Meet the Co-Chairs

Margaret Kobia

Since December 2012, Professor Margaret Kobia is the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Kenya. Prior to this position, she was Director General of the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) and oversaw its development as the now Kenya School of Government (KSG).

She graduated with a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed, Hons) Degree from the University of Nairobi followed by a Master of Education (MED) Degree from Kenyatta University in 1991. As a Leadership Grant Scholarship recipient, she enrolled at the University of Illinois where she received a Ph.D. in Human Resource Education and Entrepreneurship in 2003. She later joined Strathmore University, Nairobi, in 2003 as a Senior Lecturer in management, entrepreneurship and research methodology and simultaneously served as a management training consultant. Professor Kobia’s research interests include Public Sector Reforms, Performance Management Training and Knowledge Management. Professor Kobia was the Chief Editor of the refereed African Journal of Public Administration and Management (AJPAM) for five years.

In October 2014, she was elected as the Vice President and board member of Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (CAPAM). Professor Kobia sits on a number Public Sector Management Boards that include the Judicial Service Commission and the Independent Office of the Auditor General Commission. She is also the Chair of the Kenya Accountant Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB). Prof. Kobia is a fellow at the Kenya Institute of Management and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries, Kenya.

Neil Levine

Mr Neil Levine is the Director of the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG Center) within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID.  Neil has just returned to USAID from an assignment as Assistant Professor of Strategic Leadership at the National Defense University Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, honing his passion for leadership, teaching and unlocking excellence. 

Neil brings with him a long history and deep knowledge of democracy, human rights and governance programming.  He served as Director of the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation from 2008-2013 and as Chief of the Governance Division in the then Global Bureau Democracy and Governance Center from 2000-2007. 

A veteran Latin Americanist, Neil was deputy director for USAID’s Office of Central American Affairs from 1995-2000, and worked on Latin America issues on Capitol Hill for over a decade. He has Masters degrees from the National War College and Columbia University and a B.A. in International Studies from Earlham College.

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