Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez joined Microsoft in 2012 as Regional Director for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (Southeast Asia). Her team supports 15 markets and drives government affairs, policy and regulatory engagements, academic and non-profit relations, and other activities to enhance understanding and use of technology for the public good. She is also the former Vice-Dean (Research) and Assistant Dean (Executive Education) of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), the premier school of public policy in Asia. At the LKY School, she trained over 2,000 government officials and private sector professionals in leadership and organizational change.
Astrid’s previous positions include senior consultant to the U.S. Institute of Peace (with responsibility for a peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front), Director of Research (alternative investments) at AIG Global Investment, and program officer at Carnegie Corporation of New York (where her grant-making focused on democratization, market reform, and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction). Astrid ran the Moscow office of the Harvard Project on Strengthening Democratic Institutions in the 1990s, and worked with key reformers including Mikhail Gorbachev and Eduard Shevardnadze. She sits on the boards of Singapore American School and the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). She was also chair of the board of ASKI Global, an NGO that promotes financial literacy and entrepreneurship among migrant workers (especially domestic helpers) in Singapore. Astrid is an international advisor to the Global Economic Symposium and, formerly, to the Institute on Disability and Public Policy in ASEAN and the Asian Women’s Leadership University project. Astrid received the Filipina Women’s Network’s “100 Most Influential” Filipinas recognition in 2013. She has been a U.S. Institute of Peace Scholar, a Freeman Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Distinguished Alumna of Brigham Young University, and a fellowship recipient of the Social Science Research Council and the MacArthur Foundation.
Astrid is a permanent member and former Adjunct Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She is the author of Rising to the Top? A Report on Women’s Leadership in Asia; Russian Nationalism Since 1856. Ideology and the Making Foreign Policy; and numerous articles, essays and op- eds on a range of subjects. She was awarded the 2016 Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence by Public Affairs Asia for her work in corporate affairs and public policy. Astrid holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University, a Master’s from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was born and raised in the Philippines, and is the proud mother of three.