Executive Director, APEC Secretariat
Ambassador Michael Tay is the 17th Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat. His main priorities in the 2009 Singapore year is to keep APEC focused on the path of free trade, resisting protectionism while accelerating economic integration of the Asia-Pacific and improving links with the business community. He will also play a lead role in paving the way for a new fixed-term Executive Director who will lead the Secretariat from 2010-2012.
Prior to joining the Secretariat, Ambassador Tay served as Singapore’s Ambassador to Russia from 2003-08. From 1999 to 2002, he was the Director-General of ASEAN-Singapore, which placed him at the centre of the ASEAN policy-implementation and budgetary processes. During Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 1998-1999, he was the chief coordinator for the ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and the Summit.
Ambassador Tay holds BA with Honors in Philosophy an MA in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore.