Singh, ex-GIC and Westpac, to head OMFIF Asia Pacific

Think tank strengthens sustainability and digital expertise with new Asia head

OMFIF is pleased to announce the appointment of Tamara Singh as head of Asia Pacific, effective 2 November 2020. She will lead the Asia Pacific team, working closely with OMFIF’s network of public sector investors and deepening the reach of the Sustainable Policy and Digital Monetary Institutes in the region.

Singh has more than 15 years of experience in international financial organisations in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, most recently as a senior vice-president at GIC. Prior to that, she played a significant strategic role in Westpac, responsible for the operations of the financial markets and treasury business in Asia. Singh holds several appointments which reflect her interest in and commitment to environmental, social and governance topics and developing the future of payments.

Singh succeeds Adam Cotter, who will step down at the end of this year after seven years with OMFIF, including four in Asia.

Chief Executive Officer John Orchard said, ‘Tamara is exactly the right hire at the right time for OMFIF Asia. Her energy and dynamism, as well as her experience in the official sector and ESG fields, lend themselves very well to our plans for expansion in the region. Adam did an invaluable job creating the foundations for OMFIF’s activities in Asia, on which Tamara can now build, and we look forward to working with him in his new role.’

Singh said, ‘OMFIF’s history of facilitating discussion between sovereigns and market participants has an important role to play in advancing global investment into Asia, and Asian investment globally. It is a privilege to have this opportunity to leverage my experience collaborating with global financial organisations and multinational corporations to build upon OMFIF’s success in Asia Pacific. I look forward to the impactful consideration of global technology advancement, sustainability and the role of private investors that OMFIF Asia will drive.’

Cotter said, ‘It is with considerable pride that I approach the end of my tenure as head of OMFIF Asia, and I can think of no one better to succeed me than Tamara. Since joining, I have had the pleasure of working with many dedicated colleagues, to whom I owe a great deal of thanks. In the last four years, we have built a robust network of esteemed policy-makers and financial practitioners in Asia and further afield. I am grateful for the opportunity to work closely with them.’

‘OMFIF has demonstrated great resiliency and strength in what has been a challenging year,’ Cotter continued. ‘I am confident that Tamara will steer activities to continue growth of OMFIF Asia, with the help of our Asia-based board directors, Mark Burgess and Jai Arya, and the wider OMFIF team.’

Mark Burgess, Asia Pacific chairman and member of the board of directors, said, ‘We are very pleased to welcome Tamara to the team as she brings her considerable leadership skills and experience to OMFIF Asia. Her appointment comes at a time when the Asian region is critical to global growth, the impact of central banking and government policy decisions will be key to the direction of global economies and financial markets, and as technology and climate change present significant opportunities and challenges. We wish Adam the very best in his new role, following an outstanding period of leadership at OMFIF, and we thank him for his tireless work in bringing OMFIF’s presence to Asia.’

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