Catherine Simmons, Managing Director, Head, Asia Pacific Government Affairs, Citi. Catherine joined Citi in September 2013 as the regional head of Government Affairs for Asia Pacific. In this role, Catherine works closely with senior management to engage with key policymakers on a range of issues. Catherine also coordinates and manages the Government Affairs representatives in the region.
Prior to joining Citi, Catherine worked at State Street Bank and Trust, where for more than six years she served as the head of Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs for Asia Pacific. Catherine has played an active role in various industry associations, including the APEC Business Advisory Council, US-ASEAN Business Council, Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (including as a Board member).
Catherine worked on global and regional issues for the Australian Government from 1992 – 2006 as an adviser in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade and as a diplomat in Beijing.
Catherine received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Sydney, her Masters in East Asian Studies from the Australian National University and was a research fellow at Keio University in Japan. She speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese.