Professor Akira NAKAMURA had served as both Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School of Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan for eight years until March 2008. In 2019, he was nominated as one of the three distinguished professor emeriti of the university. He received his B.A. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1966. He subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Southern California in 1973. In 1986, he was the research fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. Until 2012, Nakamura was the Vice President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (Brussels) and a former chair of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration in the United Nations. He was the member of both the Board of Governance and the international editor of Public Administration Review. In 2016, Nakamura became the first Japanese to become the ‘Fellow’ in the National Academy of Public Administration in the United States. Nakamura delivered the Brabant Lecture at the annual meeting of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences held in Bali, Indonesia in 2010. 



Dr. Alex B. Brillantes, Jr, is Professor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance at the University of the Philippines where he also served as its Dean. He obtained his PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii as scholar of the East West Center, and MPA and AB Political Science from the University of the Philippines. Brillantes is President of the Asian Association for Public Administration and also President of the Philippine Society for Public Administration.

Brillantes was a Commissioner (Deputy Minister) of the Commission on Higher Education from 2013 to 2017 where he served as Chair of the Boards of Regents of 21 State Universities and Colleges in the Philippines. Brillantes also was Executive Director of the Local Government Academy of the Department of Interior and Local Government from 1992 to 1998

As a scholar, Professor Brillantes has published articles on public administration and governance and institutions, decentralization, development administration, public sector reform and leadership in several local and international journals He has written three books, Dictatorship and Martial Law (1986); The Philippine Presidency (1994); and Innovations and Excellence in Local Governance (2003). He has also served as consultant of several international agencies including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency, United Nations Development Program, Australian Agency for international Development and the European Union.

Brillantes was visiting Professor in Kobe University, Meiji University and the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies in Japan; Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia; delivered lectures at the National Institute of Development Administration in Bangkok, Thailand, Tunghai University of Taiwan. the Euromed School in Marseilles, France and the Sungkyunkwan University in Korea.



Dr. B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh, and founding President of the International Public Policy Association. He holds a PhD degree from Michigan State University and has honorary doctorates from four European universities. He is currently editor of the International Review of Public Policy and associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. His most recent books include Institutional Theory in Political Science, (4th ed, 2019), Governance, Politics and the State (2nd ed., with Jon Pierre 2020), and Administrative Traditions: Understanding the Roots of Contemporary Administrative Behavior (2021).


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Mr. Bokyun Shim is Head of Office of the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), an integral part of the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

Since his inauguration in March 2020, he has been dedicated to contributing to strengthening public administration capacities in developing Member States to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Shim was Vice Minister of the Interior and Safety of the Government of the Republic of Korea. Mr. Shim also held various senior positions including Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs of Jeonbuk Province, Assistant Ministers for Planning and Coordination of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, as well as Chair Professor at the Korea National Open University.

During his long and rich experiences in state affairs from 1988 to 2018 with the Government of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Shim had contributed to government innovation, decentralization and digital government development by working for the central and local governments, and the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea. Mr. Shim completed a Doctorate course on Governance at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea and has a Master’s degree in Policy Analysis from Saitama University in Japan, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree from Seoul



Professor Catherine Althaus is the ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Leadership and Reform at the University of New South Wales in Canberra and Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. She was previously Director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, post-doctoral fellow at the Australian National University and held policy posts as a practitioner in the Queensland government.

Her academic training is in economics, politics and public policy and she specialises in working with First Peoples communities across Canada, Australia, Aotearoa-New Zealand and South Africa focusing on the leadership contributions of Indigenous public servants and opportunities to learn from and enact Indigenous ways of knowing and being in policymaking. Her recent co-authored book Leading from Between: Indigenous Participation and Leadership in the Public Service is the first international comparative volume centring the voices, stories and insights of Canadian and Australian Indigenous public servants.

She is co-author of the popular textbook The Australian Policy Handbook, editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration, an IPAA Victoria Fellow, a University Medallist, an award-winning researcher, and an Australia Day Medallion winner for service to the Queensland Treasury department. She is Co-Director of the ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program, and is currently teaching into programs with Government of Samoa officials, the National Indigenous Australians Agency, conducts senior delegations to Aotearoa-New Zealand and publishes on reform agendas associated with Indigenous public administration. Catherine is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Victoria, Canada and Griffith University and was recently appointed an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria.


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Professor Colin Knox, Ph.D. joined the Nazarbayev University’s Graduate School of Public Policy as Professor of Public Policy in 2016. Dr Knox received his doctorate in public policy from Queen’s University Belfast, one of the Russell Group Universities in the United Kingdom. His fields of research include: public sector reform in developed and developing countries; local government; and public policy evaluation. He has also written widely on the politics of divided societies.

Prior to joining Nazarbayev University, Dr. Knox worked at Ulster University in the United Kingdom where he taught modules (Public Administration and Governance, Research Methods and Contemporary Issues in Public Policy) on the Masters in Public Administration Programme. He also led a team which designed the Professional Doctorate Programme (D.Gov) aimed at senior officials working in the public sector.

Dr. Knox also spent 8 years as a practitioner working in local government in the UK prior to joining academia.



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Geske Dijkstra published extensively on aid and debt issues, on gender equality measures, and on economic policies and economic reforms in developing countries. In the 1980s, she lived and worked several years in Central America. From 1990 onwards, she has been affiliated with several Dutch academic institutions. In these positions she combined research and teaching with carrying out studies and consultancies for organizations involved in development cooperation, such as the World Bank, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is the (co-)author or (co-)editor of eight books, and author of many articles published in international journals such as Development and Change, Feminist Economics, World Development and Development Policy Review. 


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Dr. Jiannan Wu is distinguished Professor and Executive Vice Director of China Institute for Urban Governance and Head of Division and Liberal Arts and Social Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. After obtaining his Ph.D. at the School of Management at Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) in 1999, he was appointed as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Technology and Information Policy (CTIP) of Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University until 2001. He also worked as a Fellow in the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School in 2012. Dr. Wu has been elected as the President of the Asian Association for Public Administration in September 2020. Dr. Wu has worked on urban governance and digital transformation, and reform & innovation.



Professor Ken is Dean and CEO of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and was the Agent General for Queensland based in London. He has headed the Queensland Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Infrastructure, Education, Arts, Employment and Training, Family Services and Housing Local Government and Planning. He has taken a public policy and administration leadership role at state and national levels. Ken was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in mid-2021 for distinguished service to public administration and public sector leadership and education. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Educational Leadership, an Enterprise Professor at University of Melbourne and held numerous adjunct professorial positions. He is a board member of a number of companies and authorities.


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