DR. JEAN-PIERRE A. VERBIEST
Is a senior economist based in Southeast Asia for nearly forty years. He holds a BA in economics and finance from Faculte Universitaire Catholique de Mons (FUCAM) in Mons (Belgium), a MSC in Econometrics (License Speciale) from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) and a doctorate in economics from Oxford University (UK). He also attended an Executive MBA program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
He joined the United Nations Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand in 1981 as a research economist, moving to the Economic Research Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines, in 1989. He held several senior positions in the ADB including Manager, Strategy and Policy Department, Assistant Chief Economist (Macro-economics and Finance) and Country Director in Viet Nam (1996-2000) and Thailand (2005-2010). He was principal consultant for the ASEAN 2030 study (2014) for the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) based in Tokyo, Japan.
He is Policy Advisor, Mekong Institute, and a founding partner in West Indochina, a business advisory firm in Myanmar. In recent years, he was leader of ADB economic research teams on a Diagnostic Study for Myanmar (2014), A Myanmar Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy (2016) and a study on Capacity Development for Economic Zones in GMS Border Areas (2017-2018).
His principal research interests are macroeconomic policies in East and Southeast Asian countries, economic reforms in Myanmar and regional economic and financial cooperation and integration in Asia.