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26 August 2022, 14:00 - 17:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

ESCAP Hall, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
APBF 2022

The Asia-Pacific Business Forum has been held annually since 2004. APBF 2022 will be held in Bangkok and online on 26 August 2022 in cooperation with the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN). The Forum is expected to witness the participation of 300-500 multi-stakeholders, in particular governments, business, civil society and academics from all over the region to foster dialogue and identify innovative solutions and recommendations to advance the Asia Pacific Green Deal for Business in the region.

General

The Asia-Pacific Business Forum is scheduled to be held on 26 August 2022, from 14:00 to 17:00 hours, Bangkok time, at the United Conference Centre in Bangkok.

Credentials

N/A

Registration and identification badges

In order to facilitate the registration process participants are REQUIRED to register online at https://bit.ly/3Js2zGk well in advance, but no later than 22 August 2022, to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of photo badges as well as the compilation of the list of participants.

Please note that prior online registration is mandatory in line with standard security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises.

Participants who have registered online can obtain photo badges at the registration counter, located on the Ground Level, UNCC, from 13:00 to 14:00 hours on 26 August 2022.

Only the names of duly registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

For identification and security reasons, all participants are REQUIRED to wear their meeting badges at all times while they are in the UN complex, which include meetings and social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be immediately communicated to the registration counter or the UN security, so that the incident could be recorded, and a new badge can be issued.

Communications

APBF Secretariat

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division

ESCAP, United Nations Building

Rajdamnern Nok Avenue

Bangkok 10200

Thailand

E-mail address: [email protected]

Meeting documents

Meeting documents will be made available at http://www.unescap.org/events/2022/asia-pacific-business-forum-2022

Daily subsistence allowance

N/A

Health and vaccination Health and vaccination

Upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who are nationals of or have traveled from/through countries listed below, which have been declared Yellow Fever infected areas, must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a valid Yellow Fever vaccination at the Health Control Office upon arrival before proceeding to immigration. A valid vaccination certificate means that the vaccine was administered at least 10 days prior to travel to the affected country. The International Health Certificate must also be submitted together with the visa application form.

The countries/areas listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand dated 03 November 2022):

  1. Angola
  2. Argentina
  3. Benin
  4. Bolivia
  5. Brazil
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Burundi
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central African Republic
  10. Chad
  11. Colombia
  12. Congo
  13. Republic of the Congo
  14. Cote d’Ivoire
  15. Ecuador
  16. Equatorial Guinea
  17. Ethiopia
  18. French Guiana
  19. Gabon
  20. Gambia
  21. Ghana
  22. Guinea
  23. Guinea-Bissau
  1. Guyana
  2. Kenya
  3. Liberia
  4. Mali
  5. Mauritania
  6. Niger
  7. Nigeria
  8. Panama
  9. Paraguay
  10. Peru
  11. Rwanda
  12. Sao Tome & Principe
  13. Senegal
  14. Sierra Leone
  15. Somalia
  16. Sudan
  17. Suriname
  18. Tanzania
  19. Togo
  20. Trinidad & Tobago
  21. Uganda
  22. Venezuela

Zika virus

Zika is endemic in Thailand and cases have been reported amongst tourists. All travelers are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites while in Thailand. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Thailand or talk to their doctor about the implications of traveling to Thailand during this time.

In addition to the above, Medical Services Division at UNHQs advises that pregnant UN personnel should not undertake duty travel or be relocated to countries/areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur. Women who are seeking pregnancy should obtain individual advice from their medical practitioner on risk management regarding their plans to travel into a Zika-affected area. For further information, please refer to the Zika virus FAQ.

Information on other non-vaccine preventable diseases to watch out for while in Thailand can be found here: Thailand - Traveler view | Travelers' Health | CDC.

Air pollution and Health

Bangkok, like many metropolitan Asian cities in the world, is periodically affected by high levels of air pollution, with haze and high concentrations of PM2.5 particularly of concern for sensitive groups.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand advises tourists to monitor Bangkok’s air pollution and take precautions when necessary. People who have existing asthma or are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution should consult their treating physician as to whether a trip to Bangkok is advisable at this time. Information on the Air pollution can be found Air4Thai website, maintained by the government of Thailand with daily information on air pollution.

Insurance and emergency medical service

Delegates are strongly encouraged to subscribe to a travel or health insurance which is valid in the Kingdom of Thailand, in order to cover any medical bills or hospitalization fees. In case of medical emergency, please call 1669. The nearest hospital to the UNCC is Bangkok Adventist (Mission) Hospital, which has English speaking medical support staff +662-282-1100.

When feeling unwell while in the UNCC: Anyone who feels unwell while already within the UNCC is advised to call any medical service staff at +66 2288 1352/1353/1761 during business hours, for further guidance. After business hours, they are advised to call the UN Medical Officer at +66 2288 1353 for further guidance. In case of a medical emergency within the UNCC, they are advised to call UN Security at +66 2288 1102/1120 for assistance in calling an ambulance.

COVID-19 COVID-19 Protocol at the UN Conference Centre, Bangkok

SPECIFIC MEASURES BEFORE & DURING THE MEETING

BEFORE THE MEETING

  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and how to manage it.
  • Ensure that you have your health insurance card or information with you at all times.
  • Stay at home or in your accommodation if you or your household feels unwell, develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • All personnel entering the UNCC, whether on foot or using their own transport, are subject to thermal screening at all entrances. This is done through self-screening using stationary thermal scanners situated in various access points. If a person has a temperature of >37.3 degrees Celsius, s/he should not enter the UNCC.

 

DURING THE MEETING

  • Wear face masks all the time except when taking the floor to speak in the respective conference/meeting room, sit in designated areas and keep physical distancing.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently – after coughing, before preparing food or eating, after toilet use, after contact with ill persons, and during exposure to high traffic public areas.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • If you feel unwell while in the meeting, do not ignore – report immediately to the meeting organizer.
Accessibility support for persons with disabilities Accessibility support for persons with disabilities

The UNCC is fully wheelchair-accessible and houses the Accessibility Centre on Level 1. For more information, please visit the Accessibility Centre’s webpages

Visa requirements Visa and entry requirements

Visa Requirements

Participants are REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate entry visa from the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General before entering Thailand, EXCEPT for those nationals listed at List of Countries entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival.

Please note that participants holding UN Laissez-Passer (UNLP) travelling on official business to Thailand are also REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate visa before entering.

To apply for an appropriate entry visa to Thailand, participants are required to contact their nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General for the most updated information regarding visa application procedures and required documents. The list of Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General can be found at https://www.thaiembassy.org.

Participants who wish to apply for a visa outside their country of residence or reside in a country where there is no Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate, should check with the meeting organizer for the location where it is possible for them to apply for a Thai visa. Please note that certain nationalities, for security reasons, are not allowed to apply for a visa except at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General which has jurisdiction over the concerned territory.

Participants who may need further assistance from ESCAP on their visa application should contact the meeting organizer, well in advance, for necessary action.

Participants who wish to apply for a visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Muang International Airport should follow the below requirements:

  1. The applicant must possess a passport from the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to apply for visa on arrival (List of countries entitled for Visa on Arrival) with the validity of more than 30 days, at least one completely blank page, and be in possession of a valid return ticket with date of departure within 15 days of the date of entry.
  2. The applicant must fill out an application form, which is available at the Visa-on-Arrival counter at the airport, supply one recent passport-sized photograph and a fee of Thai Baht (THB) 2,000.
  3. An online application is available at Visa On Arrival (immigration.go.th). Upon presentation of printed Transaction Reference Number (TRN) the applicant could obtain the visa at the Visa-on-Arrival counter at the airport before proceeding for immigration procedures.
  4. The applicant must provide proof of means of living expenses at the amount of THB 10,000 per person or THB 20,000 per family.

NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of October 2022.

Travel agent Travel agent

The American Express Global Business Travel (AMEX-GBT) office is located on Level 1, UNCC, and is open weekdays from 08:00 to 17:00 hours, Tuesday through Thursday. Remote support is available on other days ([email protected])

Travel Advisory Travel Advisory

Visitors are advised to be respectful of Thai customs at all times. Please note that Thailand has laws against making negative comments about the institution of the monarchy. Such laws are strictly enforced and are applicable to spoken, written, gestures and electronic communication, including social media.

Transport to attend meetings Transport to attend meetings

Participants need to make their own transport arrangements to and from the UNCC. Metered taxis are readily available in the city and you may also book your transportation via applications such as Grab and Volt. Some hotels close to the UN building may provide complimentary transfer service on fixed schedule, to and from the UNCC, so please check with the hotel concierge.

Transport from and to Airport Transport from and to Airport

Participants need to make their own transportation arrangements from Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Mueang International Airport to their respective hotels. For the Airport Rail Link, an express and commuter rail connecting to Makkasan Station (MRT subway Petchaburi Station) and Phayathai Station (BTS Skytrain), passengers should go to Level B. Detailed information can be found at https://www.srtet.co.th/index.php/en/.

Electric taxis (EVsociety/VIP) are currently available at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The counter is located next to the main taxi area. The service is available 24 hours and can be pre-booked via:

Line ID: @evsociety
Phone: +66 2039 8888
Email: [email protected]
EV Society Facebook

Metered-taxi and bus services are readily available at the airport. More information is available at https://www.bangkokairportonline.com

To use the airport limousine service, participants should only contact the authorized officials at the counters located in the airport arrival zone. These officials will issue a ticket for the assignment of a limousine for transporting passengers to the desired destination, upon request. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport limousine service counters are located on Level 2 at Baggage Claim and Arrival Hall exits, channels A, B and C.

For public taxis, participants are advised to proceed to the Level 1 of the Passenger Terminal, between exit doors 4 and 7, outdoor area, where they will find automatic dispensing machines from which they can collect a queuing ticket for a public taxi. In addition to toll fees, there is a THB 50 surcharge to be added to the meter charge from the airport to the city. Please refer to the airport website noted above for details.

Souvenir shop Souvenir shop

The souvenir shop is located on Level 1 of UNCC. It is open from 09:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. The shop can be contacted at +66 2288 1295.

Safety and Security Safety and Security

For security and safety reasons, participants are reminded NOT to leave their belongings unattended. Belongings left unattended within the UNCC may be removed to the nearest Lost and Found counter or the Security Operations Centre.

All drone unmanned aircrafts are prohibited from flying over the UNCC as per the security requirements.

All occupants of the UNCC MUST comply at all times with all lawful directions given by the officers of the United Nations Security and Safety Section. Failure to do so may lead to the participant’s removal from the UNCC.

Contact numbers:

UN Security
Security Control Centre (24/7): +66.2.2881102
UN Security Emergency Number: +66.2.2881100
Mobile +66.81.8078471

Thailand Emergency Numbers:
Police general emergency call: 191
Fire: 199
Ambulance and rescue: 1669/1554
Tourism Police: 1155

Zero Tolerance towards harassment

The United Nations has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, and will deal with such complaints promptly. Please refer to the United Nations Code of Conduct and report any incident to the Security and Safety Section either in person or by phone at +66 2288 1102.

Security protocols for UN personnel

In line with security procedures for UN staff, travel notification through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) is required prior to any official travel. Upon notification of travel on TRIP, UN staff members will automatically receive an updated security advice for UN visitors to Thailand. Please visit https://dss.un.org to apply for this travel notification.

In addition, the UN Department of Safety and Security requires all UN personnel, including interns and consultants, to complete the mandatory BSAFE Security Awareness Training These security certifications are required to be completed, prior to having commenced official travel.

Prayer and meditation rooms Prayer and meditation rooms

Prayer and meditation rooms are located in front of ESCAP Hall on Level 2, UNCC.

Postal services Postal services

Postal services are available at the United Nations branch of Thailand Post, located on the Ground Level of UNCC. It is open from 08:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. The office can be contacted at extension 2911.

Lost and Found Lost and Found

Please contact the Security Operations Centre, either in person or by phone at +66.2.2881102.

Airline reservations Airline reservations

Many international airlines operate regular services to and from Bangkok. Participants are advised to secure their return bookings prior to their departure for Bangkok. If this is not possible, they should make firm return bookings immediately upon arrival in Bangkok. Travel services are available through the American Express Global Business Travel (AMEX-GBT) office located on Level 1, UNCC.

Library facilities Library facilities

ESCAP Library facilities are available on Level 1, Service Building from 08:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. For details on the use of the ESCAP Library facilities, please consult the staff on duty or call extensions 1329 and 1360. Further information about the ESCAP Library can be found on its website at http://www.unescap.org/library.

Internet services Internet services

Free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of the UNCC. Please use UN-WiFi, no password is required. Use of internet at UNCC is governed by relevant Organizational policies and guidelines. Failure to adhere to policies may result in revoking of those services.

Hotel accommodation Hotel accommodation

Hotels, located relatively close to ESCAP or by mass-transit routes, may be used by participants, should they choose to. The selection of hotels at a walking distance from the UNCC is encouraged to reduce participants’ local travel emissions and their exposure to traffic. Click here for a list of hotels, with indicative prices.

NOTE: ESCAP cannot vouch for accuracy of the information or rates contained in the document. The list is meant purely for reference and for ease of participants. The special discount rates provided are subject to change without notice. Please confirm the room rates with the hotel directly.

Participants are responsible for booking their own rooms and are requested to contact the hotel well in advance. Any cancellations, postponements or other changes should be reported to the hotel. Rooms not occupied may be charged to the participants as per the hotel’s policies.

Before departure from Bangkok, participants should settle directly with the respective hotels all accounts, including room charges and other expenses, such as for local and long-distance telephone calls, Internet usage, business center usage, laundry, room and hotel transportation services, mini-bar items, as well as restaurant and bar services. Participants are also responsible for any charges incurred with respect to rooms remaining vacant owing to late arrival or rescheduled departure for which inadequate prior notice is given.

Foreign currency declaration Foreign currency declaration

Any person who brings or takes an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding USD 20,000 or its equivalent into or out of the Kingdom of Thailand shall declare such amount of foreign currency to a Customs Official. Failure to make such a declaration or making any false declaration to a Customs official is a criminal offence.

For reference, participants may use – at their discretion – online currency conversion tool, such as https://freecurrencyrates.com for indicative currency conversion rates.

Floor plans UNCC Floor plans

The UNCC floor plans are available at https://www.unescap.org/uncc/our-rooms. The UN buildings are smoke-free. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas outside of the buildings and in the UNCC, the designated smoking area is outside of the Public Foyer.

Financial & administrative arrangements Financial & administrative arrangements

In those cases where the participation costs are borne by the ESCAP Secretariat, the Secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditure, including the following:

  1. All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
  2. Salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
  3. Costs incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
  4. Compensation in the event of death or disability of participants in connection with attending the meeting;
  5. Any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
  6. Any other expenses of a personal nature, not directly related to the purpose of the meeting.
Electric plug and socket Electric plug and socket

The electric power in Thailand is 220V running at 50Hz and the plug types used are either Type A, Type B, or Type C. A hybrid socket is almost universally found, which accepts a combination of the above plug types.

Delegates are strongly encouraged to carry their own adapters for use with laptops and other electrical appliances as the Secretariat will not be able to provide these. In case of need, adapters can be purchased from shops in the city dealing in electronic and electrical items.

Catering services Catering services

Operating hours

Catering services are available at the following locations:

  • International Cafeteria (Level 1, UNCC), which serves breakfast from 7.30 to 10.00 hours, and Thai, Halal and International menus for lunch from 11:00 to 14:00 hours on Monday through Friday.
  • Coffee Corner (Level 1, UNCC), which serves assortment of bakery pastries and beverages, is open from 07:00 to 17:00 hours on Monday through Friday.
  • Rajapruek Lounge (Ground Level, UNCC), which serves light meals and beverages, is open from 07:00 to 17:00 hours on Monday through Friday.

In line with the Sustainable United Nations (SUN) and Environmental Management System (EMS} principles, no single use plastic is available in the UNCC. Single-use food and drink containers have been banned within the UN compound in Bangkok. When purchasing coffee/tea at the Coffee Corner, meeting participants will be asked to pay a deposit of THB 100 for a cup, which will be returned upon return of the cup.

Dining venues at the UNCC also do not provide food storage boxes, plastic cutlery or straws for take-away orders. Diners wishing to take food away are advised to bring their own reusable food containers.

Banking facilities Banking facilities

Banking services are available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, located on Level 1 of the Service Building, from 08:30 to 15:30 hours during weekdays. (telephone extension 2168).

Siam Commercial Bank ATMs can be found near the registration desk, on the Ground Level of UNCC, and near its UN Branch office, noted above.

Weather Weather

The weather in Bangkok is usually warm and humid. Light tropical clothing would be appropriate. The conference and meeting rooms at the UNCC are air-conditioned and the temperature is maintained in the range of 23-24 degrees Celsius (73-75 degrees Fahrenheit).

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
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Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on 13 September 2018.

Prior to joining ESCAP, Ms. Alisjahbana was Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia, a position she assumed in 2005. She joined Universitas Padjadjaran as a lecturer in 1988. Since 2016, she has served as Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies at Universitas Padjadjaran and Vice Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.

She also serves on the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia - AIPI), the Forum of Statistics Community (Forum Masyarakat Statistik or Advisory Council of the Indonesian Statistics), the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and Council Member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

From 2009 to 2014, she was Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia. She served as Co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation from 2012 to 2014. From 2009 to 2014, she was Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank representing the government of Indonesia. In 2016, she 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 Development System in the context of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Ms. Alisjahbana has been involved in various research projects and consultancies to the United Nations University/Institute for Advanced Study in Tokyo, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the European Commission, and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Ms. Alisjahbana earned her Bachelor degree in Economics and Development Studies from Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia, a Masters degree in Economics from Northwestern University, USA and a Ph.D in Economics from University of Washington, USA. She was awarded the Mahaputra Adipradana Order (Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana) from the Republic of Indonesia, honorary brevet from the Indonesian Navy and honorary flight wing from the Indonesian Air Force.

H.E. Mr. Arkhom
H.E. Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith
Minister of Finance, Royal Government of Thailand
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Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, has joined NESDB since 1979 which is considered to be the key agency on planning and formulation of development strategies in Thailand. Throughout his years in NESDB, Arkhom has held series of directorship and taken a lead role in many infrastructure development projects and formulation of vital development strategies which proven to be crucial for the nation to achieve the sustainable development goals. As top executive of NESDB, Arkhom has long been following the philosophy of sufficiency economy by heart and using it as a foundation in development strategy in light of shaping the nation toward more balanced development.

Arkhom also played vital roles as board of directors in many nation’s lead state-own-enterprises until August 2014 prior to the appointment as Deputy Minister of Transport. These included PTT Public Company Limited, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, and Thai Smile Airways Company Limited. His roles also extend toward the international community through his extensive involvement in neighboring countries development cooperation especially in cross-border infrastructure projects to connect all the Greater Mekong Subregional Economic Cooperation (GMS) countries which later lead to the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. In his capacity of being Minister of Transport, he was able to change the future of transport infrastructure by completing almost all projects especially the mass transit system in Bangkok, the inter-city double track railways, the high speed rail, all airports, roads and highways, seaports, as well as the gave more focus on the issues of road safety. The most outstanding task was to lift the red flag in 2017 that was imposed by the ICAO in 2015.

Personal Information:

Born on 25 September 1956. 1978 received Bachelor degree in Economics from Thammasat University, Thailand; 1983 Master degree in Development Economics from Williams College, United States; 1979 joined NESDB as Industrial Planner; 2000 Senior Adviser in Policy and Plan, NESDB; 2004 Deputy Secretary-General, NESDB; 2010 Secretary General, NESDB.

In July 2014, Arkhom was appointed as a member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA). Later he resigned from NLA and was appointed as Deputy Minister of Transport from 30 August 2014 – 19 August 2015 and became Minister of Transport since 19 August 2015 – 16 July 2019.

Key Positions

2010-2015           Secretary-General, National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB)

2014                     Member of the National Legislative Assembly (31 July-29 August 2014)

2014-2015            Deputy Minister of Transport (30 August 2014 – 19 August 2015)

2015-2019            Minister of Transport (19 August 2015 -16 July 2019)

2020-Present        Minister of Finance

Tavida Kamolvej
Ms. Tavida Kamolvej
Deputy Govenor of Bangkok
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Assistant Professor Dr. Tavida Kamolvej currently serves as the Deputy Governor of Bangkok in charge of Strategic and Human Resource Management, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Public Health and Medical Service, Environmental Sanitation of Bangkok. Under her supervision includes Navamindradhiraj University, and North Bangkok District Zone.

 

Prior to this, Dr. Tavida was an assistant professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Thailand, for 24 years, and served the deanship from 2018 to May 2022. Dr. Tavida had her practices serving as disaster risk reduction and emergency management advisor to Thailand Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior, and last served as the National Board of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Thailand. Dr. Tavida also had her works with various UN Agencies namely UNESCO, UNDP, UNDRR, and US agencies namely USTDA and USAID. Other areas of her expertise includes Policy and Strategic Analyst for Thailand Public Agencies such as Ministry of Public Health, Department of Mineral Resource, and Bangkok Metropolitan Authority. Her last appointments were with the Open Government and Participation Subcommittee for the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, and Policy Innovation Assessor to the National Innovation Agency, Thailand.

 

Dr. Tavida received her Bachelor of Political Science (First Class Honors) and Master of Political Science from Thammasat University, Thailand, Graduate Certificate in Public Management (GCPM) from the School of Social Sciences, University of South Florida, USA, and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Public Policy (Fulbright Scholarship), School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, USA.

John Denton
Mr. John Denton
Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
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John W.H. Denton AO is a global business leader and international advisor on policy and a legal expert on international trade and investment. He is also a Board member of the United Nations Global Compact and Co-chair of the B20 finance and infrastructure taskforce and a founding member of the Business 20 (B20), Co-Founder of the Australia–China CEO Roundtable and Patron of UNHCR in Australia. He serves on the Board of IFM Global Investors, a leading institutional investment manager. He is also the Chair of the Asia Pacific Advisory Board of Veracity, a global advisory group, and Chair of the Moeller Institute advisory board at the University of Cambridge. He additionally serves on the Boards of the UN Development Programme’s Impact Investing Steering Group and UNICEF’s global education initiative, GenU. He has joined the Advisory Board of the African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank (AfGIIB), the G7 Working Group on Impact Investment. A former diplomat, John co-led the Australian Government’s 2012 White Paper on “Australia in the Asian Century” and previously chaired the APEC Finance and Economics Working Group. Prior to joining ICC, he served for two decades as Partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm. In 2015, John was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the business community, the arts and the rights of refugees, including as a founder of Human Rights Watch (Australia) and Teach for Australia

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Ruenvadee
Ms. Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol
Secretary-General, The Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand
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Ms. Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol obtained an L.L.B (1st Class Honors, Gold Medal) from Chulalongkorn University, Barrister at Law from the Institute of Legal Education Thai Bar Association, an L.L.M (International Business Law) from Harvard Law School, Cambridge Massachusetts, and an M.B.A. from Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Her long experience in the public sector has forged her a strong public service mindset. She has served in several key positions at the Ministry of Justice including Director-General of the Legal Execution Department and the Probation Department. Since the Secretary-General appointment in 2019, she has been working extensively to build an ecosystem that supports a sustainable capital market. She is also member of several committees, e.g., the Public Sector Development Commission, the National Reform Committee on State Administration, and the Law Development Committee.

Dr. George Lam
Dr. George LAM, BBS
Chair of ESBN & President, Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation
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A champion for sustainable development, ESG investment, digital transformation and the Green Economy, Dr. Lam is Chair of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Sustainable Business Network (ESBN), and the ESBN Task Force on Sustainable and Inclusive Finance.  He is a member of the Governance Committee of the Hong Kong Growth Portfolio, and the Development Bureau Common Spatial Data Advisory Committee, of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, and Convenor of the Panel of Advisors on Building Management Disputes of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Home Affairs Department. He is also a member of the Court of the City University of Hong Kong and the Belt and Road and Greater Bay Area Committee of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC), Vice Chairman of Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), Chairman of the Permanent Commission on Economic and Financial Issues of the World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (WUSME), and President of Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation.

 

Dr. Lam earlier served as Chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport, Hong Kong's digital technology flagship and global innovation hub.  He was a member of the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-Industrialization, the Sir Murray MacLehose Trust Fund Investment Advisory Committee, and the Central Policy Unit, of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.  A former member of the Hong Kong Bar, Dr. Lam is a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong, an Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), a Fellow of Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Australia, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM), an Honorary Fellow of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Australia, the Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management and the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Development Alliance (HKITDA).  In 2019, Dr. Lam was awarded by the Hong Kong Government a Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) for serving the public.

Kaveh Zahedi
Mr. Kaveh Zahedi
Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nation ESCAP
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Mr. Kaveh Zahedi is the Deputy Executive Secretary the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP).

Prior to this, Mr. Zahedi worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) including as its Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific and Deputy Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, overseeing work on green economy, resource efficiency and climate change. He also set up and headed the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

Before UNEP, Mr. Zahedi worked at an NGO as project manager for micro credit and development projects in Latin America and the Middle East.

Over two decades Mr. Zahedi has worked for the United Nations in Kenya, Mexico, UK, France and Thailand. He holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA, and a BSc first class degree in Economics & Geography, from University College London.

Narayana Murthy
Mr. Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys Limited, India
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Mr. Murthy founded Infosys in 1981. Infosys is, today, a highly-innovative software services global company listed on NYSE in the US and on the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai with US$ 14 billion in revenue and about US$ 76 billion in market capitalization.  Under his leadership, Infosys became the leader in innovation in technical, managerial and leadership training, software technology, quality, productivity, customer focus, employee satisfaction, and physical and technological infrastructure. Mr. Murthy conceptualized, articulated and implemented the Global Delivery Model (GDM) which has become the backbone of the Indian software industry and introduced the concept of 24-hour-work-day to the world.

Currently, he serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (NJ) and the United Nations Foundation. He has served on the boards of Ford Foundation (NYC), HSBC and Unilever (London). He was ranked among CNBC’s 25 global business leaders (2014), Fortune’s ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time’ (2012), The Economist’s 10 most-admired global business leaders (2005), Financial Times’ list of “Business pioneers in technology” (2015). He is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering.  He received the Founders Medal (2018), the Hoover medal (2012) and the Ernst Weber Medal (2007), all three from IEEE.

Hendrik Rosenthal
Mr. Hendrik Rosenthal
Director - Group Sustainability, CLP Holdings Limited
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Hendrik is responsible for the Group’s sustainability-related strategy, reporting and communications. He supports the senior management in sustainability and climate change-related risk management and advises on sustainability matters of the Group’s power business in the Asia-Pacific region.

With 20 years of experience in environmental management across the public, private and NGO sectors, Hendrik previously led research and consulting projects in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.

He began his career in natural resource management and environmental policy, through various positions at Canadian government agencies in environment and development. After moving to Hong Kong in 2008, Hendrik promoted sustainability practices via private sector projects and through policy engagement for industry associations. Prior to joining CLP, he was a senior manager of applied sustainability in Singapore working for a multinational company.

 

Daniel Ross
Mr. Daniel Ross
Chief Investment Officer, BTS Group Holdings Public Co., Ltd., Thailand
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Daniel is a dual Thai and English citizen and graduated with first class honours in Mathematics from King’s College, University of London. He is currently the Chief Investment Officer of Thai-listed BTS Group Holdings PCL.

BTS Group is a multi-industry conglomerate, a member of the SET50, MSCI Asia Pacific, FTSE4Good Index and the world’s most sustainable Transportation Company as ranked by DJSI. It has a unique “3M” platform spanning MOVE (door to door transportation), MIX (advertising, payments & distribution) and MATCH (strategic partnerships).

Daniel has 25 years of professional finance and investment experience in Europe (JPMorgan, Fidelity Investments) and Asia, where his roles covered Research & Strategy (Stock Exchange of Thailand), Co-head of Investment banking (Mullis Partners) and Vice President of Real Estate Investment & Development (Pacific Star). At BTS Group his management responsibility covers Sustainability, M&A and Investor Relations. He is also the co-founder of Ross & Van Compernolle, an independent long only, ASEAN-focused fund manager.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danrossbts/

George Yuen
Mr. George Yuen
Board Director, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited, Hong Kong, China
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George Yuen is currently an independent Non-Executive Director of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited, which is the overseas flagship of ICBC, of the world’s largest banks in terms of market capitalization. Mr. Yuen has held the board directorship since 2003. Mr. Yuen obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Hong Kong and received his postgraduate education in international management and public administration at Harvard, INSEAD, Oxford and Stanford, throughout his career. Mr. Yuen was a directorate member of the Hong Kong Information Services Department, where he led the government’s overseas public relations programmes, and served the government for 25 years. Previously, Mr. Yuen held a marketing management position at Nestle. Mr. Yuen is also a Board Director of Visteon Corporation, which is a leading global automotive supplier and manufacturer, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and a Fortune 300 company with operations in 30 countries employing 55,000 people.

Ratanasiri Tilokskulchai
Ms. Ratanasiri Tilokskulchai
Managing Director, Tetra Pak, Thailand
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As the Managing Director, Ratanasiri Tilokskulchai is responsible for Tetra Pak’s business operations in Thailand and Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. She previously worked as the Cluster Marketing Services Director of Tetra Pak Asia Pacific, and was responsible for Marketing Services, Category Management and New Product Development activities in the whole of Asia Pacific, covering 24 countries in the Greater China area and for South Asia, East Asia & Oceania.

Ratanasiri has an extensive sales and marketing experience from her previous postings with Tetra Pak group. She joined the company in 2010 and has held management positions including Cluster Marketing Services Director, Key Account Director, Marketing Director and Marketing Manager. As a consumer-focused marketer, she has more than 15 years of experience with global leaders in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and packaging industries such as Kimberly-Clark, Sara Lee and MeadWestvaco, both in Thailand and in North America.

Ratanasiri holds an MBA from University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Thammasat University.

Professional Experience:
• 2021-Present: Managing Director, Tetra Pak (Thailand) Limited
• 2018-2021: Cluster Marketing Services Director, Tetra Pak Asia Pacific
• 2014-2018: Marketing Director, Tetra Pak (Thailand) Ltd.
• 2010-2014: Marketing Manager, Tetra Pak (Thailand) Ltd.
• 2008-2009: Global Marketing Manager, MeadWestvaco Corp., USA
• 2005-2008: Marketing Manager, Sara Lee Corp., USA
• 1999-2003: Product Manager, Kimberly-Clark Thailand Ltd.

Louis Cheng
Prof. Louis Cheng
Dr. S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance; Director of the Research Centre for ESG; The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
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Dr. Cheng is the Dr. S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance. He is also the Director of the Research Centre for ESG as well as the Research Institute for Business at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the Hospital Authority Provident Fund Scheme in which he leads the effort in promoting ESG integration for an investment portfolio of about USD 8.74bil (as of March 2020). Dr. Cheng actively engages in ESG and green finance research. In addition to publishing on Green Bond, he received various research donation and grants related to ESG and financial services for a total exceeding HKD8mil.  He is also a coauthor of a book chapter titled “Fintech Unicorns” in The Palgrave Handbook of Fintech and Blockchain, 2021.

Dr. Cheng is a member of the Business Studies Assessment Panel for Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector under the Research Grants Council (RGC). He also served as a member of the Business Studies Panel (Joint Research Schemes) for the RGC, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Panel, and University Council and Trustee Board of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Pension Fund. He is currently a member of the Examination Board of The Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK). Dr. Cheng has over 100 articles and books published including the Journal of Finance. Dr. Cheng is an author of Fundamentals of Financial Planning, and the lead author of Financial Planning and Wealth Management: An International Perspective, both by McGrawHill. Dr. Cheng served as a project consultant for various organizations including the United Nations, Bank of China, Investor Education Centre (IEC), SFC, MPFA, Value Partners, Agricultural Bank of China, BCT, Fubon Bank, HKEx, Charles Schwab, Tai Fook Securities, and HKSI.

Gabriel Tan
Mr. Gabriel Tan
CEO, Guava Amenities Pte.Ltd, Singapore
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Gabriel is CEO of GUAVA Amenities and recipient of the United Nations SDG Pioneer Award for Circular Economy. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Singapore, GUAVA helps leading hospitality chains, airlines, cruise liners and major corporations improve profits by embracing sustainability efforts at scale.

GUAVA provides guest amenities, healthcare supplies and F&B consumables that are designed from the get-go to minimize waste, wastage and carbon emissions. Under Gabriel’s leadership, GUAVA has pioneered an ecosystem business model, by turning the prevailing model of a centralized manufacturing location on its head and focusing instead on decentralizing production and distribution directly to customers, without intermediaries. Thus, simultaneously enabling higher profitability and sustainability.

He has been responsible for the development of key relationships with leading global and regional groups, by being well versed in developing scalable and sustainable solutions with due considerations to critical aspects of clients’ operations. As a result, even with the ongoing pandemic, the company is still actively innovating and continue expanding to new regions and territories.

GUAVA is the only guest amenities company part of the United Nations’ Global Tourism Plastic Initiative and the Glasgow Declaration Launch Partner.

Gabriel is a member of Forbes Business Council and he is passionate about sustainability, innovation, and personal development. He holds a Bachelor degree (Electrical Engineering) from the National University of Singapore and attended Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School.

William Ng
Datuk William Ng
Chairman, Central Region, the Small and Medium Enterprises Association, Malaysia
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Datuk William Ng has been a champion of SMEs for over 20 years in various roles as publisher, editor, committee chair, council member and simply as a voice for the SMEs when there were none. 

A serial entrepreneur, Ng founded his first business at the age of 22. He is a founder of AIC Exhibitions and Business Media International and took the companies public as Audience Analytics Limited (1AZ.SI) during the pandemic.

He obtained a diploma in accounting from LCCI and a diploma in business from Systematic at the age of 16, a higher diploma in hotel management at the age of 20 where he was valedictorian, and an executive diploma in entrepreneurship and an executive diploma in sustainability from HELP university.

Through his business evangelism, he also co-owns a number of business start-ups, including early investments into companies that are now listed on ASX, LEAP and the OTC markets. He is also the chairman of ASWPC, which has been delegated as the global registry operator of .spa by ICANN.

He is founder and immediate past president of Enterprise Asia, chairman of SAMENTA central and president of the Global Wellness Council. He is also a council member of the Machinery and Engineering Industries Federation, the M&E Productivity Nexus and Retail and F&B Nexus at Malaysia Productivity Corporation, and a board member of the Malaysian Alliance of Corporate Directors, a founding member of the Global Network of Directors’ Institutes.

Kelvin Teo
Mr. Kelvin Teo
Group CEO of Funding Societies | Modalku
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Kelvin Teo is the co-founder of Funding Societies | Modalku. He has been a key member of the Singapore FinTech Association’s Digital Finance Subcomm since 2018 and recently named by the Association as among the Top 12 Fintech Leaders in Singapore in 2020. As one of the Top 200 FinTech Influencers in Asia, Kelvin has spoken at major conferences such as LendIt Shanghai, Boao Hainan and Money20/20. He has also been featured on Bloomberg, BBC and Business Times. Prior to this, Kelvin served as a consulting professional at KKR, McKinsey and Accenture. Kelvin graduated from Harvard Business School and National University of Singapore, and is a certified Chartered Accountant.

Deborah Biber
Ms. Deborah Biber
Chief Executive, Blue Moon Advisory, Hong Kong, China
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Deborah Biber is Chief Executive, Blue Moon Advisory, Hong Kong, China. She is also a Director and former Chief Executive of the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC). Ms. Biber was previously the Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macau, and a key player in the formation of the AustCham Greater China initiative and the development of Australian Business Asia, a group of Australian chambers of commerce and business organisations in India, China, ASEAN and North Asia. She remains an Advisor to the AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards program.

Ms. Biber is a passionate advocate for business education to help build tomorrow’s leaders in the Pacific Rim. She was recently the Country Manager Hong Kong for the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), a global top fifty MBA provider, part of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Deborah has enjoyed a diverse career in all aspects of marketing, public policy and public affairs in Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe as well as across Asia including Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan and China. Before joining AustCham she Chief Executive of leading integrated marketing consultancy Blue Moon for ten years. Prior to this, Deborah was the Regional Creative Director and Vice President of international public relations firm Hill & Knowlton Asia.

David Morris
Mr. David Morris
Vice Chair of ESBN & Special Advisor, Sustainable Development, Trans Pacific Advisory (TPA & Co), Hong Kong, China; Non-Executive Director, AustChina Holdings Limited, Australia; Director, David Morris Projects
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David Morris is an international consultant advising organisations on international economic cooperation, future trends, opportunities, risks, relationships and reputations. His advisory roles include: Senior Expert for China, East Asia, Australia and the Pacific, LM Prisk Political Risk & Strategic Advisory, International Advisory Board Member, World Green Organisation, Advisory Board Member, Institute for Cultural Relations Policy, Senior Research Fellow, Research Centre for Pacific Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and  Academic Adviser, Research Centre for Pacific Island Countries, Liaocheng University .

Mr Morris recently represented the international organisation of Oceania, the Pacific Islands Forum, as Pacific Trade and Investment Commissioner in Beijing, and has worked to build economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific for decades as a diplomat, trade official and senior political adviser.  He also had two diplomatic postings to Europe and advised Australia on United Nations peacekeeping.  He established and was the first Executive Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is currently completing a PhD, is a member of an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Research Network on Asia-Europe economic relations, has an MBA from Henley Business School and a BA (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Michael Schaper
Dr. Michael Schaper
Board Member, Small Business Development Corporation of Western Australia, and Adjunct Professor, Curtin University. Former Deputy Chair (Small Business) of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australia
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Michael is an experienced company director, educator, researcher and consultant on small business issues, both in Australia and internationally. He is currently a member of the board of the Small Business Development Corporation of Western Australia, a national board member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and adjunct professor at Curtin University. Dr Schaper served as the inaugural Deputy Chair (small business) of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, where he also founded the national Small Business Commissioners Forum, and was previously the Small Business Commissioner for the Australian Capital Territory. He has also served as a director of the International COuncil for Small Business, and as foundation Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Newcastle NSW. He was named "national small business champion" by the Council of Small Business of Australia in 2009.

Dr Schaper has recently completed a year-long Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, examining SME responses to climate change in the region.

Dr Schaper holds a Doctor of Philosophy in small business management and a Master of Commerce degree from Curtin University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.

Rupa Chanda
Ms. Rupa Chanda
Director, TIID, ESCAP
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Ms. Rupa Chanda is the Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Economics at IIM Bangalore and the Dean of Programmes at the institute. She has worked as an Economist at the IMF and briefly served as Head, UNESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia in New Delhi. Prof. Chanda received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s from Harvard University. She teaches Macroeconomics and International Trade and has received teaching awards. Her research interests include the WTO, trade in services, regional integration and migration. She has undertaken research and professional assignments for international and Indian organizations and has published extensively in the form of books, journal articles, book chapters, and reports. She is active professionally as a research guide, reviewer, and member of several expert committees. She was member of the WHO’s Review Committee on the functioning of the International Health Regulations (2015-16) and  the WHO’s Expert Advisory Group, International Recruitment of Health Personnel (2019-20).

Ms. Tientip Subhanij
Ms. Tientip Subhanij
Chief, Investment and Enterprise Development Section (IEDS), Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), UN ESCAP
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Ms. Tientip Subhanij is Chief of Investment and Enterprise Development of United Nations ESCAP. She has more than 20 years of experience in macroeconomics, financial sector, international trade and investment issues. Throughout her career, she has served in several key managerial and professional positions in academia, government and private sector, including the Bank of Thailand, the Stock Exchange of Thailand, Bank for International Settlements and South East Asian Central Banks. At United Nations ESCAP, she has managed a large portfolio of work on climate finance, SME financing and infrastructure investment for a wide range of countries in Asia-Pacific region and beyond. She provided advisory services on sustainable capital market development and successfully helped the Royal Government of Bhutan issue its first-ever sovereign bond in 2020. She is a founder of the Infrastructure Financing and Public-Private Partnership Network of Asia and the Pacific and is instrumental in mobilizing private finance for sustainable development. She has published widely in the areas of macroeconomics, financial market, international finance, business and investment. Ms. Subhanij holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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