Focused on developing leadership capabilities, building resilience and agility, and enabling career progression, the Public Sector Women in Leadership conference will bring together the most prominent and inspirational women from across the Public Sector, to share their experiences and development strategies, from every stage of the leadership journey.
Attend & learn strategies for:
- Developing a competitive edge in the public sector
- Breaking down organisational barriers
- Establishing your voice as a leader
- Maximising your personal capabilities
- Taking advantage of opportunities
Senior and aspiring leaders and also champions of change from:
- Federal Departments and Agencies
- State Departments and Agencies
- Local Government
Attend to learn:
- Build resilience & agility
- Develop your leadership capabilities
- React well under pressure
- Influence change & shape the future
High Commissioner for Pakistan
Naela Chohan is a Pakistani diplomat and Women’s Rights advocate and artist. As a seasoned and veteran diplomat, she has assumed a leadership position in eight different Pakistani diplomatic missions on five different continents. Naela Chohan is the current High Commissioner of Pakistan to Australia, where she has laid emphasis on bolstering bilateral ties, therein prioritizing the enhancement of trade, security, educational and economic relations. High Commissioner Chohan has previously served as Pakistan’s Additional Foreign Secretary for the Middle East and Africa, prior to which she was the Ambassador of Pakistan to Argentine, Uruguay, Peru and Ecuador, where she
has been a vocal proponent of stronger ties between Pakistan and Latin America. She is an alumnus of Quaid-e- Azam University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Naela speaks English, French, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi and Spanish.
Naela’s art training has occurred in Malaysia and in Paris, France, notably at the L’ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, L’ecole du Louvre. She has done a three year diploma course in Trompe l’Oiel at Ateliers du Carrousel, Palais du Louvre. Naela has been member of the Jury for Art Extravaganza, Pakistan, 2004.
In March, 2002, UNESCO, in Paris, held an exhibition of her work entitled “La Souffrance”. In December, 2000, there was a solo exhibition of her work,
entitled “Tribute to Women” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In Canada, her solo art exhibition “Art from the heart” was held in Ottawa, Canada in July 2009, “Arcoiris de Amistad” was held in Argentina in 2012 and “arise Women” was held in Canberra on 13 May 2016.
Naela’s art works can be found in the following collections:
“Encaged” at UNESCO headquarter, Paris, France.
“Tribute to Malaysian Women Entrepreneurs” – private collection of Abdullah Badawi, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
“Ishq”– Muzium Kesentian Islam Malaysia (Islamic Arts Museum) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“The Burden Carrier” – Royal Selongor Museum, Malaysia.
“Tribute to Canadian Winter” – Governor General of Canada.
Arbor de Amistad – Camara de diplutados, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Betrayal of Love – Luke Batty Foundation, Melbourne, Australia
Naela is married to Musa Javed Chohan, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada, a writer and a poet. They have two sons: Usman and Ibrahim.
Ms Halton is a former Secretary of the Australian Department of Finance. She brings to the Board extensive experience in finance, insurance, risk management, information technology, human resources, health and ageing and public policy. She also has significant international experience.
Ms Halton’s previous roles include Secretary of the Australian Department of Health, Secretary for the Department of Health and Ageing, and Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Director: Clayton Utz (from 2017)
Member: Executive Board of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (from 2007).
Board Member: Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Norway) (from 2016).
Public Policy Fellow: ANU Crawford School of Public Policy (from 2012).
Adjunct Professor: University of Sydney and University of Canberra.
Council Member: Australian Strategic Policy Institute (from 2016)
FORMER DIRECTORSHIPS INCLUDE
Former Chairman: OECD Asian Senior Budget Officials Network (from 2014-2016), World Health Organisation Executive Board (2013-2014), OECD’s Health Committee (2007-2013), Food Regulation Standing Committee (2002-2014) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (2002-2008).
Former President: World Health Assembly (2007).
Former Executive Board Member: World Health Organisation (2004-2007 and 2012-2015).
Former Member: Melbourne Institute Advisory Board (2007-2015), the National E-Health Transition Authority (2005-2014) and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2002-2014).
Former Commissioner: Australian Sports Commission (2008-2010 and 2013-2014), Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (2006-2015) and Health Insurance Commission (2002-2005).
Dr Pigram is a geologist [BSc (Hons), PhD] and has over 40 years’ experience in a wide range of geological research and mapping. He has been a senior research manager since 1993 and has led Geoscience Australia's marine & petroleum geoscience, minerals geoscience, and geospatial & earth monitoring programs. He was the Chief Executive Officer of GA from 2010-2017.
Dr Pigram has worked in Southeast Asia and the West Pacific as well as extensively in Australia. He has wide experience in geoscience covering minerals, petroleum, basin analysis and marine geoscience with over 100 publications and is member of several professional geological societies. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Pigram is a member of numerous advisory committees and working groups.
In 2004 he participated in the APS Senior Leadership program – Leading Australia’s Future in Asia (LAFIA). In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He currently is the interim Director of the National Computation Infrastruture, and Chair of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee that advises government on water issue related to large cal mines and coal seam gas developments.
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Liz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in May 2016 as the Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer.
Liz enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on 22 February 1979 and was the first female to be promoted to the rank of Major General on 13 November 2007. After 31 years of service in a range of logistics appointments in Australia and overseas Liz retired from full time military service on 29 November 2010. After her military career, Liz commenced her career with the Australian Public Service.
Liz’s first appointment in 2010 was with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs leading the commemorations and veterans’ support service before assuming a role as Deputy Secretary with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in 2012. Liz joined the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2014 as the Deputy Secretary, Chief Operating Officer before moving back to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in May 2016.
Liz holds a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies.
In 2001 Liz was recognised for her leadership and management skills and awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross and in 2011 Liz was appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for her contributions to Army. In 2014 Liz was awarded the ACT Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development
Judith Zielke became Deputy Secretary in February 2016 and oversights Infrastructure Investment, Policy and Research and Surface Transport Policy divisions. Her responsibilities include infrastructure investment, strategic policy, national maritime, rail and heavy vehicle regulation and regional development policy and programs. She was previously Executive Director of Surface Transport Policy Division. Judith is also Chief Coordinator, Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which was established by the Prime Minister in March 2014 to coordinate the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing flight MH370.
Judith has had a lengthy public sector career encompassing a range of policy advice and implementation positions in the Australian Government in areas of Trade, Attorney-General’s, Industry and Innovation, and most recently Infrastructure. Across various roles, Judith has been involved in a broad range of international engagement activities including technical infrastructure, free trade and mutual recognition agreement negotiations, and World Trade Organisation negotiations.
Judith is also a Member of the Board of the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
What People Are Saying
“It is always a privilege to spend time with other women who are journeying on their career path. It is incumbent on all of us to support each other and share our experiences so that we can learn from each other and share those practices that assist us in surviving the journey.”Acting Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman, Commonwealth Ombudsman
“If you want to drive systemic cultural change it is important to have opportunities to have frank and fearless discussions, to explore new ideas, to establish a new narrative amongst influencers and those seeking a better world. This event was a great coming together of minds, from presenters to every member of the audience, to enable such a change. Thank you to all those who participated and everyone of us should feel more armed and ready to lead in the public sector as a result.”Open Data Specialist, Australian and New Zealand Governments
“The female leaders who spoke were heroic, smart and honest, put plainly they were the stuff legends are made of, inspirational. I had the opportunity to meet many women and men in senior leadership roles, people I would never get to meet in my normal sphere. These people had amazing advice and real business solutions to some of the issues I am working to overcome in the APS.”Senior Geophysicist, Geoscience Australia
“I was honoured to be amongst such inspiring leaders of the public service and to share my messages around why transformational leadership is so important for enterprise agility in an age of digital disruption.”Acting Assistant Commissioner Corporate Applications at Australian Taxation Office, Australian Taxation Office
“This conference should be mandatory for all young women (and men) starting out in the public sector careers”Assistant Director, Information Management Strategy, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, June 2017 Public Sector Women in Leadership conference attendee
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