Founding Director, Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Bhaskaran is a leading Asian economist based in Singapore with more than 30 years of experience in studying economic, political and security issues that shape the business environment in Asia. He co-ordinates the Asian business of Washington DC-based strategic advisory firm, Centennial Group, directing its Asian economic research practice which provides in-depth analysis of macro trends in Asia. He works extensively with investment institutions, government agencies and corporations. Mr. Bhaskaran regularly presents his views on the economic, political and business environment in Asia at business conferences and in-house briefings. He has conducted studies on a wide range of subjects including: consumer finance in Asia; Asian integration; regional and country-specific political and economic outlooks; the Impact of China on Asia; portfolio capital flows in emerging markets, amongst many others. He was recently appointed as a member of the Regional Advisory Group for Asia and the Pacific of the International Monetary Fund. Mr. Bhaskaran is a regular columnist for The Edge (Singapore) and holds positions in think tanks including being Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS); Vice President of the Economics Society of Singapore, and Council Member of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). Mr. Bhaskaran serves on the boards of CIMB Investment Bank, IFS Capital Ltd and Jebsen & Jessen Southeast Asia Ltd. He is also on the Board of Advisors of Singapore Management University’s School of Economics.
Roberto F. de OCAMPO
OBE; Chairman, Centennial Asia Advisors.
Dr. Roberto de Ocampo served as Secretary of Finance of the Republic of the Philippines from 1994-98 during the presidency of Fidel Ramos, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Development Bank of the Philippines during the presidency of Cory Aquino, and is also past President of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), a leading international business and management graduate school based in Manila. In 1995, he was named “Global Finance Minister of the Year” by Euromoney magazine --- the first Filipino and first ASEAN finance minister to be so recognized. In 1996 and 1997, he was named “Asian Finance Minister of the Year” by the Euromoney and Asianmoney magazines, respectively. As Secretary of Finance, he was concurrently a member of the Board of Governors of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank and an Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund. He also served as Chairman of the APEC Finance Ministers in 1997 at the onset of the Asian Financial Crisis and led the formulation of the Manila Framework – the blueprint for analyzing the crisis and formulating the steps to end it and avoid a recurrence in the future. He is currently either Chairman or Board Director of 40 entities both corporate and non-corporate, within and outside the Philippines, is a member of the AIM Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the RFO Center for Public Finance and Regional Economic Cooperation, an ADB Regional Knowledge Hub. He is the recipient of many international awards including Global Finance Minister of the Year, Philippine Legion of Honor, Association of Development Finance Institutions of Asia Pacific (ADFIAP) Man of the Year, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France, Ten Outstanding Young Men Award (TOYM), several Who’s Who Awards and the 2006 Asian Human Resource Development Award for Outstanding Contribution to Society. Dr. de Ocampo is a product of both De La Salle (grade school and high school) and Ateneo Universities. He received his MBA from the University of Michigan, a post graduate diploma from the London School of Economics and has been conferred four Doctorates (Honoris Causa) by the De La Salle University in Business Administration, by the University of Angeles City in Public Administration, by the Philippine Women’s University in Laws, and by the San Beda College in Humane Letters.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Centennial Group;
Chief Executive, Emerging Markets Forum.
Born in 1945, Harinder Kohli studied Mechanical Engineering at the Punjab University (India) and graduated with high distinction from the Harvard University in 1972, with a Masters in Business Administration.After graduating from Harvard, he joined the World Bank at its Washington DC headquarters as a Young Professional. During his 26-year career at the Bank, he held a series of senior managerial positions involving technical, strategic and country relations responsibilities and worked in over 50 countries in all continents of the world. These positions included leading: the Division responsible for the Bank's worldwide operations in Chemicals, Fertilizers, Refining and Petrochemicals industries; the Group responsible for formulating and overseeing the Bank's policy and strategy on Industrial and Financial Sectors Development; and the Information, Technology and Facilities Department - as one of the Bank's youngest directors. While Mr. Kohli was in this latter position, the Bank created one of the first global corporate communications networks, pioneered the concept of universal access to personal computers for all staff, became the largest corporate user of electronic mail amongst non-technology companies, and built an award winning new headquarters building. In 1990, he went on to become the Director of the Technical Department that housed senior technical experts who advised all Bank borrowers in Europe and the Middle East. In 1993, he became the Director responsible for country strategy and all lending decisions for Maghreb countries and Iran. Between 1994 and 1998, he was Senior Advisor, East Asia and Pacific, when he led the Bank's work in private participation in infrastructure. Harinder Kohli started the Centennial Group in 1998, a strategic advisory company based in Washington, D.C., specializing in emerging markets. He has been a major shareholder, President and CEO of the parent company since its inception. The group now consists of four companies, including subsidiaries in Asia and Latin America. Its work is focused on: Economic and Political Research; Corporate Strategy for Emerging Markets; Financial Sector, Energy, Infrastructure and Urban Development; and Procurement Systems and Governance Reforms. Its clients include major international corporations, governments, and multilateral and bilateral development institutions. Mr. Kohli is a Founding Director and the Chief Executive of the Emerging Markets Forum.
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Emerging Markets Forum;
Chairman, Centennial Group.
Mr. Kaji is the Chairman of the Centennial Group, a strategic advisory firm created by internationally recognized figures from the public and private sectors. The firm provides high - level policy and strategic advice to top business executives and senior public officials on how to derive maximum benefits while minimizing risks from opportunities in today's global economy.Mr. Kaji currently serves on the Board of Directors of listed and privately held companies including: The Cabot Corp., Boston MA; The Infrastructure Development Finance Co. Ltd., India; HCL Perot Systems, Inc., Netherlands; Synergy Power Co. Ltd., Hong Kong; and Washington Asset Management, Inc., Washington, D.C. In addition, he has provided services to a number of private institutions such as J.P. Morgan since leaving the World Bank. In a career spanning almost 30 years in economic and development policy formulation and implementation with the World Bank, Gautam S. Kaji played a key role in helping the institution meet the development needs of its more than 180 member nations. In the process, he earned a worldwide reputation as a leading expert on global economic and financial issues. When he retired from the World Bank in November 1997, Mr. Kaji was Managing Director for Operations, with specific responsibility for the institution's programs in Asia and Africa. He also chaired the Operations Committee, which reviews all projects put forward for Bank support and served as co-chair of the Private Sector Development Group, which encompasses the work of the Bank's private-sector affiliates, IFC and MIGA, as well as the IBRD itself. In addition, he was a member of the Bank's Executive Committee, the core senior management team guiding the strategic direction of the institution. Earlier, Mr. Kaji served in various operational positions with the Bank - including in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and as Director for Human Resources. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director in 1994, he was the Bank's Vice President for operations in East Asia and the Pacific - a region with which he was closely involved for well over a decade. This involvement has allowed him to develop a keen insight into the social, institutional and political considerations that influence practical policy formulation and implementation throughout Asia. He continues to maintain close personal contact with the senior policy makers and business leaders within and outside the region. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Kaji worked for a number of years in the commercial banking sector in India, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance.
Asees Kaur Bajaj
Asees graduated with first class honours in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 2014 before joining Centennial Asia Advisors as an economist in March 2015. She primarily covers the economies of Indonesia and Malaysia, in addition to the Philippines and India.
Tan Yi Heng Jason
Jason Tan graduated summa cum laude from Singapore Management University (SMU) in 2014 with a double degree in B.Sc (Economics) and BBM (Finance). He received the Economics Advisory Board Excellence Award from the SMU School of Economics on graduation. He joined Centennial Asia Advisors as an economist in July 2014 and covers some key Asian economies such as India and Thailand.
Head of Global Financial Markets and Banking Practice
Anoop Singh is currently on the adjunct faculties at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Georgetown University, Washington DC, and is an Academic Committee Member of the International Monetary Institute, Renmin University, China. He is also Distinguished Fellow of Geoeconomic Studies at Gateway House, India and Director, Financial Markets, Centennial Group International, Washington DC. Before that, he was Managing Director and Head of Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific, for JP Morgan (2014-mid-2015). At the International Monetary Fund, he was Director of the Asia and Pacific Department (2008-13) and Director of the Western Hemisphere Department (2002-08). His other appointments at the IMF have included: Director, Special Operations in the Office of the Managing Director; Senior Advisor, Policy Development and Review Department; and Assistant Director, European Department. Mr. Singh, an Indian national, holds degrees from the universities of Bombay, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics. His additional work experience includes: Special Advisor to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India; and Senior Economic Advisor to the Vice President, Asia Region, the World Bank. Mr. Singh has worked and written on macroeconomic, surveillance, and crisis management issues, helping design IMF-supported programs in emerging market, transition, and developing countries in South and South-East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. He led IMF missions to Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia during the Asian crisis, to Vietnam, Bulgaria, and Albania during their early transition experiences, and to a number of other countries in Asia and in the Americas, including India, Australia, China, Japan, and Argentina. Mr. Singh's publications include,"The Financial Market Crisis and Risks for Latin America", "Macroeconomic Volatility: The Policy Lessons from Latin America", "Inclusive Growth, Institutions, and the Underground Economy", "Sustaining Latin America's Resurgence: Some Historical Perspectives", "Stabilization and Reform in Latin America: A Macroeconomic Perspective on the Experience Since the 1990s", "Latin America's Resurgence", "Australia, Benefiting from Economic Reform", "Macroeconomic Issues Facing ASEAN Countries", and "Monetary Policy in India: Issues and Evidence (RBI)". His recent work on Asia has included directing the IMF’s periodic Regional Economic Outlook, with related posts (http://blog-imfdirect.imf.org/bloggers/anoop-singh/). He has organized conferences and seminars on political and economic issues affecting the ASEAN countries, "Asia and the IMF", Indonesia, Argentina, the Andean region, Central America, the Caribbean region, and the United States.