Women in finance: Tipsuda Thavaramara

The deputy secretary general of Thailand's SEC is featured in our series on influential women in finance for her role in developing the country's capital markets.

As deputy secretary-general in charge of policy and corporate Finance groups at Thailand’s securities and exchange regulator, Tipsuda Thavaramara has driven policy, helping to develop Thailand’s capital markets.

She joined the the Thai SEC in 1993 and has been working at the government body from its early days. Thavaramara has extensive experience in capital market development and shaped much of the policy that is in place today. During her tenure at SEC, Thavaramara played an active role in creating the Thai Bond Market Association, which helps in bond market development in Thailand and also helps to facilitate secondary market bond trading.

She also played a role in drafting the Derivatives Law and launching the Thailand Futures Exchange, which made derivative products available to public investors. In addition Thavaramara played a role in formulating the implementation plan for Asean capital market integration.

She has impeccable academic credentials, having received her MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Mathematics from Harvard University.

Thavaramara also served on the Board of the Government Pension Fund from 2007-2011.

FinanceAsia’s 2015 honour roll of the most influential women across the Asia Pacific region spans investment and commercial bankers.

Published as a feature in the July / August 2015 print edition of FinanceAsia, the series also presents leading women in new areas of finance such as fintech where Asian companies are among the fastest-growing in the world.

We also canvassed corporate financiers for exceptional women working in deal advisory including lawyers and accountants. In the process of researching the series, we found evidence of progress in creating more diverse workplaces in the region.

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