JAKARTA, 26 March 2018 – Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo took office today as the new Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) from 2018 to 2021 . Guided by the ASEAN Charter, DSG Rillo will support the Secretary-General of ASEAN by providing leadership in the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025 and will lead the AEC Department of the ASEAN Secretariat. He will also provide strategic policy advice to support ASEAN’s economic integration agenda.

DSG Rillo is from the Philippines and he succeeded DSG Lim Hong Hin from Brunei Darussalam. Prior to assuming the position, DSG Rillo worked as a Senior Economist at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, Japan where he designed and administered capacity building training and policy dialogue on development issues.

This is the second time that DSG Rillo will work at ASEAN Secretariat. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Rillo served at the ASEAN Secretariat as Head of Finance Integration Division (2008-2010) and Director and Chief Economist, ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office (2010-2013). During those periods, he spearheaded the implementation of regional economic surveillance and integration monitoring in ASEAN.

DSG Rillo holds a PhD in economics from the University of Hawaii. He has written and published extensively on the ASEAN economy and broader economic and finance issues.

As stated in the ASEAN Charter, the Secretary-General of ASEAN shall be assisted by four Deputy Secretaries-General, of different nationalities from the Secretary-General and shall come from four different ASEAN Member States. Two DSGs are nominated by Member States on a rotational basis for a non-renewable term of three years while two DSGs are openly-recruited based on merit for a three-year term which may be renewed for another three years. DSG Rillo is one of the two openly-recruited DSGs.