Maxine Tanya Hamada

Crossover Leadership in Public Fiscal Management

Ms. Maxine Tanya Hamada served most recently as the executive director of the Institute for Leadership, Empowerment and Democracy or iLEAD, a Philippine think tank focused on public fiscal responsibility, meaningful devolution, and defending civic spaces.  She is currently a member of the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy.   Previously, she was assistant secretary for monitoring and evaluation in the Philippines’ Department of Budget and Management (2014–2016), where she helped set up a national evaluation policy for the bureaucracy, oversaw the Grassroots Planning and Budgeting Program and relations with civil society, and assisted in the Open Government Partnership and the Cabinet Cluster on Good Governance. In recognition of her civic work, she was invited in 2011 to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s 100-Years-100-Women International Visitor Leadership Program. During her fellowship, Ms. Hamada is exploring the role of civil society in democratic change and working to produce an engagement strategy paper for Philippine activists on public financial management at the local and national levels.