RSIS Roundtable with Said Faisal
Said Faisal has been working in the field of financial crisis and disasters for more than 15 years. He is the former Executive Director of the the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre). As the first Executive Director, he was tasked to set up, build and fully operationalize the newly established AHA Centre from the very beginning. Prior to that, he worked with the President’s Delivery Unit for Development, Monitoring & Oversight of Republic of Indonesia.
Following the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster in December 2004, he was appointed as Deputy Head and Minister for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency for Aceh and Nias (BRR Aceh-Nias), a ministerial level agency of the Government of Indonesia mandated to coordinate and implement the overall rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts. He also served as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy Secretary General of ASEAN and Head of Operation of ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis disaster in Myanmar.
In the wake of Asian financial crises in 1997-1998, Mr. Faisal worked as Senior Manager at the Jakarta Initiative Task Force, an agency established by the Government of Indonesia and supported by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank for accelerating corporate debt restructuring through mediation as dispute resolution process between debtors and creditors. During his career, he also worked at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Jakarta, Indonesia as well as Phoenix Home Life, a financial services company, in Chicago, USA. He is a registered mediator, trainer and coach for dispute resolution at the Indonesian Mediation Center and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Management from Syiah Kuala University, Aceh, Indonesia and Master’s degree in Insurance/Finance from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA.