Dr. Aaditya Mattoo

Chief Economist
World Bank


Aaditya Mattoo is Chief Economist of the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank.

He specializes in development, trade and international cooperation, and provides policy advice to governments.

He is also Co-Director of the World Development Report 2020 on Global Value Chains. Prior to this he was the Research Manager, Trade and Integration, at the World Bank.

Before he joined the Bank, Mr. Mattoo was Economic Counsellor at the World Trade Organization and taught economics at the University of Sussex and Churchill College, Cambridge University.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford. He has published on development, trade, trade in services, and international trade agreements in academic and other journals and his work has been cited in the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, and Time Magazine.

Mr. Thomas R. Hardy

Director for Programme Management
U.S. Trade and Development Agency


Thomas R. Hardy was appointed on August 4, 2020 as the Director for Program Management of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, a U.S. government agency that helps U.S. businesses create jobs through the export of their goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. companies to global export opportunities by providing early project preparation assistance that matches U.S. technological expertise with overseas infrastructure development needs – creating lasting business partnerships between the U.S. companies and emerging market economies. Previously, Mr. Hardy led USTDA as the Director (Acting) from 2017-2020 where he helped to transform the Agency to take on the challenges presented in an ever-changing global landscape. He has also served as the Chief of Staff and as a Country Manager in the East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa regions. Prior to joining USTDA, Mr. Hardy served as an advisor to Commissioner Thelma J. Askey at the U.S. International Trade Commission and as a staff member of the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dr. Nakgyoon Choi

Senior Research Fellow
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy - KIEP


Dr. Nakgyoon Choi is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). He formerly served as a Senior Vice President of the KIEP, and as a Commissioner at the Korea Trade Commission.

He was educated at Seoul National University (Economics, B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Texas at Austin (Economics, Ph.D.). He was a senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (1991-2000) and served as an advisor to the Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy (1995-1997). He was a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University (2006-2007).

Dr. Choi has been actively involved in formulation of Korea’s trade policy, and is currently a policy advisor to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. His primary research interests are in the areas of international trade theory and policy. His current work focuses on global value chains and trade liberalization

Mr. Sami Farhad

Senior Director of the Globalization Office
Alibaba Group


Sami Farhad is Senior Director of the Globalization Office of Alibaba Group, where he contributes to the development and implementation of Alibaba’s global strategy, policy initiatives, and collaboration with governments and international organizations. Since 2017, his work has focused on the electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) initiative, including the launch of international eWTP Hubs in Belgium, Malaysia, Rwanda and Ethiopia. He was also involved in drafting the report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation issued in June 2019.

Mr. Nguyen Tuong

Deputy Secretary-General
Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA)


Mr. Nguyen Tuong was appointed in 2016 as Deputy General Secretary, the Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA), working with AFFA under ASEAN on supply chain and logistics.

Previously, he was Deputy Director General, International Relations Department in charge of Transport Business Co-operation with other ASEAN Member Countries, Ministry of Transport of Viet Nam.

He also served as Director of Foreign Relations Department in charge of enhancing foreign shipping relations and co-operation, VIETFRACHT, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Viet Nam, where he worked for over 20 years.

Luxmon Attapich, Ph.D.

Deputy Secretary-General
Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand


Luxmon Attapich is Deputy Secretary-General of the Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EECO) of Thailand. She oversees investment promotion and international affairs. Before joining the EECO, Luxmon was a Senior Country Economist at the Asian Development Bank where she took care of macroeconomic and policy analysis. She managed the capital market development program and was also in charge of financial inclusion technical assistance programs in Thailand. Before joining ADB, Luxmon worked at Revenue Department and the Fiscal Policy Office. She was Chief of Academic Team to Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister during 2000-2005.


Luxmon receive her BA in Political Sciences from Chulalongkorn University, a post graduate degree in Economics from University of Cambridge and Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Hull in the UK.

H.E. Sihasak Phuangketkeow

Special Advisor, Thailand’s Eastern
Economic Corridor (EEC)


Ambassador Sihasak Phuangketkeow is one of Thailand’s most senior diplomats. During his career, he assumed a number of important positions in the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the headquarters, he served in many prominent capacities including Spokesperson of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Permanent Secretary and later becoming Permanent Secretary, the highest-ranking position in the Thai foreign service.

His postings abroad included assignments as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador to Japan and Ambassador to France. He has had extensive experience in the affairs of ASEAN, having served as leader of the Thai delegation to the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting for many years.

He was also Thailand’s representative on the High -Level Task Force that drafted the ASEAN Charter and also chaired the High-Level Panel that drafted the terms of reference of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. While serving in Geneva, he was elected as President of the UN Human Rights Council from 2010-2011.