Advisory Council

  • Chairman - Dr. Kim Hak-Su


    Dr. Kim Hak-Su, a national of the Republic of Korea, was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Mr. Kim began his work at ESCAP on 1 July 2000 and served in this position until 2007. Mr. Kim, a prominent economist, served as the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador for International Economic Affairs. He has vast experience in central banking, development planning, government think-tanks and private sector management, as well as international organizations. Mr. Kim began his professional career in 1960 as an economist with the Bank of Korea, Republic of Korea’s central bank, served as Secretary to the Minister of Commerce and Industry in 1969 and worked for the London Representative Office of the Bank of Korea (1971-1973). He joined Daewoo Corporation in 1977 as Executive Director and served Daewoo International Corporation in New York as its President. Mr. Kim joined the United Nations system in September 1981 and worked as Chief Planning Officer and Chief Technical Adviser under the United Nations Department for Technical Cooperation and Development during most of the 1980s, in island state countries, such as Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. After serving the United Nations system for eight years, he joined the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy as a Senior Research Fellow, researching and publishing on issues regarding international economic cooperation during the period from 1989 to 1993. He served as President of the Hanil Banking Institute before taking up the recent post of Secretary-General of the Colombo Plan, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka (1995-1999). He revitalized the 24-member country intergovernment Colombo Plan in Asia and the Pacific, stressing human resources development and focusing on South-South cooperation. He was appointed the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador for International Economic Affairs in June 1999, attending various international meetings as the head of his Government’s delegation. Mr. Kim was born in Wonju, Republic of Korea, studied as an undergraduate at Yonsei University, earned a master’s degree from Edinburgh University, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of South Carolina, United States.

  • Dr. Filemon Uriarte

    Dr. Uriarte has over 40 years of experience in the academe, private sector, ASEAN, United Nations, and the Philippine government serving in various senior level positions. In the Philippine government, he served three Presidents. Under President Joseph Estrada, he was a member of the Cabinet, as Secretary (Minister) of Science and Technology; under President Corazon Aquino as Undersecretary (Deputy Minister); and under President Ferdinand Marcos, as Director of the National Institute of Science and Technology, the oldest and largest government research institute.

    He held senior level positions at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: as Regional Adviser in Environmental Management (1989-1991), Special Assistant and Secretary of the Commission (2003-2004); Principal Officer, Office of the Executive Secretary (2004–2005); Director, Information, Communications and Space Technology Division (2005-2006). He also served as an expert, resource person or consultant for ESCAP, UNEP, WHO, and UNESCO.

    In ASEAN, Dr. Uriarte served as member or head of the Philippine Government’s delegation to numerous ASEAN intergovernmental meetings at the ministerial, senior official, and committee levels. He also served as a senior official at the ASEAN Secretariat, first as Director of the Science and Technology Bureau (1986-1989), and then as Director of the Functional Cooperation Bureau (1993-1999), managing and coordinating ASEAN cooperation in the fields of social development, labor, drugs, youth, culture and information, environment, and science and technology. Dr. Uriarte is an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology, a lifetime appointment awarded to a limited number (maximum 60) of outstanding scientists and professionals. He was Director, Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development Research, De La Salle University; and Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering and Vidal A. Tan Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of the Philippines. In the private sector, he was Chairman and CEO of LAUDS Technologies, Inc., a technology-oriented company specializing in clean energy and cleaner production technologies.

    He was for many years President of the TEST Consultants Inc., an engineering and management firm, and Vice President of Philippine Vinyl Consortium Inc., a petrochemical firm. Dr. Uriarte holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of the Philippines, and a PhD from the Carnegie-Mellon University in the United States. He is a multi-awarded engineer, scientist and manager, and has written numerous technical and scientific papers. He is married to Genevieve Pacis and blessed with five children. He and his wife are active in charitable and religious work.

  • Mr. R.C. Bhargava

    RC Bhargava is Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Bhargava joined Maruti in 1981, almost immediately after its incorporation, as its Marketing Director. A former IAS officer, Bhargava has also served as the President and CEO of RCB Consulting Private Limited, a premier management and human resource consultancy firm. Before joining Maruti, Bhargava was Director (Commercial) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited in 1979-80.

  • Dr. Sailendra Narain

    Dr. Sailendra Narain is a Member of the UN-ESCAP Business Advisory Council copy (EBAC) and Chair of its Task Force on MSMEs & Entrepreneurship in Business & Development in Asia and The Pacific. By profession, Dr. Narain is a development banker. Presently he is Chairman of the Centre for SME Growth and Development Finance (CESMED) having offices in India and USA. He started his professional career as a Central Banker in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) followed by development banking in the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) and was later commissioned to help set up the SME apex bank viz. the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in 1990. He headed SIDBI as Managing Director and Executive Chairman for nearly 10-years. Besides successfully serving the MSME sector in India, Narain led SIDBI to achieve an international distinction of entering the prestigious Group of “Top 50 Development Banks of the World”, rated by The Banker-London. During his service, he was invited to serve as Director-Institutional Finance in the Government of Haryana, Advisor-World Bank programmes in Nigeria, UNIDO Adviser to Central Bank of Ethiopia, Regional Adviser to the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) to implement development progremmes in the six member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). He regularly serves as the resource person /expert on the committees / missions mounted by the UNO, UNDP, UNIDO, UN-ESCAP, IFAD, GIZ, IFC, etc. He has designed and Co-Directed a series of training programmes at the Harvard University, University of California at San Diego, International Chamber of Commerce and other institutions of excellence. He has been on various policy making high-powered Committees set up by the Government of India and some countries in Africa, Middle-East, and Far East and continues to sit on various Boards, including that of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI). Dr. Narain as a recipient of University two Gold Medals holds Master of Arts (MA) degrees in Economics and Sociology; has a Ph.D. and CAIIB in Banking and Finance. Among a few recognitions the Asian Banking Award was conferred on him for setting up SIDBI Foundation for Micro Credit and implementing micro credit programme in India. He has a few research publications, ITC documents and a co-authored book to his credit.

  • Ms. Srirat Rastapana


    Mrs. Srirat Rastapana has previously served as the Permanent Secretaryof the Ministry of Commerce, Thailand. Prior to her current post, Ms. Rastapana has previous appointments including Director General of the Department of Export Promotion, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Associated Judge of the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, Deputy Secretary-General to the Cabinet, Advisor to the Prime Minister on International Trade, and Minister (Commercial Affairs) in charge of WTO matters. Mrs. Srirat Rastapana was also posted as Minister Counselor (Commercial) in Russia and Switzerland. Mrs. Rastapana possesses a Master”s degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A and a BA in Economics from Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari



    Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari is currently the Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat at the World Trade Organization. Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a Kathmandu-based regional think tank. Previously he served, among others, as a Senior Adviser to the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, and Trade Programme Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He also worked as a Manager of Nepal Indosuez Bank Ltd. and a Lecturer at the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, besides working as a consultant for various multilateral organizations. Dr. Adhikari has conducted extensive research in the areas of international trade, regional economic integration, development assistance, competition policy, and intellectual property rights, particularly from the perspective of least developed countries. He has (co)-authored/(co)-edited eight books and contributed several articles/chapters in peer reviewed publications. He has also contributed more than 170 short articles/columns in national and international popular media. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Warwick, United Kingdom (2011) and received his Masters of International Law and Economics degree from World Trade Institute, Switzerland (2002) and Masters of Commerce degree from University of Delhi, India (1990).