Global Government Summit participants

Each year the Global Government Summit is attended by heads of civil services and equivalents from around the world holding roles including the Director of the Prime Minister’s Office, State Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, Head of the Civil Service, Director General of Civil Service Policy, and Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry. Leaders attend from countries such as Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Participation is by invitation only.


Biographies were correct at the time of their attendance.

Peter Ong Boon Kwee

Head of Civil Service
Permanent Secretary (Prime Minister’s Office)(Strategy), 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 from Stanford
University, USA in 1993 as Henry Ford II and Arjay Miller Scholar.

Mr Ong was appointed as Head of Civil Service on 1 September 2010 and concurrently as Permanent Secretary (Prime Minister’s Office)(Strategy) on 1 May 2016. In his capacity as Permanent Secretary (PMO)(Strategy), he oversees the PMO Strategy Group to support the Prime Minister and his Cabinet in establishing priorities and strengthening strategic alignment across Government.

He 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 (Private) Limited – a Government investment holding company, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mr Ong currently sits on the Boards of Monetary Authority of Singapore, Directorship & Consultancy Appointments Council, National Research Foundation and Singapore Telecommunications Limited. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship and Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship Fund. He was conferred the (Honorary) Knight of the Most Distinguished Order Of The Crown by The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia XIV on 2 Jun 2012. (The award carries the title “Tan Sri”.) He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2010.

Mr Ong is married with 2 daughters.

Ms Elizabeth Kelly

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

Elizabeth Kelly is the Deputy Secretary of the Governance Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, responsible for machinery of government, legal policy, governance issues across the APS, Cabinet and the coordination of support to the Prime Minister and Portfolio Ministers. Elizabeth also has the role of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for financial management, ICT and corporate services.

Elizabeth has previously served in two Deputy Secretary roles with the Attorney-General’s Department, firstly responsible for Civil Justice and Legal Services and then Strategic Policy and Coordination and ministerial support.

Before returning to the Australian Public Service in 2006, Elizabeth was the Director of Policy and Regulatory Services in the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, responsible for legal policy advice to the ACT Government. She also served as the Director of Policy for the Northern Territory Attorney-General’s Department from 1996 to 2001, and was a Crown Prosecutor in the Serious Fraud Office, Fiji Director of Public Prosecutions in 1998.

Elizabeth was admitted as a legal practitioner by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989, practising as a solicitor at Blake Dawson Waldron in 1989/1990, for the New South Wales Royal Commission into Productivity in the Building Industry from 1990 to 1992 and for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1992 to 1996.

Elizabeth completed the Advanced Management program at the Harvard Business School in 2012.

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.

HE Youk Bunna

Secretary of State of Ministry of Civil Service, Cambodia

Mr Youk Bunna is Secretary of State, Ministry of Civil Service, Chair of Salary System Reform, Committee of Government, Cambodia and Head of the Governance Research and Analysis Section of the Supreme National Economic Council.

Prior to this Mr Bunna was Deputy Manager of the Secretariat of Public Financial Management Reform Steering Committee, Cambodia.

Mr Bunna has held various other roles such as Director of the Personnel Department, Ministry of Economy and Finance; Legal Assistant/Interpreter to Co-Investigating Judge and Investigator at Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; Presidency of the Council of Ministers (World Bank’s Project); Consultant for preparation of legal professional ethics course at Royal University of Law and Economics (EWMI-USAID); and Official at the Department of Investment Projects Evaluation and Incentives, Cambodia, Investment Board/Council for Development of Cambodia.

Mr Bunna studied law at Royal University of Law and Economics and trained as a lawyer in Lyon, France, where he also qualified for DEA in Public Administration. Mr Bunna also has a Master’s of Business Administration from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Serge Dupont

Former Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council, Canada

Serge Dupont was appointed Deputy Clerk and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet in May 2016, and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in June 2016. In this role, he supports the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, and the Clerk of the Privy Council in the development and implementation of public policy, federal-provincial-territorial relations, and stewardship of the Public Service of Canada.

Prior to joining the Privy Council Office, Serge served for 20 months as Executive Director for the constituency of Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), serving on the 24-member Executive Board of the institution.

Previously, beginning October 2010, Serge was Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), overseeing federal responsibilities for energy, mining, forestry and earth sciences and leading a 4000-employee, science-based organization.

Serge joined NRCan in June 2008 as Associate Deputy Minister to lead the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and to advise on Canada’s nuclear sector. In 2009, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Privy Council Office while continuing to advise the Minister of Natural Resources on nuclear matters.

From 2001 to 2008, Serge held senior positions in Finance Canada, including Assistant Deputy Minister, Financial Sector Policy, and General Director (Analysis), Tax Policy.

Since joining the public service of Canada in 1983, Serge has worked on a wide range of economic and financial issues, including energy policy, the privatization of Crown corporations, market framework laws and regulation, and intellectual property policy. He served as Finance counsellor in Canada’s mission in Paris, Departmental Assistant to the Minister of Finance, and Corporate Secretary of Industry Canada (now Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada).

Serge holds a B.Sc. (University of Ottawa) and an M.A.Sc. (University of Waterloo) in Management Sciences, as well as an international diploma in public administration from the Ecole nationale d’administration (Paris). He serves on the Board of the Public Policy Forum, a non-profit organization. Serge is married, with two children.

Coleen Volk

Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Senior Personnel, Business Transformation and Renewal, Privy Council Office, Canada

Coleen Volk was appointed Deputy Secretary, Senior Personnel, Privy Council Office on April 29, 2013, and shortly thereafter assumed responsibility for Business Transformation and Renewal.

Since joining the public service in 2005, Coleen has held Assistant Deputy Minister positions at various departments including Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Industry Canada, Privy Council Office and Environment Canada. Her roles ranged from corporate services, to restructuring assistance to the automotive industry, to the development of environmental regulations.

Prior to joining the public service, Coleen held various senior executive roles with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, including Treasurer and Acting CFO, after spending eight years with CIBC and TD Bank in Toronto, primarily in areas of corporate treasury and risk management.

Coleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Computer Science major and a diploma of Associate in Administration, Finance major, from the University of Regina. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).

Peter Bartodziej

Head of Directorate 13, Federal Chancellery, Federal Republic of Germany

Dr Peter Bartodziej has been Head of Directorate 13 within the Federal Chancellery, with responsibility for Justice and Home Affairs, since 2011.

He was previously Head of Directorate 61, and Head of Unit within Department 6, with supervision and coordination of the Intelligence Services.

Prior to this he was Private Secretary to the (Permanent) State Secretary (Professor H. Geiger) at the Federal Ministry of Justice, and held various roles within the Federal Ministry of Justice and at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union.

Dr Bartodziej studied at the University of Tübingen and has a doctorate in Law.

Matthias Freundlieb

Deputy Director-General, Federal Chancellery, Germany

Matthias Freundlieb is permanent Deputy Director-General 1 (Central Services; Home Affairs and Justice) and Head of Directorate 11 (Personnel – the Federal Government; Administration) at the Federal Chancellery.

He is a member of the Federal Council of IT Officers.

Prior to this, Mr Freundlieb was Head of Directorate 12 (Cabinet and Parliament, Federation-Länder Matters, Sport) in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin (2005-10), and from 1999 to 2005 was CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, Berlin (Head of Office to a Parliamentary Secretary).

Mr Freundlieb has held various other roles such as Deputy Head of Division for Cabinet and Parliament Matters at the Federal Chancellery; CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, Bonn (Subject specialist for legislative work on abortion issue).

Mr Freundlieb has also held roles as a subject specialist for media law in the Federal Chancellery, as well as a subject specialist for legislation at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bonn.

Between 1987 and 1990 he was General Manager of the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence Villa Vigoni, Menaggio, Italy.
In addition, Mr Freundlieb has carried out various foreign government consultancy missions in Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Venezuela, Colombia, Cambodia, Vietnam.

Mr Freundlieb studied law at the University of Bonn and trained as a Lawyer in Cologne, Aachen and Sydney, Australia.

Heiki Loot

Secretary of State, Head of Government Office, Republic of Estonia

Mr Heiki Loot has been Secretary of State and Head of the Government Office since 2003. The Government Office is the centre of government in Estonia. Its mission is to support the Government of the Republic and the Prime Minister in policy making and implementation.

Between 1998 and 2003, Mr Loot was Rector of the Estonian Public Service Academy, which is the university of applied sciences responsible for initial and continuous training of civil servants.

Prior to this, Mr Loot was Head of the Department of Public Law within the Ministry of Justice, a former Member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, and Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia.

He has been a member of the Estonian Academic Law Association since 1993.

Dr. Ali Hamsa

Chief Secretary to the Government, Malaysia

Dr. Ali Hamsa was appointed as the 13th Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia by the Yang DiPertuan Agong (King of Malaysia) effective 24 June 2012.

Dr. Ali began his career in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1981 as an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He then served at the National Institute of Public Administration, the Ministry of Transport, and the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, where he consecutively held the positions of Director of Disbursement Division, and Deputy Director-General of the National Transformation and Advancement Programme.

On 22 April 2009, Dr. Ali was appointed as the first Director-General of the Public Private Partnership Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, a new central agency created to head Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives.

As the Chief Secretary to the Government, Dr. Ali is Chairman of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Corp, MyHSR (High Speed Rail) Corp, Malaysian Integrity Institute and Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad; Co-Chair of the Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business; and Deputy Chairman of Johor Corporation.

He leads the implementation of the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Scheme (PPA1M) and is also a Board Member of Penang Port Commission. Dr. Ali also actively participates in the corridor development in Malaysia as a Board Member of the various corridor development authorities.

Dr. Ali spearheads the National Blue Ocean Strategy initiative, a multi-Ministry and multi-Agency collaborative effort in line with Malaysia’s transformation agenda. At the international level, Dr. Ali is currently President of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM).

Dr. Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from University of Malaya, a Masters in Economics and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Economics, both from Oklahoma State University. He is the co-author of two books namely “Dasar-Dasar Utama Kerajaan” (Core Government Policies) (1997) and “Malaysia Kita” (Our Malaysia) (1998).

Peter Hughes

Head of State Services, State Services Commission, 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 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 was named Government Department CEO of the year four times by TransTasman Magazine. 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.

Iain Rennie

State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services, New Zealand (2008 – 2016)

Iain Rennie took up the position of State Services Commissioner on 1 July 2008, and was reappointed to serve a second term in the role on 1 July 2013.

The State Services Commissioner is a statutory appointment, made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

In his role as the State Services Commissioner and as Head of State Services, Iain’s role is to provide leadership and oversight of the State Services with the objectives of creating a culture of excellence and efficiency, stewardship, and maintaining high standards of integrity and conduct. In discharging this responsibility Iain appoints Public Service Chief Executives and manages their performance, and under the State Sector Amendment Act 2013, has greater responsibility for developing senior leadership and management capability, including appointments to key positions within the Public Service. He also holds a responsibility for driving State sector reform as head of the Executive Board – made up of the Chief Executives of State Services Commission (SSC), Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and Treasury.

In his time as Commissioner, Iain has seen the creation of Better Public Services, the Performance Improvement Framework, the State Sector and Public Finance Reform Legislation, and is currently spearheading changes to the way leaders are developed within the public sector. These changes and programmes are contributing significantly to improve efficiency and encouraging better delivery and results for New Zealanders.

Iain has been in the Public Service since 1986. The bulk of his career has been spent at the Treasury where he was Deputy Secretary to the Treasury for nine years prior to taking up the position of Deputy State Services Commissioner in 2007. Prior to taking up the SSC appointment Iain participated in the strategic leadership of the Treasury – providing advice to the Minister of Finance on microeconomic and macroeconomic policy issues.

Iain has participated in two secondments to the DPMC, as Acting Director for the Policy Advisory Group in 2004, and as an Economic Advisor from 1990 to 1993. He was also seconded to the Office of the Leader of the Opposition as Economic Advisor from 1989 to 1990.

Iain has a BA (Hons) in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington.

Kellie Coombes

Director and Chief of Staff, Office of the Head of State Services, State Services Commission, New Zealand

Kellie joined the public service after graduating with first class honours degree Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington. She has been in New Zealand’s public service since 1998, with a short break when she worked in the private sector in the United Kingdom for a couple of years.

She has worked for a number of government agencies including the Ministry of Education, the Department of Labour and the Ministry of Social Development. Kellie has held a variety of leadership roles in both policy and operations.

Kellie was the private secretary for New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Paula Bennett for the State Services portfolio in 2015/2016.

Kellie’s current role is Chief of Staff for the Head of the State Services, Peter Hughes.

Savva Shipov

Deputy Minister for 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 has held previous posts including: Director of the Department of State Regulation of Economy, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Deputy Director of the Department of Federative Relations and Local Self-Government of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation.

Previous to this, he was President/Head 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.

Mikhail Pryadilnikov

Deputy Director, Analytic Center for the Russian Government, Russia

Mikhail Pryadilnikov received his higher education in the United States in economics and philosophy, and his Ph.D training in government and political science from Harvard University. Mikhail 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.

Mikhail is currently serving as the deputy director for the Analytic Center for the Russian Government where he is responsible for strategic management, regional development, SME support, public administration and investment climate reform. He is concurrently serving as a project manager for project on reform of inspection agencies. 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 the Moscow city government as the Head of Economic policy and Development. He also currently teaches public policy and public management graduate courses at the Russian Academy for Public Administration.

Prior to joining public office, Mikhail worked for ten years for the World Bank in Washington DC where he was a consultant with the Middle East and North Africa unit focusing on anti-corruption and civil service reforms in Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and West Bank & Gaza.

Chan Cheow Hoe

Government Chief Information Officer/ Assistant Chief Executive (Government Chief Information Office) Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Mr Chan Cheow Hoe is the Government Chief Information Officer (CIO)/Assistant Chief Executive (Government Chief Information Office) of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) since 1 April 2014. As the Government CIO, Cheow Hoe will oversee Singapore Government’s central information technology systems and infrastructure, and drive the development and delivery of innovative public services for citizens and businesses.

Cheow Hoe has more than two decades of extensive experience in senior management positions overseeing organisation wide IT development and systems. He also has a strong track record of leading IT professionals in global companies and large corporations, to deliver efficient and effective IT systems and solutions. His expertise includes leading organisations through transformational change and connecting IT to the needs of the organisation.

Before joining IDA, Cheow Hoe served as Group Chief of Information Technology and Systems at CT Corporation, one of the largest conglomerates in Indonesia with interest in financial services, retail, media, travel and entertainment. He drove the development of corporate IT strategies to optimise operations within the group of twenty-three companies as well as orchestrated projects like the consolidation of data center infrastructure across the multiple companies to achieve significant cost savings and increased business efficiency.

Prior to CT Corporation, Cheow Hoe was a partner in Ernst & Young‘s Advisory Services division, where he built the IT Advisory business for financial services; as well as held senior management positions in various global banks such as Citibank, Barclays and ABN AMRO.

In particular, in his last appointment at Citibank, he was responsible for the operations and technology for Consumer Business across 12 countries and ran an International IT organisation with more than 3,000 staff.

Cheow Hoe is a graduate of National University of Singapore, holding a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) as well as a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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 2007-10; 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 also a member of the Social Care and Healthcare Commission

Hans Bäck

Director, Prime Minister’s Office, Sweden

Since 2008 Hans Bäck has been Director/Deputy Director-General of the Permanent Secretary’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office, Government Offices of Sweden.

Prior to this, Mr Bäck was Director of the Ministry of Administrative Affairs from 1999 until 2008. He has held positions at the Ministry of Culture, as well as the Municipality of Surahammar and the Municipality of Västerås where he was Head of Section. Mr Bäck has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration (Public Finance) from Örebro University, Sweden.

Özer Kontoğlu

Deputy Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry, Turkey

Mr Kontoğlu is the Deputy Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry and has been in post since 2009. He was born in Karabük and graduated from the Public Administration Department of the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University in 1989. He received his master’s degree in International Relations from London Middlesex University in 2005.

His previous duties include District Governor Candidate of Diyarbakır in 1990, District Governor of Çat Erzurum in 1996, Deputy Governor of Karaman in 1998, Deputy Governor of Tokat in 2000, Legal Counselor in the Ministry of Interior in 2002 and Deputy Director of the Foreign Relations and European Union Coordination Unit of the Ministry of Interior in 2003. He was the Head of Department of Administrative Development of the Prime Ministry between 2007 and 2009.

Akin Ak

Senior Expert at Prime Minister’s Office, Turkey

Akin Ak is a Senior Expert at Prime Minister’s Office of Republic of Turkey. He graduated from Middle East Technical University, one of the leading universities of Turkey, with bachelor degree in Political Science and Public Administration in 2006.

As an expert he is responsible for increasing the quality of core public services by decreasing red tape, simplifying procedures and reducing administrative burdens on citizens.

He has worked as project leader on certain projects like public sector innovation, open government data and institutional review. He is contact point at OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation task force and currently follows the EU Public Administration Network meetings.

John Manzoni

Chief Executive, Cabinet Office, UK Civil Service, United Kingdom

John Manzoni became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.

John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning 6 different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.

The Chief Executive of the Civil Service leads the efficiency programme, working with permanent secretaries across government to put in place reforms including:

  • getting a better deal for taxpayers from commercial decisions and supplier management
  • the digital transformation of public services and the way government works
  • ensuring we have the best people with the right skills throughout the civil service
  • making better use of the government estate (property)
  • managing major projects better to deliver on time and on budget
  • greater use of shared services across departments

The Chief Executive sits on the Civil Service Board. The Chief Executive supports the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service in performance-managing the other Whitehall permanent secretaries.

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

Gus O’Donnell

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

Gus O’Donnell was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the British Civil Service from 2005-11. In 2010, he oversaw the introduction of the first coalition government since the Second World War.

He was Permanent Secretary of the Treasury from 2002-05 and served on the IMF and World Bank Boards. Gus is currently Chairman of Frontier Economics, Strategic Advisor to TD Bank, Executive Director and Strategic Advisor to Brookfield Asset Management, Chair of PwC’s Public Interest Body (PIB), President of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Pro Bono Economics.

He is also a Visiting Professor at LSE and UCL, a member of the Economist Trust, and Chair of the Behavioural Insights Team Advisory Board at the Cabinet Office. He studied Economics at Warwick University and Nuffield College, Oxford, then lectured at Glasgow University.

Knighted in 2005, Gus was appointed to the House of Lords in 2012, sitting as a crossbencher. Gus is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Sir Paul Jenkins

International Government Adviser, United Kingdom

Sir Paul Jenkins KCB, QC is an independent consultant and adviser to governments around the world, on governance and its role at the heart of good government and effective delivery.

From 2006 until earlier this year, Paul was the UK Government’s principal legal official, the Attorney General’s Permanent Secretary, in charge of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department. As Head of the Government Legal Service, he was also Head of Profession for the two thousand lawyers who work across the UK Government. By the time he left, he had brought most of them together into a single shared service advising the whole of the UK Government.

Paul joined the Government Legal Service from the self-employed Bar in 1979 and spent his early career in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department. In 1992 he became the first Legal Adviser to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. From 1998 to 2004 Paul was the Legal Adviser to the Lord Chancellor’s Department and then Director General of the Legal and International Group in the Department of Constitutional Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Permanent Secretary, Paul was the Legal Adviser and Director General of Governance in the Department for Work and Pensions as well as the Legal Adviser to the Department of Health.

He also held the role of Civil Service Diversity Champion. Until recently Paul served on the Board of the Europäische Rechtsakademie and, amongst other appointments, he is a Trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.