Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Committee Co-Chair

Managing Director, Public Sector (PS) Engage

Jeff Paine is the Managing Director of Public Sector (PS) Engage which aims to help organizations build better relationships with their regulators, have more impact in the communities they operate in, and develop partnerships to help realize exponential gains in their core business activities. Prior to establishing PS Engage, Jeff was the Head of Government Relations for Southeast Asia for Visa Inc. In this capacity he is responsible for developing constructive engagement activities to develop and maintain relationships with public sector professionals in ASEAN.

Prior to working with Visa, Jeff Paine worked at Microsoft as Director of Public Sector Partner Business where he was responsible for driving revenue via the Microsoft partner ecosystem that supported governments across Asia Pacific. While at Microsoft, Jeff successfully managed multi regional projects for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and spearheaded the implementation of Microsoft’s global Government Engagement efforts in Asia. He also led Microsoft’s public sector team in the development on an innovative executive program for government leaders, academics and Microsoft executives in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore in Singapore.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Jeff was Director of Business Development for Central Asia Development Group (CADG), a private development organization involved in the implementation of infrastructure, agriculture, and economic development projects in Afghanistan and which partners with various agencies such as USAID, World Bank, UN agencies, and other donors.

Jeff was involved in the successful implementation of reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in southern Afghanistan valued at more than US$30 million between 2002 and 2005. In 2006, Jeff spearheaded the expansion of CASG by establishing the organization’s presence in South East Asia in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Jeff also has experience in the financial services sector having previously worked at Reuters Financial Services as a Business Development Manager and as an Institutional Foreign Exchange Dealer for the Royal Bank of Canada in Singapore, Australia, and Canada.

Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University in the U.S.A. He attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he has completed a diploma program on Innovations in Governance.