Tan Sri Dr. Ali B Hamsa was appointed as the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia by the Yang DiPertuan Agong effective 24th June 2012.
Born in Kluang, Johor on Aug 29, 1955, Ali obtained Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from University of Malaya, and a Masters in Economics and a PhD in Environmental Science and Economics from Oklahoma State University, the United States.
He started his career in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service as Trade and Industry Ministry assistant secretary on Jan 5, 1981.
He served the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister's Department from Dec 16, 1997 to April 21, 2009.
At the department, he held the positions of director of disbursement division and deputy director-general of the National Transformation and Advancement Programme before being appointed director-general of UKAS in the Prime Minister's Department on April 22, 2009.