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The Asia-Pacific Business Forum has been held annually since 2004. APBF 2022 will be held virtually 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.

For more information, please visit APBF event page.


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.

Mr. John Denton
Mr. John Denton
Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
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Mr. John W.H. Denton AO is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce(ICC). He 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, as well as a founding member of the Business 20 (B20), the Australia–China CEO Roundtable and UNHCR in Australia.

Mr. Denton serves on the Board of leading global infrastructure group IFM Investors. Mr. Denton is also the Chair of the Asia Pacific advisory Board of Veracity, a global advisory group based in NYC and Chair of the Moeller Institute advisory board at Cambridge University.

He 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.

A former diplomat, Mr. Denton served for two decades as Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm.

In 2015, he 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.

Mr. Denton is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and the University of Melbourne.

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.

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.