Enaam Barrishi is the Director of Jordan River Foundation (JRF), a local not for profit organisation chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania, in Jordan. Enaam is responsible for overseeing the execution of JRF’s strategy to ensure consistent and timely progress in achieving its mission and target programmatic impact. She provides leadership in developing program, organisational, and financial plans in addition to executing on the policies authorised by the Board of Trustees. Enaam also sits on several national committees that provide strategic directions and insights to the government.
Mlungisi Cele is the Acting Chief of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and CEO of Dynamic Fluid Control Pty in South Africa. Mlungisi leads on major policy research and Foresight Exercise initiatives that have influenced the current Science Technology and Innovation (STI) policy mix (including the 2019 White Paper on STI and draft Decadal Plan for STI). He is a member of the Ministerial Think Tank on Higher Education Science and Innovation and Wits University Council.
Sameer Chauhan is the Director of United Nations International Computing Centre, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Sameer leads the UNICC’s strategy and operations, including the facilitation of the provision of services to more than 50 Clients and Partner Organizations. He has over twenty years of prior professional experience in both the Public and Private Sectors. Before joining UNICC, Sameer was the Head of Knowledge Management and Digital Marketing IT for Deutsche Bank Asset and Wealth Management.
Sharmarke Farah currently serves as the Director-General of the Somali National Bureau of Statistics (SNBS), where he leads and coordinates the comprehensive National Statistics Development Strategy (NSDS). As an autonomous government agency, SNBS is responsible for collecting, analysing, and disseminating all official economic, social, environmental, and demographic statistics. It also formulates policies, and establishes internal regulations, priorities, standards, and criteria for all censuses and surveys conducted in Somalia. Prior to his role at SNBS, Farah held the position of Principal Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Somalia and Coordinator of the Economic Roadmap and has been a member of the Financial Governance Committee (FGC).
Muhammadou Kah is The Gambian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Gambia to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the United Nation Organisations at Geneva, WTO and other International Organisations in Switzerland. Muhammadou serves as Vice President (Africa) for the UN Human Rights Council, Vice Chairman, World Intellectual Property Organisations (WIPO), Vice Chairman (Africa), UNCTAD’s Commission on Science, Technology and Development (CSTD), Advisory Board Member (Africa), UNCTAD’s Trade Development Board, and Founding Board Member, International Digital Health and AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR). He has previously acted as Vice Chancellor, The University of The Gambia; Founding Dean, School of IT & Engineering and Vice Rector for Technology and Innovation, ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan, and as Vice President For Academic Affairs/Provost and Professor of IT and Computing, American University of Nigeria.
William Mason has been the Director General of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission since 2013. He served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors between 2014 and 2022 where he chaired both the Audit and Risk Committee and the Standards Assessment Working Group, establishing IAIS’s regulatory assessment programme. William has also worked at the UK Cabinet Office, Head of Risk at the Central Bank of Ireland, an international energy firm, and a US strategy house, Monitor Group.
Rekha Mhango is the Deputy Governor in charge of Administration at the Bank of Zambia. She is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight to the support functions in the Bank, as well as Strategy and Change Management. She has served as a member and Chair of the Gender and Inclusive Finance Committee (GIFC) of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) and on the Social Dialogue Committee of the International Labour Organisation. She is also a member of the Board Room Africa, Zambia Institute of Human Resources management and the Institute of Arbitrators (UK), and a Member of the Institute of Directors (UK).
Sauda Msemo is the Deputy Governor of Financial Stability and Deepening at the Bank of Tanzania. Sauda supervises the financial sector to ensure stability of the country’s financial system, oversees the nation’s payment system and fosters financial inclusion. She previously served as Commissioner for External Finance and Assistant Commissioner Debt Policy (Ministry of Finance and Planning); Senior Financial Analyst and Advisor Fiscal Affairs (Bank of Tanzania); Research Assistant (Vertex Financial Services); and Accountant Intern at Nordant Management Consultants (M) Ltd Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Sauda is a Chairperson of the National Multi-Disciplinary Committee on Anti-Money Laundering; a Member of the National Generation Equality Forum Advisory Committee, and a Voting Member of the Global Standards and Policy Committee (GSPC) of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI).
Rabiu Olowo is the 22nd Honourable Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, Nigeria, managing the fiscal policy strategy of the 5th largest economy in Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor/Executive-In-Residence at the Lagos State University MBA and DBA programmes. Before entering mainstream public sector, Dr. Olowo worked for top local and multinational organizations across Industries with project immersion across Africa, Europe, Middle East and USA.
Maree Roberts is the Deputy Director General, Strategy, Policy and Legislation for the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. She was the lead health strategy and policy advisor supporting the Director-General of Health during Covid-19. Prior to this Maree held several senior roles in the Ministry for Social Development in both Policy and Service Delivery and in the Ministry for Children. She also led several change programmes relating to Child Protection, Vulnerable Children and the Ministerial Work Programme on Family and Sexual Violence. Maree has also worked in Local Government.
Rafael Vitale is the Director General, National Transport Land Agency, in Brazil. He has previously held positions at the National Department of Transportation Infrastructure (DNIT), the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Infrastructure, and the Civil Office of the Presidency of the Republic, where he was the Deputy Chief of Infrastructure of the Articulation and Monitoring Sub-Secretariat and the Executive Deputy Chief of the Articulation and Monitoring Sub- Secretariat. He became the General Director of the National Land Transportation Agency – ANTT on July 21 2021, with a term until February 19, 2025.
David Samuels has been the Secretary for Māori Development in New Zealand since September 2019. Samuels began his career as an infantry officer in the New Zealand Army. Following his time in the military, he held several management and leadership roles in the Department of Corrections, Te Puni Kōkiri (where he was Director of Policy), the Ministry for Primary Industries, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Ali Yassin Sheikh Ali is the Deputy Governor, of the Central Bank of Somalia. Ali previously served in a variety of roles within the private and public sectors, leading key portfolios such as the printing of the Somali currency and its joint programming design, implementation, and management. He leads engagement with wider stakeholders, including regional states, and informs progress with global financial partners, including the IMF, World Bank, and African Development Bank. Ali also manages a portfolio of interrelated projects, including people, budget, data, technology, work-follow process, business modelling, reporting, and learning.
Katherine Van Gurp is the National Manager of Strategy and Performance for the Australian Federal Police. She is responsible for strategy, policy, ministerial and government engagement, legislative reform, risk and audit, organisational performance, the AFP’s governance framework and reform initiatives across the agency. Katherine was previously the CEO of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) and the Chief of Staff and Executive Director with the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services.
Dominic Wilson has been the Director General at the Northern Ireland Office since June 2022. Previously, Dominic was Director General of Security Policy at the Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for policy on all Defence activity in the UK and overseas, for relationships with allies and partners globally and for ensuring that Defence policy and plans are fully integrated across Government. He also spent four years in the Cabinet Office working on a range of cross-Departmental issues including investigatory powers, counter-terrorism legislation and the Justice and Security Bill.