Serey Chea is an Assistant Governor and General Director at National Bank of Cambodia. She is in charge of wide-ranging functions within the central bank including economic research and international cooperation, foreign exchange reserve management, payment system oversight and banking operation. Since Cambodia is a highly dollarized economy, she has been a vocal proponent for greater use of the local currency to promote the country’s greater independence on economic and monetary policy. Under her guidance, innovative policy instruments were introduced to develop the interbank markets and promote the use of local currency as well as strengthening financial safety net of the country’s financial system. Serey is also a member of different policy-driven committees within the bank and nationally. As a chairwoman of Clearing House Operation Committee, she has been leading the Bakong Project, a forefront initiative of the National Bank of Cambodia in exploring and introducing a new generation of payment system using Blockchain technology.
Serey is member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ’s Digital Currency Governance Consortium and the Advisory Committee of the Digital Payments for Trade and Commerce project. Serey is also championing financial inclusion and financial literacy. She led a successful campaign on Let’s Talk Money and played a crucial role in introducing financial literacy into the country’s general education curriculum. She is a strong advocate for women economic empowerment and is a member of the Southeast Asia Advisory Council of Women World Banking and served as a member of Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s (AFI’s) high-level Gender and Women’s Financial Inclusion Committee (GWFIC). She is a senior fellow of LKYSPP, National University of Singapore and is currently pursuing her PhD degree with the University of Adelaide (Australia). As an emerging impressionist artist, she held a number of exhibitions locally and sold her canvas to benefit different charitable and philanthropic causes ranging from healthcare, education and mental health. Serey is a single mother of four.