Mr. Jeff Paine – Senior Consultant


Jeff Paine is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in public sector sales and marketing across Southeast Asia and Central Asia. His extensive career includes leadership roles with renowned corporations such as Visa, Microsoft, Reuters, and Royal Bank of Canada. Jeff has demonstrated remarkable expertise in building constructive government relations, fostering public-private partnerships, and advocating for policies that drive economic growth. His dynamic career is characterized by achievements such as quota surpassing business development, managing international teams across challenging environments, and participation in thought leadership forums. Jeff has also collaborated extensively with international organizations like the United Nations, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank.

Professional Expertise:

  • PS-EngageManaging DirectorSeptember 2014 – Present Jeff Paine is the Managing Director of PS-Engage, a firm he founded, specializing in government relations, public sector business development, thought leadership, and government engagement. His responsibilities include devising country-specific government engagement strategies for multinational clients, conducting economic assessments for investment portfolios, and implementing learning and development programs. Jeff is known for his ability to develop constructive engagement programs focusing on cloud computing, security, privacy, and trust, often in collaboration with renowned advocates and institutions such as the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


  • Visa IncHead of Government Relations (Senior Director), Southeast AsiaAugust 2012 – September 2014 During his tenure at Visa Inc, Jeff led the strategic engagement programs for Southeast Asia, ensuring regulatory alignment and optimal business opportunities for Visa Inc. He built and maintained critical relationships with government regulators, policy makers, and public policy institutions. He represented Visa Inc at key international events and effectively managed campaigns to influence legislation that could impact Visa’s operations. His contributions also extended to corporate social responsibility initiatives, emphasizing financial inclusion and literacy.
  • Microsoft Corporation, SingaporeAsia Pacific Regional Manager – Government Engagement ProgramsSeptember 2006 – December 2010 During this tenure, Jeff managed the design and implementation of global marketing programs that aligned with Microsoft’s corporate social responsibility agenda and partnering strategy with government entities across the Asia Pacific region. His key accomplishments included designing strategic engagement programs, serving as a keynote speaker at international events, and managing customer relationships with senior government and multilateral institutions in 15 Asian countries. Jeff also provided support to subsidiary offices in their engagements with public sector customers.


  • Central Asia Development Group (CADG), Afghanistan/SingaporeDirector of Business DevelopmentApril 2002 – July 2006 As the Director of Business Development at CADG, Jeff played a senior management role, responsible for operations and development planning in an international development organization. He managed complex infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, securing funding from international government agencies and donors. Jeff’s accomplishments involved international team management, relationships with donors and contracting agencies, and successful economic assessments of state-owned enterprises in Afghanistan.


  • REUTERS Financial Information Systems, SingaporeBusiness Development Manager/Solution Sales – Treasury Electronic ServicesApril 2000 – March 2002 At REUTERS, Jeff was responsible for implementing IT solutions and services for financial institutions, streamlining banking operations in global markets. He managed key accounts and revenue streams, marketing automated dealing applications, and conducted studies on foreign exchange markets. Jeff also oversaw the implementation of e-commerce and application integration services to financial institutions.


  • Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)Assistant Manager Foreign Exchange Institutional SalesFebruary 1996 – January 2000 Jeff’s role at RBC involved sales and marketing of treasury products to financial institutions and global corporate clients. His responsibilities spanned across various locations, including Calgary, Toronto, Singapore, and Sydney. He managed sales facilities in Singapore, developed personalized strategies for institutional customers, and managed treasury sales for corporate, financial institutions, and margin clients.


  • REUTERS CanadaAccount Sales RepresentativeSeptember 1993 – Feb 1996 Jeff’s journey at REUTERS Canada began as a Financial Data Analyst and progressed to an Account Sales Representative. He managed large commercial banks and broker dealers’ accounts, delivering financial trading and information systems, and on-site training.


  • John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
    Innovations in Governance Program – 2007
    • Graduate School of Management, RUTGERS University, New Jersey, U.S.A
      Masters of Business Administration – MBA (Finance) – 2001
      • The University of Western Ontario, London Ontario, Canada
        Bachelor of Arts (Economics) – 1993


        Extracurricular Activities:

        • President, Singapore AUDAX Cycling Club – Singapore
        • Singapore Men’s Ice Hockey League, 1998 – present


        Other Information

            • Citizenship: Canada
            • Singapore Permanent Resident

        Jeff Paine’s distinguished career showcases his impressive track record in public sector engagement, government relations, business development, and thought leadership. His extensive experience and proactive approach make him a trusted expert in the industry. Jeff’s commitment to building constructive relationships between multinational corporations and governments in the Asia Pacific region is exemplified through his numerous achievements and leadership roles.