Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria

Senior Policy Fellow

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Tan Sri Datuk Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, began her career in the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1981 and served in various capacities in the then Ministry of Trade and Industry. In the course of her civil service career, she had a brief stint as the Chief Administration and Procurement Officer of the ASEAN Plant Quarantine and Training Centre, and contributed to human capital development at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN).

She retired as the Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on 2 July 2016. As MITI Sec-Gen, a post she held since December 2010, she provided oversight for the formulation and implementation of Malaysia’s international trade policies and positions. This involved Malaysia’s participation in bilateral, regional (ASEAN, APEC, OIC) and multilateral (World Trade Organisation) fora.

On the regional front, she had a key role in ASEAN economic integration and chaired the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting as well as the ASEAN High Level Task Force for Economic Integration.

In the academic field, in April 2000 she was awarded the Malcolm Knowles Award for the best PhD dissertation in 2000 in the field of Human Resource Development by the American Academy of Human Resource Development.

She was also awarded “Professional Achievement Awards by School of Education, University of Georgia (2013)”.

She serves on the Board of Trustees of MyKasih, an NGO that focuses on alleviating urban poverty; Chairs the think-tank, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS); and is the Chair of the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI).

She is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

She is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Boards of five PLCs: RHB Bank, Hartelega, LaFarge Holcim; EcoWorld International; and Sunway Construction.