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Brunei

Ms. Safarah Jamaludin is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy and Management at the Institute of Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Professionally, she works as a Special Duties Officer at the Research and Planning Division, Public Service Department, Prime Ministers’ Office of the Government of Brunei Darussalam. Safarah is involved in the formulation of policies related to human resources of the country’s public service. Prior to joining the Public Service Department, Safarah performed duties as a Diplomatic Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brunei. She attended various meetings and conferences abroad to discuss issues of mutual concern. She was responsible for producing political and security reports, briefs, and speeches for the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Safarah’s interests include social media governance: specifically on policies that encourages the use of social media as an effective platform in the Government’s continued engagement with the general public.

Mr. Nisar Ahmad is an Afghan national, and a student of the MPPM programme at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). His Bachelor’s degree is in Business Administration, with a major in Human Resources Management from the University of Peshawar Pakistan. After graduation, he was recruited at the Human Resources Management Department of a private company in Kabul, Zalandsarsabz.ltd, and worked as a Human Resources Assistant for two years. Among his many responsibilities and duties, he was assigned such tasks as conducting performance assessment of employees, providing assistance in hiring and firing, provide training of employees, and managing the payroll of staff members. During his studies, he took the initiative to work part time and became a teacher in a private school for almost 3 years. He taught different subjects like English, Mathematics and Physics to school children, in order to supplement his living costs and gain experience. During that time, he received several awards and acknowledgements for his contributions to the school, such as ‘Best Teacher of the Year’. He believes that getting admission and scholarship to study at UBD has been one of the most momentous events in his life so far, and being part of the Goldman School of Public Policy is a great honor and achievement as well. He hopes for a great future in building a career, and wishes to contribute back to his family as well as his beloved country, Afghanistan. He takes particular interest in tackling the issues of harassment and women’s rights in his country, and has chosen this topic as his capstone project at UBD, with an aim to formulate and propose key policy options to address the issue of street level harassment.

Government of India

Mr. Satya Prakash Negi, an Indian Forest Service officer, is currently working as Conservator of Forests & Head of the Extension Division at Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla—the premier regional research Institute of Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. The Institute caters to the various forestry research needs of the two western Himalayan States of India viz. Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Extension Division of the Institute is responsible for wider dissemination of institutional research findings to the various end users/stakeholders through training programs, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and talks etc. Mr. Negi is shouldering the additional responsibility of Head of Office for the administration and co-ordination of various research divisions of the Institute to achieve the research mandate. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Negi has served in the federal as well as state government. In the Government of India, he has served as Deputy Director in Forest Survey of India's northern zonal office at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. In the Government of Jharkhand, he has served as Divisional Forest Officer - both in the Territorial and Social Forestry wings, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Planning) in the Development wing, and Deputy Conservator of Forests in the Project Coordination Unit of Jharkhand Participatory Forest Management Project. He has also served as Director (Mines) & Special Secretary to the Government in the Department of Industries, Mines & Geology, Government of Jharkhand. Mr. Negi obtained B.Sc. Forestry from Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan (1993) and Masters in Psychology from Punjab University, Chandigarh (1996). During the service, he earned Post Graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (2001) and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore (2005). Most recently, European Union’s fellowship provided an opportunity to earn him M.Sc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (Specialization in Natural Resources) from the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Netherlands (2011). Mr. Negi has published many journal articles mainly on the issues related to Himalayan/mountain forestry.

Mr. Raghunandan Rao Manikonda is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (2002) and for over the last three years, he has been working as the Collector and District Magistrate of Rangareddy District in the state of Telangana, India. He functions as the Chief Executive of the district with a population of over 2.5 million. His responsibilities include the planning and implementation of programs designed for the welfare and development of poor and marginalized communities in sectors such as education, health and sanitation, nutrition, agriculture, urban infrastructure and rural development. He is also responsible for the updating and maintenance of the land records. He has previously worked in the World Bank-assisted Rural Poverty Reduction Project that organized and empowered the poor to occupy larger space on their socio-economic value chains; as Special Officer for the Rehabilitation of Project displaced families of a large Irrigation Project and in the skill development space. As Collector, Krishna district, he conducted simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the AP Legislative Assembly in 2014. Over the last two and half decades, he has lead and been a part of multi-disciplinary teams drawn from diverse Government departments, NGOs and the corporate sector. He believes that sound interpersonal relations, innovation and flexibility in decision making are the sine qua non of effective leadership. He received his MA (General Studies) from BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan and Master of International Development Policy from Duke University, USA.

Mrs. Nishtha Upadhyay qualified Indian Civil Services Examination in 1999 and was inducted into Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS). She is currently serving as Financial Advisor in Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) under Ministry of Home Affairs. She also holds charge of Financial Advisor to CBICFSL, DFSS and Central Armed Police Forces Institute of Medical Sciences (CAPFIMS) in addition to NDRF and Civil Defence. In past she has served as Additional Integrated Financial Advisor to Integrated Headquarters of Navy, Ministry of Defence and worked closely with Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS). Different tenures with all arms of services namely Army, Air force and Navy, has provided her with a unique insight into their functioning. In all these tenures, she has been able to earn exemplary respect and acclamation for performance. Her work in current tenure has been recognized with five commendations and two DG Insignia and Gold Disc from DG ITBP. She has been an IT enthusiast. Her most challenging assignment has been with Controller of Defence Accounts (Officers), Pune responsible for salaries and allowances for all officers of Indian Army. Being in charge of IT Centre, she facilitated a dynamic website for Army Officers, first of its kind in government initiatives, which made possible online submission of requests for changes in GPF subscriptions. By leveraging IT initiatives in other sectors like banking she made possible one point disbursement to banks directly and much faster payments. She has exemplary academic credentials, been a top rank holder throughout esp. university topper at post-graduation from Delhi University. Her academic background in psychology is of direct relevance in her day to day work, which she enjoys putting to practice. Before joining Civil Services she taught at I.P. College, New Delhi during 1996-98 and later at Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi from 1998-1999.

Mr. Sandeep Arya is the Director, Department of Official language, Ministry of Home Affairs at Delhi. As Director Official Language, he is looking after the work related to development of Technical tools for Official Language (Hindi) & Implementation of Official language among all Government Ministries/offices as per the Government of India Policy. Mr Sandeep Arya belongs to Indian Telecom Service, 1996 batch. He joined Department of Telecommunications, Govt. of India under Indian Telecommunication Service during 1998 and worked in Department of Telecommunications & Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in various capacities. He handled Telecom installations, planning, operations, sales and marketing of telecom services in states of J&K, Punjab & Himachal Pradesh. Mr. Sandeep Arya received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from Regional Engineering College Jalandhar, Punjab in 1995.

Mr. Abhay Kumar is currently the Joint Commissioner of Central Excise, Service Tax & Customs at the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He has: 11 years of administrative experience in the Customs, Service Tax, and Central Excise Branches of Indirect Taxation; 6 years of working experience at major Indian ports (I.e. the Jawaharial Nehru Port and the Mumbai Port); and 6 years of experience working with various stake-holders within the Port sector, specifically including shipping lines, shipping and freight agents, and freight forwarders. Mr. Kumar has received his Bachelor of Arts from B.R. Ambedkar Bihar University, Musaffarpur, Bihar, and his LL.B. from the University of Delhi, Faculty of Law, Campus law Centre.