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Max Everest-Phillips

Director, UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence

UNDP Singapore

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Capacity development, Core governance functions, Governance and peacebuilding

Max Everest-Phillips has been Director of the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) since July 2013. He is an expert in governance, political economy and public administration.

The GCPSE works in close collaboration with the Government of Singapore. It aims to strengthen UNDP’s capacity to influence international development thinking; to promote South-South learning in the area of public service improvement and to support the efforts by UNDP and its partners to foster open governance. 

The GCPSE also focuses on the co-operation between political and administrative leadership: overcoming differing motives and timelines and building the trust and motivation of Public Service officials.  It also works on building capacity for long-term planning and innovation as responding to major problems like climate change requires enhancing the ability to adapt and deliver results in an increasingly uncertain world.

Before joining GCPSE, Mr. Everest-Phillips served as Director of Governance at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, managing a division of 40 professional and administrative staff delivering governance reforms to 54 member countries. He started his career in the UK diplomatic service, served as Acting Head of Profession Governance & Conflict Group and Senior Governance Adviser in the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, and was then Senior Governance Adviser responsible for all the UK’s research on governance. 

In 2007 he was a fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, researching on political governance for economic growth and private sector development.

Mr. Everest-Phillips holds an MSc in Organization Development from Johns Hopkins, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Modern History from Oxford University.