Four top state public servants have been awarded Harvard scholarships.
The 2018 recipients of the Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship are:
- Richard Bolt, secretary at Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transports and Resources
- Rebecca McGarrity, executive director, social policy at Queensland’s Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Damon Rees, CEO at Service NSW
- Darren Foster, director general at the Western Australia Department of Premier and Cabinet
The scholarship allows the recipients to undertake an executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2018 or 2019.
With the support of former World Bank chair Jim Wolfensohn, the Harvard Club of Australia established the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2012 to promote the development and delivery of good public policy. Each of the candidates was chosen on the basis of their potential to contribute to the benefit of Australian society.
Bolt’s chosen course is Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage, McGarrity’s is Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results, Rees’ is Senior Managers in Government and Foster’s is Senior Management in Government.
The four recipients were chosen from a wide field of candidates, all nominated by a Commonwealth, state or territory department or agency head.
Image: Harvard Kennedy School Belfer building.