Expanding Our Singapore/SEA Based Team


We are keeping an eye on conducting future knowledge-exchange workshops in Singapore for selected North Korean institutions. With this in mind, we are expanding our current Singapore and Southeast Asia-based team of volunteers and advisors with a particular focus on expertise in fiscal and monetary policy, development strategy, banking, and country debt negotiations. We would like to welcome the following people to our regionally-based team and thank them for their valuable time and advice: Manu Bhaskaran Manu is principal and CEO in Centennial Asia Advisors, a strategic advisor on policy and corporate issues. Manu spent 20 years analyzing political and economic trends in Asia, first for the Singapore Ministry of Defense in the area of regional security and then for 12 years as Chief Economist and Chief Strategist for Asia of SG Investment Bank, the international investment banking arm of Societe Generale. He is a frequent speaker on Asian issues at major conferences such as the World Economic Forum. Although Mr Bhaskaran left service with the Singapore government in 1989, he has continued to participate in several governmental initiatives. He is also on the board of a listed Singapore government-owned company and is a Council Member of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs which advises the Singapore Foreign Ministry. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, a Singapore think tank. Mr Bhaskaran has a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. in economics from Cambridge University.

Donald Low Donald Low established the Centre for Public Economics at the Civil Service College in Singapore in 2009 and served as its first director for two years. Prior to joining the college, he served in various capacities in the Singapore government. He was the Director of Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance in 2004-2005 where he oversaw fiscal management, tax and budget issues, and the Director of the Strategic Policy Office in the Public Service Division in 2006-2007 where he led a number of inter-department project teams on cross-cutting issues affecting Singapore. He holds a double first in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is also the editor of the upcoming book Behavioural Economics and Policy Design: Examples from Singapore, and serves as a Vice President in the Economics Society of Singapore.

Namuh Rhee Namuh Rhee is a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Singapore. Prior to joining BOA-ML, he was a founding partner of Rhee Capital, an Asia-focused hedge fund, non-executive director and Member of the Board of Directors at Citibank Korea, Managing Director at Samsung Securities and Vice-President at JP Morgan. Namuh has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University.

Tan Wee Cheng | Finance & Accounting | Currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore, Wee Cheng was in past lives an investment banker, Central Bank regulator and ex-CFO of a Chinese Chemical Company. Wee Cheng brings with him a wealth of experience in making financial, policy and business decisions across a wide-range of business environments and contributes this knowledge to our programs. He has an MBA from the London Business School and a B.A. from the National University of Singapore.

Marco Breu | Finance & Banking | Marco Breu is the Managing Partner of a global management consultancy’s practice in Thailand and head of the practice’s Vietnam office. In his 10 years as a consultant, Marco has served over 30 different companies in 8 industries in over 20 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. His main areas of expertise are banking, public sector, and infrastructure. Prior to joining the firm, Marco worked in the asset management industry. He is also a part-time lecturer at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the National University of Economics in Vientiane, Laos as well as one of the organizers of an entrepreneurship program for the Mekong region. He has a Masters Degree of Economics from the University of Berne, Switzerland.