Masatsugu Asakawa is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors. He was elected President by ADB’s Board of Governors and assumed office on 17 January 2020.
Prior to joining ADB, he served as Special Advisor to Japan’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and has a close-to-four decades’ career at the Ministry of Finance with diverse professional experiences that cut across both domestic and international fronts.
In the immediate aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, Mr. Asakawa, in his capacity as Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Taro Aso, took part in the first G20 Leaders’ Summit Meeting in November 2008. He was instrumental in orchestrating a globally coordinated financial package to abate the financial crisis, including a $100 billion loan from Japan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Then in 2016, in his capacity as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, he took on a leading role for the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Sendai under the Japanese presidency, where a sustainable and inclusive development agenda was extensively discussed.
Most recently, he served as Finance Deputy for the G20 meetings under the Japanese presidency, playing a pivotal role for the success of the G20 Osaka Summit as well as the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Fukuoka. Some of his outstanding achievements in Osaka include endorsement by the G20 Leaders of the “G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment” and the “G20 Shared Understanding on the Importance of UHC Financing in Developing Countries”. Before these, he had occupied various prominent positions within the Ministry of Finance, including director positions in charge of development policy issues, foreign exchange markets and international tax policy.
Mr. Asakawa’s professional experience extends beyond the realms of the Japanese government. Most notably, he served as Chief Advisor to ADB President Kimimasa Tarumizu between 1989 and 1992, during which time he spearheaded the creation of a new office that focuses on strategic planning. Also, he had frequent engagement with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in such positions as Chair for Committee on Fiscal Affairs (2011-2016).
Furthermore, he was a senior staff at the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF (1996-2000). In the meantime, he gave lectures as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Economic Science, Saitama University (2006-2009), and at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo (2012-2015).
Mr. Asakawa obtained his BA from University of Tokyo (Economics Faculty) in 1981, and MPA from Princeton University, USA, in 1985.
Indranee Thurai Rajah is a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore. She is also Second Minister for Finance and and Second Minister for National Development, as well as a Leader of the House for the 14th Parliament. She has been a Member of Parliament for the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency since 2001.
She was a practicing lawyer and a Senior Counsel before joining the government.
Under her law portfolio from 2012 to 2018, she co-chaired the Committees on Family Justice, the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court, as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. She also co-chaired the Penal Code Review Committee whose recommendations led to major amendments of the Penal Code, including greater protection for women and the vulnerable.
In her first tour of the Education Ministry from 2012 to 2015, she led the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) Committee resulting in the setup of SkillsFuture, a national movement to align education with economic demand, career guidance, and lifelong learning. In her second stint from 2018 to 2020, Ms. Rajah chaired UPLIFT—“Uplifting Pupils in Life and Inspiring Families Taskforce"—an inter-agency team convened in 2018 to strengthen support for students from disadvantaged families.
Under her finance portfolio, Ms. Rajah co-chaired the Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services, a sub-committee of the 2016 Committee on the Future Economy, the recommendations of which are aimed at transforming the legal and accounting industries in Singapore and catalyzing the internationalization of such professional services. She oversees Infrastructure Asia, the Singapore government platform that connects infrastructure demand and supply in the region.
In the Prime Minister’s Office, Ms. Rajah oversees the National Population and Talent Division and assists Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean on population matters.
Since 2004, Ing Kantha Phavi, has been serving as the Minister for Women’s Affairs, where she is responsible for its management and leadership. In addition to her ministerial post, she has been the Chairwoman of the Cambodian National Council for Women since 2004. Prior to becoming Minister, Dr. Phavi served for 5 years as Secretary of State of Women’s and Veterans’ Affairs.
Under her leadership, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs has succeeded in integrating gender equality measures into important laws such as the Land Law, the Decentralization and Deconcentration Organic Laws, and laws related to combating violence against women, such as the Anti-Trafficking of Human Beings and Sexual Exploitation Law, and the Law on Domestic Violence and Protection of the Victim. She continues to advocate for gender issues in state reforms and promote women’s economic empowerment and decision-making roles.
In the region and worldwide, Minister Phavi has contributed to the advancement of women’s agenda, especially at the East Asia Gender Equality Ministerial Meetings, the East Asia Ministerial Forums on Families and the ASEAN Ministerial Meetings on Women. In 2014, Minister Phavi was one of the nine women leaders awarded by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women Leadership Forum as “Most Outstanding Women”.
In the 1990s, Dr. Phavi worked in France as a private medical doctor and, later on, as director of the drugs trials department at ABR, a French firm involved in marketing and research for medical drugs.
Dr. Phavi also served as Deputy Secretary General in the medical nongovernment organization, Association des Medecins Cambodgiens, which provides medical and social assistance to Cambodia. Dr. Phavi holds a medical doctorate with a specialization in nutrition and tropical diseases from Saint Antoine Faculty, Paris and a brevet in Public Administration from Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris. In 2004, she participated in the Executive Leadership Program, Leaders in Development: Managing Political and Economic Reforms, at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Bernadette Fatima T. Romulo-Puyat is the Secretary of the Department of Tourism after being appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018. She attended the University of the Philippines and pursued an undergraduate and a master's degree in economics.
Secretary Romulo-Puyat was a former lecturer at the UP School of Economics (1994-2006). She also served as an economic consultant at the Housing and Urban Development Coordination Council (HUDCC) (2001-2002) and the Presidential Management Staff (2005-2006), and was Deputy Cabinet Secretary at the Office of the President in 2006.
She was appointed as Undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture from 2007 to 2018 where she was designated to handle Special Concerns, Administration and Finance, and Agribusiness and Marketing.
Secretary Romulo-Puyat assumed office as the Secretary of the Department of Tourism on 14 May 2018.
Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno is an Indonesian businessman. He was appointed as Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy on 23 December 2020.
Sandiaga has passion for empowering young entrepreneurs, supporting small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs), and enhancing access to finance in Indonesia. He has been active as a social entrepreneur since 2005 and serves as chairman in several well-known associations and foundations in Indonesia. He founded a social movement in job creation through training and mentoring in entrepreneurship. To this day, he continues to focus on increasing job creation especially in SMEs.
Benjamin E. Diokno is the current Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Prior to his appointment, he served as Budget Secretary from 2016 to 2019, marking his third tour of duty at the Department of Budget and Management. As Budget Secretary, he pursued an expansionary fiscal policy to finance investments in human capital development and public infrastructure.
Under his leadership, the BSP was among the first central banks in the world to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The prompt and extraordinary monetary measures provided a significant cushion to the current state of the Philippine economy. As such, international publication The Banker named him “Global Central Bank Governor of the Year 2022,” a first for the Philippines.
Born: July 15, 1952, in Hyogo Prefecture
Education: BA in Sociology, Cairo University (October 1976)
July 2020 - Re-elected to a second term as Governor of Tokyo
July 2016 - Elected Governor of Tokyo
October 2011 - Director, Committee on Budget, House of Representatives
September 2010 - Chairperson, General Council, Liberal Democratic Party
July 2007 - Minister of Defense
September 2006 - Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security Affairs
September 2004 - Minister of the Environment and Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
September 2003 - Minister of the Environment
July 1993 - Member of the House of Representatives
July 1992 - Member of the House of Councillors
Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, ST. MUD is the Mayor of Bandung from 2013 to 2018. He is an architect, lecturer, and social activist. He graduated with an architecture degree from the Bandung Institute of Technology and received his master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. After finishing his master’s program, he worked for several firms in the US. Over the years, he has worked on 50 architecture and urban design projects in the US, Middle East, and Asia. His architecture firm has won more than 20 competitions and awards nationally and internationally.
Zairil Khir Johari is the State Executive Councilor for Infrastructure and Transport in the Penang State Government. He is also the State Assemblyman for Tanjong Bunga, a seat he won in the 14th General Election in 2018. From 2013 to 2018, Zairil was the Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera, during which he was also the Democratic Action Party’s Parliamentary Spokesperson for Education, Science, and Technology.
From 2012 to 2016, Zairil headed the Penang Institute, a state-funded public policy think tank based in Penang. Under his leadership, the Penang Institute convened numerous international conferences and lectures, besides publishing the Penang Paradigm, a development blueprint for the state of Penang. He now continues to serve as a senior fellow of the institute.
In 2014, Zairil was selected as a global “Leader of Tomorrow” for the 44th St Gallen Symposium in Switzerland, an annual conference aimed at fostering inter-generational and inter-cultural dialogue between the decision-makers of today and tomorrow. In 2017, Zairil was chosen to participate in the prestigious UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s International Leaders Programme, an initiative that connects future leaders from emerging power countries. In the same year, he was also invited to attend the Young Political Leaders Programme by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as the Leaders in Governance Programme, which is the Singapore Civil Service College’s flagship course for senior public servants.
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific took office on 1 November 2018. Ms. Alisjahbana was Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran and was Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia from 2009 to 2014. In 2016, Ms. Alisjahbana was a member of the High-Level Independent Team of Advisors to support the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations for the 2030 Agenda. Ms. Alisjahbana obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Washington, US.
Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), appointed at the level of Under-Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017. Ms. Sharif assumed her post at UN-Habitat's Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2018. In 2022, the General Assembly, following the recommendations of the United Nations Secretary-General, confirmed Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif as Executive Director of UN-Habitat for a further 2 years.
Since joining the United Nations, Ms. Sharif has re-positioned UN-Habitat as a thought leader in sustainable urbanization and an agency that advocates for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the nationally determined contributions to the Climate Action Paris Agreement. She is the Co-Chair of the Secretary-General’s Task Force on the Future of Cities and Co-Chair of the Local 2030 Coalition, designed to support and accelerate local-led delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Sharif is an advocate for local voluntary reviews of the New Urban Agenda and a champion of urban issues in the World Economic Forum. In June 2022, she will open the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland.
Before becoming Executive Director, Ms. Sharif served as Mayor of Penang in Malaysia and was the President of the Malaysian Association of Local Authorities. She has over 30 years of experience in urban planning, urban regeneration and community-led development.
Kishore Mahbubani has been privileged to enjoy two distinct careers, in diplomacy (1971 to 2004) and in academia (2004 to 2019). He is a prolific writer who has spoken in many corners of the world.
In diplomacy, he was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971 to 2004). He had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC, and New York, where he twice was Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and served as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. As a result of his excellent performance in his diplomatic career, he was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998.
Mr. Mahbubani joined academia in 2004, when he was appointed the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), NUS. He was dean from 2004 to 2017, and a professor in the Practice of Public Policy from 2006 to 2019. In April 2019, he was elected as an honorary international member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which has honored distinguished thinkers, including several of America’s founding fathers, since 1780.
Mr. Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a master’s degree in philosophy in 1976, and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992.
He has achieved several “firsts” in his two careers. He was the founding dean of the LKY School, the founding director of the Civil Service College, the first Singapore Ambassador to serve on the UN Security Council, the first Singaporean to publish articles in globally renowned journals and newspapers like Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and the Financial Times and co-authored articles with distinguished global thought leaders like Kofi Annan, Klaus Schwab, and Larry Summers. Mr. Mahbubani has never shied away from taking on new challenges.
He has also been a prolific author, having published eight books: Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence, Can Singapore Survive, The ASEAN Miracle (co-authored with Jeffery Sng), Has the West Lost It? and Has China Won?.
Mr. Mahbubani has received significant international recognition for his many accomplishments. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: “A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker”. He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005, and included in the March 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism. He was selected as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was described as “the muse of the Asian century”. He was selected by Prospect magazine as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014.
Hooi Ling Tan is the cofounder of Grab, Southeast Asia's leading "superapp" that offers a wide range of on-demand services, including mobility, food, package and grocery delivery services, mobile payments, and financial services to millions of Southeast Asians.
Based in Singapore, she oversees critical pillars of Grab’s operations, including corporate strategy, technology (product, design, engineering, data science and analytics), user experience, and people operations.
Prior to joining Grab full-time in 2015, Hooi Ling led high priority strategic and operational projects at Salesforce, working at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. There, she specialized in corporate strategy, corporate operations, pricing intelligence, and monetization. Before joining Salesforce, Hooi Ling was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising global corporations in Southeast Asia, North America, Latin America, and Australia on corporate strategy and operations.
Hooi Ling is a member of the National University of Singapore Board of Trustees, and sits on the board of the Economic Development Board, and Wise (formerly TransferWise).
Hooi Ling has a BA in Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Bath, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations, products, and supply chains. In this role, Kate partners with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to ensure the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability.
Previously, Kate served as the United States’ first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations, including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. Prior to the White House, Kate held several senior roles in the US Federal Government including senior advisor at the Department of Energy, director for Energy and Environment in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, and energy advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.
Kate is the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award the US Navy can give to a civilian, for her work helping the Navy go green. Outside Magazine also named her, in honor of the publication’s 40-year anniversary, as one of 40 women who has made the biggest impact on our world.
Kate serves on the boards of EVgo, Business for Social Responsibility, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, and the Corporate Eco Forum.
Kate received a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University.
Ahmed M. Saeed joined ADB in 2019 and has significant prior leadership experience in both government and the private sector. He is currently responsible for overseeing ADB’s operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.
Between 2004 and 2008, Mr. Saeed served in senior roles at the US Treasury. He was an advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury (2004-05) and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the Middle East and Africa, with responsibility for US economic diplomacy and financial engagement across 68 countries (2005-08). He has worked closely with two Secretaries of the Treasury (John Snow and Hank Paulson). He was deeply involved in a number of significant debt relief exercises (for Liberia, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq) and laid the basis for what became the Santiago Principles for sovereign wealth funds.
Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Saeed spent close to 8 years as Managing Director and head of JPMorgan’s coverage for finance ministries, central banks, and sovereign wealth funds across the Middle East and North Africa. He has raised over $100 billion in financing for governments, including the debut sovereign bond issuances for several sovereigns and the largest ever sovereign bond offerings in emerging markets (twice).
Mr. Saeed began his career as a lawyer at White & Case. In the late 1990’s, he led technology-related businesses in the UK, US, and Japan, raising over $150 million for companies in which he was a key principal.
Mr. Saeed holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Chicago Law School and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, as well as a BA (Economics and Political Science) from McGill University. He is a former White House Fellow and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ramesh Subramaniam has been with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for over 24 years, since March 1997. He has worked in different functions and areas in over 25 countries across the various sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific. In his current capacity as Director General of the Southeast Asia Department (SERD) from July 2017, he is in charge of ADB’s relationship with the 10 countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Timor-Leste, as well as all of its Sovereign engagement. He has been a member of various Global Agenda/Future Councils of the World Economic Forum (WEF) since 2012, and currently serves as the co-chair of the ASEAN Hub of WEF’s Sustainable Development Investment Partnership.
With a talent pool of over 430 globally and locally recruited staff, SERD has over $24 billion in projects under implementation. In addition, SERD also has several ongoing policy and structural reform programs with at least over $12 billion in funds disbursed and under monitoring. ADB’s new Sovereign commitments in Southeast Asia stand at around $7 billion per year in transport, energy, urban, agriculture and natural resources, human development, finance, and public management sectors, besides regional cooperation and integration.
From February 2020, Ramesh has been steering ADB’s work in the sub-region to help countries in their COVID-19 response. ADB mobilized over $5.3 billion in exceptional financing for economic and health sector measures in Southeast Asia. ADB also provided an emergency food grant for close to a million individuals in Metro Manila who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic, for which it also leveraged private sector financing. At present, teams are working under his overall leadership to mobilize vaccine support. The first-ever vaccine financing project of ADB under the $9-billion APVAX regional facility was recently approved for the Philippines ($400 million), followed by Indonesia ($450 million), to be followed by assistance to Cambodia in the fourth quarter.
Ramesh has also served as ADB’s Director General of Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department (2015-2017); Deputy Director General of SERD (2013-2015); Senior Director in the Office of Regional Economic Integration (2011-2013); Director of public management and financial sector (2007-2010) as well as Director of urban infrastructure (2010-2011) in Central and West Asia; and Principal Economist and Deputy Country Director in Indonesia (2003-2007).
With a strong focus on policy and institutional reforms across the region, Ramesh’s strong interest has been in helping the region’s developing member countries reduce poverty, achieve equitable growth, and attract greater private sector investments. He has led several important initiatives such as the establishment of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, various critical post-crisis counter-cyclical reform and restructuring programs in many countries, as well as post-disaster reconstruction projects across the Asia and the Pacific. The ASEAN Policy Network and ASEAN Innovation Hub were established under his leadership in 2017, and he oversaw the establishment of the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility. Among other aspects of his work, Ramesh is most humbled by his role in formulating ADB’s support after several devastating natural disasters, including the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami; 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake; 2006 Pakistan earthquake; 2009 Pakistan floods; 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; 2018 Palu earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia; and most recently the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
In parallel, Ramesh has maintained strong interest in education as an instrument for change. Improving social service delivery has been a key part of his support for public sector reforms in many countries. He considers serving the needy through the development profession as a highly noble endeavor. Outside of ADB, he is involved in volunteering work focused on livelihood, health care, and education, with the aim of promoting the fundamental human values of Love, Truth, Peace, Right Conduct, and Non-violence in society overall.
Ramesh has an MA in Economics from University of Madras, India (1988); and a PhD in Economics from McMaster University, Canada, where he was also a Lecturer (1990-1993). He has been a Research Fellow on Industry at University of St. Andrews in United Kingdom from December 1993 to January 1994, and Rockefeller Fellow at Yale University Economic Growth Center from February 1994 to March 1997.
Albert F. Park is chief economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and director general of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. He is chief spokesperson on economic and development trends and leads the production of ADB’s flagship knowledge products and support for regional cooperation fora.
Mr. Park has more than 2 decades of experience as a development economist. A well-known expert on the economy of the People’s Republic of China, he has directed a number of large-scale research projects in the country. He has also served as an international consultant for the World Bank and a member of the steering committee for the Asia-Pacific Research Universities’ Population Ageing Hub. Mr. Park has worked on a broad range of development issues including poverty and inequality, intergenerational mobility, microfinance, migration and labor markets, the future of work, and foreign investment.
Mr. Park is chair professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic Policy at HKUST (on leave). Previously, he served as a founding director of HKUST’s Institute for Emerging Market Studies, professor at the University of Oxford, and associate professor at the University of Michigan. He has also held editorial positions at a number of leading economic journals.
A national of the United States, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and his doctorate in applied economics from Stanford University.
A leader in international development and humanitarian response, Sofía brings over 25 years of experience of working at CARE. She spearheaded CARE’s first program strategy and was integral to placing gender equality at the very heart of CARE’s worldwide work. In CARE’s 75-year history, her leadership remains pivotal to the development of CARE's 2030 Vision in contribution to Sustainable Development Goals.
Sofía, originally from Uruguay, lives in Quito, Ecuador. First joining CARE in 1994, she has served in several positions, providing support to programs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. With extensive experience in program design and implementation, impact measurement and evaluation, and advocacy, Sofia remains dedicated to transforming power relations inside and outside of the organization. Her unshakable commitment to gender equality is drawn from many years of working alongside some of the world’s most marginalized women—from domestic workers to women working in the garment sector, and victims of gender-based violence.
Prior to working in international development, Sofía worked in the field of public opinion polls and audience research. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay and an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of London/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
For more than 20 years, Shamina Singh has been on the frontlines of developing and implementing solutions to make the global economy work for everyone, everywhere.
Shamina is the founder and president of the Center for Inclusive Growth, the philanthropic hub of Mastercard. She also serves as executive vice-president of Corporate Sustainability.
Since 2014, she has led the Center with a remit to leverage Mastercard’s data, technology, capital, and expertise for social impact. In her role as EVP for Sustainability, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the environmental, social, and governance strategy across the company.
In 2018, Mastercard pledged $500 million to advance inclusive growth around the world. Shamina was named president of the Mastercard Impact Fund and charged with activating those philanthropic dollars to advance inclusive growth and financial inclusion around the world.
Currently, Shamina sits on the boards of Data & Society and ADL, a leading anti-hate organization. In addition, she serves as a board member of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University. Shamina co-chairs the Ad Council’s Advisory Committee on Public Issues and serves on the Advisory Boards of social enterprise Women Reignite and The Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellowship. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow with The Aspen Institute.
Deeply committed to public service, Shamina has held senior positions in the White House and the US House of Representatives. In 2015, Shamina was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to a 6-year term on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is a graduate of the Presidential Leadership Fellows program and an alum of the Young Global Leaders program of the World Economic Forum.
Andrea Della Mattea is responsible for leading Microsoft’s overall business in Asia Pacific, accelerating the digital transformation journeys of our customers and partners and driving the company’s mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
She has more than 25 years of experience in the technology sector. Before joining Microsoft in 2017, she served in a series of senior leadership roles at Insight Enterprises & Software Spectrum in North America and APAC, including her most recent role as Asia Pacific managing director where she was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership across the region.
Della Mattea is passionate about helping customers and partners leverage technology to drive business outcomes and believes that when we are inclusive, everyone wins.
A distinguished alumna of James Cook University, Della Mattea received her Class 1 Honors Degree in engineering and advocates a culture of learning. She is committed to encouraging women and girls to take up STEM education and build careers as entrepreneurs and developers.
Della Mattea is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels in New South Wales, Australia, and is on the Advisory Board for James Cook University. She resides in Singapore with her husband and two teenage sons.
As Deputy Director General, Winfried F. Wicklein supports the planning and delivery of Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) goals, strategies and work plan in Southeast Asia. This involves ADB’s relationships and public sector work (including technical assistance, knowledge products, and grant and loan projects) in ASEAN. It also includes ADB’s support for all sub-regional cooperation initiatives in the region.
With ADB for over 20 years, Mr. Wicklein has wide-ranging experience in the areas of infrastructure finance, private sector development, and country strategy and program coordination across Asia and the Pacific. Prior assignments included country director to Indonesia and Myanmar, as well as country postings in Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand.
Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Wicklein worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers advising on corporate mergers and acquisitions and, prior to that, for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization focusing on investment promotion and technology transfer.
A national of Austria, Mr. Wicklein holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Muenster, Germany.
F. Cleo Kawawaki is the head of the Office of Public–Private Partnership (OPPP) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She assumed office in January 2022. The OPPP was established to enhance the role of ADB in supporting and enabling governments of its developing members to secure greater private investment and generate economic growth in the region. OPPP provides transaction advisory services to developing member clients in order to develop bankable PPP projects. It also coordinates and supports PPP-related activities in ADB.
Previously, she was in the deputy director general role for Southeast Asia and Central West Asia Regional Departments. SERD covers the ASEAN countries and Timore-Leste with a portfolio of over $20 billion in loans/grant assistance and CWRD covers Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Caucus countries. From large road and infrastructure projects to education and rural development projects, ADB has been a partner to developing member countries for over 55 years. ADB is working with our countries for immediate support for medical, social, and economic needs as well as formulating innovative green recovery. She also chairs the Digital Committee for ADB.
Prior to this position, Ms. Kawawaki was the director, Energy Division of the Central and West Asia Department. Responsible for business development and implementation of a $7-billion portfolio for the Central and West Asian countries as well as leading the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program’s Energy Sector Committee. Ms. Kawawaki has been with ADB since 2000.
Starting as commercial cofinancing officer, she implemented the bond (JPY61.7 billion) guaranteed by ADB in December 2002 for Power Sector Asset Liabilities Management Corp (PSALM) of the Philippines and established the ASEAN+3 Asian Bond Market Initiative. As a senior private sector development specialist, she worked on enabling environment and increase private sector investment in Indonesia and Philippines. In Central West Asia, she was responsible for the Energy Sector’s $1.2-billion portfolio, policy dialogue, business development and portfolio oversight and lead milestone innovative projects totaling $3.6 billion.
Prior to ADB, she was with the Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. for over a decade. As underwriter (equity and financial structuring of bonds and syndication manager), in Japan and Hong Kong, China, she led the documentation for UK electricity privatization, worked as transaction advisor for state-owned enterprises, structured finance as well as was a syndication manager for equity and bond sales. Immediately before joining ADB, she structured the transactions for Miyazawa initiative debt guarantees to support ASEAN countries.
As the Chief Sector Officer, he leads the planning, implementation, and supervision of Sector Advisory Service Cluster’s vision, goals, and work plan.
The Office of the Cluster Head—which oversees the sector groups (SGs) of education, energy, finance, health, transport, urban development, and water—provides support on (i) administrative requirements of SGs, (ii) coordination among SGs and with Thematic Groups on cross-sector/thematic issues, (iii) maintaining consistency across SGs operations, (iv) financial resource mobilization for SGs, (v) external and internal relations, and (vi) global/regional knowledge platform.
He joined ADB in 2001 as an economist. Since then, he worked in both Bangladesh and Nepal Resident Missions as deputy country director, senior advisor to the managing director general, and director for Pacific Operations Division. Before joining SDCC, he led the establishment and became director of South Asia Human and Social Development Division, wherein he managed a portfolio of $7 billion. He was also chair of the Education Sector Group.
As a strategic and innovative leader, he has led high-level policy dialogue with developing countries and significantly contributed to ADB’s recent expansion in the social sector. Prior to joining ADB, he worked with Samsung and Korean National Pension, and taught economics at leading universities—Korea University and International Christian University, Japan.
Nationality and Education:
A national of the Republic of Korea, he holds a Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Illinois, United States, and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Korea University.
Liz Ortiguera is a senior executive with over 25 years of global experience and expertise in general management, marketing, business development, and partner network management. Liz is passionate about innovation, business transformation, and community building. Her career spans several industries—travel/lifestyle, technology, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. She is experienced in working in both corporate (American Express and Merck) and start-up environments (SaaS, e-commerce, and ed-tech). For 10 years, she was the general manager for Amex's Travel Partner Network, Asia-Pacific/ANZ managing partnerships with the top travel management companies, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions) companies, and leisure agencies in the region. She is able to adeptly work across cultures and business environments to catalyze opportunities and drive growth.
In her personal life, she has been a continual advocate for poverty eradication programs and education initiatives across the region. Liz is an alumna of Stanford University Graduate Business School, Columbia University Business School, New York University, and the Cooper Union in New York.
As executive director, Lauren Sorkin oversees global efforts to strengthen cities in the face of the complex and interconnected challenges. Leading a team of professionals in London, Mexico City, New York, and Singapore in collaboration with Chief Resilience Officers in over 40 countries, she drove the co-design process to launch the Resilient Cities Network as an independent city-led network organization.
Lauren serves as an advisor and spokesperson on urban resilience, women’s leadership, sustainable finance, climate risk, stakeholder engagement, and urbanization trends. She is on the advisory board of several sustainability-focused initiatives including Food Tank, the Singapore Sustainability Summit (S3), and Natural Capital.
Previously with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Lauren led ADB’s first-ever climate change investment plan before moving to ADB’s Viet Nam Office to mainstream climate risks and opportunities in the country’s $7-billion portfolio. Before joining ADB, she worked with USAID to implement clean energy, climate change, and conservation projects in Asia, Africa, and South America. She has published work on biofuels, climate change, public speaking for social impact, infant mortality, and HIV/AIDS.
Lauren holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.
Caecilia Chu is the cofounder and CEO of YouTrip, a regional financial technology company dedicated to creating a next-generation digital banking experience in Asia.
Prior to founding YouTrip, Caecilia worked at Citigroup, overseeing growth investments in the consumer and technology sectors in Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Additionally, Caecilia worked at McKinsey, advising financial institutions across Asia on market entry, customer segmentation, and retail banking product strategies. Caecilia’s fintech experiences prior to YouTrip include positions at Lufax, PRC’s leading online wealth management platform, and QF Pay, a PRC-based global mobile payments company backed by Sequoia China.
Caecilia was named among the Top 50 CEOs in Financial Technology for 2021, Top 25 Women Leaders in Financial Technology of 2020, and the Top 10 Fintech Leaders at the Singapore FinTech Festival Global Fintech Awards 2021.
She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ilaria Chan is currently the Group Advisor on Tech and Social Impact for Grab, focusing on advancing diplomacy, thought leadership, and social impact reach for the technology decacorn startup. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Tech for Good Institute, a non-profit think tank founded by Grab to encourage and enrich dialogue on social, economic, and policy trends accelerated by the digital economy.
Prior to assuming this role, she served as a corporate finance executive and helped drive Grab's historical Series H fundraising—the largest in the history of Southeast Asia. Ilaria was formerly an Executive Director at the Sales and Trading Division of Goldman Sachs New York.
Prior to assuming this role, she served as a corporate finance executive and helped drive Grab's historical Series H fundraise–the largest in the history of Southeast Asia. Ilaria was formerly an executive director at the Sales & Trading Division of Goldman Sachs New York.
Anh Wartel has 20 years of experience in epidemiological studies, clinical research from phase I to phase IV studies, and CTD development. She earned her MD at the Paris XII Medical School, France and completed a post-graduate diploma in Public Health from the University of Liverpool, UK. She has extensive experience in the fields of epidemiological and clinical research within both academia and the pharmaceutical industry during her 15-year-long career with Sanofi Pasteur before joining the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) in 2018. After having started her research career as a co-investigator in drugs and therapeutic vaccine trials in HIV-infected patients at the French National Agency of Research on HIV/AIDS (ANRS) at Kremlin Bicetre University Hospital in Paris, she then joined Sanofi Pasteur in 2003. Her responsibilities grew over the course of 15 years to include epidemiology and clinical R&D activities (e.g., Japanese encephalitis, pneumococcal disease, dengue disease); medical affairs activities as the regional medical expert for enteric, endemic, and travelers vaccines (e.g., rabies, cholera, typhoid fever, hepatitis A, yellow-fever, dengue, Japanese encephalitis vaccines); and Country Medical Head for Vietnam and Cambodia. She joined IVI in September of 2018 as the Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory Department.
Sonomi Tanaka is the Asian Development Bank’s Country Director for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) Resident Mission.
Ms. Tanaka has more than 27 years of professional experience, including over 20 years with ADB. She steadily progressed through senior roles since joining ADB as a social development specialist (gender and development) in May 1999. She has worked in ADB’s former Regional and Sustainable Development Department (now Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department or SDCC) as senior poverty reduction/social development specialist for 5 years and was promoted to principal social development specialist (gender and development) in June 2008. She then progressed to lead social development specialist (gender and development) in July 2012. In February 2015, she was redesignated as technical advisor (gender equity). In October 2017, she was redesignated as chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group at SDCC where she worked closely with all sector and thematic groups and knowledge departments to design and deliver innovative gender knowledge solutions. She has successfully strengthened collaboration with operations departments by providing cross-sectoral support, mentoring staff, and undertaking capacity building and talent management for gender specialists in both the ADB headquarters and resident missions. Prior to ADB, she was a social development specialist (gender specialist) at the World Bank in the US.
Ms. Tanaka is a national of Japan and holds a master’s degree in gender and development from the Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom; diploma degree in development studies from the Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School, Japan; and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Denica Riadini-Flesch is the founder of SukkhaCitta, a social enterprise that is changing lives in rural Indonesia through changing how clothes are made.
Trained as an economist, she returned to her native Indonesia to make a social impact. Through SukkhaCitta, she creates life-changing opportunities for female artisans in villages by providing them with access to education and a living wage.
She has spent the past decade studying, working, and advocating for sustainable development. She has been pioneering #MadeRight, a value chain that fosters the economic inclusion of women in the informal sector while promoting the application of regenerative agriculture in the fashion industry to reverse climate change. Her work has been recognized by the SEED Low Carbon Award, Forbes Asia 30 Under 30, Tatler’s GenT, Fast Company World Changing Idea, DBS Foundation, the German Embassy in Indonesia, as well as Herworld Women of the Year.
Von Leong believes in the power of purpose, people, and technologies to change the world. She is a strategic advisor to companies, family offices, and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on philanthropy; environment, social, governance (ESG) and impact investments; legacy planning; and business growth. She is also the co-founder and general partner at Purpose Venture Capital, investing in early-stage tech ventures that deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Von is a former Singapore government director focused on social sector development and former chief of the Digital Health Marketplace at IHiS, Singapore’s public healthtech agency. She previously held leadership roles at IBM, Kelly Services, and AON.
Von has served as a director on government committees and nonprofit boards. Currently, she is the elected Co-Chair of the Small & Medium Enterprises Committee and Social Impact Task Force at AmCham Singapore, as well as a member of the Coalition of Digital Environmental Sustainability at the United Nations Environment Programme and Majestic Smart Seniors Applied Learning Centre, a project by CapitaLand, Singapore Pools, and RSVP. She was a co-founder of “Masks for All SG,” an advocacy movement to promote the culture of mask-wearing before it became mandatory in Singapore.
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes came aboard in 1988 to engage in organizing various marketing and promotional activities at the Department of Marketing of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
In 1998, she became Deputy Director, carrying on her dedication to destination marketing, and was appointed as MGTO Director in December 2012. She received the Medal of Merit—Tourism from the Macao SAR Government in 2016.
She is a member of the Tourism Development Committee, Economic Development Committee, Cultural Advisory Committee, Committee of Cultural Industries, Urban Planning Committee and Investment Committee in Macao, as well as a non-voting member of the Executive Board of the Pacific Asia Travel Association.
Chompan Kulnides is the Head of Sustainability at Minor International PCL and Vice-President of Investments and Sustainability at Minor Holdings (Thai) Ltd. She is responsible for developing and driving Minor International’s sustainability strategy, long-term goals, and practices in alignment with business strategy, stakeholders’ needs, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is responsible for the private investments of the founder of Minor International PCL and the Heinecke Foundation.
Chompan worked as a management consultant for Accenture and A.T. Kearney prior to joining Minor in 2005. At Minor, she worked in investments and finance functions for the Hotel and Lifestyle groups before taking the sustainability and private wealth management roles.
Chompan graduated with a BBA from Thammasat University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Montira Horayangura Unakul is a culture program officer at UNESCO Bangkok. She has managed various UNESCO programs within the Asia-Pacific region related to the safeguarding and sustainable development of cultural heritage, with a focus on world heritage. She has developed capacity-building programs, such as reviving traditional knowledge for conserving built heritage, sustainable heritage tourism, and collections management.
She has a BA in economics and East Asian studies from Harvard University, MCP and MArch from the University of California, Berkeley in Architecture and in City Planning, and a PhD in urban planning from Chulalongkorn University.
Susanne Becken is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University in Australia and the Principal Science Investment Advisor (Visitor) in the Department of Conservation, New Zealand.
She is also a Vice Chancellor Research Fellow at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.
Susanne is a member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel, a Fellow of the International Academy of the Study of Tourism, and the 2019 UNWTO Ulysses Award winner.
Aletheia has a background in community management, digital marketing, and project management. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, she is the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Youth Ambassador, spearheading youth initiatives while managing an international youth community made up of more than 2,000 youths, 25 student chapters, and 80 educational institutions.
Before entering the travel industry, Aletheia worked as a Community Manager at OH! Open House, a non-profit visual arts organization in Singapore.
Beyond work, Aletheia has participated in intercultural exchange programs, including her youth ambassadorship to South Korea and the 38th Ship Southeast Asia Asian and Japanese Youth Program.
Lisa Oake is the former co-host of CNBC Asia’s top-rated morning program Squawk Box. She has 16 years of experience covering global economics, business and politics, and is a recipient of the CNBC special achievement award for journalistic excellence.
Lisa worked with CNBC Catalyst during the Asian Development Bank’s Southeast Asia Development Symposium in 2020 and 2021. She moderated virtual panels on the digital economy, green manufacturing, and logistics at a conference in Chongqing.
She has conducted thousands of interviews with CEOs, central bank governors and heads of state, including the then President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark.
Akito Tanaka is a senior staff writer and chief business news correspondent at Nikkei Asia, covering the technology sector from Singapore. Tanaka has 20 years of reporting experience and has also been covering global companies in both Japan and the United States.
Anouj Mehta leads the full range of work in the planning, implementation, and supervision of Thailand Resident Mission's vision, goals, strategies, and work plan in support of overall ADB goals in the context of its engagement with an upper-middle income country. He also leads the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance (ACGF) facility, a pioneering regional facility under the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, aimed at green recovery in the region with 13 partners and $2 billion in financing support. Prior to his current role, he established and managed the Innovation Hub for the Southeast Asia Department of ADB, focusing on green and innovative finance. He has also previously led one of ADB’s pioneering public-private partnership initiatives in India. Prior to joining ADB, he was an investment banker and chartered accountant at JP Morgan Chase and PwC in London.
Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan is the lead adviser at NITI Aayog, Government of India, where he heads the vertical of trade and commerce. Prior to joining the government, he has served as an economist, working to analyze a wide range of economic issues (mainly international trade), disruptive technologies (blockchain, AI, drones, robotics, IoT, among others), and environmental, energy, and public health policies. He has informed the process of decision making in several major economic policies, such as free trade agreements, technology regulations—both through his academic research and consulting or advisory projects. He is on the board of directors of British American Business Council.
Badri was a senior economist and affiliate professor at the University of Washington Seattle, senior fellow at the European Center for International Political Economy, Brussels, National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and Center for Social and Economic Progress (formerly Brookings India), New Delhi. He has served as a consultant to the UN, World Bank, ILO, FAO, WHO, ICRIER, IMF, ADB, Harvard University, LSE, the Commonwealth Secretariat, McKinsey, KPMG, PwC, and several other international organizations as well as government and private organizations across the world.
He has also been engaged with the startup community across the world as an advisor and cofounder. In 2015, he founded a consulting firm, Infinite-Sum Modelling, which has offices in Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and New Delhi.
He has published over 100 papers and five books, been cited thousands of times in popular media (FT, BBC, CNN, WP, The Economist) and in reputed journals (Nature Communication, Energy Economics, Network and Spatial Economics, Economic Modelling, Applied Economics, and Agricultural Economics), and presented his work in over 30 countries.
Nisha Abu Bakar is a tourism consultant, practitioner, academic, and corporate trainer with more than 25 years of extensive management experience in the tourism, hospitality, and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions) industry.
Nisha is a regional and international destination management consultant, helping destination marketing teams to develop global strategies and roadmaps and establish strong positioning. Her consultancy expertise includes undertaking detailed feasibility studies, gathering market intelligence, conducting data collection and analysis, facilitating ground-up discussions with tourism boards and relevant stakeholder agencies, designing long-term strategic plans and benchmarks, and developing implementation processes.
Nisha is a co-founder of World Women Tourism, a network intelligence platform that provides opportunities for women in tourism to connect, grow, and flourish. The organization envisions to impact the trajectory of women in the tourism industry through promoting diversity, knowledge sharing, building networks, capacity building, and expanding business opportunities. She developed the Asian Women Leadership Program, which aims to empower Asian women leaders and unleash their knowledge and competencies.
Nisha is the host of the Women We Watch in Tourism podcast series, the first global podcast featuring women leaders in tourism and hospitality businesses and their achievements in entrepreneurship, gender equality, innovation, crisis management, and many other spheres.
Capitalizing on her tourism and MICE experience and knowledge, she is a global keynote speaker, subject matter expert, and panelist at major events. In recognition of her professionalism and expertise in tourism, Nisha has been bestowed with several national and international accolades.
Bijan Khazai is an expert in risk assessment and has more than 20 years of experience in foresight methods in disaster risk management. Bijan led an international consortium of universities and private sector partners to develop standards for multihazard disaster risk management for hotels and resorts as part of the Hotel Resilient Initiative of the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management.
He has also led teams of consultants and scientists as project manager or principal investigator in a number of international consulting and research projects on disaster risk management on behalf of the United Nations, the World Bank, and other multilateral agencies.
He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dean of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), Caroline Freund is an expert in international trade and economic development.
Prior to joining GPS, she served as global director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness at the World Bank. Freund also served as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. In addition, she has worked as chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, after working for nearly a decade in the international trade unit of the research department. Freund began her career in the international finance division of the Federal Reserve Board and spent a year visiting the research department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The author of Rich People Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging Market Tycoons and their Mega Firms, Freund was co-director of the World Bank’s flagship World Development Report 2020 on Global Value Chains. She has also published many articles on the effects of regional trade agreements and edited a volume on The WTO and Reciprocal Preferential Trading Agreements. Her work has appeared in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Development Economics.
Freund was also a member of the EXIM Bank advisory committee from 2014 to 2016, and the scientific committees of CEPII (Institute for Research of the International Economy, Paris) and the Economic Research Forum (Cairo). She is a member of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and on the editorial board of the Economics and Politics journal.
David Ingles is an anchor for Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio. He co-anchors “Bloomberg Markets: China Open” weekdays and concurrently also oversees markets and charts content for the Asia Pacific.
Based in Hong Kong, China, Ingles provides coverage of the major macroeconomic stories and trends that shape markets and affect businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. He also travels across the region to cover key stories and summits including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, G20, and World Economic Forum where he interviewed some of the world’s top CEOs, political and economic leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and investors.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ingles was with CCTV News in Shanghai where he covered the Chinese financial markets and the country’s major economic reforms from the start of this decade. Before moving to the media industry, he spent several years in banking and financial services.
Ingles earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the Ateneo de Manila University, and an MBA degree in finance from the China Europe International Business School. He is fluent in English, Tagalog and Mandarin.
Catheryn Khoo holds a PhD in marketing and is a consultant to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Khoo is also a trainer for the UNWTO Academy, providing capacity building to tourism and hospitality leaders in departments and universities worldwide.
She has experience in consulting for international hospitality and tourism businesses and regional councils in Australia and New Zealand. She has delivered projects for national and state tourism organizations, hospitality councils, hotels, private corporations, and nongovernment organizations in Asia and the Pacific.
Catheryn is Special Advisor to World Women Tourism, serves on the Advisory Board of the International Tourism and Investment Conference, and is a judge for the annual Australia Queensland Tourism Awards.
Catheryn has published several books and over 100 research articles on hospitality and tourism management. She is a formidable voice for women in tourism, and has appeared in, and been cited by multiple international media, including radio, newspapers, and online media.
She speaks Malay, English, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Mandarin. She has lived and worked in Malaysia, New Zealand, the United States, and now, Australia.
Cyn-Young Park is director of the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In her current capacity, she manages a team of economists to examine economic and policy issues related to regional cooperation and integration (RCI) and develop strategies and approaches to support RCI. During her progressive career within ADB, she has been a main author and contributor to ADB’s major publications including Asian Development Outlook (ADB’s flagship publication), Asian Economic Integration Report, Asia Capital Markets Monitor, Asia Economic Monitor, Asia Bond Monitor, and ADB Country Diagnostic Study Series. She has also participated in various global and regional forums including the G20 Development Working Group, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN+3, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). She has written and lectured extensively about the Asian economy and financial markets. Her work has been published in peer reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Stability, the Journal of Futures Markets, the Review of Income and Wealth, and the World Economy.
Prior to joining the ADB, she served as economist (1999-2002) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she contributed to the OECD Economic Outlook. She received her PhD in economics from Columbia University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Seoul National University.
Damian Cook is the Founder and CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers, a strategic tourism consultancy specializing in change management in the areas of technology, market shifts, and travel. He has extensive experience in tourism development and marketing, working within destination marketing organizations (DMOs), in the private sector, and in a consulting role. He is a frequent and popular presenter at global tourism forums.
After developing destination websites and online marketing campaigns in both the public and private sectors, he formed E-Tourism Frontiers, a global program with a practical and business-driven approach to developing tourism strategies and public-private partnerships. E-Tourism Frontiers has successfully trained over 7,000 tourism professionals, small-to-medium businesses, and tourism students, and brought leading international experts and major travel firms and intermediaries to new markets. He has written and published a practical guide to digital tourism for emerging markets.
He was a full-term board director of the African Travel and Tourism Association. He founded and managed the Destination Academy with TripAdvisor (DATA), which creates regional forums for DMOs to share analytical data and discuss marketing best practices.
He has worked in tourism development, strategic planning, and digital marketing training projects in many destinations, including South Africa, Jordan, Indonesia, the Seychelles, Kenya, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Nepal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malaysia, Mozambique, and Moldova. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of tourism strategy.
Dionisius Narjoko received his PhD in economics from the Australian National University. His dissertation was awarded The Ann Bates Postgraduate Prize for Indonesian Studies 2006. His research covers industrialization in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, economic integration in ASEAN and East Asia (focusing on ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint and regional economy architecture), and topics in economic development, such as small and medium enterprise, and interrelationship between human capital and economic growth.
As part of his role at ERIA, Dr. Narjoko provides evidence-based policy recommendations to a number of ASEAN member states on topics related to AEC or regional integration in general. Dr. Narjoko is also active in “second-track” policy discussion for various topics, extending the link from his previous affiliation with the Jakarta-based think-tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Dr. Narjoko also once taught at Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia. He co-authored and co-edited books and published book chapters, policy papers, and articles in peer-reviewed journals in the past 10 years. He also serves as associate editor of Asian Economic Journal and Jurnal Ekonomi Pembangunan Indonesia.
Donna Gultom is former director of ASEAN Trade Negotiations and directorate general for International Trade Negotiation at the Ministry of Trade, Indonesia in 2014-2020. Since June 2021, she has been the chairperson of the Indonesia Anti-Dumping Committee at the Ministry of Trade.
During her tenure as the director of ASEAN Trade Negotiation at the Ministry of Trade, Ms. Gultom was actively engaged in ASEAN economic cooperation and trade—primarily acting as the alternate senior economic official lead of Indonesia. In conjunction, she held the alternate lead position for the Trade Negotiating Committee on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)—a 16-country free trade agreement negotiation—from March 2016 to June 2020. She previously served as the trade attaché of Indonesia in Canberra, Australia, where she facilitated export to and investment in Indonesia. She also spent over a decade of her career supporting the Ministry of Agriculture.
In her capacity as a board director for the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) and co-chair of T20 Indonesia, she is involved in policy studies.
Eugene Wong is the Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Finance Institute Asia (SFIA), an independent institute established to catalyze ideas on sustainable finance at the policy level in Asia—particularly in the ASEAN region—as well as propel action in support of such policy ideas. Eugene was previously the Managing Director, Corporate Finance & Investments of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). His portfolio covered IPOs, corporate bond and sukuk issuances, collective investment schemes, and takeovers. He oversaw the SC’s ASEAN-related initiatives. He also served as a member of the Audit Oversight Board and was an adviser to the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board. Eugene represents SFIA as an observer to the International Capital Market Association’s Green Bond Principles, Social Bond Principles, Sustainability Bond Guidelines and Sustainability-linked Loans Guidelines Group. He is also a member of Climate Bonds Initiative’s International Advisory Panel.
Prior to joining the SC, Eugene held positions in a merchant bank, a stockbroking company, and the corporate finance division of an international accounting firm. Eugene is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, fellow of CPA Australia, and a chartered accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He has an advanced diploma in corporate finance from The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and holds a B. Comm. from the University of Melbourne.
Fanny Vong Chuk Kwan has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Macao. She completed her doctoral study at Stockholm University, Sweden and Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE) in Portugal. Her PhD degree was awarded by ISCTE.
She was a lecturer at the University of Macao before joining the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) as Vice-director of Tourism College. Currently, she is the President of IFT, a public institution for higher education in Macao offering degree programs and professional training in tourism and hospitality under the direct governance of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR). IFT has won international acclaim for the quality of its programs, established a vast international network, and built good relationship with the local industry.
Vong has participated in numerous tourism research and training projects initiated by the local government and intergovernmental organizations, such as United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). She sits on Macao SAR Government’s Tourism Development Committee, Cultural Industry Committee, Talent Development Committee, and Higher Education Committee.
Febriadi Pratama has over 10 years of experience in crafting innovative solutions using different technologies and applications. Starting his entrepreneur journey in 2012, he built two other startups prior to Gringgo which he sold in 2017. In 2015, he started as chief technology officer at Gringgo, where he developed the initial web-based platform. He possesses strong qualitative and quantitative research, data collection, and analytical skills. Previously, he served as the program manager at Gringgo Indonesia Foundation for the USAID MWRP TOPPER project, a US State Department project on secondary cities, and a project from Google to develop artificial intelligence (AI) to help Indonesia’s ongoing efforts in identifying, sorting, and reducing plastic waste. His engagement in every project requires close collaboration, communication, and coordination with various stakeholders, such as local governments, communities, nongovernment organizations, universities, experts, entrepreneurs, and civil society organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from ITB and master's in public policy from SGPP.
Fernanda is part of the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Department at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), where she is involved in the planning and development of tourism sustainability projects, such as the Tourism Destination Resilience.
Before PATA, Fernanda worked at Green Destinations, a nonprofit organization for sustainable tourism development, where she was involved in their Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)-accredited certification programs for destinations worldwide.
She holds a master’s degree in International Heritage and cultural tourism management from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, and a certificate in nature-based solutions for disaster and climate resilience by the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Giulia Ajmone Marsan is the director of Strategy and Partnership of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). She works in close connection with ASEAN policy makers, and regional and global organizations to support the ASEAN process of socioeconomic integration. Marsan supports ERIA’s activities in several areas, including science, technology, and innovation policy; SMEs, entrepreneurship and startup creation; skills and the future of work; and the digital economy. She has recently launched a new stream of work to strengthen evidence on the participation of ASEAN women in the digital economy, as well as a knowledge hub to understand how entrepreneurship, startups and innovation are shaping the post-pandemic recovery. Before joining ERIA, Marsan worked as an innovation economist at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During her career, she has advised policy makers on how to support and strengthen innovation ecosystems at both national and regional/local level, in Europe, North and Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Marsan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied mathematics from the Polytechnic School of Turin, Italy and a PhD in economics and complex systems jointly awarded by the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France and the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy.
With decades of experience in Asia, a master of science in environmental and development education, and years of teaching high school, university, and adult education, Graham provides the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) with a unique skill set and vision for community development, project management, and education for sustainability.
Prior to joining PATA, Graham spent 15 years in the private sector, leading community-based tourism projects, educational travel initiatives, as well as sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs. During this period, Graham used social enterprise models to create for-profit, community travel projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Viet Nam, mobilizing annual funding directly into remote, rural communities through poverty alleviation, cultural preservation, and infrastructure initiatives. He also established responsible travel programs in for-profit tour operator companies across Asia.
Previously, he was a Training and Research Manager at the Mekong Institute, supporting human capacity development projects throughout the Greater Mekong Subregion.
Hamish McGowan is a geographer and professor of atmospheric sciences with research interests in severe weather, Earth surface—atmosphere energy and trace gas exchanges, paleoclimate reconstructions, the impacts of climate change, and application of innovative approaches to research of Earth systems. Hamish has led research projects in many different environmental settings including the Trans-Antarctic Mountains, Southern Alps, Great Barrier Reef, and Red Sea on which he has published widely. He teaches meteorology at The University of Queensland where he also supervises research degree students investigating atmospheric processes and climates of the past.
In his role in the city of Yokohama, Hiroki Miyajima is in charge of construction and management of facilities for waterworks, sewage, roads, and highways. He has also engaged in international cooperation among Asian cities. He joined the Climate Policy headquarters 3 years ago, and now he is passionate about educating children about decarbonization.
Jenina Ibanez is a senior reporter covering Philippine economic development and fiscal policy for BusinessWorld, where she has also reported on international trade and foreign investment. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Melbourne and an undergraduate degree in literature from Ateneo de Manila University. While in Australia, she edited energy and environment stories for The Conversation and contributed research to the Sydney bureau of The New York Times.
John Bailey has spent more than 25 years helping companies around the world to prepare for and respond to reputational challenges and crises. He is the author of the Best Practice Guidelines on Crisis Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital Age, published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This is the definitive guide for the global aviation industry on adapting crisis response plans to meet the challenge of an “always on” media environment.
John offers an unrivaled breadth of international experience, having worked with more than 100 clients in over 50 countries across sectors, including manufacturing, hospitality, fast-moving consumer goods, financial services, and international sports. Before he established Global Communications Consulting, John built the largest independently-owned public relations agency in Singapore, which was acquired by Ketchum in November 2013.
John previously worked in Geneva, Switzerland, where he created the successful IATA Crisis Communications consultancy service.
He has been involved in the response to numerous crisis situations, including several airline accidents and the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. More recently, he was part of the team advising the senior management of Malaysia Airlines on their response to the disappearance of flight MH370, an unprecedented crisis in the aviation history. He has also worked extensively with more than 50 other airlines, including the AirAsia Group, airports, and aerospace manufacturers.
John is a regular speaker at conferences around the world and has been a guest lecturer at the Singapore Management University, National University of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Management, and the Singapore Aviation Academy. He has also been a presenter at the US National Transportation Safety Board Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia.
Marija Ralic leads Google.org Asia Pacific, the data-driven, human-focused philanthropic arm of Google. In 2019, Marija joined Google, where she manages its philanthropic work across Asia and the Pacific region to support innovative nonprofits using technology to tackle complex global challenges. She works with teams across the region to bring the best of Google to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges—combining funding, innovation, and technical expertise to support underserved communities and provide opportunity for everyone. She brings years of experience in driving regional planning and community investments, AI for social impact, the management of skills community projects, which focus on making digital literacy and computer science education accessible to all young people. Before Google, Marija served as a regional program manager overseeing the philanthropic programs at Microsoft Philanthropies across 17 countries and 20 countries in the Asia Pacific and Central and Eastern Europe, respectively.
May-Ann Lim is a director of the Fair Tech Institute at technology consultancy firm Access Partnership, and is concurrently an emeritus director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). She has worked extensively on technology policy development, including data governance policies, digital economy, emerging technology, information and communications technology (ICTs) for development, green digital sustainability, and cybersecurity. She has worked with many global, regional, and local organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Council of Europe (CoE), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), FELEBAN in Latin America, the ACCA, and the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), on thought leadership development, government outreach, and stakeholder engagement efforts.
She is appointed to the Singapore Data Protection Appeal Panel 2019-2023, and sits on various international agency task forces, such as the World Bank Group’s Cloud and Data Infrastructure Private Sector Advisory Committee, World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Digital ASEAN Taskforce, the Data & Jurisdiction Team for the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network.
A strong advocate for inclusive education, digital literacy, and sustainability, May-Ann also volunteers as a youth mentor with Advisory Singapore, and with nonprofit organization, Engineering Good, which focuses on assistive technology and digital inclusion of the underprivileged and disabled.
Naeeda is an infrastructure specialist at ADB’s Southeast Asia Innovation Hub, where she helps design innovative financing instruments for climate-related infrastructure projects. Naeeda helped set up the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF), and currently manages strategy and financing partnerships, including the design of a dedicated Green Recovery Program with the Green Climate Fund. Naeeda also supports the development of green investment criteria and taxonomies.
Previously, Naeeda worked at the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate in Paris where she led several flagship OECD reports on blended finance, climate policy, and development finance. In previous roles, Naeeda implemented climate change mitigation programs for governments in the Greater Mekong Subregion, and for infrastructure projects in the UK. Naeeda has a master’s degree in environmental sustainability (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh.
Napason (Wai) started her journey with the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Department of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) as an intern while taking her master's in cultural resource management. Before that, she spent 4 years learning about the business side of the tourism industry and participated in volunteering activities, which brought her to the sustainability area.
Currently, Napason is supporting the PATA team full time for both internal and external projects, aiming to foster knowledge and a growth mindset among PATA members amid the COVID-19 crisis and recovery efforts.
Parimita Mohanty works at the United Nations Environment Programme, Asia Pacific as a program management officer for renewable energy. She has more than 19 years of experience in sustainable energy, women entrepreneurship, and climate change. She has extensively worked on designing and implementing evidence-driven strategies, technology transfer, and climate action plans in more than 15 countries that accelerate and sustain social and environmental impact. Prior to joining UNEP, Parimita worked with TERI, where she had taken the pride of leading the technology unit of globally recognized Lighting a Billion Lives campaign and smart grid initiatives. At TERI, she made an impact on rural communities, including women, through a number of technology innovations for which she received NASSCOM’s National Social Innovation Award in 2010 and Graphical System Design Achievement Awards in 2012. During her 19-year career, she has initiated more than 50 collaborative projects with reputed national and international institutions, including governments, civil society organizations, and private sector entities, and worked on sustainable technologies for communities. She has led and successfully implemented solar women entrepreneurship project on the ground with innovative financing instruments in more than 10 South and Southeast Asian countries. She sat in various technical committees in India and abroad and was the visiting researcher to many recognized universities in the US and Europe. She is the author and editor of seven books and more than 25 publications on sustainable energy, climate change, and socioeconomic development in various international peer-reviewed journals. She holds a master's degree in energy sience and technology and a PhD on micro-grids and smart grids. Besides being a climate change expert, she is a national level women’s cricket player.
Paul Pruangkarn is the Director of Communications and External Affairs at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand. In his role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of PATA’s communications and public relations, serves as its senior spokesperson, strives to enhance its public image through various media outlets, and maintains its media partnerships with organizations such as the BBC, Skift, TTG Asia, and Travel Weekly Group.
He has also spoken regularly at conferences on behalf of PATA, as well as facilitated and emceed many of the events it organized. In addition to his communications role, Paul manages PATA’s relationships with governments across the region, ensuring alignment of PATA’s public policy positions with its member organizations.
Paul hails from New York and has spent over a decade living in Thailand. Prior to PATA, Paul worked at an internet startup in Bangkok as the Senior Business Development Manager, overseeing its daily operations and business-to-business sales partnerships with hotels. He also served as a sub-editor at Radio Thailand English Language News, where he concurrently worked as an on-air personality.
Before moving to Thailand, he spent five years as a Newsroom Supervisor at Business Wire, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, working with clients across the US, London, Paris, Berlin, and Tokyo. He has also worked for companies such as Reuters, British Petroleum, and Traditional Home Magazine.
Paul received his bachelor of arts degree majoring in the classics with a concentration in Mediterranean art and archaeology from the University at Buffalo in New York.
Pramila Crivelli is an economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Her main fields of specialization are applied econometrics in international trade policy, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules of origin, nontariff measures and geographical indications. At ADB, she is also supporting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) regional forum.
Prior to joining ADB in November 2020, she was an assistant professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt, leading the Chair of International Trade. Her work has been published in academic peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of International Economics and The World Economy.
She received her PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She accumulated extensive experience in applied economic policy and technical cooperation, serving as an economic affairs officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, researching at the European University Institute and the World Trade Organization, and carrying out consultancies for various clients in Asia and Africa. She has a strong expertise in delivering capacity building and advisory services to governments, public and private institutions, and trade negotiators in multilateral and regional fora.
Ryan Rahardjo is Head of Public Affairs Southeast Asia and South Asia Frontiers, Google Asia Pacific. Prior to his role at Google, Ryan worked as a Parliamentarians Advocate at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where he executed UNFPA’s communication and advocacy program for the Indonesian Parliament. Ryan also served in the External Relations Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, managing the strategic partnerships between ASEAN and its dialogue partners, particularly Australia, Canada, EU, New Zealand, and the United States.
Sanchita Basu-Das is an economist at the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of ADB. She contributes to the division’s flagship publication, the Asian Economic Integration Report, and other knowledge products. She also supports the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional forum. Her core research interests include regional cooperation and initiatives related to them, such as trade, logistics, industrial corridors, tourism, digital economy, institutions, and others. Sanchita joined ADB in November 2018 and served as an economist in the South Asia Regional Department, processing loans and grants, implementing technical assistance projects, and leading operationally relevant analytical studies.
Prior to joining ADB, Sanchita was the lead researcher for economic affairs at the ASEAN Studies Centre of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. She was concurrently a fellow of the Regional Economic Studies Program, coordinator of Singapore APEC Studies Centre and a co-editor of Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (JSEAE), all housed under the same institute. Sanchita has published in international journals including the Singapore Economic Review, Journal of World Trade and Asia Pacific Economic Literature, authored and edited books and book chapters, and wrote for the media.
Sanchita earned her PhD in international political economy from Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, and her masters in economics and business management from the University of Delhi and the National University of Singapore, respectively.
Sim Sokheng is the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia. He assumed this role in June 2020. He began his government career at the Ministry of Commerce in mid-1998. He has served at the Ministry of Commerce’s management level since 2003, initially as Deputy Head of Division, then in 2008 as Deputy Director of Department of Intellectual Property, followed by his role as Acting Director of the Department of International Cooperation in 2012. In January 2015, he was appointed as Director of the Department of Intellectual Property and became the President of the Secretariat of National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights of Cambodia. In May 2016, he was appointed as Director General for International Trade, and further appointed as Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce in November 2018.
He has been the chief negotiator for regional and bilateral free trade agreements. He used to be the SEOM Lead for Cambodia, handling trade-related affairs under the framework of ASEAN and its partners, member of Interministerial Committee to update the Cambodia Trade Integration Strategy 2013-2018 and 2019-2023. His responsibilities also include drafting and amending laws and regulations.
He taught intellectual property law from mid-2009 to 2016 at the Royal University of Law and Economics, the Pannasastra University of Cambodia, and lectured on trade negotiation at the Department of International Studies of the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2020.
He holds a master of laws from Kyushu University, Japan, a master of business administration from the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, a bachelor of laws from the Royal University of Law and Economics, and a bachelor of business administration from the National University of Management, Phnom Penh.
So Umezaki is Director of Economic Integration Studies Group, Development Studies Center at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO). He joined IDE in 1995, after receiving his master’s degree from the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University. During his temporary assignment to the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in Jakarta between 2008 and 2011, he contributed to several flagship projects related to the economic integration in ASEAN and neighboring countries, such as the Comprehensive Asia Development Plan (CADP), ASEAN-India Connectivity, and the ASEAN Strategic Transport Plan (ASTP).
He has published his work in international journals including the Developing Economies, the Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, and Public Policy Review, and also authored and edited books and book chapters on various issues related to economic integration of ASEAN and surrounding regions.
As the Managing Director of Discova, a global destination management company with 400 employees in Asia and the Americas, Suyin Lee is passionate about the creation of sustainable livelihoods and the empowerment of local communities in emerging economies. A self-confessed growth junkie, Suyin has built and transformed businesses in Asia over the past 15 years, developing strong leaders across different geographies and cultures. She is a strong advocate of gender equality and empowerment through education.
Swati has nearly two decades of experience in sales and marketing. Most recently, she was the marketing manager of the Radisson Hotel Group in Gurgaon, India, where she headed its marketing for South Asia and digital marketing for Asia and the Pacific.
She has a master’s degree in management in hospitality from Cornell-Nanyang Institute. Her experience includes brand advertising, digital marketing and analytics, campaign management, content marketing, media strategy, and global agency and vendor management.
Tomomi Matsuoka is a program manager of the Google Earth Outreach team, focused on expanding the programs to Japan and APAC countries. She works with organizations in the region to create new knowledge, raise awareness, and enable action toward positive social and environmental changes using map data, imagery, and tools. She was program manager for the Japan Disaster Preparedness and Recovery projects, including the Digital Archive Project which aims to digitally archive areas and buildings devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake by Street View imagery.
Anna Fink is country economist at the Indonesia Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where she is responsible for implementing the Country Partnership Strategy and Country Knowledge Plan. She is also the country focal for operations and knowledge related to climate change and sustainable tourism.
Anna was formerly a member of ADB’s Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group, where she led research and technical assistance on cross-border integration and regional public goods with a focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific. This included a technical assistance project on cross-border tourism on the island of Timor.
Prior to joining ADB, she spent 5 years as a natural resource economist and statistician with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. She also spent several years working as a consultant on trade facilitation in East and Southern Africa. She has a master’s degree in development management from the London School of Economics and has volunteered on a wide variety of development projects in Africa and South America.
Bayarmaa (Bama) Amarjagal manages futures thinking and foresight, the ADB Futures Club, and the ADB Expertise Locator at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and supports knowledge management and Innovation Hub activities. She joined ADB in 2018 and worked in climate change and energy divisions before joining Knowledge Advisory Services Center. Bama specializes in climate change and renewable energy projects, and worked in this area for the last 11 years, focusing on climate finance. She manages the application of strategic foresight and knowledge management tools in climate change and energy sector along with other areas of tourism and transport. Before joining ADB, she worked in the private sector, managing the carbon finance of the first wind farm in Mongolia, and financing of renewable projects including solar power plant in XacBank. Bama completed her master’s degree in nature, society, and environmental policy from the University of Oxford.
Cuong Minh Nguyen is the principal country economist at the Viet Nam Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), leading the economic, knowledge and programming work. He was principal regional cooperation specialist, leading the Greater Mekong Subregion program supported by ADB. Prior to joining ADB, he was the head of WTO Unit, and assistant director general of the ASEAN Department of Viet Nam’s Foreign Ministry. He also led the Program Coordination Unit of the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.
James Villafuerte is a senior economist at the Southeast Asia Department (SERD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He conducts research on economics and regional cooperation issues in Southeast Asia, and also leads the SERD Policy Network of economists. He regularly writes economic outlook and risk assessment for Southeast Asia, and also examine its medium-term macroeconomic outlook, policy, and development issues—including COVID-19 economic recovery, global value chain participation, green economy, among others. His advisory and research expertise also cover economic modelling, financial integration, macroeconomic surveillance, and early warning systems. Prior to joining ADB, he was an economist at the World Bank and senior economist at the Department of Treasury and Finance in Victoria, Australia.
Josephine Aquino works in the Knowledge Advisory Services Center (SDCC-KC) of ADB. She leads SDCC-KC review of all complex knowledge and support technical assistance programs across ADB and the administration of the technical assistance portfolio of the center. She supports various stream of work including implementation of ADB Knowledge Management Action Plan, enhancing country knowledge plan process, knowledge partnerships, knowledge immersion program, and technology innovation challenge.
Lu Shen, a US national, holds master’s degrees from Harvard JFK School of Government and MIT Sloan School of Management and and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College. She has over 20 years of experience and brings extensive development knowledge from various multilateral development banks, covering both sovereign and nonsovereign operations.
She joined ADB in 2002 in the former Mekong Governance, Finance and Trade Division, then held progressing roles in various regional departments and private sector operations. In 2008, she joined the Inter-American Development Bank, where she worked extensively with key clients on developing traditional and non-traditional partners such as World Bank, UNDP, GEF, and WWF. She returned to ADB in October 2011 in project finance, focusing on water- and sanitation-related investments. She transitioned to public sector operations in 2013, responsible for operations in Central Asian countries, including Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyz Republic. Prior to her current role, she was head of the Project Administration Unit and provided guidance on quality at entry, coordination, and implementation.
Ms. Shen brings in-depth sector and operational knowledge that will provide strategic insights to the corporate results framework. As director of the Results Management and Effectiveness Aid Division, she leads ADB’s actions and initiatives in implementing improved approaches, systems, and procedures for better management for development results. She also ensurea ADB’s alignment with the SDGs and fulfillment of ADB’s commitments on aid and development effectiveness.
Marc Lepage has worked in the knowledge and technology innovation for development context since 1998.
Marc currently works at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as principal IT specialist (technology innovation), based at the ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines. Marc advises and supports ADB with its 2030 digital agenda, by designing and implementing ADB’s Digital Innovation Sandbox Program, an initiative aiming at using emerging digital technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robotics to future-proof ADB and support its transformation into an agile organization.
Prior to this position, Marc worked for the United Nations as UNDP innovation advisor in Africa, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Marc advised the 46 countries under the UNDP Africa region to develop, sustain and implement innovative initiatives. Managing the UNDP Africa Innovation Fund, Marc provided policy guidance to countries interested to develop innovation initiatives.
He also worked as Uganda country manager for the International Institute for Communication and Development, advisor to the national ICT strategy formulation in Somalia, and regional director for Africa and Middle East of a Canadian international NGO working in ICT for development.
Previously, Marc has spent 7 years with UNDP in information and knowledge for development, including as deputy regional coordinator for ICTDAR, the UNDP program on ICT for Development in the Arab region, advisor for UNDP Afghanistan for all ICT-related activities; and as information systems engineer for UNDP Asia Pacific Development Information Programme.
Since he started to work in the field of knowledge and technology for development, Marc has worked in about 50 countries in Asia, Middle East, and Africa, designing and implementing projects linking sustainable development with knowledge and technology innovation.
Marc’s work has been featured on CNN, BBC, the Wall Street Journal, and other global and local media.
Holding both French and Canadian nationalities, married with a son and two daughters, Marc holds a master’s degree in network engineering from a French university.
Ozzeir Khan is the director of Digital Innovation and Architecture Division within Asian Development Bank (ADB). He also heads the ADB Digital Innovation Sandbox Program.
He has worked for United Nations and global financial banking services sector in Asia, Europe, and the US.
Prior to joining the ADB, he was chief of Innovation and business relationships at United Nations in New York, where he was responsible for developing relationships with departments, member countries, facilitating public-private sector partnerships, and leading innovation labs’ development globally.
His broad areas of expertise include digital transformation, innovation, and emerging technologies adoption by public sector and international agencies.
Shanti Jagannathan is principal education specialist in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She works on ADB education sector policies and strategies and provides technical advice to ADB’s lending and nonlending education operations in the Asia and Pacific region.
Shanti has over 25 years of experience with education sector transformation initiatives in school education, technical and vocational education, and training and higher education in Asia. She has led policy research studies on skills for greening economies, Asia’s knowledge-based economies, innovation and implications of industry 4.0 on education and training, among others. Her recent work includes guidance note on Education and COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific, designing hackathons for digital reskilling and upskilling for displaced workers, and co-editing a book on powering a learning society during an age of disruption. She has over a dozen publications from her work in ADB.
Shanti has contributed to international cooperation in education at policy and operational levels and has been on advisory bodies, steering committees, and working groups on education development, gender equality, elimination of child labor, democracy and human rights, and scholarships for underprivileged students. Prior to ADB, Shanti worked with the European Union as development adviser where she developed and implemented programs in health, education, and rural livelihoods in South Asia as lead task manager. Prior to that, she worked with a think tank, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.
The Strategy, Policy, and Partnerships Department serves as the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) focal point on the Sustainable Development Goals, and Smita Nakhooda leads this area of work. Previously, she was a senior research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, and prior to that, a senior associate at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. An Indian national, she holds an MSc in environmental policy and regulation from the London School of Economics, and a BA in government and environmental studies from Dartmouth College.
Susann Roth is chief of ADB Knowledge Management. Her team launched ADB’s first Futures Thinking and Foresight Program, ADB’s first Technology Innovation Challenge, ADB’s bank-wide Innovation Hub, and led the design of ADB’s new Knowledge Management Action Plan, which supports the implementation of ADB’s Strategy 2030.
Vivek Raman works in the Knowledge Advisory Services Center of ADB and provides advice on knowledge management and innovation best practices to ADB teams. This includes streamlining ADBs knowledge programs at the country level and engagements with knowledge partners for ADB projects. He implements various aspects of the ADB Knowledge Management Action Plan and leads the operations of the ADB Innovation Hub.
Mr. Aditya V. Berlia, pro-chancellor of the Apeejay Stya University (ASU) and member, management board of the Apeejay Stya & Svrán Group, is a young entrepreneur and educationist who balances his role in the corporate world along with his philanthropic dedication to education.
Agne Makauskaite is a regulatory lawyer and a public policy expert, having worked in communications regulatory policy field in various regions globally for more than 16 years. Currently, she is the APAC Public Policy Lead for Regulated Industries for Amazon Web Services. She focuses on cloud computing policy, including data sovereignty, cybersecurity, data privacy, and related policy issues for telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, and other regulated industries.
Before joining AWS in 2019, Agne worked as the APAC Senior Regulatory Manager for Vodafone Business. She has LLM in Competition Law from King’s College London and Master’s in Law degree from Vilnius University in Lithuania. She started her career working for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Lithuania, after which she continued practicing telecoms regulatory law and policy in Europe, Middle East, and APAC regions.
Alan is the head of the Fintech Infrastructure Office at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He is responsible for strategies and initiatives to foster technology innovation in the financial sector and the establishment of open platforms and cross-border connectivity. He is currently leading research and development programs on emerging technologies and new business models such as CBDC, digital assets, DeFI, and embedded finance. Prior to this, he held various technical leadership roles in the private sector including managing consulting and development teams across Asia Pacific
As a domain solutions architect in the AWS Public Sector team, Andra Christie advises customers on how to achieve their desired business results using the breadth and depth of the AWS platform.
Andra brings over 20 years of experience, providing technical leadership in financial services, telecommunication companies, utilities, government, research institutions, and startups.
She has previously specialized in Data and Information Management solutions.
At AWS, she focuses on helping customers with digital twin and video solutions.
Dr. Andreas Brandner is a founder and executive director of K4DP, the Knowledge for Development Partnership, a global multi-stakeholder platform for Knowledge Management supporting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. He is an advocate for knowledge-based development, advisor to countries and sectors in the transformation into knowledge societies, and consultant to public and private bodies in the implementation of knowledge management. He is initiator and editor of the global Agenda Knowledge for Development as well as of the Ugandan Knowledge Agenda. He established K4DP´s School of Knowledge Sciences with its centers at Makerere University Business School, Uganda, and International University of Management, Namibia.
Andreas Brandner has been managing director of KM-A Knowledge Management Associates since 2001 and a global KM-pioneer, providing educational, advisory, research and innovation services to international customers. He established the Knowledge Management Academy, which provides International Certification Courses in KM at the highest level of expertise. In 2017, he established Knowledge City and subsidiaries in a growing number of countries, specifically in the development context, to drive the transformation of countries into knowledge societies. He chaired numerous international conferences, authored books and articles, and teaches at several universities.
Dr. Andreas Hofmann is part of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’s (GIZ) sustainable tourism development team, providing advice on global tourism projects and coordinating with the tourism and private hospitality sectors. Prior to his work at GIZ, Andreas worked for an EU-Switch Asia project in Luang Prabang, and served as the Managing Director for Asian Trails in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
He holds a PhD from International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) at Leeds Beckett University and a master’s degree from SOAS University of London.
Andrew Ure is Head of Public Affairs, Google Asia Pacific (APAC). In his almost eight years at Google, he has worked in Japan and across the region on some of the most pressing technology policy issues, including in relation to artificial intelligence, digital trade, and skilling for the digital economy. Prior to Google, he was Managing Director of OgilvyEarth Australia, a sustainability consultancy. He previously spent eight years as a diplomat with the Australian Government, where he worked on multilateral climate negotiations and was posted to the Australian Embassy in Iran. He has degrees from Oxford University and Australian National University and lives in Sydney. He is on the board of the National Center for APEC.
Dr. Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan is the lead adviser at NITI Aayog, Government of India, where he heads the vertical of trade and commerce. Prior to joining the government, he has served as an economist, working to analyze a wide range of economic issues (mainly international trade), disruptive technologies (blockchain, AI, drones, robotics, IoT, among others), and environmental, energy, and public health policies. He has informed the process of decision making in several major economic policies, such as free trade agreements, technology regulations—both through his academic research and consulting or advisory projects. He is on the board of directors of British American Business Council.
Badri was a senior economist and affiliate professor at the University of Washington Seattle, senior fellow at the European Center for International Political Economy, Brussels, National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and Center for Social and Economic Progress (formerly Brookings India), New Delhi. He has served as a consultant to the UN, World Bank, ILO, FAO, WHO, ICRIER, IMF, ADB, Harvard University, LSE, the Commonwealth Secretariat, McKinsey, KPMG, PwC, and several other international organizations as well as government and private organizations across the world.
He has also been engaged with the startup community across the world as an advisor and co-founder. In 2015, he founded a consulting firm, Infinite-Sum Modelling, which has offices in Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and New Delhi.
He has published over 100 papers and five books, cited thousands of times in journals as well as popular media (FT, BBC, CNN, WP, The Economist), in reputed journals (Nature Communication, Energy Economics, Network and Spatial Economics, Economic Modelling, Applied Economics, and Agricultural Economics) and presented his work in over 30 countries across the world.