ASEAN Roundtable Series on ASEAN Vision 2040: The imperative of collective leadership, ASEAN integration and centrality in uncertain times
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CIMB ASEAN Research Institute, in collaboration with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and ASEAN Business Club, held a roundtable discussion on 26 July 2019, with the theme ASEAN Vision 2040: The imperative of collective leadership, ASEAN integration and centrality in uncertain times.
Speakers included Professor Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA); Lydia Ruddy, Director of Communications at ERIA; Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and President of the ASEAN Business Club; Professor Mari Pangestu, former Minister of Trade for Indonesia and Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia; and Dr. Donald Hanna, Chief Economist of CIMB Group.
Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia
Mari Pangestu is Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia, Senior Fellow at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Board Member of Indonesia Bureau of Economic Research (IBER) and on the Board of Trustees, Centre for Strategic and International Studies Foundation, Jakarta. She currently serves on a number of boards such as the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); Member of the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices; Distinguished Fellow Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong; Board Member to Australia Indonesia Council; Member of Editorial Board of Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, ANU; Member of the Global Future Council on Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum; and President of the United in Diversity (UID) Foundation, Jakarta. She served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014. During her time as Minister of Trade, she led international trade negotiations and cooperation for Indonesia.
Dr. Donald Hanna
Chief Economist, CIMB Group
Dr. Donald Hanna has an insightful blend of both global perspective and local ASEAN experience in analyzing global macroeconomic and policy developments, having done his first work on ASEAN while still in graduate school. He began his professional career with the World Bank working in Washington DC and Jakarta, Indonesia. He has managed macroeconomic teams for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, ending his stint with Citi as their Deputy Chief Economist. In addition to sell-side experience, Dr. Hanna has worked on the buy-side providing macro and market views to risk takers at two hedge funds. He has also set up and managed an independent, Asian-focused macro research office.
Dr. Hanna is a Fulbright Scholar, and has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and a BA, summa cum laude, in Economics and Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at Australia National University and the Asian Development Bank’s International Advisory Group. He is fluent in both Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.
Prof. Fukunari Kimura
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
Fukunari Kimura is the Chief Economist for Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University. He was born in Tokyo in 1958. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo in 1982. He then received Master of Science and PhD titles from the Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and 1991, respectively. He worked for the Department of Economics, State University of New York at Albany as Assistant Professor in 1991-1994, and in the Faculty of Economics of Keio University as Associate Professor in 1994-2000. In particular, he has recently been active in writing academic/semi-academic books and articles on international production networks and economic integration in East Asia.
Lydia K. Ruddy
Director of Communications, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
Lydia Ruddy is the Director of Communications for the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), an international organization based in Jakarta. With over 20 years of experience, she has worked at the nexus of the public and private sectors focused on development from the local to the international level. Fluent in Indonesian, she has spent over 10 years advising Indonesian and International businesses and organizations on strategic planning, communications, sustainability and policy issues. Prior to ERIA, she served as Advisor to the Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she managed public relations, hosted foreign delegations, researched special topics, and wrote the Chairman’s speeches. Trained in Law (J.D.) at Georgetown University and Urban Planning and Geography (M.U.P, A.B.D.) at the University of Washington, Ms. Ruddy has lived and worked in Indonesia since 2006 when she came as a Fulbright scholar to research private investment during Aceh tsunami reconstruction. Clients and employers have included USAID, ADB, Save the Children, private equity firms, forest products (paper and timber) companies, and business advisory consultants. Before coming to Indonesia, Ms. Ruddy’s career focused on legal practice, real-estate development and land conservation on the West Coast of the United States.
Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid
Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute
President, ASEAN Business Club
Tan Sri Dr. Munir is currently Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute, of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, of the Financial Services Professional Board, of ASEAN Business Advisory Council, Malaysia, as well as President of the ASEAN Business Club. He is a member of the Economic Action Council chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He also sits on the board of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He is an active advocate of deeper ASEAN economic integration.
He has an extensive experience and is well known in the Malaysian corporate world. He had been the Group Editor of the New Straits Times, first executive chairman of CIMB and founding chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission. After stepping down from the Securities Commission, he became Independent Non-Executive Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Chairman of Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad and Non-Executive Chairman of Malaysian Airline System Berhad. He was Founder President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club, established in 2003 and is a member of the Court of Fellows of the Malaysian Institute of Management.
Tan Sri Dr. Munir obtained a B.Sc (Econ) and Ph.D in International Relations from the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) in 1971 and 1978. He is an Honorary Fellow of LSE and continues the long association with his alma mater as Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre of International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy. Tan Sri Dr. Munir is an associate of Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) at LSE.
Following the Roundtable Series, Prof. Mari Elka Pangestu spoke with Malaysian radio station BFM on 26 July 2019 about Indonesia’s role within ASEAN going forward and the future of the regional bloc. As ASEAN’s largest economy and democracy, Indonesia will have a pivotal role to play in ASEAN’s integration and regional centrality.