Indonesian Economist Rise and Shine

Posted on July 16th, 2010 at 7:35 am by Bambang


Dr. Iwan Jaya Azis, an Indonesian national with over 33 years experience as an economist and academic, has been named the new Head of Asian Development Bank ’s (ADB) Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI).

“Dr. Azis, who is currently Director of Graduate Study for Regional Science at Cornell University, has collaborated with ADB for many years, working for its regional think tank – Asian Development Bank Institute – and as a consultant for ADB’s flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook,” ADB says.

As Head of OREI, he will oversee ADB efforts to help member countries pursue closer regional ties which can serve as a stepping stone to a more globally connected Asia.

In his more than three decades long career, Dr. Azis has worked on various research projects with the World Bank , United Nations, the International Food Policy Research Institute, US Agency for International Development, Japan’s Ministry for Trade and Industry, Indonesia’s Central Bank, Harvard University, and Columbia University. He has also published numerous books and research reports in English and Indonesian on topics relating to Indonesia’s economy, the global financial crisis, regional economic and trade development and cooperation, globalization, poverty reduction, and climate change.

OREI – which acts as ADB’s focal point for Pan-Asian integration – works closely with regional forums and programs such as Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN+3, East Asia Summit, Asia-Europe Meeting, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation. It also supports regional activities such as the multilateralization of the Chiang Mai Currency Swap Initiative, Asian Bond Markets Initiative, and the World Trade Organization’s Aid-for-Trade Initiative; promotes pan-Asian infrastructure development; conducts cutting-edge research on Asian economic integration; and provides training on regional economic surveillance, financial regulation and supervision, and free trade agreements. Major publications include the semiannual Asia Economic Monitor, quarterly Asia Bond Monitor, and annual Asia Capital Markets Monitor.

Dr. Azis obtained his Ph.D. and Master in Regional Science/Economics degree from Cornell University, where he has been serving in various capacities since 1992. He received his Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Indonesia.


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