Tan Sri Dr Ali bin Hamsa was appointed as the 13th Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia by the Yang DiPertuan Agong effective 24 June 2012.
Born in Kluang, Johor on 29 August 1955, he obtained Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from University of Malaya before furthering his studies to Oklahoma State University, the United States where he obtained Masters in Economics in 1986 followed by Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Economics in 1997.
Tan Sri Dr. Ali joined the Administrative and Diplomatic Service (PTD) as an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry on 5 January 1981. In 1986, he was made Senior Project Manager, Economy and Public Policy Management (PUTERA) at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) where he co-authored two books namely “Dasar-Dasar Utama Kerajaan” (1997) and “Malaysia Kita” (1998).
After a short stint at the Ministry of Transport in 1992, his relentless pursuit of knowledge led him to obtain his PhD in 1997 and upon returning from the United States, he began serving at Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister’s Department. He consecutively held the positions of Director of Disbursement Division and Deputy Director-General of the National Transformation and Advancement Program.
On 22 April 2009, Tan Sri Dr Ali was appointed as Director-General of the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS), Prime Minister’s Department, a central agency created to spearhead Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives namely privatization projects, Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), corridor developments and facilitation funds.
As the Chief Secretary to the Government, he is Chair of the Malaysian Integrity Institute (IIM), the co-Chair of the Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business (PEMUDAH) and Deputy Chairman of Johor Corporation (JCorp). Tan Sri Dr Ali is also Member to the Board of Advisors of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Board Member of Bintulu Port Holding (BPHB), Penang Port Commission (PPC) and Bumiputera Agenda Coordinating Unit (TERAJU).
Tan Sri Dr Ali’s participation in corridor development includes being Board Member to the Eastern Corridor Economic Region (ECER), Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA). He also spearheads National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) initiatives, a multi-Ministry and multi-Agency collaborative effort in line with the national transformation agenda.