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The Global Government Summit 2020 will feature 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 Ong Boon Kwee 

Chairman-Designate 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-Designate of Enterprise Singapore following the announcement of the merger of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and SPRING Singapore. As Chairman-Designate 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, Singapore Telecommunications Limited 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.

Stephanie Foster PSM 

Deputy Secretary Governance, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia 

Ms Foster joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in December 2017, bringing more than 30 years’ public sector experience to the role. Her role sees her take a ‘whole picture’ outlook to deliver results on behalf of the Federal Government and Australian people: she is responsible for Cabinet and coordinating support for the Prime Minister; machinery of government, legal policy, and governance issues; and the department’s corporate management.

With an Arts (Hons) degree majoring in German Philosophy and English Literature, Stephanie joined the public service in 1987 as a graduate with the Department of Defence’s Intelligence Agency. She spent 16 years working across a range of areas, before spending six years working on international defence policy.

She subsequently took Deputy Secretary roles in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, and at the then-Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government. Most recently, she served as deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner from 2013-2017, where she spearheaded a drive to improve performance management across the APS.

Ms Foster has received several awards during her career, including the Public Service Medal – awarded in 2008 for her policy support to Australian Defence Force deployments overseas – and the French Officier de l’Ordre National du Merite for her work to develop defence relations between France and Australia.

Taimar Peterkop 

Secretary of State, Government Office, Estonia 

As Secretary of State, Taimar Peterkop is the Head of the Government Office: the central body which supports the government and Prime Minister in policymaking and implementation.

Prior to being appointed Secretary of State in December 2018, Mr Peterkop was Director General of the Estonian Information System Authority – which is responsible for Estonia’s core e-government systems and cyber security. He was previously Deputy Secretary-General for Legal and Administrative Affairs of the Ministry of Defence.

During 2000–2001, he worked as a lawyer at the Government Office. And from 2001–2008 he served at the Ministry of Defence – first as Head of the Office of International Law in the Legal Department, and latterly as Head of the Operations and Crisis Management Department. During 2008–2010, Mr Peterkop served as Defence Counsellor at the Estonian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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

Paul Huijts

Secretary-general, Ministry of General Affairs (Prime Minister & Cabinet Office), Netherlands

Paul Huijts (b. 1962) studied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

From 1986 to 2000 he held various posts at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

From 2000 to 2004 he was a cabinet adviser to the Prime Minister on various policy fields, including public health and care.

From 2004 to 2014 he worked at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, first as Deputy Secretary-General, and from March 2009 as Director-General for Public Health.

In August 2014 he was appointed Secretary-General of the Ministry of General Affairs and Head of the Office of the Prime Minister.

Savva Shipov 

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Russia 

Savva Shipov is the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Prior to this, he was Head of the Federal Accreditation Service, between 2011 and 2016. He was also Director of the Department of State Regulation of Economy, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and Deputy Director of the Department of Federative Relations and Local Self-Government of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation.

Previously, Mr Shipov was President of the Legal Experts Group on State Building and Local Government NGO “Center for Public Reforms” (2007-08); the expert of the interdepartmental working group on federal relations and local self-government of the Commission under the President of the Russian Federation on the improvement of public administration (2006-08); head of the legal department, and deputy director of the NGO “Center for Legal Support to Local Government” (2002-07); and an expert in the working group of the Commission under the President of the Russian Federation in the preparation of proposals on the division of powers between the federal bodies of state power, bodies of state power of subjects of the Russian Federation and local self-government.

Mr Shipov has a PhD in law, from the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy.

Tatiana Janečková

Secretary General, Government Office of the Slovak Republic

Tatiana Janečková has been Secretary General for the Government Office of Slovak Republic since 2012. Prior to this, she was within the Cabinet of the Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of the Slovak Republic. Tatiana was previously Assistant to the Deputy Chairman of the political party SMER – Social Democracy, and Assistant to the Member of Parliament of the Slovak Republic.

She has held various other senior central government posts such as Deputy of the Head of Government; Advisor, and then Director of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Knowledge Society, Human Rights and Minorities.

She was Chairman of the Central Elections Commission for Parliamentary Elections in 2010; Deputy Chairman of the Central Elections Commission for Parliamentary Elections in 2012; Coordinator of horizontal priorities activities for Marginalized Roma Communities in 2007-2010; Activities Coordinator of the Swiss-Slovak Cooperation Programme implementation in decreasing economic and social differences in the EU.

Tatiana also ran the administrative finalization of the “Feder Dživipen Project” (Better Life in Roma language, European Social Fund, the EQUAL Initiative), was the organizer of the expert seminar “Colourful Bridge to Europe” in cooperation with the Košice Governing Region regarding the topic of “Experience with implementation of projects financed from the EU Structural Funds”. She is also a member of the Subsidy Schemes Commission in the Roma Community Government Mandatary Office; She is a also a member of the Social Care and Healthcare Commission.

Kong Sophy

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.

Peter Hughes 

State Services Commissioner, New Zealand 

Peter took up the role of State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services on 4 July 2016.

He has had a career spanning more than thirty-five years in various roles across the state sector. Before joining the State Services Commission he served as Secretary for Education for three years from 2013.

Prior to this, he was Professor of Public Management and Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington from 2011. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, having served as a Director since 2016.

He started his career in the Public Service as a clerk at the Department of Social Welfare and his roles have included providing policy advice, working in the field and senior executive management.

Peter was Chief Executive at the Ministry of Social Development for ten years, and before that was Secretary for Internal Affairs, Chief Executive of the Health Funding Authority and Deputy Director-General of Health.

Peter has been named Government Department CEO of the year five times by TransTasman. In 2012 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State and in 2013 was voted Wellingtonian of the Year in the Government category.

Mikhail Pryadilnikov

Head, Center of Competence for Digital Government Transformation; and Deputy Director, Analytic Center for the Russian Government, Russia

The Analytic Center for the Russian Government provides on-demand information analytics and expert support for departments; and as Deputy Director, Mikhail Pryadilnikov is responsible for strategic management, regional development, SME support, public administration and investment climate reform.

Mikhail has also recently been appointed as Head, Center of Competence for Digital Government Transformation, a top-level unit with a particular focus on government digital services established to support public sector organizations in managing their digital transformation programmes.

He previously served as the director of the Department for Strategic Planning, Government Programs and Investment Projects at the Ministry of Economic Development. Prior to joining the federal government, he worked for Moscow city government as the Head of Economic Policy and Development.

Mr Priyadilnikov studied economics and philosophy in the USA and was awarded a PhD in government and political science by Harvard University. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a Visiting Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Before joining the civil service, he spent 10 years as a consultant at the World Bank in Washington DC, working in the Middle East and North Africa unit on anti-corruption and civil service reforms in Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, and the West Bank & Gaza.

John Manzoni

Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office, United Kingdom

As Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni leads the reform programme across government, working with permanent secretaries to transform public services and the way government works. John’s work focuses on skills, property, shared services, government processes and digital technologies.

As Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, John is responsible for leadership and governance. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.

John has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. Before joining government, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. Prior to that he was at BP, where he held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007 he was BP’s Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning six different businesses across more than 100 countries; and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.

Kevin Cunnington

Director General of International Government Service, United Kingdom

Kevin became Director General of GDS in August 2016. He was also Head of Function for Digital, Data and Technology across government, and a member of the Cabinet Office’s Executive Committee. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy, before becoming Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group then Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

In June 2019, it was announced that Kevin would be moving to become Director General of the newly-created International Government Service. He has been replaced by Alison Pritchard, GDS’s Director for EU Exit and Transformation.

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