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Profiles of the Members of the Committee 2014-2017

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  • 19 July 2013
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     Hon. Dalmas M. O. ANYANGO (Kenya)

    Until the recently concluded elections in Kenya, Hon. Dalmas Otieno Anyango was the Kenya Minister of State for Public Service and Chairman of the Conference of African Ministers for Public Service. Currently he is a Member of the National Assembly of Kenya representing Rongo Constituency, Migori County. He serves in the Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security and in the Implementation Committee of the House. He has a B.Sc. Applied Economics from Makerere University, Uganda and has undertaken post-graduate courses in management, insurance and finance. Hon. Anyango has been awarded: Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear of Kenya (E.B.S.) (1986) and Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.) 1989. His field of expertise is Economics, finance and insurance. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII), a Fellow of the Institute (FCII) and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner (CIP). He has been an elected Member of the Parliament of Kenya since 1988 to date; a Minister in the Government of Kenya for: Industry (1988-1991); Manpower Planning and Employment (1991); Transport and Communications (1991-1996); and Public Service (2008-2013). He has also served as a Board Member of the Electricity Regulatory Board 1998-2001; Director of the Kenya Commercial Bank 1982-1985; and Treasurer of Kenyatta University. Hon. Anyango has a mix of experience including as a private sector manager, public sector manager, minister, parliamentarian, and especially as a politician charged with reforming the Public Service in Africa. Hon. Anyango was one of the most influential Ministers of Public Service in Africa, as far as public sector capacity building in Africa is concerned.

    Mr. Giuseppe Maria ARMENIA (Italy)

    Mr. Giuseppe Armenia has an advanced degree in Engineering. He has extensive experience in ICT international companies (Vodafone, Telecom Italia Ericsson, Nortel Networks) and has held important roles in Italian Public Administration. He has been responsible for projects worth more than 100 million Euros and managed teams with more than 200 resources. Mr. Armenia has been working five years as IT Director in the Public Administration Italian Trade Commission (ICE) - currently on sabbatical. In this position he realized an internal VoIP Network that connects more the 35 offices all over the world. In 2005, he managed the Citrix platform installation: the first Public Administration in Italy to have remote application and desktop access, which received an award from the National Exhibition for Italian ICT [SMAU]. In 2007 he created a Business Intelligence and Performing Monitoring system, for which ICE was acknowledged as the best ICT Pratice in Public Administration. From 2009 to the end of 2014, he served as CEO of "RetItalia Internazionale SpA." This company is wholly owned by the Italian Government and provides ICT services and e-government solutions to the Ministry of Economic Development and, in particular, to the new Italian Trade Promotion Agency Commission (ICE). Under the general supervision of the Board, Mr. Armenia acted as an adviser on e-government strategies, good governance, policy and operational matters of governmental authority (e.g., Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and State Secretaries) and top managers of public administration. He negotiated at the top management level with public administrations and with large external companies to achieve stakeholder targets.

    Prof. Dr. Türksel KAYA BENSGHIR (Turkey)
    Professor Turksel Kaya Bensghir is a faculty member at the Public Administration Institute for Turkey and the Middle East (TODAIE). She is a director and the founder of the e-Government Centre (eDEM), established in June 2009. As a professor in the field of Management Information Systems (MIS), Prof. Bensghir has been giving lectures on MIS, as well as on e-government and e-governance at TODAIE and various universities in Turkey, including seminars for Turkish and foreign executive managers and civil servants on these disciplines. Prof. Bensghir has published the book titled Information Technology and Organizational Changes", and co-authored the books titled "E-Signature: Implementations within Public Organizations in Turkey" with F. Topcan, and "Geographic Information Systems in Local Governments–Applications in Turkey" with A. Akay. She has also contributed in editing several books and writing chapters. Prof. Bensghir has been publishing many articles, leading research projects and presented papers at national/international, journals and conferences on e-government, knowledge management in public organizations, e-signature, MIS, public relations and web technologies; assessment of municipal websites, e-local governments, the usages of GIS in municipalities, digital divides and Internet cafes. She has been supervising masters and PhD theses as well as participating in thesis examining committees on topics in MIS and e-governments and e-governance at TODAIE and in various universities. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of TODAIE’s Review of Public Administration, (Amme Idaresi Dergisi, listed in SSCI) TODAIE’s Journal of Contemporary Local Governments (Cagdas Yerel Yonetimler Dergisi), Hacettepe University Journal of Economics and Administrative Sciences (FEAS), (Hacettepe Universitesi Iktisadi ve Idari Bilimler Fakultesi Dergisi) Selcuk University Journal of Karaman FEAS, (Selcuk Universitesi Karaman IIBF Dergisi), Akdeniz University Journal of FEAS, (Akdeniz Universitesi IIBF Dergisi) and Polis Bilimleri Dergisi (Journal of Police Sciences). Prof. Bensghir is a member of the Informatics Association of Turkey (IAT) since 1996. She has been providing academic support for the working groups of Public Informatics Platform of the IAT. She is also a member of the committees of Mobile Government Consortium International and European Conference on E-government as well as of the conferences on e-government and ICT held domestically. She also has been contributing to Turkish national e-government and e-governance transformation process as an academic adviser since 2000. Since November 2013, she has been coordinating ICT enabled benefits for Turkey Pillar in Digital Agenda 2020 organized by Informatics Association of Turkey (IAT).

    Ms. Rowena G. BETHEL (Bahamas)
    Ms. Bethel is the Director and CEO of the National Insurance Board, the principal social security agency for The Bahamas Government. Her professional career has included providing independent consulting services on e-government, info-communications law and policy, financial sector regulation and international tax cooperation. Previously she served in senior executive roles within the Bahamas Government Service for over 27 years, until August 2011. She is a former Legal Adviser to the Bahamas Ministry of Finance and Executive Commissioner of the Compliance Commission (the anti-money-laundering supervisor for non-traditional financial institutions). As Legal Adviser, Ms. Bethel provided specialized services in the areas of: e-government and the national information society agenda; the privatization of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (the state-owned telecoms incumbent); regulation for both the financial sector and the communications industry; and cross-border tax cooperation. She is the architect of a number of landmark enactments that include: the full suite of e-commerce enabling legislation passed in 2003 (the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, the Computer Misuse Act and the Data Protection Act); the cross-border tax cooperation and tax information exchange enabling legislative and administrative frameworks (The Bahamas and the United States of America Tax Information Exchange Agreement Act 2003 and the International Tax Cooperation Act 2010); and the 2007 amendments to the financial laws, which, among other things, allowed for enhanced cooperation between domestic regulators and enhanced powers for the Bahamas Securities Commission. She was also a key member of the Government’s team that worked for the removal of the Bahamas from the various multilateral blacklists of 2000. In addition, Ms. Bethel was a member of the tax information exchange negotiation team for the Bahamas since 2000; and served as lead negotiator for the tax treaties and tax information exchange agreements entered into by the Bahamas during the period April 2009 to 2011. Ms. Bethel represented the Bahamas at the OECD Global Forum on Taxation during the period 2002-2011. Among other affiliations, she was a member of: (a) the OECD Global Forum working group on a level playing field and the Peer Review Group; (b) the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters; and (c) the UN High-level Strategy Council for the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID). She is presently Deputy Chair of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. She has also served as a technical adviser and negotiator for the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery in the areas of data protection, tax and financial matters. She holds an LLB from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom; an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law and Policy from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom; and a Diploma in Offshore eCommerce Law from Internet Business Law Services, United States of America. She was called to the English Bar in 1982 and has been a practicing member of the Bahamas Bar since 1983.

    Dr. José CASTELAZO (Mexico)   


    Dr. Castelazo was President of the Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública de México (INAP) from 2008 to 2014, and also served as Executive Secretary from 2002 to 2006 and as member of the Directive Council (1988-1992). At INAP, he has been active in promoting several training capacities for civil servants, as well as the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate’s degrees in Public Administration. In this field he has developed his academic credentials (National University of Mexico, UNAM, Manchester University, Harvard, et al.) and he holds a PhD in Public Law (UNAM). He has held various executive and administrative positions in Mexico’s Federal Government, was elected Federal Representative in the Chamber of Deputies (1994-1997), and named Ambassador to Costa Rica (1997). Amongst his professional experience, he is a widely published author (13 books and long range articles) and as a practitioner, academician and politician, his influence in public administration and governance matters is well recognized. As part of a joint work agenda with the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), in 2010 he was a founding member of the Latin American Group for Public Administration (LAGPA) and was its Coordinator until 2013. In addition, he has participated as an expert on various DPADM Expert Group Meetings and attended CEPA Annual Sessions as an observer (2004-2013). Since 2014 he is part of CEPA.  In 2006 he created the consulting firm, Society and Government, which he actually presides.


    Mr. Xiaochu DAI (China)  

    Mr. Dai is currently the Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, a cabinet ministry of China responsible for the management of national human resources, social security and civil service. From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Dai has worked successively for the Department of Vocational Skills Development and the Department of Training of the Ministry of Labor, responsible for the study and development of policies and plans on vocational training, where he participated in the legislation of the Law on Vocational Education, and the reform and setup of China’s vocational qualification system. From 1998 to 2001, he worked for the Department of Training and Employment of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MOLSS), mainly responsible for formulating employment policies and carrying out related researches, including employment issues related to rural labor force, young people and business start-up programme. From 2001 to 2008, he worked for the Department of International Cooperation, MOLSS. During this period, his main responsibility is labor migration policies, and the technical cooperation programs in the field of labour and social security. From 2008, he began his current position, in charge of the issues related to bilateral and multilateral technical cooperation, and issues related to China’s international civil servants policies and international treaties in the field of HRD and social security. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Dai has been involved extensively in setting and reforming China’s human resources policies and accumulated broad experience in the field of labour, employment and human resources development. By drawing upon advanced international experience, he seeks to provide substantial consultation and suggestions on the improvement of China’s labour market, public employment service network and vocational qualification system. In the meantime, as a strong advocate of international exchange and cooperation, he is vigorously engaging in the cooperation with the International Labour Organization, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank in the following fields: employment, migration policies, social security and MDGs of the United Nations. From 2005 to 2009, he presided over the annual China-EU Dialogue on Employment and Social Affairs. From 2007 to 2009, as a government delegate, he participated in the China-ASEAN Senior Labour Officials Meeting. Currently, as the chief negotiator, he is chairing the bilateral social security negotiations between China and other countries. He also represents China in the World Skill International as official delegate. Mr. Dai holds a Master degree from the University of Manchester.

    Prof. Meredith EDWARDS (Australia)
    Prof. Edwards is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Canberra. Prof. Edwards began her career as a senior tutor (Australian National University) and  became a senior lecturer at the University of Canberra before joining the Commonwealth Public Service, where, from 1983 to 1997, she worked in many departments advising on some major social policy, education and labour-market issues. She became Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 1993 and held that position until 1997. She served as Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Canberra from August 1997 to August 2002. Prof. Edwards was the Founding Director of the National Institute for Governance in 1999 and led that Institute until she became Professor Emeritus at the University of Canberra in 2005. In 2007, she chaired a review of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government research programme. In addition, Prof. Edwards was a member of the Wran Committee on Higher Education Funding (1988-1989), a member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (1988-2001), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University, and President of the Economic Society of Australia and New Zealand (Australian Capital Territory Branch) from 1994 to 1996. She was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, Australia, in 1994 and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia, in 2001. Professor Edwards is currently Emeritus Professor at the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra and the Chair of the Board of the Indigenous Closing the Gap Clearing House. Prof. Edwards has published numerous articles and presented many papers on policy development and analysis, particularly in the areas of economics and taxation in the context of the family, child support, housing, poverty, and women in government and, more recently, on a range of public sector governance issues. Her 2001 book entitled Social Policy, Public Policy: From Problem to Practice is based on case studies taken from her work with the Commonwealth Public Service. In 2012, she co-authored a book on Public Sector Governance in Australia (ANU Press). Prof. Edwards was awarded the Order of Australia in 1992 for her services to education and welfare.

    Amb. Walter FUST (Switzerland)

    Ambassador Fust is the former Head of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Relief. Born in 1945, he holds a Master's degree in public administration from the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland. He worked in banking and public administration such as the Swiss Diplomatic Service (Assignments in Geneva, Baghdad and Tokyo) and the Integration Office (EFTA/EU). He was personal advisor to the President of the Swiss Confederation in 1985 and was then elected Managing Director of the semi-public Swiss Trade Promotion Office. From 1990 to 1993 he served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior (Science/Research, Public Health, Social insurances, Culture, Statistics, Environment, etc). From September 1993 until April 2008 he headed the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Relief. Since his retirement he chairs and/or serves on different boards such as globethics.net, the African Innovation Foundation, the Library of Alexandria/Egypt, the Forum of Federations Ottawa, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Digital Data Divide, Helvetia Solar and different philanthropic foundations in Switzerland. Amb. Fust is a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission. He was chairman of the Global Knowledge Partnership Network (Kuala Lumpur) from 2002 to 2008, served as a member of the UN ICT Task Force and was Member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (UN-GAID).


    Mr. Alexandre Navarro GARCIA (Brazil)

    Mr. Navarro Garcia is currently president and member of the Board of Directors of TERRACAP (the Federal District Development Agency), a member of the Board of Directors of Corumba IV Hydroelectric Plant, as well as member of the following Federal District Councils: Territorial Urban Planning (Conplan), Economic and Social Development (CDES), Environment (Conam), Management Support Program to the Productive Enterprise (Copep), Brasilia’s National Forest (Flona), Regularization of Rural Public Areas (Coreg). He is also Chair of the Audit Committee of Nuclebrás Heavy Equipment, a public company of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and member of the Council Manager of Unesco/Hidroex, a public foundation of the State of Minas Gerais that develops training and researches projects, focusing on the conservation and sustainable management of water resources. In 2014 was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal District Central Supply (Ceasa), a mixed capital company of the Federal District and was also Advisor to the Social Brazilian Party (PSB) Leadership Office at the Chamber of Deputies.  He has a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Brasilia (UnB), is a specialist in Brazilian Legislative Process by UnB, in Public Management by National School of Public Administration (ENAP) and post-graduated in Legislative Law from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS). During the government of President Lula (2004-2010), he was appointed as Secretary of Science and Technology for Social Inclusion, at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, as Chair of the Board of Directors of Binational (Brazil-Ukraine) Alcântara Cyclone Space (ACS) as well for the Sectorial Fund of Agribusiness (CT-Agro). Also member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: Finep ( Research and Financing of Projects) - a  Brazilian Innovation Agency - and Ceitec (the National Center for Advanced Electronic Technology), a plant producing semiconductors. He has been Head of Minister´s Office and the Chief of Parliamentary Advisers. He was part of the Transitional Federal Government and on the team that elaborated the program of government of president Dilma Roussef in the field of Science Technology and Innovation. From 2011 to 2013 (until October), during the government of President Dilma Roussef was Deputy Minister of National Integration (MI), President of the Board of Directors of the Company for the Development of the Valleys of San Francisco and the Parnaiba (Codevasf/MI) and member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Industrial Development Agency (ABDI) and on the Council for the Integrated Development of the Surroundings of the Federal District (Coaride/DF). From 1991 to 2003 was in the Chamber of Deputies, a lecturer of Process and Legislative Technique at the Training Center, Training and Improvement (Cefor), as well as Adviser of Administration, Public Budget and Social Security for the Brazilian Socialist Party. Mr. Navarro Garcia has received numerous decorations, among which is the Order of Legislative Merit (Chamber of Deputies), National Order of Scientific Merit (Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation), Medal of Civil Defense (Ministry of Integration), Order of Merit of the Defense (Ministry of Defense), Order of Naval Merit (Navy Command) and Medal of Honor from the State of Minas Gerais (“Medalha da Inconfidencia Mineira”).


    Dr. Angelita GREGORIO-MEDEL (Philippines)

    Dr. Gregorio-Medel is currently the Under-Secretary for Institutional Development of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the Philippine Government. She was formerly the Executive Director, Affiliated Network for Social Accountability for East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. She lectures at the Ateneo de Manila University and serves as core faculty in the Leadership Programme for the Ateneo School of Government. She has a wide experience in institutional reform and organization development particularly in the area of human resource and performance management, capability building, standards development including the formulation, implementation and assessment of reform initiatives that calibrates the balance needed in running a bureaucracy while pursuing strategic change.  She has built her competency in social accountability design, development and implementation in several countries aside from the Philippines (Cambodia, Indonesia, and Mongolia as well as in inter-country networking for social accountability advocacy). Her professional experiences also includes: Country Program Development and Technical Assistance in the area of people’s organization and community association capacity development in livelihood and enterprise development, coalition building, organization development, and policy advocacy. She is often tapped to undertake monitoring and evaluation interventions in assessing projects, programs and other development initiatives of community organizing and development work among the urban poor, fisher folk, farmers, and rural communities.

    Dr. Igor KHALEVINSKIY (Russian Federation)
    Dr. Khalevinskiy has a distinguished academic background with more than forty years of excellent diplomatic and international civil service. Dr. Khalevinskiy has professional experience in economic, social and related fields, including successful participation in various United Nations processes. From 1967 until 2012 Dr. Khalevinskiy held a number of diplomatic posts and posts within the Government including Ambassador-at-large, Deputy Inspector-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1997-2012). His academic activities include Professor at the Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation (1996-1998) and Professor at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (1991-1994). Dr. Khalevinskiy is a member of the World Confederation of Productivity Science, the Russian Academy of Vocational Education, the Russian Public Relations Association and the Russian Federation Union of Journalists. He is Vice-President of the International Informatization Academy, and the current Chairman of the Board of the Association of Russian Diplomats.


    Prof. Mushtaq KHAN (Bangladesh)

    Professor Mushtaq Khan is currently Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He received his PhD in economics from Cambridge University. Professor Khan’s research interests lie in the areas of institutional economics, the economics of rent seeking, corruption and clientelism, industrial policy, and State intervention in developing countries. Other interests include South and South-East Asian economic development, with a particular focus on the Indian subcontinent. He is the editor of State Formation in Palestine: Viability and Governance during a Social Transformation (2004) and Rents, Rent Seeking and Economic Development: Theory and Evidence in Asia (2000). He is the author of numerous chapters in books including “Corruption and governance in early capitalism: World Bank strategies and their limitations” (2002), in Reinventing the World Bank; “State failure in developing countries and strategies of institutional reform” (2004), in Towards Pro-Poor Policies: Aid Institutions and Globalization; and “The capitalist transformation” (2005), in The Origins of Development Economics: How Schools of Economic Thought Have Addressed Development. His articles have appeared in many journals including American Economic Review, Economics of Transition, Democratization, Journal of Agrarian Change, New Political Economy, Journal of International Development and The European Journal of Development Research. Apart from his academic career, Prof. Khan has held appointments as a consultant for international institutions focusing on poor countries, including the World Bank, the Department for International Development, UNDP and the Asian Development Bank.

    Prof. Francisco LONGO MARTINEZ (Spain)

    Prof. Longo Martinez is currently the Secretary General of ESADE Business and Law School (Ramon Llull University), Barcelona, Spain. He is a Professor in the Department of Human Resources and in the Institute of Public Governance and Management at ESADE. He is a member of the Board of the School of Public Management of Cataluña. He served as the Director of the Human Resources Division and the Manager of Central Services of the Municipality of Barcelona prior to joining ESADE. He is on the editorial board of various internationally acclaimed scholarly journals of public administration, including the International Journal of Public Administration and the Review of Public Personnel Administration. He has published extensively on issues related to public employment, public governance, human resources and institutional design. He is the author of a well-known book on public human resources management entitled Mérito y Flexibilidad, published in Spanish and Portuguese. Among his most recently published articles are “Quality of Governance: Impartiality is not enough” (Governance, 2008), “Ejes vertebradores de la gobernanza en los sistemas públicos. Un marco de análisis en clave latinoamericana” (Reforma y Democracia, 2010), “Managing Competing Institutional Logics in Public-Private Joint Ventures” (Public Management Review, 2012) and “Assessing the Implementation of Managerial Reforms in Catalan Government: The Development of Professional Management” (Public Money & Management, 2012). He has also worked as an international consultant to various governments in both Europe and Latin America and has advised international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Institute of Public Administration. He contributed to the creation of the Ibero-American Charter for the Public Service (2003), whose adoption was welcomed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 58/231 of 23 December 2003. He is known as the architect of the diagnostic methodology for institutional public service analysis for national systems, currently used by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional al Desarrollo). He holds a law degree from the University of Barcelona.


    Dr. Palouki MASSINA (Togo)
    Dr. Palouki Massina has served as the Government Secretary General of the Republic of Togo since 2003. He is also the focal point in charge of the Public Administration and Modernization Policy at the Prime minister’s Office of Togo and has served in different capacities in the public sector of Togo including: serving as the Director General of Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; Advisor to the President; legal advisor to the President of the National Assembly; legal advisor to the Privatization Commission; member of the Electoral Commission; and member of the Constitutional Drafting Commission. He has practical involvement and understanding in the modernization of Public Administration in Francophone Africa. He is teaching public finance at the University of Lomé and political science at the University of Kara (Togo).  Dr. Massina has a PhD (Doctorat d’Etat) in Public Law (Droit Public) and a Master’s degree in communication sciences from the University of Paris 2 (Assas-Panthéon).

    Dr. Paul OQUIST (Nicaragua)

    Dr. Oquist is currently the Minister-Private Secretary for National Policies of the Presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua. He was Principal Adviser to the President of the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations. Dr. Oquist has worked as the Chief of Presidential Advisors in the Nicaraguan Government in the 1980´s. He has advised the Ecuadorian, Mongolian and Pakistani governments for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in matters related to public administration, decentralization, development of the private sector and technical capacity-building in the sectors of information technology, accounting, auditing and training among others. He has been the Director and Regional Adviser of the UNDP Regional Governance Programme for Asia (PARAGON). In this role, he advised financial and corporate governance reforms in China, peace-building in the South of the Philippines and the creation of a policy analysis network among the parliaments of the Asian region. Through PARAGON, he also contributed to initiatives such as the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) and the South Asian Electronic Media Initiative “Moving Closer” both working towards the building of peace and stability in the region. Dr. Oquist has also been the author of a multi-modular training programme on governance whose core module was “Humanitarian Governance for Human Security.” Dr. Oquist was influential in the transition to democracy in his home country, Nicaragua, the reorganization of the Presidential Office in Ecuador and the introduction of public administration reforms in Chile. He is the founder and the chairman of the Institute of Nicaraguan Studies, which has undertaken important studies for the European Union and UNDP on multiple dimensions of effective governance, including education, human rights, democratic institution-building, civil society and community empowerment. Dr. Oquist is also well experienced in fundraising. As an adviser to the UNDP/Mongolia, he was able to raise US$26 million within a period of five years to complement on institutional budget of USD 1.2 million. For the project of community based local development in Pakistan, he was able to raise USD 17.5 million dollars starting with an institutional budget of 1.5 million. He has undertaken and led numerous governance and peace building projects in Asia and Latin America, has advised Presidents, Prime Ministers and development agencies in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Mongolia, Pakistan and Colombia, and has published extensively on questions of human security and governance. He has designed several programmes of capacity-building, including one for the United Nations Staff College in Turin, Italy. He holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Oquist es the author of “The Epistemology of Action Research”; “Violence, Conflict and Politics in Colombia”; and the forthcoming “Equilibria: the Philosophy, Economics and Politics of Existence and Extinction”.


    Ms. Marta OYHANARTE (Argentina)

    Ms. Oyhanarte is an Attorney in Law and currently Director of "Glocal Consultores" a consulting firm that helps local governments to improve its governance. She is the former Undersecretary for Institutional Reform and the Strengthening of Democracy and the National Director of the Citizen Audit Programme. She earned her law degree in 1971, with honours, at the University of Buenos Aires. She is a registered mediator of the Ministry of Justice and co-founder and President of Poder Ciudadano, a non-party related foundation for the promotion of citizen participation. From 1996 to 1997, she served as Director of the Centre for Citizen Participation and Management of the government of the city of Buenos Aires and from 1998 to 2003, as a representative of the city of Buenos Aires. In addition, she was President of the Commission of Justice of Buenos Aires City Legislature from 2000 to 2003. Ms. Oyhanarte also served as a member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Promotion of Human Rights, a member of the Organizing Committee of the Inter-American Dialogue and the International Centre of Research on Women, based in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Council of Experts in Public Management. She has written the following books: (a) Tu Ausencia, Tu Presencia (Your absence, your presence), December 1987; (b) Cómo ejercer su poder ciudadano (How to exercise your citizen power), December 1992, Norma Publishing House; (c) Mediación: una transformación en la cultura (Mediation: a cultural transformation), co-author, 1995, Paidós Publishing House; and (d) “La doble hélice”, in Activists and Intellectuals in the Civil Society in Latin America, co-author, 2006, CEDES Publishing House; (e) “La participación ciudadana en la Constitución de la ciudad de Buenos Aires” (Citizen participation in the text of the Constitution of Buenos Aires city), in “The Constitution of Bs. As. City 1996-2006”, co-author, Instituto de Políticas Públicas, 2006; (f) “Flexibilidad y búsqueda de consenso, componentes de un liderazgo social efectivo” (Flexibility and consensus reaching, two components for an effective social leadership), in “New leaders. Behaviours transforming reality”, co-author, 2008, Inicia Centro para un nuevo liderazgo, Publishing House; (g) “Frutos de la Democracia” (The fruits of Democracy). Manual for the implementation of Citizen Audits in local governments, UNDP. (h) Co-author of the “Carta Iberoamericana de Participación Ciudadana en la Gestión Pública" (Iberoamerican charter of citizen participation in public management), CLAD.



    Dr. Eko PRASOJO (Indonesia)

    Dr. Prasojo graduated from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia. He received a Master and a Doctor Degree in Public Administration from the Deutsche Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer, Germany. Since 2006, Dr. Eko Prasojo has held a Chair at the Department of Administrative Science and served as Head of the Department from 2006-2009 and as a member of the Board of Trustees, University of Indonesia (2006-2011). He was Head of the postgraduate Program for Public Administration, University of Indonesia. Dr. Prasojo is also Chairman of Local Governance Watch (LOGOWA) at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia and Head of the editorial board of the Journal Bisnis and Birokrasi.  He is a member of the steering committee within the executive council of the Eastern Regional Organization of Public Administration (EROPA), chairman of the expert commission Indonesian Association of Public Administration (IAPA), and member of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA). He was a visiting scholar at the University of Freiburg (1998) and the graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo (2010). He has published 15 books (in Indonesian language), several journals and presented papers in some international conferences and seminars. From 2003-2010 Dr. Prasojo has worked with GTZ (a German Agency for International Cooperation) for the Ministry of Administrative Reform of the Republic of Indonesia, where he served and consulted on some reform projects. Dr. Prasojo was involved in several drafts of law on bureaucratic reform and decentralization in Indonesian. He is a member of the advisory council for local autonomy in Indonesia since 2006. He currently serves as Vice Minister for Administrative Reform for the Republic of Indonesia. His research interests include federalism and decentralization, democratization and local democracy, political economics in bureaucracy, administrative reform, and public policy studies.

    Ms. Odette R. RAMSINGH (South Africa)

    Ms. Ramsingh is currently the Group Human Resources Executive for Metropolitan Health. She has served at one of the highest levels in the public sector as the former Director General of the Public Service Commission, an independent knowledge-based institution responsible for overseeing the performance of the South African Public Service. She has been called upon to resolve the most challenging public services issues successfully with the proven ability to conduct comprehensive research and develop appropriate strategic actions that lead to results that are sustainable. She was nominated to be the representative of South Africa at the Joint Meeting on Human Resource Development in the Public Service in the Context of Structural Adjustment and Transition (International Labour Organisation, Geneva) and was elected Chairperson of the Government Group. She was also appointed as a member of the team on the Desai Commission of Inquiry which audited alleged public administration irregularities in the Western Cape Province. She has also published a number of articles in national and international publications and is frequently requested to participate as a public administration expert. She is an attorney of the Supreme Court of the Republic of South Africa. Ms. Ramsingh was the first head of the Interim Secretariat of the Association of African Public Services Commissions and is also the Chairperson of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs-sponsored Working Group on the African Public Service Human Resources Management Network. She was elected as a Deputy President of the African Public Services Human Resources Management Network (APS-HRMnet). She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Business Administration and was awarded the prestigious Nelson Mandela Scholarship, through which she obtained her Master of Arts in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    Prof. Allan ROSENBAUM (United States of America)

    Prof. Rosenbaum is Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Institute for Public Management and Community Service at Florida International University (FIU). Currently, he is President Elect of the 9,000 member American Society for Public Administration and will, in March 2014, assume the Presidency of the organization.  He has previously served two terms as President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration. He initially came to FIU as Dean of the University's School of Public Affairs. Prior to that, he had served on the faculties of the Universities of Maryland, Connecticut and Wisconsin and held a research position at the University of Chicago. He has held positions in local government as Acting Budget Administrator of the City of Miami, Florida, in state government in Illinois and in the US national government where he dealt with educational policy and executive branch/congressional relationships during the Carter administration.  He has served as Director of two large multi-year, multi-country USAID democratic institution building projects in Latin America and a USAID project on executive-parliamentary relationships in Sierra Leone. He has written extensively on governance reform, decentralization, local government, legislative development and public administration education and training. He has consulted, worked, carried out research or lectured in over 80 countries around the world. He serves on numerous journal editorial boards.  He received a BA in history from the University of Miami, Masters Degrees in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University and in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

    Ms. Margaret SANER (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

    Ms. Saner is an independent senior strategic adviser specialising in Governance, Leadership, Change and Institution Building.  In her career in the UK Civil Service, Margaret led a number service-wide initiatives in the UK and elsewhere and gained extensive international experience including a loan to the Government of Kenya as adviser to the Prime Minister; initially on establishing his Office and Strategic Plan followed by implementation, including public sector transformation, leadership development and implementation of the new Constitution. Prior to this she supported the Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the UK in establishing cross government accountability for results until she was requested by the Government of Kenya. Formerly, she was Director of the Institutes Initiative with the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM). While with CAPAM, Ms. Saner created the Institutes network, working with Leaders of Reform, Heads of Public Service and Heads of Institutes to align learning and development more effectively with public service modernization and reform. As Principal of the Centre for Management and Policy Studies, she led the merger of Corporate Leadership in the United Kingdom Cabinet Office with the Civil Service College and then oversaw the launch of the new National School of Government as its Deputy Principal. She has extensive experience of national reform and modernization programmes; she was Head of Corporate Leadership through the Leading for Delivery programme in the United Kingdom and advised on human resource aspects of setting up executive agencies under Prime Minister Thatcher. She led a service-wide initiative on quality and customer service, setting up the Agency Benchmarking Database. With a background in a large operational Department, she has implemented new approaches to performance management, pay and structure. In addition to her work with the Commonwealth she has led assignments in Europe, China the Middle East and Africa, and with international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where she was the Public Governance representative for the United Kingdom. Her professional background is in human resource management and she has contributed to expert groups in the United Kingdom and for the United Nations and the Commonwealth. She is the founder and first Director of the Sunningdale Institute, a Board Member of the Public Management and Policy Association (PMPA), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. For several years she was a judge for the United Kingdom Public Administration Consortium Prize. She continues to advise locally and internationally and to contribute to international conferences and to post graduate education.


    Ms. Dona SCOLA (Republic of Moldova)

    Ms. Dona Scola is currently the Director of Moldovan Investment and Export Promotion Organisation. She was formerly Deputy Minister of Information Technologies (IT) and Communications of the Republic of Moldova (2009-2013), covering ICT policies for competitiveness, e-Government and Information Society policies. Mrs. Scola participated in recent Moldova - EU negotiations of both association and DCFT Agreements. Those negotiations culminated by initiation of both agreements at the third Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. She has more than twenty years of managerial experience in the field of communications and IT. She has lead one of the pioneering Internet Service Providers in Moldova, contributing tocola Internet development and broadband deployment in the country. She has led the ICT Competitiveness Agenda within a competitiveness enhancement project financed USAID. From 1996 to 2006, she was developing Internet infrastructure and services managing leading Internet provider and NGO involved in Internet development, trainings for computer literacy and networking in Moldova. During her career, Mrs. Scola has been actively involved in ICT policy development being a member of steering committee of an e-government project financed by USAID and consulting on different projects financed by World Bank, EU and UN agencies. Mrs. Scola received a B.E. in computer engineering in from Technical University of Moldova and her MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business with specialization in International and intercultural management, corporate finance, service marketing.


    Dr. Pontso Susan Matumelo SEKATLE (Lesotho)

    Hon. Dr. Pontso Susan Matumelo Sekatle has just been appointed as Minister of the Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs of the Government of Lesotho.  She was a Member of Parliament representing Qacha's Nek Constituency. She serves in the Portfolio Committee on the Prime Minister's Ministries and Departments Cluster, (responsible for, among others, Local Government). Before joining the Government, she was a senior lecturer and Head of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the National University of Lesotho. She lectured in Public Administration and Political Science. In June 2001, she was appointed to the upper House of Parliament, Senate. In May 2002, she was elected Member of Parliament under the Lesotho Congress of Democracy (LCD) in the Qacha's Nek Constituency, which she won again in 2007 for the second time and in 2012 for the third time under the Democratic Congress (DC). Dr. Sekatle was appointed Minister of Health and Social Welfare in July 2001. Following the 2002 General Elections she was appointed Minister of Local Government with a specific mandate to drive the process for the establishment of local government. This mandate was realised in 2005 with the delivery of the first democratic local government since 1968. Dr. Sekatle served in the executive committees of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy Women's League (LCDWL) and Democratic Congress Women's League (DCWL) in the following capacities: Secretary General, LCDWL (2008-2011); Deputy President, LCDWL (2008-2011); President, LCDWL (2011-2012); President, DCWL (2012 - to date). Dr. Sekatle has also served as Deputy President of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM); Deputy President, Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF); Director of UNESCO Lesotho and Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC). She has attended several sessions CEPA as an observer and in 2010 she presented a case study on empowering women in Local Government in Lesotho.  Dr. Sekatle has published in the areas of public administration, governance and institution building.


    Dr. Najat ZARROUK (Morocco)

    Dr. Najat Zarrouk has 31 years of management experience in the Public Service as a public servant in the Ministry of the Interior of the Kingdom of Morocco (1983-2014). She was appointed several times by His Majesty King Mohammed VI and her last position was Governor, Director of Training of the Administrative and Technical Staff. In 2009, she was appointed by the General Secretary of United Nations as a Member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) for a first term (2010-2013) and in 2013 for a second term (2014-2017). During the CEPA sessions of 2012 and 2013, she served as the Chair of the Committee. She is also member of the Board of the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) of Amman (Jordan) created to empower women in the Arab Region and supported by the American Government. She received her Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University Mohammed V of Rabat (International Relations option) and is also graduated of the National School for Public Administration in Rabat (First Place) and of the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in International, European and Comparative Studies. Author of many essays and articles on issues related to public administration, she also published, in 2008, a book on “Trade and Development: from GATT to WTO” with the Foreword written by Mr. Pascal Lamy, former General Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO). On 25 June, 2013, the Directorate she led from 2006 to 2013 was the Winner of the United Nations Public Service Award First Place in Africa, which was held in Manama (Bahrain) – First Place in Africa. On 30 July 2013, His Majesty King Mohammed VI presented her with The National Order of Merit, Exceptional Degree as a Royal Recognition for her dedicated work and engagement for the Public Service.


     Prof. Jan ZIEKOW (Germany)

    Prof. Ziekow is currently the Director of the German Research Institute for Public Administration (since 2001). Formerly he held the position of Chair of Public Law at the University of Bielefeld. He is Head of the Institute for Regulatory Impact Assessment and President of the German Section of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences. He is also a member of various parliamentary and Government commissions and committees, such as the Advisory Board for Administrative Procedural Law at the Federal Ministry of the Interior; the commission "citizen participation" of the Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate; the commission for Administrative Reform of the Prime Minister of Thuringia; the Steering Committee for Public-Private Partnerships of the Government of Rheinland-Pfalz; and the Advisory Board for Socially and Ecologically Responsible Administrative Behaviour of the Government of Bremen. He served as consultant to various Governments in the fields of: transformation of the state, modernization of the public sector, reform of local and ministerial administration, new forms of governance, sustainable development, social and ecological responsibility, better regulation, impact assessment and evaluation, e-government, public-private partnerships and other forms of cooperation, civil society, public procurement, regulation of infrastructures, human resource management, administrative procedure, administrative jurisdiction and as a service trainer for senior civil servants of the Government. He is Editor-in-Chief and Co-editor of various journals.                      
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