Six of Australia’s most promising public service leaders win Wolfensohn scholarships to Harvard

The Harvard Club of Australia (HCA) is delighted to announce the winners of the Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarships for 2023 to attend executive education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government:

  • Rachel Chay, Deputy Director-General, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Rachel Crossland, Deputy Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury
  • Nina Davidson, Deputy Director-General, Office of National Intelligence
  • Kylie Maj, Deputy Director General, Western Australia Department of Justice
  • Natasha Mann, Deputy Secretary and Fair Trading Commissioner, NSW Department of Customer Service
  • Marek Rucinski, Deputy Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office

The 2023 Wolfensohn scholarship winners have chosen courses including Leadership Decision Making, Leadership in Crises, Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies, and Senior Managers in Government. 

With the support of the former chairman of the World Bank and Harvard alumni, the late Sir James Wolfensohn, HCA established the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2012 to promote the development and delivery of good public policy.  Each of the candidates was chosen based on their potential to contribute to the benefit of Australian society through the design and implementation of public policy.

The six recipients were chosen from a wide field of candidates, all nominated by a Commonwealth, State or Territory department or agency head.  A shortlist of candidates was interviewed by a panel of Harvard alumni comprising Georgina Harrisson, The honourable Gabrielle Upton, Elizabeth Carr AM and Mat Franklin.

HCA is especially grateful to the Secretaries and agency heads from the winners’ home departments and agencies for personally nominating and supporting their candidates. This is the largest cohort of winners in the scholarships history, and this would not be possible without an engaged group of public service leaders.


By funding executive education at the world’s leading school of public policy, the Wolfensohn Scholarship supports the design and delivery of good public policy in Australia. It also rewards outstanding individuals for their achievements in Government and motivates recipients in their successful public sector careers. 


Further information:

Mat Franklin 

Chair, Wolfensohn Scholarship 

0400 868 766