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Cohort 5

Pg Khairil Bahriah Ali

Ms Khairil Bahriah Ali currently serves as Special Duties Officer Grade I at the Office of Sekretariat Tetap Wawasan Brunei 2035, Prime Minister’s Office since 2015. Her responsibilities include monitoring the implementation of Goal 2 – Quality of Life of the Wawasan Brunei 2035 Framework (Brunei Vision 2035) at the implementing agencies level, conduct research and analyses, and manage strategic network with stakeholders. She has 14 years of work experience in different Ministries. Her first career began in October 2004 as a Research Officer at the Directorate of Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence where she was involved in various bilateral, regional and multilateral defence and security cooperation such as ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting and its related meetings; ASEAN Regional Forum Defence Officials Dialogue (DOD) and Security Policy Conference (ASPC); and the United Nations General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) in 2006. She was also a member of Avian Influenza Focused Group for the Implementation of the Ministry of Defence Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan in 2006. While she was with the Ministry of Defence, she also held a portfolio as Assistant Defence Adviser at the Office of Defence Adviser, High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Republic of Singapore from 2008 to 2011. In 2013, Ms Khairil Bahriah worked at the International Affairs Division, Department of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Health. Her responsibilities include managing areas pertaining to bilateral and multilateral health cooperation. During her tenure at the Ministry, she was also involved as Secretariat to several projects, among others are, Health and Insurance Plan for Officers and Staff of Emergency and Medical Ambulance Services (EMAS); Foreign Workers Special Medical Insurance; and Private Healthcare and Facilities Draft Order. She was also the International Delegation Coordinator for the Tenth One Asia Breastfeeding Partners Forum, 27 – 30 October 2014, held in Brunei Darussalam. Ms Khairil Bahriah Ali graduated with B.A (Hons) in Public Policy and Administration from Universiti Brunei Darussalam in 2004. She is currently pursuing her Master degree in Public Policy and Management at the Institute of Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She is interested in the socio-economic development areas in relation to the concept of quality of life.

Safarah Haji Jamaludin

Miss Safarah Jamaludin is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy and Management at the Institute of Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She has a degree in Politics and Psychology from the University of Westminster, London. 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 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 and human resource policies.

Lidia Voevodina

Lidia Voevodina is studying for a Master Degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Brunei Darussalam, where the whole Spring semester she will spend as an exchange student in McCourt School at the Georgetown University in the USA. She holds a Specialist Degree in Linguistics and certificate of a translator from the State Academy of Slavic Culture in Moscow. She can speak Russian, English and Spanish languages. During her education in Moscow, Ms. Voevodina participated in interexchange programs, notably "Work and Travel USA" and the Internship in Spain. She joined the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam to the Russian Federation in 2015, where she gained interest in Foreign Policies, International Relations, International Education and Diplomacy. Currently, Ms. Voevodina is involved in a Master Scientific Research Project looking into the International Education in Public Diplomacy in Russia.

Buba K. Touray

Prior to coming to Brunei, Mr. Buba K. Touray worked for several years in youth development and community building in The Gambia. He graduated from the University of The Gambia with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance. In 2014, he joined the Trust Agency for Rural Development, a community-based NGO operating in the West Coast Region. He was appointed as the Programme Manager, where he was responsible in coordinating a youth development and business scheme, which was designed to sustainably reduce unemployment and to grow the economy. The scheme has successfully enabled many individuals to develop their own income earning businesses. He was involved in managing the project budget to ensure that project funds are disbursed properly, expenditures are in accordance with the project document and project work plans, accounting records and supporting documents are properly kept and financial reports are prepared, and financial operation procedures or regulations are properly applied. Mr. Touray worked with a number of British charities including Arkleton Trust, Marlborough Brandt Group Saint James Place and Be Reel Project. Mr. Touray also worked for a year as a National Volunteer with Voluntary Services Oversees (V.S.O.), a British based NGO, in partnership with Gambia Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.  He was contracted on short-term basis with the Gambia Independent election, worked as Presiding Officer in The General Presidential Election in 2016, the Parliamentary in 2017, and the Regional and Local Government Election in early 2018. As an MPPM 5th Cohort student at IPS, Mr. Touray has developed an interest in the area of Energy Policy and Management. For his capstone project, he chose to examine the energy sector in his country and propose options for a decentralized renewable energy policy. Mr. Touray was accepted entrance into the University of Maryland for his semester abroad as part of the MPPM programme.

Cohort 4

  1. Nadiah Abu Bakar (Brunei)
  2. Tuan Badrul Hisham T. Jusoh (Malaysia)
  3. Alisha D. Thompson (USA)
  4. Nabaasa Anne (Uganda)

Nadiah Abu Bakar

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.

Tuan Badrul Hisham T. Jusoh

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.

Cohort 3

  1. Suhaila Hj Matzan
  2. Dk Tuty Shahrina Pg Hj Mat Said
  3. Zaila Hj Zaini
  4. Pg Shahrul Rizan Pg Hj Othman
  5. Captain Zil Husam bin Abd Rahman
  6. Dimang Chann
  7. Mas Ayu Zainul Abidin

Dk Tuty Shahrina Pg Hj Mat Said

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.

Pg Shahrul Rizan Pg Hj Othman

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 bin Abd Rahman

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.

Dimang Chann

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.

Cohort 2

  1. Dina Roslina Binti Hj Aliuddin (Brunei)
  2. Haji Mohammad Asme Bin Haji Amit (Brunei)
  3. Mohammad Ede Fadle Bin Hj Shamsu (Brunei)
  4. Masitah Binti Hassan (Brunei)
  5. Nur Nasuha Amalina Binti Tajuddin (Brunei)
  6. Anastasia Kotylo (Russia)
  7. Keodalya Long (Cambodia)
  8. Khin Nilar Soe (Myanmar)
  9. Mohd Nuruddin Bin Abd Manap (Malaysia)
  10. Pancho Cicero Castro (Philippines)
  11. Risnawati (Indonesia)
  12. Sovanpol In (Cambodia)

Haji Mohammad Asme Bin Haji Amit

Mr. Asme Amit is a Master of Public Policy and Management student at the Institute of Policy Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He has 7 years of government experience and serves as Administrative Officer for the Department of Economic Planning & Development at the Prime Minister’s Office in Brunei. Mr. Amit oversees personnel and training activities and has experience in finance, procurment and asset managment. He is a Change Agent and Trainer for the Government Employee Managment System in the public service. In addition, he has served as a Research Officer at the Ministry of Defense and an Administrative Officer Trainee at the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Finance in Brunei. Mr. Amit holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Information Systems from the Universiti Brunei Darrussalam. Currently, Mr. Amit is involved in a Master Scientific Research Project looking into education policies and socioeconomic development in Brunei Darussalam.

Anastasia Kotylo

Ms. Anastasia Kotylo is a Master of Public Policy and Management candidate (2016) at the Institute of Policy Studies at the University of Brunei Darussalam. Prior to joining the Institute of Policy Studies, she worked as a Marketing Analyst for UniMed and a substitute teacher of Philosophy and Ethics for the Faculty of Human Studies at the St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. She received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from St. Petersburg State University, where she completed her thesis “The Mask as the Aesthetic Phenomenon” and continued her research as a postgraduate student in Philosophical Anthropology at St. Petersburg State University of Economics. Ms. Kotylo has written several publications, including The Mask, Actor and Spectator in Classic Ancient Tragedy, The Mask at Contemporary Theatre Pedagogics: a way to reveal artistic potential of an actor and The Mask at Visual Space and Practices of Actionism. She holds a high level achievement certificate in Cognitive and Cultural Studies from The New York – St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI). Currently, Ms. Kotylo is involved in a Master Scientific Research Project, devoted to environmental awareness and sustainable waste management system in Brunei. She also supports conservation projects and helps to raise charitable funds for indigenous peoples, who live in remote areas of Borneo.

Khin Nilar Soe

Ms. Khin Nilar Soe earned a Bachelor Degree in International Relation from the University of Yangon in 1994. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998 and served  as an Head of Branch in East and South Asia Division, Political Department.  From 2002 to 2006, she was transferred to the Myanmar Embassy in Berlin, Germany as Second Secondary in charge of the Consular matters.  She then returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Head of Branch of the South East Asia Division, Political Department until 2009. Here she to strengthen bilateral relations.  Ms. Soe was then posted to the Myanmar Embassy in Cairo, Egypt from 2009 to 2011.  In Cairo, she served as First Secretary handling political matters.  Upon finishing her tenure in Cairo, she was transferred back to the headquarters as Assistant Director.  Since then, she has been serving in the European Division of the Political Department in the Ministry, and was promoted to Deputy Director.  Ms. Soe is currently studying for her Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) at the Universiti Brunei, Darussalam.

Cohort 1

  1. Anisa Binti Hj Mohd Taib (Brunei)
  2. Hasrinah Binti Matyassin (Brunei)
  3. Hj Mohamad Sofian Bin Lamit (Brunei)
  4. Wong Yok Ting (Brunei)
  5. Mohd Khairul Anwar Bin Hj Shahari (Brunei)
  6. Mohd Norazlin Bin Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Kassim (Brunei)
  7. Siti Diana Binti Othman (Brunei)
  8. Siti Norashikin Md Salleh (Brunei)
  9. Siti Raudhah Hj Mohaimin (Brunei)
  10. Susilizah Binti Kadir (Brunei)
  11. Chin Sin How (Malaysia)
  12. Evgenia Likhovtseva (Russia)
  13. Virgemarie Salazar (Philippines)
  14. Lim Jit Nong, John (Singapore)
  15. Leang Bunleap (Singapore)

Siti Diana Othman

Ms. Siti Diana Othman serves as a Research Officer at the Directorate of Defense Policy, Ministry of Defense, Brunei Darussalam. In this position, Ms. Othman is exposed to various defense and security undertakings, which includes her participation in Joint Defense Working Groups meetings, ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meetings (ADMM) and the United Nations General Assembly (2012) as the First Committee representative. Ms. Othman’s previous positions include her appointments as a Research Officer in the Directorate of Intelligence, Ministry of Defense in 2006 and as the Assistant Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in the Philippines in 2008. Ms. Othman graduated from Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom with BSc Econs in Economics, and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Chin Sin How

Mr. Chin Sin How is an inter-disciplinarian with experience as a corporate banker, a marketing analyst in IT business development and an advertising executive. At HSBC Brunei, he facilitated foreign direct investments by Global 500 companies and helped local companies expand their operations. With Brunei Accenture Group, he worked in the business development team marketing, tendering and winning large-scale public contracts.  Mr. Chin began his career with Saatchi & Saatchi Kuala Lumpur where he learned the importance of understanding human insight, harnessing ideas and being shameless enough to ask difficult questions. He is interested in the space where governments and businesses intersect, and in the socio-economic impacts of these interactions. Mr. Chin is currently working on his Master’s in Public Policy and Management at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.  He enjoys backpacking in unfamiliar lands, running, trekking, diving and general life-hacking.

Evgenia Likhovtseva

Ms. Evgenia Likhovtseva graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia and is currently a Master’s student at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Ms. Likhovtseva entered politics in 2011 as the youngest candidate in the Saint-Petersburg Parliamentary election. In 2012 she launched her own political discussion club modeled after a platform for dialogue between citizens and Russian politicians. In 2013, Ms. Likhovtseva became a political columnist for the famous Russian magazine “Expert.” Her interviews touched on sensitive social themes and current issues. Among her interlocutors were Robert Aumann, Nobel Prize winner for his game-theory analysis of conflict and cooperation and Andrew Kostin, President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank. Ms. Likhovtseva is interested in theories of modernity and studied Hanna Arendt, Michel Faucolt, Peter Wagner and Shmuel Eiseshtadt as an undergraduate. During her Master’s studies she has considered issues of Islamic governance in Malaysia and Brunei, which, she believes, is relevant to the analysis of modernity.

John Lim

Mr. John Lim most recently served as Assistant Director with the Ministry of Law Headquarters in Singapore. There, he was involved in policy review and oversight of the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office. As Chairman of the Ministry’s Staff Welfare Committee he was instrumental in legislating and publicizing the amended Moneylenders Act in Singapore. He was also involved in the Ministry’s organizational development, overseeing the documentation of work processes and ensuring that the Ministry was in accordance with the Singapore Quality Class, a certification of overall service standard. Mr. Lim also represented the Law Ministry in a cross-Ministry project reviewing the impact of social media on public officers. Prior to this, Mr. Lim served at the Legal Aid Bureau in Singapore.  He was largely responsible for managing the impact of the SARs pandemic in 2003 and the Avian Influenza in 2005.  He was awarded the Star Service Award in 2008.  Mr. Lim began his career in the Police Department as a junior government official and subsequently continued his education at the University of Wales, Swansea, pursuing a degree in Developments Studies. He later earned a graduate diploma in Human Resource Management and is now enrolled in a Master’s program in Public Policy and Management at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, which he hopes will broaden his understanding of policy formulation and delivery.

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