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Brunei

Ms. Nadiah Abu Bakar is a trained economist with 8 years of experience in international relations and macroeconomic analysis. She currently serves as a Finance Officer at the Research & International Division of the Ministry of Finance Brunei Darussalam. Her responsibilities include managing international relations and conducting macroeconomic analyses toward informing and advising international economic and financial policies for the Ministry of Finance. She has headed portfolios for several international organizations, including ASEAN+3, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Previously she was a member of an ad-hoc think tank group in the Ministry of Finance from 2010 to 2012 and a Public Finance Reform Taskforce from 2012 to 2017. She graduated from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom with a BSc in Economics and Finance in 2009 and pursued a Master’s program in Public Policy and Management at the Institute of Policy Studies, University Brunei Darussalam.

Mr. Tuan Badrul Hisham T. Jusoh has work experience in various private sector industries ranging from finance to procurement. In 2004, he joined Malaysian Civil Service as an administrative and diplomatic officer and received his diploma in Public Administration from National Institute of Public Administration Malaysia in 2009. He began his career in public service as Assistant Director of the Human Resource Department at Office of Auditor-General, Malaysia. He was responsible for managing succession planning aspects of professional government auditors for 13 years before being promoted to Principal Assistant Director in Tax Division at Ministry of Finance. His current responsibilities include reviewing tax exemption applications from promoted industries such as agricultural, timber, furniture, ethyl alcohol, petroleum and palm oil. He has also served as committee member in special committees with Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Malaysian Industrial Development Agency (MIDA), Ministry of Agriculture, Petroleum Industries Committee and Malaysia-Thailand Agency for Joint Agreement (MTAJA). He graduated with Honors from De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting & Finance, and is currently studying for his Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) at the University of Brunei Darussalam.

Government of India

Mr. Sunil Kumar Chaudhary is a government officer in a cadre of Provincial Civil Services in the State of Uttar Pradesh, Republic Of India. He is a science and law graduate and is presently posted as the Deputy Commissioner, Land Reforms, Board of Revenue, and in Uttar Pradesh Lucknow. He joined the service in 1999 as Deputy Collector and has served the Government in his various administrative and magisterial capacities. His work experience includes taking forward strategic development and policies for the renewable energy sector in the State by serving as Secretary and Chief Project Officer at UPNEDA. His keen interest in the fields of international relations, revenue laws, land reforms and legal writings aided his work as a member-secretary of drafting committee for codifying and drafting the revenue and land laws for the State. He is the author of Commentary on Uttar Pradesh Revenue Code. He received his Bachelor of Science from University, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1991, and his Bachelor of Laws from St. Andrews College in 1994.

Mr. Amitesh Kumar Sinha, an Indian Railway Accounts Service Officer, has worked as a Director in Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India since October, 2016. He assists in coordinating major administrative activities and policies of the government. He organizes meetings of Committees of Secretaries to sort out differences amongst Ministries/Departments and to evolve consensus on various policy issues. He keeps watch on the progress of important administrative measures of the government, which affects more than one Ministry/Department and responsible for submitting to Cabinet Secretary, GoI such matters as require his attention or direction. He has a wide experience of working in Ministry of Railways as Financial Adviser in different units, such as Railway Workshop, Divisions, Zonal Headquarter and Railway Board. He graduated in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India in 1994 and joined Government of India in 1997 after clearing the Civil Services Examination.

Mr. Shiv Pal Singh is currently the Director of a flagship Mission of Government of India in the urban sector, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. The Mission aims at strengthening the basic infrastructure in 500 Mission cities that are home to 60 percent of urban population of the country. His responsibilities include helping and coordinating with the provincial governments preparing to implement the Mission and working with them to achieve the Mission's objectives. Prior to his current work, Mr. Singh worked in the field of forest and wildlife, both at the federal and field level. He has worked in the coordinating the management of Protected Areas in the countr, and, at the field level, has been actively involved in the scientific management of the forests and wildlife as well as the enforcement of the relevant laws. He has extensive work experience with local communities living in and around the forests. Mr Shiv Pal Singh enjoys hiking and nature photography. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Mr. Ajithkumar Sreedharan is the Protector of Emigrants at Ministry of External Affairs, at Chennai, in the Government of India. He has over 25 year of experience working at the government level, and is particularly skilled in the field of telecommunications, with a specialization and focus in computer networking. Currently, Mr. Sreedharan's responsibilities include the protection and aid of emigrants and prospective emigrants leaving India, as envisaged in the Indian Emigration Act of 1983. He inquires into the treatment received by emigrants during their emigration out of India, during their stay in the country they emigrated to, and during their return to India. His findings are reported to the Protector General of Emigrants, Ministry of External Affairs. As Protector of Emigrants, Chennai, Mr. Sreedharan looks after the Indian states of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Pondicherry. He received his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Kerala University.

Mr. Pravinkumar Palsana is the Secretary, Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board in, Gandhinagar, Gujarat State, where he is performing his duty of recruiting class-3 employees for the State Government Departments since 2013. In the past he has worked in the Civil Supply Department, General Administration Department, Revenue Department and Education Department. Mr.Palsana has as well attended the training programme on “Leadership Development programme for Public Utility Managers” in Asia at AIT Bangkok in 2013. He received his Masters in Agriculture from Agriculture University, Sardar Krushinagar, Dantiwada, Gujarat in 1991. He also earned his Diploma in Yoga Education from Bhavnagar University in 2002.He gained certification in Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) from Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 USA in 2013.