Ra'ed M. BenShams is the founding Director General of the Institute of Public Administration in Bahrain (BIPA). In close leadership with the family of BIPA, built up BIPA into a partner of choice to build capacity into Bahrain’s public sector. Few years after its start of operations, BIPA has developed a wide range of training programs for all strata of public servants, which are endorsed later by the Government of Bahrain as their key training programs. It has also developed key signatory services in research and consulting. In 2013 during the IIAS/IASIA 2013 Congress, launched a research initiative in the public service as a think tank in the region. BenShams is the president of the Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) Network since its establishment by BIPA in 2014. MENAPAR was registered in 2018 as an international nongovernmental organization in Belgium serving the MENA region and established through the United Nations South-South Cooperation Office the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks. He is also the President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), and the Board’s Chairman of BIPA’s MPM (Masters in Public Management) Program. BenShams is a member of the Recruitment of High Officials in the Public Sector Committee and Chief of its Task Force, which is also responsible to nominate & evaluate government employees and officials for the Royal Medals.
He was decorated with the Medal of Highest Level of Competence by HM The King for his achievements. He holds a PhD in strategic management & organization behavior from Bradford University, an MSC in Management Information Systems from Leeds University and BSC from King Saud University.
He also occupied key positions in the private and public sector prior to joining BIPA. He was General Manager of a system integration company, Assistant General Secretary for HR, Finance and Admin Affairs at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Director of Statistics at the Central Informatics Organization (CIO, AGI). Additionally, he led several task forces managing the parliamentary and municipality elections held in Bahrain since 2002. He is a member of the board in several national and international associations and published chapters in two edited books with numerous conference papers.