Mala Khanna is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Sub-Saharan Africa Branch at Global Affairs Canada. Mala was previously the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Legislation and House Planning at the Privy Council Office (PCO). Prior to joining PCO, Mala worked at the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister for the Public Law and Legislative Services Sector. Mala also occupied various other positions in the Department of Justice, including as Director and General Counsel of the Centre for Information and Privacy Law Section, Deputy Director of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section and as Counsel at the Human Rights Law Section. Mala graduated from McGill University with a joint Bachelor of Law / Masters of Social Work degree. She also has a degree in History from the University of Alberta.