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Dr. Tarisa Watanagase

Promontory Advisory Board Member

Dr. Tarisa Watanagase first joined the Bank of Thailand in 1975. From 2006 to 2010, she served as the central bank’s 21st governor, the first woman to hold the position.


During her long career at the BOT, her responsibilities included bank policymaking and supervision, monetary policy, economic research, oversight of payment systems, money-market operations, and reserve management. Dr. Tarisa was instrumental in the resolution of the 1997 Thai crisis and helped implement the ensuing supervisory and financial-sector reforms. In 1995, she led efforts to establish the Thai real-time-gross-settlement (RTGS) system, which was set up to eliminate settlement risk in high-value fund transfers. During her tenure as governor, the new Bank of Thailand Act was passed, guaranteeing the central bank’s independence. She also has served as a member of Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Board and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Dr. Tarisa sits on the boards of the Insurance Commission and SCG, a leading business conglomerate in Southeast Asia. She has been active on financial-inclusion issues, advising the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, a network of policymakers. She also advised Total Access Communication, a Thai mobile-phone service provider, on mobile payments. She is a member of the boards of the Ramathibodi Hospital Foundation, the Heart Foundation of Thailand, and the Private Sector Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption. She speaks frequently on financial regulation and central banking and is the author of numerous articles on those subjects.

Dr. Tarisa holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Keio University, in Tokyo, and a doctorate in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.


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