Tan Sri Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria
Former Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
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 on 2 July 2016. As MITI Sec-Gen, a post she was appointed to on in 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 fora (World Trade Organisation), as well as bilateral and regional trade negotiations.
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 and a Council Member of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).
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