Richard Cantor Chief Credit Officer for Moody's Corporation and Chair of US-PECC Richard Cantor Chief Credit Officer for Moody's Corporation and Chair of US-PECC
Richard Cantor serves as Chief Credit Officer for Moody’s Corporation and Moody’s Investors Service, a position he has held since 2008. In this role, Mr. Cantor manages the Credit Strategy and Standards Group, which is responsible for the credit rating agency’s global credit strategy and thematic research, the quality and consistency of its ratings across regions and sectors, and the procedures, methodologies, models, and tools used in the determination of ratings.
From 2009 to 2019, Mr. Cantor also served as Moody’s Corporation’s Chief Risk Officer and in this role, led the firm’s global risk management function. Appointed by the U.S. State Department in 2015, Mr. Cantor served a three-year term in the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC), during which he chaired ABAC’s Financial and Economic Working Group. In July 2019, Mr. Cantor was appointed Chair of the US National Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). Prior to joining Moody’s, Mr. Cantor held a variety of positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, including in the Capital Markets Group and the Discount Window, and was an adjunct professor at New York University’s and Columbia University’s business schools. He has also taught Economics at UCLA and The Ohio State University. Mr. Cantor holds BA degrees in English and Economics from Tufts University and a PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria Executive Director of APEC Secretariat Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria Executive Director of APEC Secretariat
Tan Sri Datuk Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria is the executive director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, which serves as advisory body, implementation arm and custodian of institutional memory for the 21 member economies that make up the APEC forum.
Dr Sta Maria was a top-level Malaysian civil servant and trade negotiator. As Secretary-General of the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Investment from December 2010 to July 2016, she oversaw the formulation of Malaysia’s international trade policies and positions. She often took the lead in their implementation as chief negotiator for bilateral and regional free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Dr Sta Maria played an integral role in Malaysia’s participation in multilateral forums such as APEC, where she often represented her economy during the APEC Ministers’ Responsible for Trade Meetings and the Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meetings. In the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Dr Sta Maria chaired the body that drafted the ASEAN Economic Community 2015 Blueprint as well as the ASEAN Economic Community 2025 Blueprint. An accomplished academic and writer, Dr Sta Maria’s scholarship has been recognized through awards from the American Academy of Human Resource Development and from the University of Georgia. In 2017, she authored a book about her personal slice of Malaysian heritage and cuisine, called The Smell of Home. Before 2010, the position of executive director of the APEC Secretariat rotated yearly among officials assigned by the incumbent host economy. Starting in 2010, the appointment was opened to applications from highly qualified professionals who will, when appointed, lead the Secretariat in fixed three-year terms with an option to renew. Dr Sta Maria is the first woman executive director of the APEC Secretariat. Christopher Findlay Vice-Chair at Australian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation Christopher Findlay Vice-Chair at Australian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation
Professor Christopher Findlay was from June 2011 until October 2018 the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide. Earlier positions include Professor of Economics in the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University (1999-2005) and Head of the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide (2005 – 2011), where he had also been a member of staff from for various periods between 1984 to 1999. He has also held positions at the ANU in the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, the Research School of Pacific Studies and the Australia-Japan Research Centre.
His qualifications include BEc (Hons) (1974) [Adelaide], MEc (1977) [ANU] and PhD in Economics (1982) [ANU]. He is a Member of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2002). He is also a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) (2007) where he was cited for ‘service to international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, to economic co-operation in trade, transportation and economic reform, and to education.’ Findlay for many years taught economics at all levels, with a focus on microeconomics and international economics, and was an author of a leading first year textbook for its first 7 editions. Findlay’s research interests include Australia’s economic relationships with Asia, especially in the services sector. Findlay has been in lead roles in projects for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), most recently on farmer adaption to climate change, and currently a project on rural transformation. He is a regular contributor to projects coordinated by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He has provided consultancy services for the APEC Secretariat and the ASEAN Secretariat. He has been a contributor to capacity building projects funded by Australia Awards in Indonesia and PNG. Findlay is currently Vice-Chair of the Australian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (AUSPECC): he has been involved in the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), a second track organisation linked to APEC, since its foundation in 1980. Research interests: Public Policy International Economics And International Finance Economic Development And Growth Agricultural Economics Applied Economics Cindy Hook CEO of Deloitte Asia-Pacific Cindy Hook CEO of Deloitte Asia-Pacific
Cindy Hook is the Chief Executive Officer for Deloitte Asia Pacific. In this role, she leads 3,000 partners and 50,000 professionals across 20 geographies to provide clients with unmatched capability, consistent quality and cross-border solutions. She is also a member of Deloitte’s Global Executive Committee.
As CEO of Deloitte Asia Pacific, Cindy is committed to creating a seamless experience for clients to access the very best of Deloitte through one contact - ‘one door to the future’. She is passionate about building inspired leaders and a purpose-led organization to make an impact that matters. Her strengths lie in driving collaboration and challenging teams to develop innovative approaches to winning and delivering business. Prior to leading the Asia Pacific region, Cindy was the CEO of Deloitte Australia from 2015 to 2018. In this period, the Australian firm recorded four years of unprecedented double-digit growth. In 2018 Cindy was named as one of the five most powerful people in Consulting in Australia by the AFR magazine. Cindy is the Chair of the Deloitte Asia Pacific Inclusion Council and is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion as a business imperative. She is a vocal champion for change within Deloitte and the wider community and is focused on ensuring that women’s representation in leadership is on business agendas across the region. Cindy is a Member of Chief Executive Women (Australia), a non-profit championing diversity and women leadership and a special advisor to the Male Champions of Change, a coalition of Australian leaders redefining men’s role in furthering gender equality. She was named ‘CEO of the Year’ at the Pride in Diversity Awards in 2017. She is a long-standing advocate for wellbeing and work-life balance and believes that people perform at their best when they are physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally strong. This is an ethos that Cindy herself embodies and she is dedicated to ensuring Deloitte’s culture of inclusion and growth supports employees to achieve their full potential. Cindy is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, a leading global charity focused on safeguarding the Reef from environmental change. She was educated in the United States and is a certified public accountant (inactive) and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is an avid skier and enjoys travel and the outdoors. She lives in Singapore with her husband and two sons. Eduardo Pedrosa Secretary General at PECC Eduardo Pedrosa Secretary General at PECC
Eduardo Pedrosa is the Secretary General of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. He is responsible for the management of the PECC International Secretariat and representing the organization at international meetings. Mr. Pedrosa first joined PECC as its Director (Policy Program) in 2001 where his responsibilities included the management and coordination of the Council’s research program including in the areas of trade policy; financial and monetary cooperation; and corporate governance. Before moving to Singapore, he was the coordinator of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Southeast Asia cooperation program based in Manila and also the co-editor of its journal on regional economics and politics, “Panorama.” Prior to this, he has worked in the Philippines for a number of government agencies focused on international relations. He was a co-editor of the book “An APEC Trade Agenda: The Political Economy of a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific” (ISEAS, 2007) and contributed to “The ASEAN Community: Unblocking the Roadblocks” (ISEAS, 2008) and “ASEAN: Life after the Charter” (ISEAS, 2010). He has also worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, where he advised corporate clients on economic, political and market developments affecting the business environment in the Asia-Pacific, as well as for various agencies of the Philippine government. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.