Datuk J.Jayasiri is Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia. He joined the civil service in December 1981 as Assistant Secretary of International Affairs, Ministry of Primary Industries dealing with international commodity issues. He later assumed the post of First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Malaysia in Geneva from 1988 to 1997 representing Malaysia in the Uruguay Round of negotiations to establish the WTO. He returned to MITI in 1997 and served as Principal Assistant Director of Multilateral Trade Relations and subsequently Director of APEC. He was Malaysia’s Senior Official to APEC from 2002 – 2006. He went on to become Senior Director, Bilateral and Regional Relations and then Senior Director of Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations. He was Deputy Secretary General (Strategy & Monitoring) MITI from January 2015-June 2016. He led Malaysia’s team in the ASEAN-China FTA, Malaysia-Japan FTA and the TPPA negotiations.
Datuk Jayasiri, 59, graduated from Universiti Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts (South-East Asian Studies) (Honours) degree. Outside his professional commitments, he is actively involved in charitable and social activities.