Alfred Schipke

Mr. Alfred Schipke was appointed Director of the IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute in September 2021. Prior to that he was Assistant Director in the IMF Asia and Pacific Department and Mission Chief for India. From 2013-2020 he was the IMF Senior Resident Representative for China providing policy advice, leading the analytical work of the office, and coordinating the IMF’s capacity building activities in China. He was also division chief in the IMF Asia and Pacific Department coordinating the work on fast-growing low-income countries in Southeast Asia (Frontier Economies) and Mission Chief for Vietnam. Before that, he was in charge of the Latin Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean Currency Union divisions in the in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, where he negotiated several IMF programs. He has taught international finance at Harvard Kennedy School and the National School of Development at Peking University and has authored and edited several books and articles.



Ales Bulir
Deputy Director

Mr. Ales Bulir (Aleš Bulíř) joined the IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI) as Deputy Director in September 2020. Prior to joining STI, he was Deputy Division Chief in the IMF Research Department and Institute for Capacity Development. He joined the IMF in 1993 and worked in the European, Monetary and Exchange Affairs, African, Policy Development and Review, Research and Institute for Capacity Development Departments. His graduate degrees are from the London School of Economics and Prague University of Economics. Prior to joining the Fund, he taught economics in Prague and worked at the Czech National Bank. His research interests include the role of communication in monetary policy, macroeconomic modeling, and the role of development aid.



Rajan Govil
Senior Economist

Mr. Rajan Govil joined the IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI) in March 2018. He has earlier worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and as economist/investment strategist in the private financial sector. Until recently, Rajan was a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Indonesian Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) and the private sector. At AIPEG, he helped the Indonesian National Planning Development Agency (Bappenas) build a macroeconomic model of the Indonesian economy. Rajan has also advised investment management firms on global asset allocation, economic opportunities and assessing risks. He has earlier taught at the STI, Delhi University, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and Vanderbilt University. Rajan has a Ph.D. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.




Tok Yoke Wang
Senior Economist

Ms. Tok Yoke Wang has over two decades of experience in central banking, spanning macroeconomics research, financial stability analysis and international relations. She has worked at the IMF as a Senior Advisor to the Board, at the Toronto Centre as Program Director, at the World Gold Council as Director and at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). At the MAS, she held various senior positions, including as Principal Economist in the International Economies Division as well as in the Financial Surveillance Division and the External Department. Yoke Wang holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a First Class Honours Degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore.




Iris Claus
Resident Advisor

Ms. Iris Claus joined the IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI) in July 2022. She previously held economic advisory, policy, and research positions at the IMF – Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Center (PFTAC), the Asian Development Bank, the New Zealand Inland Revenue, the New Zealand Treasury, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the Bank of Canada. Iris is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Surveys, a Senior Fellow at the University of Waikato, a member of the Asian Economic Panel, and on the editorial board of Asian Economic Papers. Her current research interests are in economic policy and sustainable wellbeing. Iris holds a PhD in economics from Victoria University of Wellington.




Shinichi Nakabayashi
Senior Economist

Mr. Shinichi Nakabayashi is from Japan and a Long-Term Expert on Macroeconomics at the IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI). He has a long and global career in public policy including at the Japanese Ministry of Finance in Tokyo, the OECD in Paris, Asia and Pacific Department of the IMF in Washington, D.C., the University of Tokyo as Professor of International Finance, the STI as International Consultant Economist from 2011 to 2015, Asian Development Bank Institute as the Director from 2015, and EBRD in London from 2018 to 2022 as the Board Director for Japan. He published extensively both in Japanese and English including a book in Japanese that analyzed the world economy from the perspective of international currencies and a sequel to the book on international finance titled “The Economics of G20”.






Mary Carmen Wong
Administration Manager


Patricia Ong
Finance Officer


Bettina Guevarra
Senior Administrative Executive


Reagan Lie
Information Management Officer


Alina Tan
Senior Programs Executive


Elizabeth Teo
Senior Programs


Jolina Wong
Senior Programs Executive


Joan Goh
Senior Programs Executive


Wong Su Hsing
Programs Executive

Khyati Chauhan
Research Assistant