Dr Gregor Virant is international consultant and part-time professor of public administration and administrative law at the University of Ljubljana. He served as state secretary for public administration in Slovenia from 2000-2004 and was responsible for the preparation of Slovenian public administration for accession to the EU, including the reform of civil service. From 2004 to 2008 he served as minister for public administration and carried out several successful reforms in the areas of administrative burden reduction, improvement of administrative services quality and e-government. He led negotiations with public sector trade unions for a new salary system and successfully brought it to an end by signing collective agreements in 2008. Some of the projects that were developed under his leadership were internationally recognized (one stop shop project for starting up a business received a UNPS award, Slovenia ranked 2nd in the EU in the area of sophistication of online services in the EU sponsored Cap gemini survey in 2007). From December 2011 to February 2013 he served as speaker of national parliament, from 2013 to 2014 as minister of interior, reponsible also for public aministration. As international consultant, he has been cooperating with several international organizations (WB, UNDP, EC, OECD, Council of Europe) and consultancy companies, mostly on projects in the Western Balkan and Ukraine. Currently he is head of PAR team in the Delivery unit, a UNDP project supporting the Prime Minister of Serbia, and head of a EU high-level Advisory Group for PAR in Ukraine.
Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nottingham, School of Politics and International Relations. He holds a PhD and MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prof Meyer-Sahling has been the author of OECD-SIGMA Reports on civil service professionalisation in the new member states of Central and Eastern Europe and the candidate and potential applicant states from the Western Balkans. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of a project on ‘civil service reform and anti-corruption’ that is funded by DFID and the British Academy. For details of Prof Meyer-Sahling’s CV, please visit www.meyer-sahling.eu
Dr Natasha Wunsch is an Ernst Mach Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz, Austria, and a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). She completed her PhD at University College London and holds degrees in Political Science from Free University Berlin and in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris. Since 2010, she has been working as a Western Balkans expert for the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
Thomas Prorok is Deputy Managing Director of the Austrian based KDZ Centre for Public Administration Research. Since more than 15 years he is working in the field of Public Administration Reform, Decentralisation and Local Governments as well as EU-Integration. Thomas is Head of the “Austrian CAF-Center” which is the European system for quality management in the public sector. And he was programme-manager of LOGON – the Local Governments Network for EU-Integration.
He studied European Law and holds a master degree in political science from the University of Vienna and is editor of manifold publications on local governments, quality management and European Integration e.g. the “LOGON Report impact of European Union on Local Authorities”.
Tiina Randma-Liiv is Professor and Chair of Public Management and Policy at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, where she currently also serves as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Member of the University Council. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Tartu, Estonia, an MPA from New York University and a PhD from Loughborough University. Randma-Liiv previously served as Professor and Chair of Public Management at the University of Tartu, and as Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Gdansk, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and Florida International University. She has served on the Steering Committee of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), and of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). Randma-Liiv currently serves in the Advisory Board to the Estonian Minister of Public Administration, previously she has been a member of the Academic Council of the President of Estonia and of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Board on Administrative Reform. She has served in the academic advisory board of the European Public Service Award, in the advisory board of the UNDP Regional Centre for Public Administration Reform, and in the OECD Expert Group of the Partnership for Democratic Governance. Randma-Liiv was a co-founder and a long-time Board member of the biggest Estonian think-tank – PRAXIS Centre for Policy Studies. Her research interests include the impact of fiscal crisis on public administration, public sector structure, civil service reforms, policy transfer and small states.