozambique Investimento, the country’s first fully fledged investment bank. She also a master’s degree in Development Finance from the University of Manchester.

Darin Duch

Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Civil Service, Cambodia

Dr. Darin DUCH was born in Cambodia. He received his Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law at the Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia. He also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE), plus three additional Master’s degrees in Economics, MBA, and LL.M from the U.S. He has both a Ph.D. in Economics and a Juris Doctor from the Florida State University.

Dr. DUCH was previously a Director General of General Department of General Affairs, Ministry of Civil Service. He served as a Cambodian head of focal point in the ASEAN Conference on Civil Service matters (ACCSM) and was actively in charge of international cooperation. Currently, he is an Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Civil Service in charge of international relation.

In Academia, Dr. DUCH has extensive teaching experiences both in the U.S. and Cambodia.

Andrew Garner

Government Digital and Technology Lead, Oceania, EY

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in successfully leading and assisting major transformation programs within the public and private sector including within the Human Services and Welfare sector specifically over the last 8 years. These roles have included defining client’s comprehensive ICT and Digital strategies, and importantly, delivering major multi-year programs to deliver on these strategies for some of Australia’s largest Public Sector Welfare and Public Sector delivery agencies.

Andrew has excellent stakeholder management skills with senior executives to create a shared understanding and purpose to deliver outcomes and change Andrew has deep knowledge of your stakeholders, environment and direction.

Rashad Khaligov

Deputy Chairman, Innovation and Digital Development Agency, Azerbaijan

Rashad Khaligov, born in 1988 in Baku. He successfully earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer engineering at the University of Franche-Comte in France from 2007 to 2013.

Rashad Khaligov has held various roles in the private sector, including positions as an engineer, information technology manager, and director, both in France and Azerbaijan. Notably, he served as a lecturer at Khazar University from 2013 to 2020. From 2020 to April 2021, he led the Information Technologies and Innovative Solutions sector at the Food Safety Agency. Subsequently, in 2021, he assumed the position of an advisor on information and communication technologies at “AzInTelecom” LLC.

Since October 2022, Rashad Khaligov has been actively contributing to the field as the Deputy Chairman of the Innovation and Digital Development Agency. In recognition of his leadership and expertise, he was honored with the prestigious international award “World CIO 200 Summit 2023” in the categories of “LEADER CIO” and “MASTER CIO”.

Cindy Khoo

Deputy Secretary, Strategy Group, Singapore Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

She started her career in the Singapore Public Service in the Ministry of Trade and Industry as a trade officer. Since then she has handled multiple portfolios in the Ministry of Health, Prime Minister’s Office – Public Service Division and Ministry of Education. She first joined Strategy Group in 2019 and oversaw functions such as Strategic Planning; Futures; and Organisational Development, before taking on the Deputy Secretary role in Sep 2021.

Prior to joining the Singapore Public Service, she worked in SembCorp Logistics in Shanghai. She holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Joon-Seong LEE

Senior Managing Director, Centre for Advanced AI Lead, Growth Markets, Accenture

Joon-Seong is Senior Managing Director who leads Accenture Applied Intelligence (Data, Analytics & AI) for the Southeast Asia region. Based in Singapore, he has more than 25 years of consulting experience with local and regional clients across industries in the space of big data, analytics & artificial intelligence. Joon-Seong is also a member of Accenture’s SEA Executive Committee and Accenture’s Global Leadership Council.

As leader for Accenture Applied Intelligence in SEA, Joon-Seong leads a large and diverse team of data scientists, data & AI engineers and data & AI strategists in helping clients achieve better performance using big data, machine learning & artificial intelligence. Over the years, Joon-Seong has assisted clients across industries, especially in Banking, Insurance & Asset Management in developing strategy, building big data & analytics platforms, and applying data science/machine learning/AI innovations in achieving tangible business outcomes.

Joon-Seong’s views on AI, Big Data & Analytics are often sought after by industries. He has published articles, spoken at conferences in the region and contributed thought-leadership in this space. Joon-Seong is also Vice President of Singapore Computer Society AI & Robotics Chapter, and among the authors of AI Ethics & Governance Body of Knowledge (AI E&G BoK) sponsored by Singapore Computer Society and Infocomm Media Development Authority. He is also a member of Singapore Computer Society’s AI Ethics and Governance Evaluation Board.

Joon-Seong received his Executive MBA from INSEAD.

Benny Lee

Managing Director, Health and Public Service Lead, Southeast Asia, Accenture

Benny is a managing director in Accenture. He leads Health and Public Service in Southeast Asia and manages the key client relationships as the Client Group Lead.

He has almost 20 years of experience in areas like digital transformation, technology consulting, business process transformation, application systems integration, agile delivery and change management.

Benny is a trusted adviser to his clients. He has worked with them to solve complex problems and undertaken major enterprise projects that have transformed HR, content management, data visualization, and case management systems.

Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada

Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, Philippines

Atty. Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada served the Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao for 12 years as an anti-graft lawyer before her transfer to the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as a Board Member.

Assuming higher responsibilities as a board member of the LTFRB, she is known as a staunch advocate of the rights of the commuting public and of anti-corruption initiatives in the agency through hands-on leadership. Atty. Lizada played a vital role in developing and executing key policies such as the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program and the monopoly in transport network vehicle service industry, to name a few.

In December 5, 2018, she joined the Civil Service Commission as Commissioner. As Commissioner, Atty. Lizada spearheaded several initiatives centered at protecting and promoting the welfare of the government workforce, including the formulation and implementation of a number of key policies during the pandemic. Since she assumed office, Comm. Lizada has actively advocated for the timely amendments to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) law, including a better retirement pay in the public sector; the institutionalization of the Human Resource Management Office in the Local Government Units (LGU); and promoting the welfare of the Job Order (JO) and Contract of Service Workers (COS) in the public sector in various fora, including in Congress.

Besides being known for her dedication to public service, Atty. Lizada is also known for her dedication to serving the church. Sometime in mid-2000, she was conferred a Papal Award, the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice, for her distinguished service to the Catholic Church.

Liew Nam Soon

Asean Regional Managing Partner; Country Managing Partner, Singapore and Brunei, EY

Nam Soon is EY Asean Regional Managing Partner and EY Singapore and Brunei Managing Partner. He is responsible for business performance, client services, and operations in assurance, consulting, tax, strategy and transactions. Prior to this, he led EY Asean Markets and Financial Services.

Nam Soon has 31 years of consulting and industry experience in financial services and technology. He has worked extensively in wealth and asset management; retail, SME, corporate and investment banking; insurance; private equity and FinTech. Before he joined EY, he held a number of leadership positions in global professional services firms and a financial institution.

He has deep experience in business strategy, transactions and technology transformation, governance, compliance and managed services. He leads EY teams to help organizations create business value, transforming businesses digitally, focusing on sustainability and building ecosystems and alliances across different industries and the government and public sector.  

He is a purpose-driven leader, a strong advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, and is known for his collaborative leadership style.

He is also a board member and advisor to several key private and public organizations in Singapore.

Cyril Nsiah

Clerk, Parliament, Ghana

Mr Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah is the Clerk to the Parliament of Ghana. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Geography and Economics as well as a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs from the University of Ghana, Legon. A lawyer by profession, Mr. Nsiah holds a Qualifying Certificate in Law from the Ghana School of Law, Makola, Accra and a Certificate of Enrolment on the Roll of Lawyers in the Republic of Ghana. He was called to the Ghana Bar in October, 1999.

Prior to being appointed Clerk in January,2020, Mr. Nsiah served the Parliament of Ghana, since his first appointment in January 1996, in various capacities including Deputy Clerk in charge of the Legislative Management Division as well as the Finance, Administration, Human Resources and General Services Division; Head of Speaker’s Secretariat and Secretary to the Parliamentary Service Board; Principal Assistant Clerk and Special Assistant to the Speaker of Parliament; Senior Assistant Clerk and Head of the Secretariat of the Clerk to Parliament; Secretary to the Parliamentary Service Management Committee; and Clerk to a number of parliamentary Committees including Committee on Appointments, Subsidiary Legislation, Lands and Forestry, Mines and Energy, Judiciary and Education.

He has served as the Parliament of Ghana’s Desk Officer to various international parliamentary organisations/associations including the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union Parliamentary Assembly and the National Conference of State Legislatures (USA). 

Mr Nsiah has attended a number of training and internship programmes as well as high profile international conferences, and presented a number of papers on parliamentary practice and procedure as well as parliamentary administration.

Ritin Mathur

Partner, Consulting, Ernst & Young Advisory, Pte, Ltd.

Ritin is a consulting partner in the artificial intelligence (AI) and data practice. Based in Singapore, he specializes in the application of AI for commercial enterprises as well as the public sector. He has worked with clients across geographies, industries and business functions to develop AI strategy and governance, implement modern data platforms, and deploy machine learning (ML) and AI powered applications. His experience spans the application of AI in functional areas like sales, marketing, operations, human capital, finance and citizen services. With more than 20 years experience, Ritin brings a powerful combination of specialization in AI, business leadership and consulting experience to help clients reduce cost, drive operational efficiencies, increase revenue, and improve customer and citizen experiences. Ritin holds an Executive General Management Program certificate from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) from University of Mumbai, India. He has also been an adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University teaching a course on Big Data Tools and Techniques.

Lord Gus O’Donnell

Former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, United Kingdom

Gus O’Donnell served Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron as Cabinet Secretary and Head of Civil Service from 2005 to 2011. He stood down from this position at the end of 2011 and was appointed to the House of Lords in January 2012. He played a leading role in the preparations for the 2010 election, which eventually resulted in the formation of the UK’s first coalition government since the Second World War. He was awarded the CB, KCB and GCB for his services to government.

Prior to his role as Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell served as Permanent Secretary of the UK Treasury from 2002 -2005 and as Press Secretary to Prime Minister John Major from 1990-1994 .

From 1997-98, he was the UK Executive Director on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Lord O’Donnell spent most of his career with HM Treasury. In 1999 he was appointed Managing Director of Macroeconomic Policy and International Finance and was responsible for fiscal policy, international development, and European Union Economic and Monetary Union. During this period, he oversaw the production of the ‘five tests’ analysis for whether the UK should join the Euro.

He studied Economics at Warwick University and then Nuffield College, Oxford, before lecturing in political economy at the University of Glasgow. He has honorary doctorates from Warwick and Glasgow Universities.

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.

Peter Ong Boon Kwee

Chairman of Enterprise Singapore, Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore 

Mr Peter Ong Boon Kwee was born in Singapore. 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 at Stanford University, USA, in 1993, and is a Henry Ford II and Arjay Miller Scholar.

Mr Ong was appointed Chairman of Enterprise Singapore following the announcement of the merger of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and SPRING Singapore. As Chairman of Enterprise Singapore, Mr Ong drives efforts to grow stronger Singapore enterprises by supporting them to build new capabilities and internationalise.

In January 2018, Mr Ong was also appointed Senior Economic Advisor at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he provides strategic advice on economic strategies and policies as well as champion efforts to enable robust enterprise growth.

Mr Ong retired from the Administrative 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 – Strategy, at the Prime Minister’s Office, where he oversaw 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 the Ministry of Finance; the National Security Intelligence Co-ordination Secretariat; Ministry of Trade and Industry; Ministry of Transport; and Ministry of Defence. Other previous postings include stints at Temasek Holdings – a Government investment holding company; the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mr Ong currently sits on the Boards of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship. He was conferred the (Honorary) Knight of the Most Distinguished Order Of The Crown by The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia XIV on 2 June 2012, an award which carries the title “Tan Sri”. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2010.

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.

Mary Rodrigues

Chief Advisor to the Deputy Govenor and Head of the Civil Service, Cayman Islands

Mary Rodrigues is the Chief Advisor to the Deputy Governor/Head of the Civil Service, in the Cayman Islands, advising on policy and strategy in relation to Governance, Legislation, Strategic Reforms and Operations. As Head of the Deputy Governor’s Office, she oversees a varied portfolio of programmes and projects with civil-service wide policy and governance implications. In her 38 years with the Cayman Islands civil service, Mrs Rodrigues’ senior roles have included two postings as Chief Officer/Permanent Secretary. She has also successfully led major public sector initiatives such as establishing the Cayman Islands Civil Service College, a National Workforce Development Agency, and the restructuring of the public secondary education system. Mrs Rodrigues’ team leads efforts to embed project management and business case methodologies across the Civil Service, and business case templates developed in partnership with the International Better Business Case Programme are now part of the family of templates used internationally. Mrs Rodrigues holds a BA in English Literature from Brock University in Canada, an M Ed from University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and various professional certifications, including project management, business case development, and change management.

Tan Gee Keow

Permanent Secretary, Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

Ms Tan Gee Keow is the Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office.

Prior to this, Ms Tan was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. She has also served as Deputy Secretary of Strategy Group in the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Deputy Secretary (Policy) at the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. In her public service career, she has also been in various government agencies such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, the Central Singapore Community Development Council, Public Service Commission Secretariat, and the Ministry of Finance.

Ms Tan graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She obtained her Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Science in Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Ms Tan is also Chairman of the Civil Service College (CSC).

Sim Feng-Ji

Deputy Secretary (Smart Nation and Digital Government Office), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

Mr Sim Feng-ji is the Deputy Secretary (Smart Nation Digital Government Office) in the Prime Minister’s Office. He oversees efforts to transform Singapore into a digitalfirst Singapore where a Digital Government, Digital Economy and Digital Society harness technology to effect transformation in health, transport, urban living, government services and businesses.

Prior to this, Mr Sim was the Divisional Director of Income Security Policy Division at the Ministry of Manpower, where he oversaw policies related to CPF, income security and financial planning.

Mr Sim has been involved in the review of Singapore’s economic and social policies in various capacities, including the Committee on the Future Economy, the Economic Strategies Committee, and the Inter-ministerial Committee on Low Wage Workers. He has held positions in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Finance.

Mr Sim graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s of Arts in Economics. He obtained a Master’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Federico Silvio Toniato

Deputy Secretary General, Senate of the Republic of Italy

Federico Silvio Toniato has been Deputy Secretary General of the Senate of the Republic since 12 November 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall coordination of administrative support to plenary sittings, standing and special committees, Senate and joint committees of inquiry, research, budget, privilege and immunity, quality of regulatory documents. He also coordinates the working groups on: public policy analysis and evaluation; European affairs; regional affairs. In the framework of the Senate international outreach programme, he is in charge of staff collaboration programmes with other Parliaments. He also chaired the IPEX Board meetings in the year of the Italian presidency.

He was in born in Camposampiero, near Padua, on 22 July 1975. In 1998, he obtained his summa-cum-laude degree in law from “La Sapienza” University in Rome. Following the publication of his dissertation, he was a research assistant in Fundamentals of Private Law (Prof. Nicolò Lipari, attorney-at-law) and Civil Law 1 and 2 (Prof. Cesare Massimo Bianca, attorney-at-law).

As parliamentary officer in the Senate of the Republic since 2000, his first responsibility was HR recruitment and training. Later, he was appointed clerk to the Anti-Mafia Joint Committee. Within the Sittings Service, he was acting Head of Government Oversight (as of 2005) and later Head of the Secretariat to the Plenary (as of 2008). He was also a member of staff selection boards (2001-2011) and clerk to the Disciplinary Board (2002-2005).

He was Deputy Secretary General to the Office of the President of the Council of Ministers from 1 December 2011 to 26 April 2013.

Author of several scientific publications on civil and constitutional law and member of the editorial board of the review “Rassegna Parlamentare”, he took part as a speaker in several meetings, seminars and advanced training initiatives. He taught at Rome 3 University and LUISS “Guido Carli” University.

He was awarded a Gold Medal of the National Federation of the Knights of Labour’s “Collegio d’eccellenza Lamaro Pozzani” (1998) and the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer award (1998).

Mr Suharmen

Deputy Chairman, Civil Service Information System, National Civil Service Agency, Indonesia

Suharmen is an experienced government official with over 30 years of experience working in various ministries and agencies in Indonesia. He currently serves as Deputy Chairman of the Civil Servant Information System at the National Civil Service Agency.

Suharmen has held various leadership roles throughout his career, including Deputy Director for State Finance at the National Development Planning Agency from 2004 to 2014 and Head of the Center for Data and Information at the same agency from 2014 to 2019.

He has a strong background in economic and public policy, information systems management, and project management. Suharmen earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science in 1989. He later obtained a Master’s in Economic and Public Policy from the University of Indonesia in 1999.

Over the years, Suharmen has pursued extensive executive education and professional training globally. He has attended programs at institutions such as the IMF in Singapore, JICA Japan, University of Queensland, University of Southern California Los Angeles, Georgia State University, Moscow State University, and Ritsumaken University, Osaka, Japan. This includes training in economic development strategy planning, human resources, change management, fiscal policy and facing digital economy development.

Ng Tze Yang

Managing Director, Client Account Lead – Health & Public Service, Southeast Asia, Accenture

Tze Yang is Managing Director and Client Account Lead for Health and Public Service at Accenture Singapore. He has over 29 years of experience in designing, developing and implementing integrated systems, and driving business transformation programs for complex organizations. He has broad industry experience, good balance of technical, business and management skills and have worked across multiple industries covering Health & Public Service, Airline, Heavy Industrial and Consumer Goods.

Prior to his current role, he was also the Chief Operating Officer and Quality Lead for Accenture across ASEAN.

Ms Zsin Woon Teoh

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Permanent Secretary (Development), Public Service Division, Prime Minister’ Office, Singapore

Ms Teoh Zsin Woon is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and concurrently Permanent Secretary (Development) in the Public Service Division (PSD), Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore.

As Permanent Secretary (Development) in PSD, she drives public sector transformation, workforce development and HR policies and systems across the Public Service. Zsin Woon also drives the integration of public services to serve citizens better, through an omni-channel system.

Prior to her current role, she was Permanent Secretary (Development) in the Ministry of National Development. During her stint in the Ministry of National Development, Zsin Woon oversees efforts to promote housing accessibility and affordability, the rejuvenation and upgrading of public housing estates, delivery of municipal issues and international cooperation.

Zsin Woon has also done previous postings in the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Manpower, Workforce Development Agency, People’s Association, Ministry of Health and Ministry of National Development.

Her Excellency Anya Williams

Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service, Turks and Caicos Islands

Anya Williams is the Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service of the Turks and Caicos Islands.  A post she has held since October 15, 2012.  

 

Prior to this she held the following positions in the Turks and Caicos Islands Budget Director (November 2003 – March 2012) and Permanent Secretary Finance (April – September 2012) which is responsible for the oversight and management of the Turks and Caicos Islands Governments Finances.

 

She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, United States and a Masters of Accounting Degree from the same institution.

 

She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Society which recognizes the top ten percentile of all business graduating classes.

 

In her role as Head of the Public Service she is responsible for the overvisght and management of the public service as well as public service reform and service delivery.

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands is currently embarking on major public service reform aimed at improving efficiency and service delivery through the implementation of service wide policy and procedure changes which are being led by the Office of the Deputy Governor.

Siobhan Benita

Facilitator, Global Government Forum

Siobhan was a senior civil servant in the UK with more than 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell, to lead work on civil service reform and strategy. Siobhan left to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University, as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.

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