Nominations Open for LPSA’s Advisory Board Chair

Guide the future of the Local Public Sector Alliance

During the most recent LPSA Advisory Board meeting (in June 2023), LPSA Advisory Board Chair Serdar Yilmaz announced that he will be stepping back from his function at the Alliance as he will be taking up the role of Practice Manager (Public Finance & Procurement) for the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice. Although Serdar’s contributions to the Alliance will be missed, Serdar will undoubtedly continue to be an important voice and champion for effective multilevel governance and inclusive, sustainable development within the global Community of Practice.

The Local Public Sector Alliance (LPSA) is now looking for a passionate and dedicated individual to serve as the Chair of its Advisory Board. If you are eager to shape public policies, foster collaboration, and drive positive change across different government levels around the world, we invite you to consider this vital volunteer role within the Alliance. Nominations are now open, and we encourage qualified professionals from diverse backgrounds to apply.

About the Local Public Sector Alliance and its Advisory Board

The Local Public Sector Alliance (LPSA) is a dynamic organization committed to promoting inclusive, equitable societies and sustainable global development by enhancing the understanding of decentralization and localization as complex, cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder reforms. As a global professional network, LPSA brings together central and local government officials, policy analysts and researchers, citizens and civil society representatives, as well as development professionals interested in decentralization and localization from around the world.

LPSA aims to elevate the global debate on public sector decentralization and localization, by (1) advancing the state of knowledge on decentralization and localization; (2) ensuring a more informed, interconnected global Community of Practice, where knowledge sharing takes place across countries, disciplines, institutions and sectors; and by (3) engaging in convening, outreach and field building to achieve a larger, more empowered global Community of Practice, with country-level champions well-positioned to champion decentralization and localization reforms.

LPSA is honored to have an active Advisory Board that includes some of the world’s most experienced practitioners and renowned scholars of decentralization and localization. The Board plays a crucial role within the Alliance, offering strategic guidance, expertise, and insights to shape the Alliance’s direction and initiatives. The Chair of the Advisor Board holds a pivotal leadership position and is instrumental in driving the organization’s vision, building partnerships, and advocating for programs and activities that ensure that the Alliance serves its diverse, global Community of Practice in an inclusive and responsive manner.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

LPSA is committed to ensuring that the Alliance reflects the diversity of its global Community of Practice in an inclusive manner. We encourage nominations and applications that help us achieve gender equity and equitable representation of viewpoints from around the world, especially from countries in the Global South.

As the Chair of the Advisory Board, you will facilitate meaningful discussions among board members, contribute to LPSA’s strategic planning process, and work closely with the LPSA executive team. Your role will involve leveraging your experience and expertise to provide guidance on policy formulation, program development, and resource allocation.

To excel in this position, we are seeking candidates who possess the following qualifications:

  • Proven leadership experience in the public sector decentralization or local governance, whether as policy maker, local government official, policy researcher, practitioner, community leader, or development professional.
  • A deep understanding of decentralization, local governance, policy-making, and community-led development.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Visionary thinking and the ability to identify emerging trends and challenges.
  • A commitment to promoting inclusive governance and sustainable development.

How to Nominate

If you know someone who embodies these qualities or if you believe you are the ideal candidate for this role, we encourage you to submit a nomination. Self-nominations are also welcome.

Nominations can be submitted online using our online suggestions form, or can be submitted to LPSA’s Board of Directors by email through Ms. Mirna Dave (Program Administrator) at

The search will be ongoing until a successful candidate is found, but nominations should be received before August 4, 2023 to receive full consideration.