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List of famous civil servants, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top civil servants in the world? This includes the most prominent civil servants, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable civil servants is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic civil servants were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned civil servants.

These people, like Constantine P. Cavafy and John M. Deutch include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known civil servants to the lesser known civil servants of today, these are some of the best professionals in the civil servant field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous civil servants ever?" and "What are the names of famous civil servants?" then you're in the right place. (280 items)

Kal Penn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Kal Penn is an American actor, producer, and civil servant. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar ...more

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an ...more

Naguib Mahfouz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Tawfiq el-Hakim, to ...more

Constantine P. Cavafy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Constantine P. Cavafy was an ethnic Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems; dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. ...more

Warren Christopher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Warren Minor Christopher was an American lawyer, diplomat and politician. During Bill Clinton's first term as President, Christopher served as the 63rd Secretary of State. He also served as ...more

William Lyon Mackenzie King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
William Lyon Mackenzie King, PC, OM, CMG, also commonly known as Mackenzie King, was the dominant Canadian political leader from the 1920s through the 1940s. He served as the tenth Prime ...more

Richard Gordon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Richard "Dick" Juico Gordon is a Filipino politician and broadcaster who currently serves as the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross. As a politician, Gordon gained national ...more

Alexander Haig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. was a United States Army general who served as the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard ...more

David Emerson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
David Lee Emerson, PC, OBC is a Canadian politician, financial executive, and economist Emerson is a former Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Kingsway. He was first elected as a ...more

Willem Drees is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Willem Drees was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from August 7, 1948 until December 22, 1958. He previously served as Member of the House ...more

Fred Teeven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Fredrik "Fred" Teeven is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He has been a Member of the House of Representatives since 26 March 2015. Teeven previously ...more

Farid Shawki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Farid Shawqi Mohammad Abduh Badawi known as Farid Shawqi was an Egyptian actor, screenwriter and film producer. He acted in 361 films, 12 plays and 12 television series; wrote 22 film scripts; ...more

Dries van Agt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Andreas Antonius Maria "Dries" van Agt is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 19 December 1977, until 4 ...more

Lu You is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Lu You was a prominent poet of China's Southern Song Dynasty.

Pete Best is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Randolph Peter "Pete" Best is an Indian-born English musician, principally known as the original drummer for the Beatles from 1960–62. He was born in the city of Madras, then part of ...more

John M. Deutch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
John Deutch has served in significant government and academic posts throughout his career.

Jan Pronk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Johannes Pieter "Jan" Pronk is a Dutch politician, diplomat, and professor. He has been visiting professor at the United Nations University for Peace in Ciudad Colón, Costa ...more

Dominique de Villepin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin is a French politician who served as the Prime Minister of France from 31 May 2005 to 17 May 2007. A career diplomat, Villepin ...more

Carlos Roy Padilla is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Carlos Roy Padilla Roy Padilla, Sr. was a Governor of the Philippines province of Camarines Norte. A member of Corazon Aquino's People Power ticket. He was succeeded by his son, Roy Padilla, Jr.

Maxime Verhagen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as a Member of the European Parliament for the European People's Party from 25 July 1989 to 19 ...more

Mihail Sadoveanu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Mihail Sadoveanu was a Romanian novelist, short story writer, journalist and political figure, who twice served as acting head of state for the communist republic. One of the most prolific ...more

Magnus von Braun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Magnus von Braun Magnus Alexander Maximilian Freiherr von Braun was a German jurist and politician.

John Wear Burton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
John Wear Burton was an Australian public servant, High Commissioner and academic.

Michael L'Estrange is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Michael Gerard L'Estrange AO, an Australian academic and former public servant, is the Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University, in Canberra. L'Estrange had ...more

Joseph E. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Joseph Esrey Johnson was an American government official who served with both the United States Department of State and the United Nations. Born in Virginia, Johnson was educated at Harvard ...more

C. Rangarajan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
C. Rangarajan or Chakravarthi Rangarajan is an Indian economist and a distinguished former Member of Parliament and Ex-Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He is the former Chairman of the ...more

Alexandru Macedonski is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Alexandru Macedonski was a Wallachian-born Romanian poet, novelist, dramatist and literary critic, known especially for having promoted French Symbolism in his native country, and for leading ...more

Robert Bell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Robert Bell FRSC MD was a Canadian geologist, professor and civil servant. He is considered Canada’s greatest exploring scientist, having named over 3,000 geographical features.

Ahmed Aboutaleb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Ahmed Aboutaleb is a Moroccan-Dutch politician of the Labour Party, de Partij van de Arbeid. He has been the Mayor of Rotterdam since January 5, 2009. He served as State Secretary for Social ...more

Jean-Pierre Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Jean-Pierre Levy (1935 - ) is a French lawyer, author and diplomat, former Director of the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. Born 1935 in Mulhouse (France), he ...more

Joop den Uyl is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Johannes Marten den Uijl, known as Joop den Uyl was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 11 May 1973 until 19 December 1977. Den Uyl ...more

Jo Cals is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Jozef Maria Laurens Theo "Jo" Cals was a Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People's Party now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Prime Minister of the ...more

Daniel G. Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Daniel Grafton Hill III, OC OOnt was a Canadian sociologist, civil servant, human rights specialist, and Black Canadian historian. Born in Independence, Missouri, he grew up in the western ...more

Ernst Hirsch Ballin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Ernst Maurits Henricus Hirsch Ballin is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. Hirsch Ballin served as Minister of Justice and Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles ...more

Robert Madgwick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Sir Robert Bowden Madgwick OBE was an Australian educationist. He was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England and served two terms as Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting ...more

Nicholas Stern is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Nicholas Herbert Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford, Kt FBA FRS is a British economist and academic. He is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute ...more

Joseph Luns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Joseph Marie Antoine Hubert Luns was a Dutch politician and diplomat of the defunct Catholic People's Party, now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal. He was the longest-serving Dutch ...more

Ben Bot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Bernard Rudolf "Ben" Bot is a Dutch diplomat of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 3 December 2003 until 22 February 2007 in the Cabinets ...more

Ab Klink is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Abraham Klink is a former Dutch politician of Christian Democratic Appeal. He was Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet. He is since 2011 part-time professor at ...more

W. Willard Wirtz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
William Willard Wirtz was a U.S. administrator, cabinet officer, attorney, and law professor. He served as the Secretary of Labor between 1962 and 1969 under the administrations of Presidents ...more

Agustín V. Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Agustín Vicente Zamorano, was a printer, soldier, and provisional Mexican Governor of Alta California.

Noli de Castro is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Manuel Leuterio de Castro, Jr., better known as Noli de Castro or "Kabayan" Noli de Castro, was Vice President of the Philippines. A radio and TV newsreader and commentator by ...more

Ion Minulescu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Ion Minulescu was a Romanian avant-garde poet, novelist, short story writer, journalist, literary critic, and playwright. Often publishing his works under the pseudonyms I. M. Nirvan and ...more

John Tennant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
John Tennant was a missionary, teacher, civil servant and a mountaineer.

Frans Weisglas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Frans Willy Weisglas is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He served as President of the House of Representatives from 16 May 2002 until 30 November 2006 ...more

Rona Ambrose is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Ronalee "Rona" Ambrose, PC, MP is a Canadian politician and a Member of Parliament since 2004. She serves as the Minister of Health, and Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board Cabinet ...more

John Redcliffe-Maud, Baron Red... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
John Primatt Redcliffe-Maud, Baron Redcliffe-Maud, GCB, CBE was a British civil servant and diplomat. Born in Bristol, Maud was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford. At Oxford he was ...more

Andrey Vyshinsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Andrey Yanuarevich Vyshinsky was a Soviet politician, jurist and diplomat. He is known as a state prosecutor of Joseph Stalin's Moscow trials and in the Nuremberg trials. He was the Soviet ...more

Nissanka Wijeyeratne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Deshamanya Nissanka Parakrama Wijeyeratne was a Sri Lankan politician, civil servant and diplomat. He was also the Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Tooth from 1975 to 1985. At the time of ...more

Qudrat Ullah Shahab is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Civil Servants
Qudrat Ullah Shahab was an eminent Urdu writer and civil servant from Pakistan. He is best known for his autobiography, Shahab Nama.