Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Sta Maria 2017-11-27T14:20:15+08:00

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Tan Sri Datuk  Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria

Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria was appointed Chairman of IDEAS Board of Directors from 16 November 2017. 


Tan Sri Rebecca was Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry from 2010 to 2016. In this role, she provided oversight for the formulation and implementation of Malaysia’s international trade policies and positions. This involved Malaysia’s participation in bilateral, regional (ASEAN, APEC, OIC) and multilateral (World Trade Organisation) fora. She also provided oversight for the TPP negotiations and other bilateral and regional FTAs, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

On the regional front, Tan Sri Rebecca is a leading voice in ASEAN. She chaired the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting as well as the ASEAN High Level Task Force for Economic Integration. She was also the ASEAN Chair for the ASEAN-India Trade in Goods Agreement, and Chief Negotiator for the bilateral free trade agreements with India and Turkey. Today, she continues as a leader especially on issues around ASEAN economic integration in her capacity as Senior Policy Fellow for the Jakarta-based Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Tan Sri Rebecca also serves on the Boards of RHB Bank Berhad, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Lafarge Malaysia Berhad, Eco World International Berhad, Sunway Construction Berhad, and MyKasih.