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Jeff Paine

Managing Director, Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), Singapore

Jeff Paine

Jeff Paine is Managing Director for the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC). The AIC is an industry association comprised of leading internet and technology companies, and seeks to promote the understanding and
resolution of internet and ICT policy issues in the Asia Pacific region.  

Mr Paine has been based in Singapore for more than 20 years and has held regional roles covering Southeast Asia for more than fifteen years.   In 2014, he established PS-engage, his own government relations consulting firm, working with leading IT, e-commerce, finance and payment companies to provide guidance on constructive engagement with governments and to assist with regulatory and policy work.   

At Visa Inc. Mr Paine was Senior Director and Head of Government Relations for Southeast Asia.  In this role, he was responsible for managing engagement activities to develop and maintain relationships with public sector officials in Southeast Asia.  He was also responsible for the oversight and monitoring of various policy and regulatory issues impacting Visa’s business across the region.

Prior to working with Visa, Mr Paine worked at Microsoft as Director of Public Sector Partner Business where he was responsible for driving revenue via the Microsoft partner ecosystem which supported governments across Asia Pacific.  While at Microsoft, Mr Paine successfully managed multi regional projects for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and spearheaded the implementation of Microsoft’s global Government Engagement Programs efforts in Asia.

Mr Paine 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.   

Mr Paine has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University in the USA.  He also attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he has completed a diploma program on Innovations in Governance.

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