Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Spring 2017 Fellows

Universiti of Brunei Darussalam

Mr. Dimang Chhann is a Masters of Public Administration student from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Chhann joined the Ministry of Tourism for the Royal Government of Cambodia in 2007 and currently serves as Chief of Bureau. His duties include managing international relations, coordinating tourism projects and MOUs and organizing meetings and seminars. Previously, he was an English teacher and counselor with Mithsamlanh (Friends) Organization, an NGO based in Phnom Penh that provides services to and supports street children throughout Cambodia. He also volunteers with the Hun Many Voluntary Youth Doctors Association and Leadership Development Association. Chhann holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the Cambodian University for Specialties and a Masters of Business Administration from Norton University. He is hosted at the School of Social Welfare.

Mr. Shahrul Othman is an Administrative Officer Special Grade from the Government of Brunei. He has been with the government of Brunei since 2003 and worked in various Ministries and Departments, ranging from the Ministry of Industry of Primary Resources to the Department of Immigration and National Registration. Since 2014, his current placement is at the Public Service Department, Prime Minister’s Office. As an administrative officer at the Public Service Department, he is responsible for looking at policies with regards to improving the efficiency and deliverable of public services. Apart from that, he is responsible for the welfare and succession planning of senior government officers.  He received a Bachelor’s of Accounting and Business at University of North London, England.

Captain Zil Husam Abd Rahman was posted most recently as the Defence Attaché of Brunei Darussalam to the United States of America working at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Washington, DC.  Previously, he was Fleet Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy in charge of all naval operation assets and over 1000 personnel which include the Fleet Headquarters, all ships, support squadrons, naval diving units and other operational elements. His 26 years of working experience as an officer in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) provides him with varied experience in commands and staffs appointments. Other than command experiences, he had held various staff appointments, including Military Assistant to the Deputy Minister & Special Project Officer to the Deputy Minister of Defence. He is a graduate of the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth, United Kingdom, and received specialization training as a Ship Navigation Officer Specialist; Landing Craft Qualifying Officer; Principal Warfare Officer; and Executive Development Program on Public Policy from Kings College of London. 

Ms. Maslina Said is working in the Local Business Development (LBD) Division under the Energy and Industry Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam since 2015. She is responsible for monitoring the progress of Non-Oil and Gas sectors through industry data monitoring and analysis. She is also responsible for formulating and developing new policies related to local business development, especially for Non-Oil and Gas sectors in line with Brunei Vision 2035 to diversify the economy by increasing GDP contribution from Non-Oil and Gas sectors. She served for more than 8 years in the Ministry of Tourism and Primary Resources, leading the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) International Affairs Unit. She has been actively involved in representing Brunei Darussalam in various SME related international meetings/programs under APEC, ASEM, ASEAN, and BIMP-EAGA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Accounting) from Charles Darwin University, Australia.


Government of India

Mr. Vivek Khare began his career as an Engineering Executive in National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (A Govt. of India Undertaking). He worked as Control & Instrumentation Maintenance Engineer at Singrauli Super Thermal Power Station. He later joined Department of Telecommunications, Govt. of India under Indian Telecommunication Service and worked in Department of Telecommunications & Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in various capacities. At present, he is Director of the Election Commission of India responsible for conducting training programs for national and international participants at India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management, an institute set up by Election Commission of India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunications from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.


Mr. Mukesh Kumar is Director of the Central Vigilance Commission, which is an apex vigilance institution, monitoring all vigilance activities and advising organizations of the Government of India in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work. Previously, he served as Deputy General Manager with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, a Government of India enterprise, supervising the legal, personnel, and material management departments. He received his Bachelor’s in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, MBA in Human Resource Management and degree in Law.



Mr. Vivek Narayan is the Director of Sports for the Government of India. Since 1991, he has served in the Government of India and worked on Satellite, Optical Fiber, Microwave, data and mobile communications, policy formulation and monitoring of Telecom Licenses. As Director of Sports, he is responsible for the promotion of excellence in Sports, International cooperation, sports awards and welfare of athletes. He received his Master’s in Business Administration (Financial Management) and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from Malaviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur, Rajasthan University.



Mr. Harminder Palsingh Sran was appointed to the Government of India Civil Service in 1989 and has more than 26 years of experience in Public Service.  Presently, he is Chief Vigilance Officer in Delhi Jal Board, an organization responsible for providing drinking water and sewerage facilities to more than 17 million people. Formerly, he was the Special Secretary for Land & Building, and Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Education, Urban Development, working on policy formulation and implementation at the state level.  He has extensive experience in District Administration having worked as SDM, ADM and District Magistrate, conducted more than 15 elections for the legislative assembly and Parliament of India, and worked as Deputy Commissioner in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, as Director of Vigilance.

Mrs. Rolley Mahendra Varma is Director of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in the Government of India, where she is responsible for administrative and policy matters of media units working for dissemination of information on Government programs. Since 1994, she has worked in the Ministry of Defense. She has extensive experience in administrative, disciplinary, financial and budgetary matters related to Government including policy formulation, creation of infrastructure, and organizing national level seminars/exhibitions. She received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Journalism.