Speaker Profiles

Souleymane Coulibaly

Lead Economist, World Bank

Souleymane Coulibaly is the Lead Economist and Program Leader for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Practice Group for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. Before moving to Manila, he was the Program Leader and Lead Economist for Central Africa covering a diverse set of countries: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, and Sao Tome and Principe. He joined the World Bank Africa Region in January 2014 from the Operation and Policy and Quality Unit (OPCS) where he was covering Development Policy Lending and Guarantee policies and operations and represented the unit in the Non-Concessional Borrowing Policy committee. Before OPCS, he was in the Eastern and Central Asia (ECA) region working simultaneously as trade economist and country economist of some former Soviet countries (Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), as well as ECA regional trade coordinator. Before joining the World Bank as a Young Professional in September 2006, he used to be lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Statistiques et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) of Abidjan, teaching assistant at the University of Lausanne, and economist at the Economic and International Relations department of NESTLE in Vevey, Switzerland. Souleymane is from Cote d'Ivoire, holds a double Ph.D. degree in International Trade and Economic Geography from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (France) and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).

Jonathan Leigh Pemberton

Senior Tax Consultant, World Bank

Jonathan Leigh Pemberton is a senior tax consultant at the World Bank and has worked with Bank clients in Asia, South East Europe and the Pacific. He spent 30 years working at the UK tax authority (HMRC) and held a series of senior roles in tax policy and operations. This was followed by four years at the OECD, leading its work on tax administration for the benefit of both more advanced tax administrations and developing countries that participate in the OECD’s global relations programme. Alongside his work at the Bank, he holds a part time post at the Vienna University of Economics and Business’ Global Tax Policy Centre.

Jaffar Al Rikabi

Economist, World Bank

Jaffar Al-Rikabi is an Economist at the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment team. He has been based at the World Bank Jakarta Office since 2016, where he leads the analytical work in support of Indonesia’s taxation reform. His prior experience includes study and work in the United Kingdom, the United States, and across several countries in Europe and the Middle East. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, and Master's degree from Georgetown University and Harvard University.

Raul Felix Junquera-Varela

Lead Public Sector Specialist, World Bank

Raul Felix Junquera Varela is currently Chair of the Domestic Resource Mobilization Community of Practice and Lead Tax Specialist in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank. He has an extensive experience of more than 30 years in public sector reform with a particular focus on tax administration and Customs. From 1984 to 1998, he served as Senior Public Finance and Customs Auditor for the Spanish Revenue Agency where he was Director of a Regional Tax and Customs Office and Senior National Tax Auditor in the Large Taxpayer Office. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Junquera was Head of the Spanish Diplomatic Mission at the Inter American Centre of Tax Administration (CIAT) and Financial Advisor to the Spanish Embassy in Panama. In 2005, he joined the IMF as Technical Assistance Advisor at the Revenue Administration Division of the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department. In 2008, he joined the WB as Senior Public Sector Specialist. His research interest includes institutional building and operational reforms of revenue administration. He has written extensively on these topics including a book on Strengthening DRM in developing countries; two volumes on Key Features of Advanced Tax Administrations for the Institute for Fiscal Studies of Spain; E-Government in Revenue Administration, Journal of Tax Law, Argentina; or a book on Taxation of Small Companies in Latin America, Institute of Public Finances, Argentina, 2001. In the World Bank, he has co-authored a Study on Tax Expenditure in Colombia and a Study on Tax and Equity in the Peruvian tax system. He has also written policy notes on Semi-Autonomous Revenue Authorities, Revenue Integration, taxation and digital economy; and on Tax policy and Tax Administration Reform in Paraguay. He is an Economist, a Lawyer, and a CPA.

Norrizal Daldiri

Principal Assistant Director, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia

Mr. Norrizal Daldiri has started his career in 2003 as an Assessment Officer at Duta Branch. He then transferred to HASiL Care Line, in 2005. After gained 8 years' experience as Head of ICT and Reporting Unit, HASiL Care Line, he was promoted as Deputy Director of HASiL Care Line. He is currently a Deputy Director of System Modernization Division, Tax Operation Department starting from August 2017.

Jae-Jin Kim

Vice President, Korean Institute of Public Finance

Jae-Jin Kim is the Vice President for the Korean Institute of the Public Finance and has been with the institute since 1997. He is also currently a member of the committee for Better Society Safety Net, Economic, Social, and Labor Council, Presidential Committee for Mid-size Entrepreneurs as well as the Policy Planning Committee of the Seoul Micro-Business Forum. His fields of study include tax policy, tax administration, income tax, income redistribution, earned income tax credit, Tax Policy for SMEs, Venture Business and Capital and on the CGE Model. He holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in economics from the Michigan State University

Rong Qian

Senior Economist, World Bank

Rong Qian is the Philippines’ Senior Economist in the World Bank. She leads the team that develops a package of programs to help improve the country’s competitiveness and resilience to natural disasters. She is also the macroeconomics and fiscal management expert behind the Growth and Productivity Report and the Philippines Economic Update, which reviews salient socioeconomic issues and gives growth forecasts twice a year. Rong, prior to joining the Philippine team, she was the country economist for Chile and Nicaragua based in Washington DC, and more recently part of the Brazil team. She specializes in fiscal policy, productivity, and growth—including green growth and its careful regard for the environment. Rong has led development policy reform package for Panama, similar to the combination of financing and technical assistance that she manages in the Philippines. Rong joined the Bank through the Young Professional Program, which trains promising and highly-qualified graduates for leadership positions. She spent her first year in the program doing extensive research on sovereign defaults and financial crises. This was after her internship in the United States Congressional Budget Office and the International Monetary Fund, where she worked while completing her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Kevin Chua

Economist, World Bank

Kevin C. Chua is an economist at the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice in the World Bank Philippines office. He joined the Bank in July 2016 and has since then engaged with the preparation and publication of the bi-annual Philippines Economic Update. He also prepares a monthly brief on developments in the Philippine economy and contributes to the regional report on the East Asia Economic Update. He previously managed a trust fund on behalf of a bank’s client, supporting capacity building and delivering technical advisory. Kevin currently leads an analytical work on digital economy in the Philippines. Prior to joining the Bank, Kevin was an assistant professor of economics at the Shandong University Center for Economic Research in China. He worked as a consultant for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York, and as a credit officer in a local commercial bank in the Philippines. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from Fordham University, and a Master of International affairs with focus on international economic policy from Columbia University. Kevin currently sits on the board of the Philippine Economic Society.

Henry Rhoel Aguda

Senior Executive Vice President, Unionbank of the Philippines

Mr. Henry Rhoel Ratuita Aguda has been Chief Technology & Operations Officer, Chief Transformation Officer and Senior Executive Vice President at UnionBank of the Philippines since August 1, 2016. Mr. Aguda served as the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Systems Group at Globe Telecom Inc. since October 1, 2013 until September 15, 2015. He served as First Vice President of Information Technology Division of Digital Telecommunications Phils Inc., since June 15, 2004. Mr. Aguda worked with Weserv Inc./Fujitsu Philippines, Inc., Nextel International, Inc., Nextel Communications Philippines, Inc., Bayantel Communications Holdings, Inc. and Corporate Information Solutions (subsidiary of Meralco, Inc.). He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and he also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines Law School.

Shirin Hamid

Chief Information Officer, Asian Development Bank

Shirin Hamid is the Principal Director (Chief Information Officer) of the Office of Information Systems and Technology of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) since 2016. Ms. Hamid is responsible for the organization's IT digital strategies, transformation, operations and resources. She oversees a team of 5 Directors, and a workforce of close to 900 of which 145 are full-time staff. Ms. Hamid is responsible for transforming the IT Infrastructure and systems of the Bank with a capital budget of $150M, and an annual operating budget of $40M. Ms. Hamid, a Singapore national, has more than 20 years of working experience in the IT industry. She was most recently the Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Office of Information Systems and Technology in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), a post she assumed in 2005, providing strategic direction and innovative stewardship in the use of information management and technology, and served as a principal advisor to senior management in areas of ICT strategies, governance, and global operations. Prior to that she was General Manager of IS/IT in Singapore-based Keppel Offshore and Marine and concurrently of its parent company, Keppel Corporation. She also served as the Chief Technology Officer of TradeoneAsia where she formulated the company’s IT strategy, built its technology team and IT services including its core procurement and reverse auction strategic platform. She provided her expertise at Deloitte Consulting in Boston and Singapore and at Andersen Consulting/Accenture. Ms. Hamid has a Master's degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Coventry University both based in the United Kingdom.

Roberto Bassig

Consulting Partner, PwC Philippines

Roberto Bassig is the Technology and Risk Consulting Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting Services Philippines Co. Ltd., a member of PwC's South East Asia Consulting practice. For the last 20 years, he has helped organizations navigate digital disruptions and transformation through the selection of technology assets and models to consider and implement, including redefining of enterprise processes in preparation for technology shifts and modernization. He has also advised many organizations in digital assets planning, governance, regulations and risk management, cybersecurity and privacy, and computer forensics, among others. He started his career in PwC by performing IT audits ranging from process improvement reviews, information security and compliance readiness, IT governance and enterprise resource planning optimization. He was also a former executive of one of the largest ICT organizations in the Philippines. Robbie holds the following international qualifications: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). He has attended various leadership and technical programs locally and abroad and has completed the Management Development Program of AIM. He’s also a Certified Public Accountant and maintains active memberships with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Institute of Internal Auditors, PICPA and some industry associations.

Christopher Monterola

Executive Managing Director, ACCeSs, Asian Institute of Management

Christopher P. Monterola, PhD is a Professor at the Asian Institute of Management. He heads the Institute’s School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and is also the Executive Managing Director of the Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems (ACCeSs) Laboratory at AIM. Chris is an expert in computational and statistical physics, complexity science, and predictive analytics (artificial intelligence – machine learning and neural networks). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the field of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Computational Social Science, among others. Chris has also led and managed multi-million dollar research projects in both the public and private sectors in the Philippines and abroad. Dr. Monterola obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, garnering the Edgardo Gomez Excellence in Dissertation Award in 2002. He also received the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award that year. Prior to joining AIM, Chris was a Senior Scientist and the Capability Group Manager of Complex Systems at the Computing Science Department of the Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore. He was simultaneously Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Complexity Institute, NTU, Singapore.

Dennis Beng Hui

Managing Director and Founder, Technopoly Inc

He is a former Chair and Faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering, former Lead Senior Faculty at the Center for Operations Research/Management Science (CORMS) and Center for Lean Systems and Management (CLSM) and a former Director for Industry-Academe Linkage in the Gokongwei College of Engineering at the De La Salle University for more than 25 years. He specialises in leading and training management and teams in pursuing business process improvement initiatives with organisations from health care, food service, manufacturing, construction, and government. He is also a master black belt in six sigma and a Lean Coach. He has been involved with Johnson & Johnson (Asia Pacific), Hitachi GST (HICAP), Jose Rizal University, San Miguel Corporation, JFC, EEI, Meralco, Makati Medical Center through advisory, process improvement, learning workshops among others.

Erika Fille Legara

Deputy Managing Director, ACCeSs, Asian Institute of Mangement

Erika Fille T. Legara, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Management. She is the Academic Program Director of the Institute’s MS in Data Science, the first data science graduate program in the Philippines. Erika specializes in data-driven analytics and modeling, computational social science, network science, and agent-based modelling. Dr. Legara obtained her PhD in Physics from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, garnering the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Edgardo Gomez Excellence in Dissertation Award in 2011. Prior to joining AIM, Erika was a scientist at the innovation think tank A*STAR, Singapore. At A*STAR, she was involved as principal investigator and/or research scientist in multiple projects with various government agencies, industries, including multinational companies.

Carolyn Dedolph Cabrera

Information Principal; Technology Specialist (Business Change Management), Asian Development Bank

Carolyn Dedolph Cabrera, digital adoption and outreach specialist, at Asian Development Bank. She has diverse experience in communications, knowledge management, and change management. She is currently supporting ADB’s digital innovation program as well as pioneering a digital fitness initiative. Prior to ADB, she worked at the International Rice Research Institute and as a freelance journalist.