Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Asia

Desarack Teso

Desarack Teso

Director – Corporate, External & Legal Affairs

Microsoft

 

Desarack Teso

Desarack (“Des”) Teso joined Microsoft Thailand as Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs in July 2009. In this capacity, Des represents Microsoft in playing an active and constructive role in the ongoing development of ICT public policies, legal, compliance and Microsoft’s citizenship initiatives in Thailand and Laos.

Des grew up in Hawaii and attended Linfield College in Oregon on a tennis scholarship where he graduated in BA Accounting. He then qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and started as an auditor for a CPA firm in Hawaii. He later received a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Hawaii and later a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Des is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Des has had both regional and country roles in the Asia Pacific region for almost 20 years, spanning many disciplines (public policy, government and regulatory affairs, tax, compliance, legal commercial, citizenship) and in different industry sectors (consulting, tobacco, mining, food, IT). Des started his career in Laos 1997 (where he is originally from) as a commercial lawyer for Mekong Law Group, then as a tax advisor for PricewaterhouseCoopers Indochina. Des then moved to Hong Kong where he took up a regional fiscal and regulatory affairs role for Asia Pacific with Philip Morris Asia, where he was responsible for countries spanning from Japan to Pakistan. After 5 years in Hong Kong, he then made an internal transfer to Singapore as the South East Asia regional corporate affairs lead for Kraft Foods Asia Pacific, with strong focus on the Philippines and Indonesia. Prior to joining Microsoft Thailand, Des went back to Laos and worked as the legal counsel for PanAust, Phu Bia Mining Limited, an Australian mining company with mining concessions in Laos and Thailand.