Jean Peirre Verbiest, Ph.D
Jean-Pierre A. Verbiest is a senior economist based in Southeast Asia since over 30 years. He is currently lead economist for an ADB diagnostic study on Myanmar. In addition Dr. Verbiest is Partner, Economics and Finance, West Indochina, an advisory company on business and investment in Myanmar. Finally, he is Policy Advisor for the Mekong Institute (Khon Kaen University, Thailand).
Dr. Verbiest co-authored the Myanmar Country Paper part of the “ASEAN 2030: Growing Together For Economic Prosperity” study in 2011. Previously Dr. Verbiest held several senior positions with the ADB including Manager, Strategy and Policy Department, Assistant Chief Economist (Macro-economics and Finance) and Country Director in Vietnam (1996-2000) and Thailand (2005-2010).
Dr. Verbiest’s principal research interests are macroeconomic and development policies in East and Southeast Asian countries, regional economic and financial cooperation and integration in Asia, and economic and financial policy reforms in Myanmar. In 2012, he provided support to the Central Bank of Myanmar in the exchange rate unification process, and has also collaborated with the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development of Myanmar.
Dr. Vierbiest currently lives in Bangkok and has been based in Southeast Asia for over 30 years. His principal research interests are macroeconomic policies in East and Southeast Asian countries and regional economic and financial cooperation and integration in Asia.
Dr. Verbiest holds a BA in economics and finance from FUCAM in Mons (Belgium), a MSC in Econometrics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) and a doctorate in economics from Oxford University (UK).
Dr. Verbiest’s wit and good sense of humour make him a sought after speaker. He regularly addresses prestigious conferences in the region. In his little spare time Dr. Verbiest likes to spend time with his family in the quietness of his country home and play golf.