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The Global Government Leaders’ Forum welcomed public service leaders from governments around the world.

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).

Jamie Ang

Deputy Secretary, Transformation, Public Service Division, Prime Minister’ Office, Singapore

Ms Jamie Ang is the Deputy Secretary (Transformation) at the Public Service Division. As an officer in the Singapore Administrative Service, Ms Ang has previously served in the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Ministry of National Development. Prior to her appointment at PSD, she held the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). ECDA is the regulatory and developmental authority for the early childhood sector in Singapore, overseeing key aspects of children’s development below the age of 7, across both kindergartens and childcare centres.

Ms Ang graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Econs) from the University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom in 1999 and obtained a Masters in Science (Engg-Economic System & Operations Research) from the Stanford University, USA the next year. In 2014, she completed the Masters in Public Management at the National University Of Singapore.

Azrin Azlina Anuar

Head of Government Solutions, Asia Pacific, Visa

Azrin is responsible for driving business opportunities that advance Government’s digitization agenda for economies and deliver sustainable social impact.  These include supporting Government payment flows, urban mobility, and data insights.

Azrin has been at Visa since 2017, leading Visa’s policy and partnership engagements with regulatory bodies, public sector stakeholders, international organizations, and business associations across several markets in Southeast Asia.

Prior to Visa, Azrin co-led McKinsey & Company’s client service risk function for Asia Pacific where she advised the firm on managing risks related to McKinsey’s consulting service with both public sector and private sector clients across 12 industries. She has 9 years of experience in Government, focused on financial sector regulatory policy at a Central Bank.

Azrin was a government scholarship holder and has a Master of Arts and Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford. In her spare time, she enjoys composing music, playing the piano and violin, and mentoring young professionals.

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.

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.

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.

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.​

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.

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, 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.

Aileen Lourdes 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.

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 UK 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.

Taimar Peterkop

State Secretary, 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 Governor 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.

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.

Keith Tan

Deputy Secretary, Industry, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore

Keith Tan was appointed as the Deputy Secretary (Industry) of Ministry of Trade and Industry on 1 August 2023. He has held appointments in the Singapore Tourism Board, the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, and Trade and Industry, as well as in the Public Service Division and Civil Service College. He is currently on the boards of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Sentosa Development Corporation, JTC Corporation, Mandai Park Holdings, and EDB Investment Pte Ltd. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate in Russian Studies from Princeton University, and a master’s degree in management from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.

Sam Wong

Asean Markets Leader, EY

Sam Wong is a Partner at EY and is responsible for the Southeast Asia markets. He is based in Singapore.

For more than 20 years, Sam has been specializing in the public sector advisory space. He has led projects on industry analysis, shared services, business process reengineering, performance management, organizational restructuring and finance transformation.

Notably, Sam has been engaging governments in Southeast Asia on smart cities, innovation and public finance management.

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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