About the Speakers
The APEC CEO Summit will feature an exciting interactive program that covers the key issues affecting the Asia Pacific. As in past Summits, we look forward to the participation of many APEC Leaders taking part in the program. In addition, global states persons, thought leaders and CEO's of international companies will be taking part in robust and dynamic discussions.
Sebastián Piñera President of Chile
Xi Jinping President of China
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President of Indonesia
Shinzō Abe Prime Minister of Japan
Park Geun-Hye President of KoreaPark Geun-Hye President of Korea
President Park Geun-Hye won presidency in South Korea on December 19, 2012; making her the first female president in Northeast Asia.
Prior to her presidency, President Park ran on the Grand National Party ticket in a by-election in Daegu in April 1998 and became a member of the National Assembly. She has then won five consecutive general elections in Daegu. In 2002 and 2011, she led the Grand National Party to overcome its crises and made it the majority party.
President Park is the daughter of Park Chung-Hee, President of South Korea from 1963 to 1979. She is considered one of the most influential politicians in South Korea.
Najib Razak Prime Minister of MalaysiaNajib Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia
Prime Minister Najib Razak was appointed as Malaysia’s sixth prime minister in 2009. He implemented the most far-reaching political and economic reforms since Malaysia's independence.
His Government Transformation Programme has fundamentally changed the provision of government services to improve education, widen healthcare access, develop rural infrastructure, expand public transport, reduce poverty, cut crime and corruption and reduce the cost of living. He introduced the Economic Transformation Programme, which significantly liberalised the economy - creating more than 300,000 jobs, raising living standards, encouraging foreign investment and turning Malaysia into one of Asia's most dynamic and successful economies.
Najib Razak won Malaysia’s 13th election and returned to office last May. He stressed the importance of national unity and working for the betterment of all Malaysians.
Enrique Peña Nieto President of MexicoEnrique Peña Nieto President of Mexico
The Constitutional President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, was born on 20 July 1966. He holds a BA in Law from the Universidad Panamericana and a MA in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).
Enrique Peña Nieto joined public service at an early age, occupying several positions in the government of the State of Mexico. From 2000 to 2002, he was Secretary of Administration and from 2003 to 2004, he was elected Representative of the 13th District in the 65th Session of the State of Mexico, where he was Coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.
In 2005, Enrique Peña Nieto ran for the governorship of the State of Mexico. During his campaign, he toured the state, listening to people and signing commitments before a notary, ranging from remodeling clinics and schools to building roads and hospitals.
After a successful campaign, he was elected governor of the State of Mexico, during the period from 16 September 2005 to 15 September 2011.
During his term as governor, Enrique Peña Nieto achieved significant progress in infrastructure and public services, particularly in health. He restructured finances in the State of Mexico, reducing public debt and increasing expenditure targeting works and programs, without the need to increase taxes.
In 2011, at the end of his term as governor, Enrique Peña Nieto expressed his hopes of running for the presidency. After an intense electoral campaign, characterized by the signing of national and state commitments, he won the elections on 1 July 2012.
As of 1 December, Enrique Peña Nieto is President of Mexico. The main objective of his government will ensure that the rights that the Constitution confers on Mexicans move from paper into practice.
John Key Prime Minister of New ZealandJohn Key Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Rt Hon John Key was the Prime Minister of New Zealand since November 2008, leader of the New Zealand National Party since November 2006, and the Tourism Minister.
Before entering politics, Mr. Key started his career in the mid-1980’s as an investment banker. After 10 years in the New Zealand market he headed offshore to Singapore, London, and Sydney for US investment banking firm Merrill Lynch. In 1999, he was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and on two occasions he undertook management studies at Harvard University in Boston.
In 2001, he returned to New Zealand to stand for Parliament for the National Party. He first won a parliamentary seat in 2002 and led the National Party to victory in the election in 2008 and 2011. Mr. Key has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Ollanta Humala President of PeruOllanta Humala President of Peru
Ollanta Moisés Humala Tasso was born on June 27, 1962. He is married to Nadine Heredia and they have two girls (Illary and Naira) and a boy (Samin). He is the third of seven children of the marriage of Mr. Isaac Humala y Madame Elena Isaac Humala Tasso.
Before joining the Army Officer School in 1979, he studied Animal Science at the National Agrarian University La Molina (Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina).
In the Army he has chosen the artillery weapon of artillery, for his identification with the national hero Colonel Francisco Bolognesi.
In 2001 he studied his Masters at the School of Center for Higher National Studies (CAEN—Escuela del Centro de Altos Estudios Nacionales) on National Defence and in 2002 successfully completed his Masters in Political Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru).
He was a military attaché in France, where he started his Doctorate at the Center of Higher Studies for Latin America (Centro de Altos Estudios para América Latina).
In 2005, with his wife Nadine Heredia Alarcón, founded the Peruvian Nationalist Party (Partido Nacionalista Peruano).
In June 2011, he was elected as Constitutional President of the Republic, sworn his charge on July 28, 2011.
Benigno Aquino III President of the PhilippinesBenigno Aquino III President of the Philippines
Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III is an economist by training and a public official by profession. He served three terms as Congressman of the Second District of Tarlac before placing sixth in the May 2007 Senatorial elections that earned him a 6-year mandate as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.
He is currently the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Vladimir Putin President of Russia
Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister of SingaporeLee Hsien Loong Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore
Mr. Lee was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1984 as a candidate of the People's Action Party (PAP) and has been re-elected six times, most recently in 2011 as an MP for the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency. He was elected to the Central Executive Committee of the PAP in 1986, and became its Secretary-General in 2004.
In 1990, Mr. Lee was appointed Deputy Prime Minister with responsibilities for economic and civil service matters. He also concurrently served as Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 1998 until 2004, and Minister for Finance from 2001 until 2007.
Before entering politics, Mr. Lee was a Brigadier-General in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). He attended the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and held various staff and command posts, including the Director of the Joint Operations and Plans Directorate, and Chief of Staff of the General Staff.
Mr. Lee was born on 10 February 1952 and completed his schooling in Singapore. He studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science. He subsequently earned a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
First married to Wong Ming Yang in 1978, Mr. Lee was widowed in 1982. He remarried Ho Ching in 1985. He has one daughter and three sons.
Mr. Lee enjoys reading, walking, listening to classical music and tinkering with computers.