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Luca Attias

Corte dei conti, Italy

Luca Attias graduated in Electronic Engineering at “La Sapienza” University in Rome and later obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Engineering at “ Tor Vergata“ University in Rome.

After graduating, he worked for Datamat Company, where he participated in international working groups dealing with commissions related to real-time systems in the avionic and satellite fields.

Since 1999, he has been employed in Corte dei conti (an institution created by the Italian Constitution with the role of safeguarding public finance and guaranteeing the respect of jurisdictional system) where he currently works as CIO.

During his working experience he has developed a deep and direct knowledge of all the phases of the software lifecycle and the development of information systems.

In particular, he has obtained his most relevant results in the field of innovative technologies and the optimization of e-services in regards to cost reduction.

He has been driven by a strong belief that the civilization of a country is measured also by the level of digitalization achieved; in this respect he has been committed in the introduction and development, at any level, of the widespread of Information Technology in the society, obtaining lots of important awards for his ability to combine Information Technology and managerial skills.

As an example, in May 2008, he was elected, in a public survey, the “innovator of the year” in the field of Information Technology; subsequently he’s been awarded by the italian Minister of Public Administration.

His interviews and keynotes are published on the internet (e.g. http://saperi.forumpa.it/relazione/attenta-alle-persone) and have become a “media case” in Italy, because of the highly innovative content and the number of hits and comments.

The topics discussed include managerial skills, meritocracy, human resource management, struggle against corruption and how these relate to Information Technology.


Gary Banks

B.Ec. (Hons) Monash University 1972

M.Ec. Australian National University 1974

Professor Gary Banks AO has headed the Australia and New Zealand School of Government since January this year, following his long stint as inaugural Chairman of Australia’s Productivity Commission. In addition to overseeing the Commission’s development and activities, he personally headed national inquiries on topics such as research and development, infrastructure regulation, availability of finance, executive remuneration and competition policy.

For many years, Gary Banks chaired the Council of Australian Governments’ Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services. He also had responsibility for monitoring the Commonwealth’s regulation-making processes through the Office of Regulation Review. In 2006, he headed the ‘Regulation Taskforce’ for the Prime Minister and Treasurer. He has chaired the Regulatory Policy Committee of the OECD since early 2012.


In earlier years, Gary worked at the Centre for International Economics, Canberra, and has been a consultant to the OECD, World Bank and World Trade Organisation. He had previously been a Senior Economist with the GATT Secretariat in Geneva, and Visiting Fellow at the Trade Policy Research Centre, London.

Gary Banks was recently appointed Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University.  In 2010 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.  In 2012 on leaving the Productivity Commission, he was included by the Australian Financial Review as one of 25 ‘true leaders’ and in The Australiannewspaper’s top 50 politically influential Australians.  He has received a number of awards and honours for his contribution to public policy, including the inaugural Distinguished Public Policy Fellow award of the Australian Economic Society, the Centenary Medal and the Order of Australia.




Dr. Beatrix Behrens

Beatrix Behrens is currently Head of Division HR Policies of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) in Nuremberg. Previous to this, she was Head of the HR-Development Division where she developed and introduced an integrated competency-based HR- Management system as part of a major reform process of her organisation. Other significant projects include the development of “Demographic-sensitive HR- Management” as part of the federal government’s programme of “Networked and transparent Administration (17th session 2009-2013)”; a partnership of the German Ministry of the Interior and the Bundesagentur für Arbeit.  In 2009 and 2010, Ms. Behrens was a Seconded Expert at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht and is still connected with this institution as a Visiting Fellow. In 2011/12 Ms. Behrens was involved as an expert in the Public Private-Partnership Initiative “Strategic Partnership –Fit for Innovation”. She contributed to the working group: “Developing Innovation Competence”. In 2012 Ms. Behrens was also a member of one expert group “The Dialogue on Germany’s Future-how do we want to earn a living?” under the leadership of the Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel. From September 2014 until February 2015 Ms. Behrens has joined the Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the OECD in Paris to work on several projects in the field of Public Employment and Human Resource Management.

Ms. Behrens holds a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Constance, Germany, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University St. Gallen, Switzerland. She worked in the non-profit sector in the United States and has some experience in the private sector as well.

Ms. Behrens, building on many years of practical leadership and training experience, has given lectures and contributed to several conferences in an international context. She has published several articles on life-phase-oriented human resources management. This is an innovative strategy she developed for her organization as part of a professional Diversity Management to respond to the challenges of demographic change, ageing and more diverse workforce as well as shifting employee demands and values. In 2010 and 2011 the Bundesagentur won the International Innovative Employer Award of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in the US. Other articles are focussed on managing competencies and enhancing employee engagement as well as corporate health management to promote staff’s work ability in a more intergenerational approach.

For her, integrated and more holistic HR management approaches are essential to shape an organizational culture fit for innovation and to enable employees to contribute their ideas and incorporate the process of innovation into their practical and customer oriented work. Promoting competence is as essential as promoting engagement and health for sustainable change and innovation. To develop more innovative organisations, good working conditions and value oriented cultures as well as good and healthy leadership practices should be the focus, alongside the role of HR-Management inside Public Administration and their methods and practices.



Victor Bekkers

Victor Bekkers is professor of public administration and public policy at the Department of Public Administration of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He studied political science and public administration at Radboud Univeristy Nijmegen and obtained his Ph.D. from Tilburg University. 

Currently he is coordinator of the LIPSE project, which is funded by the European Union Framework 7 Programme. The goal of LIPSE is to study the drivers and barriers behind (the development and diffusion of) social innovations in the public sector (www.lipse.org). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the OECD Observatory in Public Sector Innovation.

His research primarily focusses on the role of ICT, social media and innovation in public policy, public service delivery and governance processes.  Most recently he published a monograph (together with R. Moody) on how the emergence of visual culture, driven by visual technologies, influences the content, course and outcome of policy processes (Visual Culture and Public Policy: towards a Visual Policy, Routledge, London/New York, 2014).

Before working as a full time professor, he also worked for several years as senior and/or principal management consultant. 



Pétur Berg Matthíasson


2003-2004: MSc in Public Policy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in Scotland

2000-2003: BA in Political Science from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Relevant employment history:

2010: Head of Division, Department of Management and Reform, Ministry of Finance and Economics in Iceland.

The work involves reform and efficiency in the Public Sector. Performance management witin the Ministries, innovation in the Public Sector. Project manager for introducting CAF (Common Assessment Framework for the public sector. National point of contact for CAF in Iceland. Member of an advisory group for governmental change.  Specialist for a committee on Simplifying policies and plans within the ministries in Iceland.  Been a member of committee for the sale process of public companies etc.

2006-2010: Policy and Development Officer for the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police. 

The work involves performance Management of Police forces; collating crime statistics; governmental projects; partnership working; internal audits; teaching at the Police Academy and academic research in the field of policy and policing.

2004-2006: Officer for the Anti Social Behaviour Division at the City of Edinburgh Council Scotland. 

The work involved managing antisocial behaviour projects in neighbourhoods on a multi-agency level; development of strategies and policies for the Anti-Social Behaviour Division; communications (newsletters, residents meetings), overt and covert surveillance, case work with identified youths etc.

My role at the ministry includes leading the project on Innovation in the public sector in Iceland.  I have been heading the Public Sector conference and the Public sector Innovation awards since they began in 2011.  My role, in collaboration with other partners in the project, has entailed organising the conference, setting the agendas and promoting the conferences and the awards, developing the criteria for evaluating innovation in Iceland, participating in assessing nominated projects and deciding on winners etc.



Sandford Borins

Sandford Borins is Professor of Public Management in the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, and Department of Management, University of Toronto-Scarborough. He was the founding chair of the latter and served in that capacity from 1991 to 2003. He is currently a research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School. He has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, and Scholar-in-Residence in the Ontario Cabinet Office.

He did his undergraduate studies at Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He then took a master’s degree in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and received his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard.

He is the author of ten books and numerous articles. The books include The Persistence of Innovation in Government (Brookings, 2014) Governing Fables: Learning from Public Sector Narratives (Information Age Publishing, 2011), Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication (Brookings, 2008), Innovating with Integrity: How Local Heroes are Transforming American Government, (Georgetown University Press, 1998), and Political Management in Canada, co-authored with Hon. Allan Blakeney, former premier of Saskatchewan (University of Toronto Press, 1998).

Professor Borins has had a wide range of professional experience. He is a frequent speaker on public sector innovation, with recent presentations to the Australian Department of Industry and Innovation, Australian National University, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Roskilde University (Denmark), and Public Management Research Conference (US). He was a member of the board of directors of the Ontario Transportation Capital Corporation, responsible for developing Ontario’s electronic toll road (Highway 407). He was the President of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (cappa.ca) from 2003 to 2007.

Professor Borins will be speaking about his research on public sector innovation awards at workshop 4 (Beyond Innovation Awards) on Nov. 12 and will be a participant in the Expert Panel on Innovative Government on Nov. 13.

He writes a blog on public management, innovation, and narrative at www.sandfordborins.com.



Kieron Boyle

Kieron Boyle is Head of Social Investment at the Cabinet Office, where he leads the UK government's efforts to grow the social investment market. Kieron has worked across UK government, including as Head of Delivery at the Department for Business, Head of Policy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit. He is the UK representative to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce and the European Commission expert group on social business.

Prior to joining public service, Kieron worked as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in both London and New York. He has an M.Phil in International Relations and an undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences, both from Cambridge University. Kieron has written for a number of journals, and has particular research interests in criminal justice, social innovation and impact investing.

Outside of work, Kieron consults pro-bono for a range of international not-for-profit organisations, sits on the Chatham House U35 steering group, and is a Trustee of one of the UK's leading charities. In 2014 he was elected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.


Dustin Brown 

Dustin Brown is the Deputy Assistant Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service and helps lead the Office of Performance and Personnel Management which is responsible for government-wide efforts to improve agency and cross-agency mission performance, and works with the Office of Personnel Management to advance Federal human capital issues.  He also helps lead the Administration’s efforts to modernize the inter-agency infrastructure permitting process and reform the suitability and security clearance process.

Dustin leads the inter-agency Performance Improvement Council, which coordinates the government’s performance management policies and implementation.  In 2010, he worked with Congress to design the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act.  

Dustin joined OMB’s Housing Branch in August, 2001, has worked in OMB’s International Affairs Division, and as the OMB Director’s Special Assistant for Policy.  He has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and has a bachelor’s degree from Manchester College in Indiana. Dustin also received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Quito, Ecuador.  He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.



Dr. Jo Casebourne

As Director of Public and Social Innovation at Nesta, Jo leads Nesta's Policy and Research work on public and social innovation, working closely with colleagues in the Innovation Lab and Investments. She has recently overseen projects on complaints as spurs for innovation in public services, innovation teams in government, the Alliance for Useful Evidence, people-powered public services, diffusion of innovation in public services and labour market innovation.

Jo has spent the last 15 years conducting research on public services, social innovation, welfare-to-work, employment and skills, disadvantaged groups in the labour market and work-life balance issues. 

Before joining Nesta in November 2011, Jo was Director of Research at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion for five years, where she led the organisation's research work, conducting high profile research and evaluations for central government, local government and charities.  Prior to that she was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Employment Studies and a Researcher at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. 

Jo has a first class degree from the University of Cambridge, a Masters from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her PhD compared the Clinton welfare reforms in the US and the Labour Government's welfare reforms in the UK and their effects on work and poverty.

In her spare time Jo blogs on what she is reading for work and pleasure at: www.thereadingproject.co.uk

Jo tweets at @jocasebourne



Nicolas Chapuis

Directeur des Systèmes d’Information (DSI) - Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes

Born November 8, 1957 in Neuilly sur Seine, France

Married (Sylvie Camia), 2 children (Tristan b.1980, Marc b.1991)


DEA in Chinese Studies, University of Paris VII (1997)

MA in Chinese Studies, University of Paris VII (1978)

BA in World History, University of Paris (1978)

BA in Mongolian Studies, INALCO, Paris (1977)

Weicker scholar, Saint Paul’s School, NH, USA (1971-1972)

Student at Mongolia State University, Oulan Bator (1978-79)

Fellow at Harvard University, Center For International Affairs (1987-88)

Fellow, Directors Management Seminar, Paris (2012)

Fellow, Leaders Program, SGMAP Paris (2013)

Foreign languages : English, Chinese, Mongol


1980-82 : Press Attaché, French Embassy in Beijing

Nov. 82 : Enters Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1983-86 : Second Secretary (political section), French Embassy in Beijing

1986-87 : Desk officer for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Mongolia, MFA, Asia Dpt.

1987-88 : CFIA Fellow, Harvard University, USA

1988-89 : Desk officer for NATO & European Security, MFA, Political Affairs Dept.

1989-92 : Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, French Embassy in Beijing

1992-94 : Deputy Chief of Mission, French Embassy in Singapore

1994-95 : Personal Assistant to the Deputy General Secretary for European and Economic Affairs, MFA

1995-98 :  Deputy Director (East Asia), Asia & Oceania Department, MFA.

1998-02 : Consul General in Shanghai (China)

2002-03 : First Counsellor (Cultural affairs), French Embassy in the United Kingdom

Director, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni

2003-05 :  Ambassador of France in Mongolia

2005-09 : Minister Counsellor (Deputy Chief of Mission), French Embassy in Beijing

2009-10 : Préfet des Hautes-Alpes (France)

2010-11 : Chief Coordinator, WikiLeaks Taskforce, MFA

since 1 July 2011 : Director of Information Systems, MFA (Chief Information Officer)


14 Nov. 2001 Knight, French National Order of Merit

14 July 2006 Knight, French National Order of Légion d’honneur

14 May 2013 Officer, French National Order of Merit

21 Jan. 2014 2013 CIO of the Year (Trophée Coup de coeur du Jury, 01 Business)

 Short bio available (in French) on http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Chapuis



The Honourable Tony Clement

Parry-Sound – Muskoka (Ontario)

The Honourable Tony Clement is the President of the Treasury Board.  Since 2006, he has served as the Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka.

Mr. Clement’s dedication to public service spans three decades. In the House of Commons, Mr. Clement has served on the front benches as both Minister of Health and Minister of Industry.

In this capacity, Mr. Clement heads the development and implementation of a cross-government review – looking at transformational ways to support and deliver services to taxpayers in the most effective and efficient means possible. This work follows through on the Government of Canada’s commitment to eliminate the deficit and continue to strengthen the economy.

Over the last few years, Mr. Clement’s number one priority in managing the public purse has been unambiguous: returning to balanced budgets by 2015. With the help of his fellow Ministers, he has been busy ending cross-governmental efforts needed to accomplish this important goal.  

As President of the Treasury Board, Mr. Clement has also been a great advocate of Open Data and government modernization. Earlier this year, he challenged departments to think of datasets that Canadians would find useful and make them available on data.gc.ca. This exercise resulted in the creation of CODE, Canada’s first national appathon using federal government Open Data to create apps to better serve Canadians.

During his private sector career, Mr. Clement was a lawyer, business board member and small business owner and entrepreneur. He understands the challenges Canadians in these fields face and has introduced legislation to reduce the federal regulatory red tape that too often limits business productivity and success thus reducing the administrative burden on business.

Within the federal government, he has chaired five different Committees of Cabinet and serves on the Priorities and Planning Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister.

Previously, he spent eight years as an Ontario MPP, holding prominent Cabinet positions in the provincial government, such as Minister of Health and Minister of Environment.

Mr. Clement is passionate about Canada and his community, but also about his family.

Today, he strives to instil in his three children the strong work ethic he learned from his immigrant parents. His wife, Lynne, joins him in the challenges, and joys, of parenthood. His current attempt to master rock guitar is still a work in progress – meaning there are no imminent career-change plans. 


Asa Erba Stenhammar

Head Negotiator at The Union of Civil Servants

Mrs. Asa Erba Stenhammar has, since 2009, been the Head Negotiator for Swedens largest trade union in the government sector (ST - The Union of Civil Servants). In that function she is also the Head Negotiator for OFR (Public employees Negotiation Council / S, P, O) that consists of eight different government trade unions who represent members from all areas of the state administration from civil servants, military personnel to police employees.

OFR (Public employees Negotiation Council / S, P, O) is one of three central trade unions conducting negotiations with SAGE (The membership organization for Government Employers). The Social Partners negotiates central collective agreements concerning terms of employment, wages, pensions and Job Security Agreement for Government Employees.

As a results of previous negotiations, the social partners have agreed to set up The Central Government Social Partners Council where Mrs. Asa Erba Stenhammar is a Board Member. The Central Government Social Partners Council's task is to support the local social partners in their interaction and to develop and facilitating change in the government sector. During the conference Mrs Åsa Erba-Stenhammar will share her experiences of change and innovation from the prespective of the governmental employees.

Mrs. Asa Erba Stenhammar has an education and background in human resources where she worked until the late nineties, when she began working for Trade Unions. Before she came to The Union of Civil Servants, she worked for the world's largest white collar Trade Union in the private sector, Unionen.  



Andrew (Andy) Feldman

Andrew (Andy) Feldman is a Special Advisor on the Evidence and Innovation Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In this role, he helps federal agencies strengthen their abilities to build and use evidence about what works, including using rigorous evaluation, data, rapid experimentation, outcome-focused grant-making, as well as performance measurement and management.  Outside of his work at OMB, he also runs the Gov Innovator blog (www.govinnovator.com), which features concise audio interviews with public sector practitioners and experts, designed to provide insights for results-focused public leaders. The blog and companion iTunes podcast currently feature more than 65 interviews.  

Andy’s previous roles include being one of the top three appointed leaders at Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development, an agency of 1,600; Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle; Staff Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors in the Clinton Administration; and Special Assistant to the President at MDRC, the social policy research organization. He has taught graduate-level public management courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Singapore and Harvard University. His book, What Works in Work-First Welfare (Upjohn Institute Press, 2011), examines why some welfare-to-work programs in New York City are more effective than others at helping people get and keep jobs.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College. On a personal note, Andy is a fan of cooking, travel, jogging and the Green Bay Packers. 



Michael Hallsworth

Michael is the Head of Health and Tax at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), which was formerly part of the Cabinet Office in the UK government, and is now a social purpose company partly owned by government. BIT was set up as the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences. BIT is a world leader in conducting randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in a developed world policy context, and has been involved in over 100 trials to date.

Michael’s current work involves managing a long-term programme of work with Public Health England. He also leads the team’s work on tax, having previously run a series of large-scale randomised controlled trials to improve tax compliance at the UK tax authority. This work won the 2013 Civil Service award for Innovative Delivery.  

Michael co-authored the MINDSPACE and EAST reports on applying behavioural science to public policy. He has worked on a variety of policy issues for the Institute for Government and the RAND Corporation, and has published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, the Journal of Health Research Policy & Systems, the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, and the World Economic Forum. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, and is completing a PhD at Imperial College London, where his also an Honorary Lecturer.



Thierry Mandon

Thierry Mandon is the French Secretary for State Reform and Simplification. He was appointed in June 2014. His office is attached to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Born in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1957, M. Mandon was a member of the Assemblée nationale from 1988 to 1993 and from 2012 to 2014. He was also the mayor of Ris-Orangis, a mid-size city near Paris, from 1995 to 2012.

Thierry Mandon has a professional background in consulting and business strategy. Well-known for his efforts to improve the relationship between public authorities and the business sector, Thierry Mandon co-chaired the Conseil de la Simplification pour les Entreprises, a council dedicated to simplify administrative procedures for companies, from January to June of 2014.

Today, he is working to decrease the administrative burden of conducting business and streamline processes for private users of public services. In addition, Mr. Mandon is spearheading a review of the State’s missions and incorporating digital tools and values into the public sector so as to provide user-friendly services, opportunities for open collaboration and an increased efficiency at every level of Government.



Maria Manuel Leitão Marques

Maria Manuel Leitão Marques has a Law Degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra (1975) and a PhD in Economics (Economic Law) from the Faculty of Economics (1990) of the University of Coimbra.

She is Full Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Permanent Researcher at the Centro de Estudos Sociais (Centre for Social Studies), also at the University of Coimbra. 

Between September 2013 and September 2014, she was Member of the Selection Committee for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge and since 2013 she is Member of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens (European Commission). She is Vice-President of the Association Internationale de Droit Economique, since 1993. 

Recently, she worked with the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil Civil House as an International Consultant of the project “Brazil-EU exchange on administrative simplification experiences" (between May and August 2014). She was also Consultant of the project «Evaluation of services of the one stop shop (BAÚ) in Mozambique, with subsequent elaboration of proposals for modernization» supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, between December 2013 and July 2014. 

She was Secretary of State for Administrative Modernization (between 2007 and 2011) and President of the Office for Public Services Reform (between 2005 and 2007), of the Portuguese Government, where she was responsible for the coordination of the cutting red tape and e-government policies, including the Simplex’s programmes. Between 1998 and 2002, she was President of the Portuguese Observatory of Commerce, an independent task force of the Portuguese Ministry of the Economy. 

She was coordinator of several national and international research projects about Economic Law and Sociology of Law. She delivered several lectures at national and international meetings and has national and international publications in different fields. Her current research priorities include public regulation of economy and public services innovation. 



The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

Minister for the Cabinet Office

Francis Maude is a British politician and is the incumbent Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General. As a member of parliament (MP) he represents the constituency of Horsham.

Born in 1953, he was educated at Abingdon School near Oxford and later attended Cambridge University where he studied history and law.

Following the Conservative Party landslide victory of 1983 Francis was elected to the North Warwickshire constituency serving from 1983-92. Between 1987-89 he served as the Minister for Corporate and Consumer Affairs.  In 1989, he became the Minister for Europe in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and later served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury between 1990 -1992.

In opposition Francis held a succession of prominent positions.  He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in June 1997, later, Shadow Chancellor from June 1998 until February 2000 and served as Shadow Foreign Secretary from February 2000 to September 2001.  From May 2005 to June 2007, Francis held the position of Chairman of the Conservative Party and in June 2007, he was appointed Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Away from Government and political life, private sector positions have included serving as a director at Salomon Brothers from 1992-93 and as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley 1993-97. 

In May 2010, he was appointed Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General within the Coalition Government and is responsible for delivering cross government efficiencies and savings and civil service reform.



Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta (the UK’s National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts).   Nesta combines investment in early stage companies, grant programmes in fields ranging from health and education to the arts and giving, and research.   From 2004-2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects. 

Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve.  He is currently Chair of the Studio Schools Trust.

His books include The Locust and the Bee – a study on the future of economic growth (Princeton University Press, March 2013), The Art of Public Strategy - Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006)  and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998). 


Prof. Dr. Eko Prasojo

Vice-Minister of Administrative and Bureaucracy Reform, Indonesia


Since October 2011 until October 2014, he was the Vice Minister of Administrative Reform in the Republic of Indonesia. Since 2003-2010, Eko Prasojo worked with the GTZ in the Ministry of Administrative Reform of the Republic of Indonesia, where he served and consulted public sector reform projects. Eko Prasojo was involved in several drafts of law on bureaucratic reform and decentralization in Indonesian. He was a member of an advisory council for local autonomy in Indonesia (2006-2011). He served as a member of Independent Team for National Bureaucratic Reform in Indonesia under the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia (2009-2011).

Dr. Eko Prasojo graduated from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at University of Indonesia.  He received Master Degree (2000) and Doctorate Degree (2003) in Public Administration from Deutsche Hochschule fuer Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer, Germany. From 1996 he is appointed as Civil Servant and served as assistant Lecturer at the University of Indonesia. Ten years later, 2006, Eko Prasojo has been a professor of the Department of Administrative Science and served as Head of the Departement from 2006-2009 and Board of Trustee University of Indonesia (2006-2011). He was Head of Postgraduate Program for Public Administration University of Indonesia (2009-2011). Eko Prasojo was also Chairman of Local Governance Watch (LOGOWA) Institute in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at University of Indonesia and Head of Editorial Board of Journal Bisnis and Birokrasi.

Eko Prasojo was a member of the Steering Committee within the executive council of the Eastern Regional Organization of Public Administration (EROPA), the Asian Group for Public Administration (AGPA), Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Public Administration (IAPA), Vice President of the Indonesian Administration Scholars (PERSADI), and Member of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA). He is also active as co-Researcher of Korea Research Institute, University of New South Wales. Since January 2014 he is appointed as member of Commitee Expert of Public Administration, the United Nation (UN CEPA). He was a visiting scholar in University of Freiburg (1998) and the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo (2010), Freiburg (2011) and took course in the Harvard Executive Education Program (2011). He has published 15 books (in the Indonesian Language and English), several journal articles and presented papers in many international conferences and seminars. His research interests include federalism and decentralization, democratization and local democracy, political economic in Bureaucary, Administrative Reform, and Public Policy and Public Service Studies.




Siim Sikkut

Siim Sikkut serves as ICT Policy Adviser in Government Office of Estonia. His role is to coordinate ICT policy planning and execution across the government, plus advise Prime Minister and oversee strategic innovation projects on e-governance matters.

Previously, he worked as economic policy and public governance expert in Estonian Development Fund, a public economic foresight think-tank. His experience also includes Estonian Ministry of Finance, in areas of national-level strategic planning and public financial management.

Siim Sikkut graduated in 2005 from Princeton University, USA with B.A. degree in public and international affairs. He also holds a M.Sc. in International Management in China from University of London.

Siim also is a Board Member at e-Governance Academy, an Estonian-based e-governance think-tank, consulting and training NGO.



Marco Steinberg

Marco Steinberg is Founder of Snowcone & Haystack (www.snowcone.fi) a Helsinki based strategic design practice focused on helping governments and leaders innovate.

Prior to that he was Director of Strategic Design at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund (www.sirta.fi/en) where he established the fund’s strategic design capability. While there, he launched a portfolio of initiatives to address the acute need for strategic improvement in the public sector (www.helsinkidesignlab.org).  Marco believes that there is a solution to the complex challenges that governments, societies and environments face. There is a need to shift from trying to improve the efficiency of past models, to shaping new approaches. His passion is in helping leaders find the pathway to these strategic improvements

From 1999-2009 Marco served an Associate Professor at the Harvard Design School leading several significant research & innovation efforts including work on healthcare and Stroke care reform. He has extensive experience advising the public sector on strategic transformations.

In his other responsibilities, Marco is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Finnish Architecture; Board Member of Design Driven City (a greater Helsinki innovation fund, leveraging design to transform public administration); member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Public Sector Reform for Northern Ireland; and advisor to many public, private, and academic organizations.

Marco has published extensively on design, innovation and public sector transformations. Recent books include “Legible Practises: Six stories about the craft of stewardship” (2013) and “In Studio: Recipes for Systemic Change” (2011).

He received his BFA and BArch from Rhode Island School of Design and his MArch with Distinction from Harvard University.

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Jamie Tibbetts

Since 2011, Mr. Tibbetts serves as the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer of Health Canada where he has been leading a wholesale transformation of Health Canada’s finance function.  For example, HC has implemented SAP workflow, has fully automated its “Procure to Pay” processes and has eliminated “Wet-Ink” signatures.  A Financial Management Advisory (FMA) Transformation is currently underway.

Mr. Tibbetts has been a CFO in the Government of Canada for 8 of the last 9 years; taking a one year role prior to the HC position as Director General   of Devolution and Territorial Relations with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, where his responsibilities included the design and implementation of the new Northern retail food subsidy program (Nutrition North Canada) and advancing transfer of responsibilities to territorial governments in the North.

Mr. Tibbetts brings with him a substantial and diversified array of financial and executive experience, including in headquarters and regional positions in five federal departments where he has utilized partnerships and collaboration efforts to improve federal government operations as well as those at the community level.

Mr. Tibbetts is an alumni of Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Governor General of Canada Public Service Award of Excellence. He also received the 2013-2014 Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada awards of Excellence in Public Sector Financial Management Innovation.



Philippe Vermeulen

Born in Oostende, Belgium, he has been a federal civil servant for over 33 years of which 18 years as a senior civil servant. Native Dutch speaker, he’s proficient (C2) in French & English and has a good active knowledge of German.

He has a master’s degree in political sciences (1985) and a post-master degree in social law (1986) and administrative law (1988).

He started working for the State-owned shipping lines, went on working in 1986 for the Ministry of the Interior on linguistic policies issues and his further career is marked by being promoted to senior posts in the public administration where he dealt with senior civil servants management, budgeting, public service delivery, planning, forecasting and selection, international relations, public consultancy and many other matters.

At several occasions he was also invited to join the cabinet office of a number of  federal and regional ministers responsible for civil service affairs (1990 – 1992 & 1998 – 1999), internal affairs (1990 – 1992), social security and pensions (2004 – 2006).

He was also the secretary general of the Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat) of Belgium (2000 – 2003).

After spending one year (2008 – 2009) in Paris working for the OECD (SIGMA) doing missions in the Western Balkans and the Southern Caucasus where his mission was to assist governments and central state public bodies on governance and management issues, he’s currently a senior adviser (councillor general) working at the federal public service of Personnel and Organisation dealing with innovation, organisational and personnel development & management support.

In his present capacity he is a member of the OPSI Task Force and contact for the Belgian federal administration. He is also a member and past Chair of the PEM – Public Employment & Management  – Network linked to the Public Governance Committee of the OECD. He was also involved in the OECD Governance Peer Reviews of the United Arab Emirates and recently the Dominican Republic.

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin

Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD 

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin is a Senior Analyst and Project Leader at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Education and Skills.

He is currently responsible of two projects of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI): “Innovation Strategy for education and training” and “the future of higher education”. His current interests cover: the nature and level of education and skills that matter in innovation and knowledge societies; the innovation ecology in the education sector; the measurement of innovation in education.

He has recently led a review of Italy’s ICT innovation policy in education and is interested in how technology can be used as a means of educational innovation. He also looks at the components of an educational innovation system that facilitates self-sustained improvement and disruptive innovation: educational research, school organization, system organization, indicators and information systems.

Stéphan also works extensively on higher education, including the internationalisation and future of higher education, including the role of e-learning.

He has authored many articles and book chapters and edited several books. His most recent books as co-author or editor are: Measuring Innovation in Education: A New Perspective (2014), Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education (2013), Review of the Italian Strategy for Digital Schools (2013), Higher Education to 2030, volume 1: Demography and volume 2: Globalisation (2009 and 2010).

He is a Marie Curie Fellow and a 2007 Fulbright New Century Scholar. He holds a PhD in economics, a business school diploma, and a master’s in philosophy.



Nancy de Vogelaere

Nancy is an enthusiastic 36-years young public servant. She’s been working for the Flemish Government for 12 years now: first she was a coordinator, then project manager (digitalisation) and currently she is Head of Communication at the Department of Education (within the Ministry of Education).

Nancy studied Political Sciences (1996-2000), European Law (2001) and Development Cooperation (2002). In between she succeeded in getting her degree to become a teacher (1998-2002). After 8 years of work, she decided to go to school again, with studies of Master After Master – Public Management (Antwerp Management School – 2010-2012). After these studies, she changed her job to Head of Communication – following her passion for information, communication and conversation.

Besides her job in government, she also owns a company (4ChangeMachines) with Elke Wambacq and Joke Renneboog. Together they write books. In 2014 they published two books: “Tot UW Dienst (at your service)” – Lannoo Camus & “Ssssst, Hier Werkt Men” (Ssssh, they’re working here) - Politeia”. She also gives lectures at university (Leuven, Ghent, Antwerp) and workshops (in all kinds of organisations) about communication, HR, innovation and creativity.

Nancy has two daughters (Zara, 8y & Anaïs, 5y) with her husband Bruno. She loves reading, talking and… writing. 


Elke Wambacq

The past 6 years Elke has worked for the Flemish government. At this moment she is Head of the staff department at the Flemish Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO).

She is the founder of the “Innovatieve Bende” (“innovative gang”) a network for sharing knowledge about innovation in public sector.

Besides her job in government she also owns a company (4ChangeMachines) together with Nancy De Vogelaere and Joke Renneboog. They write books and give lectures about communications and change management.

Elke studied biochemistry and criminology at the University of Ghent. In 2015 she will start an MBA in London. 


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