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  1. Safarah Jamaludin (Brunei)
  2. Pg. Khairil Bahriah Pg. Hj. Ali (Brunei)
  3. Lidia Voevodina (Russia)
  4. Nisar Ahmad (Afghanistan)
  5. Buba K. Touray (Gambia)

Safarah 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.

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.

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 egree 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.

Nisar Ahmad

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,, 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.

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.

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