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Denis Hew holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and MSc and PhD in Finance from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Dr Hew was Regional Cooperation Specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) before taking up his current appointment at APEC. From 2001 to 2008, Dr Hew was Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator (Regional Economic Studies) at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Singapore. He was also Managing Editor of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin, a leading academic journal that focuses on economic issues in Southeast Asia. Dr Hew has written extensively on regional economic cooperation and integration, especially in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.

Policy Advisor

Aveline Low holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore and a Bachelor of Business from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Before joining APEC, Ms Low was Senior Officer at the Strategic Planning and Coordination Division, Office of Secretary-General at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. She was involved in managing ASEAN cooperation programs and projects with organizations such as the AusAID, the European Union, and the German Technical Cooperation. She also handled media relations, publications, outreach activities, and events management when she was Senior Officer at the Public Affairs Office in the same organization. Prior to this, Ms Low was IT Standards Manager with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

Senior Analysts

Akhmad Bayhaqi holds a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore.

Prior to APEC, Mr Bayhaqi was a Researcher with the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies, Brunei Darussalam working on Education and Social Policy issues.

Previously, Mr Bayhaqi was a Consultant (Economist) for the World Bank Office in Jakarta dealing with programs on public finance within the eastern Indonesia provinces under the Public Expenditure and Capacity enHancement/Harmonization (PEACH) program.

Mr Bayhaqi has also worked at the University of Indonesia as a Researcher/Lecturer focusing mostly on issues related to economics and public policy.

Carlos Kuriyama holds a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, USA and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Peru.

Formerly Mr Kuriyama was an official of Peru's Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism where he served as Lead Negotiator of the Peru-China FTA negotiations, General Coordinator of the Peru-Singapore FTA negotiations and Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade. He also led the design of Peru's trade negotiations agenda and implemented Peru's trade strategy with APEC economies.

As an Associate Researcher and Lecturer in Economics at Universidad del Pacifico, Mr Kuriyama wrote extensively and participated in several research projects on trade, investment and integration issues for several domestic and international institutions.


Emmanuel A. San Andres holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines School of Economics, where he is also a candidate for a PhD in Economics.

Prior to joining APEC, Mr San Andres was an Economics Officer at the Economics and Research Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila mainly working on poverty, inequality, food security, and social sector issues such as health, education, and employment. He also worked as a consultant for organisations such as the ADB, World Bank, and various non-government organisations where he conducted research on migration and remittances, economic development, taxation, and public policy.

Andre Wirjo obtained his Master of Science in Economics degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2011, where he was also a graduate teaching assistant. His Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree was earned at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Mr. Wirjo had previously held research position at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore where he worked on trade and investment issues in the ASEAN region. He had also interned for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand as well as the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India.


Rhea C. Hernando holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics at the University of the Philippines School of Economics.

Prior to joining APEC, Ms. Hernando was a Bank Officer at the Department of Economic Research of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), working on financial markets and monetary policy. She also worked as a policy evaluation officer and researcher at various academic, international, and government institutions.


Administrative Executive

Chang Hui Ling holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Ms Chang has served as an Administrative Executive, a Human Resource Supervisor, and a Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer in a local organisation for a combined 7 years; and subsequently also worked as a Sales Manager (Asia Pacific region) in a Norwegian publishing organisation for 4 years, pioneering the news/report circulation department in Singapore that focuses on the seafood/fisheries industry, before joining APEC.


Administrative Assistant

Esther Neela Maga has more than 15 years of secretarial and administrative working experience in both the private and public sectors. Her experience ranges from organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, National Science and Technology Board (now known as A*Star), a legal firm that deals with patents and trademarks, a private trading company, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to a holistic company. In NTU, she handled secretarial duties for the senior management (Provost/President, Vice-President for Research, Chief of Staff and EU-Liaison Officer). She also provided secretarial and administrative support to the appointed consultant who was in charge of developing a proposal for a new medical school and then overseeing the establishment and development of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.