Rapid Asia - Work with usRapid Asia is a strong believer in developing partnerships with social development consultants and other experts around the region. Our Consultant Panel consists of specialists across a broad range of thematic areas and relevant fields of expertise.

For expressions of interest in working or partnering with Rapid Asia please contact us.

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Jocelyn Phinijarom

Qualitative Analytics & Reporting

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Jocelyn Phinijarom

Jocelyn, aka Rosarin, has over 25 years of market research experience across Asia and has worked in some of the top global companies. Her research career involved Ad testing and media tracking at Ogilvy & Mather, NPD research programs and market research support for regional rollouts at Unilever, qualitative research and ethnography at Cram International, design and management of multi-country project with Slingshot Asia and custom-tailored projects at Synovate.

After more than two decades in market research, Jocelyn has come full circle with unequalled perspective – starting out as a market research buyer, followed by an advertiser to become a provider of market research services and finally today, as a consultant.

She is very competent on both qualitative and quantitative research approaches and has implemented projects in more than 10 countries in Asia and Indochina. She is keen to help Rapid Asia’s clients to better understand their stakeholders and provide insight into their programs with her eclectic mix of perspectives in market research.

Jocelyn is a founding member of the Thailand Market Research Society (TMRS) and has presented several ESOMAR papers on research and market insight.

Adelle Springer

Adelle Springer

Health & Behavior Change Communication

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Adelle Springer

Adelle has worked specifically in health since 2005 and has broad experience developing strategies and implementing a wide range of complex and diverse projects for themes including HIV and sexual health, TB, Polio, non- and communicable diseases and health system reform.

Since graduating in 2012 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with an MSc in Demography and Health, Adelle has been based in Europe providing advisor-level support to HQ and field missions in Africa and C. Asia, across a spectrum of health delivery and advocacy issues. Alongside demographic methods and population dynamics, her MSc included epidemiology and its statistical methods (using STATA), research design & analysis and public health practices in developing countries.

Previously she worked at regional, national and field level including in Thailand for WHO and Thai Ministry of Health on TB, in Cambodia with the National AIDS Authority/UNAIDS and in Nigeria with UNICEF on Polio eradication. Adelle has also worked for NGOs and Departments of Health in both the UK on sexual health and in Australia on health system reform.

Adelle has an extensive background in health behaviour change communications, social marketing, community engagement and strategy development and regularly develops and analyses qualitative and quantitative research.  Her key strengths are in rapidly learning and understanding contexts, identifying gaps and opportunities for strengthening existing programs.

Adelle is passionate about working on projects and programs that aim to make a difference to peoples’ lives and she is committed to bringing her skills to critical and challenging settings.

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Al Artaman

Epidemiology

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Al Artaman

Dr. Al Artaman is a medical scientist with years of experience in clinical and pharmaco- epidemiology as well as public and global health epidemiology.  He is an assistant professor of community health sciences at the University of Manitoba (Canada).  He was recently the Coordination Committee chair of the Canadian Alliance for Regional Risk Factor Surveillance.  He had previously worked as consultant in the private sector, researcher in the academia, and epidemiology manager in the government sector.

Dr. Artaman is currently an expert for the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study coordinated through the University of Washington (USA).  He is also the founding co-chair of Oncology Special Interest Group of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.

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Alexander Pforte

Program and Project Management; Humanitarian Aid and Development

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Alexander Pforte

Alexander Pforte has gained extensive experience in all aspects of program and project management. Before moving to Thailand in August 2016, he managed the country program for Caritas Germany in Afghanistan. This consisted of several projects, funded by three donors, and implemented by eight partners in five provinces of Afghanistan, in topics ranging from food security, livelihoods, DRR and WASH, to mother and child healthcare, drug rehabilitation, and disabled support.

He has conducted M&E for a variety of organizations, and repeatedly reformed management processes to streamline and professionalize operations. Alexander has also coached local implementing partners to improve their reporting and internal management. In his additional capacity as Deputy Country Representative for Caritas Germany in Afghanistan, he supported the Country Representative in the management of the office, which included human resources and security management.

Alexander’s M&E skills are best depicted by the work he did for the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee in Afghanistan, where he was responsible for developing an M&E framework for measuring corruption and transparency in Afghanistan. This framework was adopted in 2014, and continues to be used to hold the Afghan government accountable. He is thus experienced in developing and reviewing logical frameworks, and SMART indicators.

Originally from Germany, Alexander has spent most of his life overseas, including several years in southern Africa, southeast Asia, and Europe. Having graduated from high school in Kuala Lumpur and completed his graduate degree in Public Policy in Singapore, he is very familiar with the region and has travelled extensively through many of its countries.

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Ashwin Kumar Rao

Social Research

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Ashwin Kumar Rao

With close to 17 years of experience in development sector, Ashwin Kumar Rao specializes in evaluating programs, projects and internal processes. Beginning career as a social researcher, he  has applied evaluation techniques across various domains like Health, Education, Community Development and Microfinance.

Designed and executed large evaluation studies; Keenly interested in undertaking baseline evaluation, endline evaluation and process monitoring.  Within the implementation paradigm, instrumental in designing and setting up monitoring systems.

His work has helped organizations

  • Design programs effectively
  • Evaluation success of projects
  • Uncover fraudulent practices

And establish measurement and evaluation as a key component of programs and projects.

He built his experience working with leading research organizations in India like AC Nielsen ORG-MARG (Now the Nielsen Company) company and IMRB International (now Kantar IMRB). Apart from India, he has worked on projects in Brazil, Kenya, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Ashwin Rao has a Masters in Economics from Madras Christian College, Chennai, India and a Masters in Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in Economics from University of Madras, Chennai, India.

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Bill Pritchard

HIV, Family Planning & MCH

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Bill Pritchard

Bill Pritchard has spent the last 30 years in Asia working for both commercial and non-profit  agencies primarily in the fields of research and development.  His development experience covers wide ranging areas including income generation/livelihoods development, agricultural development, water resource development and forestry, but has mostly been in the areas of health specifically HIV/AIDS prevention, family planning and maternal and child health.

He worked with governments to establish Laos’ and Cambodia’s first family planning projects, evaluated a female sterilization project in Indonesia and monitored community based family planning projects in Thailand, Vietnam and India.  The former GM of Thailand’s largest commercial custom-market research company (TNS), he is primarily a quantitative researcher with particular expertise in development and evaluation of behaviour change communications (BCC), brand tracking, brand positioning and stakeholder satisfaction, though he has also led qualitative studies.

He is also an accomplished trainer having led courses in training, leadership and organizational development at PDA’s Asian Training Center for leaders from other NGOs during his time there.  Currently, he lives in China where he conducts program evaluations and policy advocacy with the Chinese Government around HIV issues for USAID’s China HIV prevention program, using, and training nascent community based organizations in, research for policy advocacy purposes.

As an almost 30-year resident of Thailand, he is fluent in Thai, conversant with Lao, has basic Chinese and has worked or traveled in almost every Asian country. He holds a first class honors degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Trade and Development Economics – both from Lancaster University in the UK.

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Brian Cohen

Forest Governance

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Brian Cohen

With a mixture of project leadership experience and technical forestry knowledge, Brian Cohen brings over 15 years’ experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US on initiatives supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity conservation, sound governance, improved livelihoods, strengthened social justice, and policy reform.

As a tropical forestry specialist, Mr. Cohen offers extensive experience working with governments, private sector and civil society to sustainably manage forest areas in Africa and Asia. He is a skilled team and bridge builder. For example, he led the Liberia Forest Initiative, a 5-year effort to harmonize the contributions of the US Gov., World Bank, EU, FAO, IUCN and other NGOs to place Liberia’s forest sector on a financially transparent and sustainable footing. Mr. Cohen is particularly interested in embedding sustainable forest management practices in production forestry regimes. Through his work with USAID, the UN FAO, and the EU’s FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement Governance & Trade) Programme, Mr. Cohen has led initiatives to install chain-of-custody timber traceability systems that reduce illegal logging and promote sustainable forest management. Mr. Cohen also has significant experience leading strategic planning processes, building coalitions, conducting environmental and social assessments, cost-benefit analyses, mapping commodity value chains, (e.g., timber, soy, cocoa, mangoes, mushrooms, honey), managing personnel and finances, and representing projects at a high level. He holds a Master’s from Brandeis University and has lived/worked in Bénin, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.

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Caroline Parkes

Transitional Justice

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Caroline Parkes

Caroline Parkes has extensive experience of human rights research, policy development and casework.  Her areas of expertise include transitional justice, reform of the security sector, equality, post-conflict truth recovery and human trafficking.  She has worked for a number of NGOs in Northern Ireland and Israel and has also undertaken human rights research and advocacy projects in Singapore and the UK.  She co-authored ‘Human Rights, Human Wrongs: A Guide to the Human Rights Mechanisms of the United Nations’.  Caroline is a co-founder of The Trafficking Research Project, based in London and Singapore.

 

A strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and a passion for the protection and promotion of rights, she holds an LLM Human Rights Law (dist.) from Queen’s University Belfast.  Her thesis Ghetto citizenship’: the human rights of Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel, examined Israel’s claim to be a democratic state and the provision of (in)equality to its minority Arab population.  She also holds an MSc Development Practice (dist.) from the Centre for Emergency and Development Practice, Oxford Brookes University; her thesis focused on the relationship between human rights, reconciliation and the media in post-conflict Bosnia.

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Cecilia M. Lantican

Public Health & Communication

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Cecilia M. Lantican

Cecilia M. Lantican holds a PhD in Communication. She is a development communication specialist with over 35 years of experience in government-led and foreign assisted development programs on agricultural technology transfer programs, environment and natural resource conservation education, and public health.  Her research management experience spanned from her professional engagement in science communication, social and behavior change communication, and advocacy.

She served the Philippine department of science and technology for more than 25 years working with agricultural and environmental researchers/scientists in the conduct of field trials and utilization of research results in technology development. During the last 13 years, she assumed responsible positions such as behavior change communication and advocacy advisor to United Nations Population Fund (Manila), Deputy Chief of Party to a USAID Family Planning Project, Country Communication Director of FHI360 in Lao PDR. Within these roles, she provided oversight in the projects’ initiatives in the conduct and use of research and evidenced-based approach to inform and guide decision-making and strategic planning of communication programs and activities.

Recently, she managed a three-year USAID and AusAID-funded project on communicating the risks of emerging pandemic threats from wildlife in Lao PDR.  This was a project that used a multidisciplinary approach (culture, commerce, land use) to include qualitative and quantitative researches to identify who is at highest risk of exposure to emerging pathogens, characterize the behaviors and practices that put people at risk, and develop and test interventions to reduce the risk.

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Chariya Phongvivat

Child Rights and Protection

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Chariya Phongvivat

Chariya has the academic and work experience, a career long commitment to the rights of the venerable people, and aim for sustainable development and peaceful society.

She has been engaged in the child development in various settings from YMCA youth summer camps, Indochinese refugee camps, university students, disadvantaged children groups and children with no identity at the border areas of Thailand.

Chariya hold a Master degree of Social Work and a Bachelor degree of Arts (French and psychology from Thammasat University, Bangkok Thailand. Her thesis for Master of Social Work in 1984 was a study on the knowledge and attitude of Thammasat’s first year students towards sex education where she recommended for family life education, reproductive health education, including gender equality and sensitivity.

With Save the Children UK, Thailand office, she engaged in the preparation for the ratification of the UNCRC in Thailand through supporting many networks for children i.e. disability, labour, trafficking, sexual abused etc. She had provided monitoring and evaluation for the pilot projects supported by SCF UK through NGOs and GOs and worked towards scaling up for best practice by supporting change, especially, in Government policy.

As a professor of social work at Huachiew Chalermprakiet University, she has developed the curricula on Medical Social Work and Industrial Social Work. In addition, she has involved in the preparation of a standard for elderly care for Ministry of Human Development and Social Security. She has worked with Faculty of Social Work, University of Sydney on various tasks and occasions.

With Plan International, Thailand office, she supported partner organizations to set up the child protection system at community level, as well as, in the cyberspace. she has the opportunity to support the advocacy on the Right to Identity, learn without fear, gender equality and for Thailand  to be the first country to become Party to the Optional Protocol to the UNCRC on a communications procedure.

She has been involved in the trainnings and curricula development for youth groups, university students, GOs and NGOs, INGOs including,  the youth without legal identity at the border areas in the Northern region of Thailand and the Morgan, Sea gypsy in the Southern region of Thailand, on the issues of child rights, child protection, gender equality, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation.

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Chiedza Mutsaka Skyum

Report Editor

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Chiedza Mutsaka Skyum

Chiedza (Chii) is a researcher and writer with experience in International Relations, Gender, Migration and Multiculturalism in the Southeast Asian region. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Multicultural Studies at Mahidol University’s Research Institute for Language and Cultures of Asia.

As a qualitative researcher in Thailand for the past six years, she has sought out opportunities to work in participation action research (advocacy research) with women from diverse backgrounds and nationalities in Thailand. From this work, she gleans her research. After years of leading a group of volunteers in major annual International Women’s Day events, she became the co-founder and director of Bangkok Rising in 2013. Bangkok Rising is a volunteer community organization of women in Bangkok that participate in advocacy, awareness raising, empowerment and educational activities for the elimination of violence against women. When not managing local campaigns, Chii spends a significant amount of time conducting qualitative research studies on the migration experiences of foreign women in Thailand and the Southeast Asian region.

Chii holds a BA and an MA in International Relations from Webster University. Her Master’s thesis was on the cultural legacies left by colonial powers on the present-day cultural disposition of Southeast Asian states. Current research for her doctoral studies is on transnationalism in Southeast Asia and the changing cultural atmosphere resulting from hyper-migration. Chii’s research experience and interest in Southeast Asian Studies led her to a seat on the editorial board of the Austrian Journal of South East Asian Studies (ASEAS). She currently works as a Report Editor for Rapid Asia.

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Christina Haneef

Gender, Human Rights and Migration

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Christina Haneef

Christina has built substantial experience in project design, monitoring and evaluation, as well as research, in the U.K., Bangladesh, Zambia and India.

In Bangladesh, Christina lead research projects for an extreme-poverty programme. This research focused on: community-based organisations; women’s empowerment and its links with entrepreneurship; dowry and violence against women; mobile technology for development; and livelihoods. Prior to this, Christina worked in Zambia, facilitating overseas education partnerships and co-founded a community-led social enterprise.

Her experience in monitoring, evaluation and research demonstrates Christina’s detail-oriented approach and her solid analytical skills. She is experienced in using a range of methodology tools; having worked with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches and is highly skilled in using data organisation and analysis programmes such as SPSS and NVIVO.

Christina holds a BSc. in Psychology from Sussex University (2:1) and an MA in Development and Emergency Practice (Distinction) from Oxford Brookes University. Her dissertation studied the sustainability of voluntary repatriation of South Sudanese refugees, focusing on their economic reintegration. As a Research Intern for the Rights in Exile Programme, Christina produced country profiles to assist refugee legal aid professionals for cases based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Christina has a specific interest in gender and diversity issues, human rights and migration and has developed a strong understanding of these areas in relation to the Asia-Pacific region.

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Conrad Otterness

Health Data Analyst

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Conrad Otterness

Conrad Otterness has over 20 years of experience in working with public health programs, evaluation and research. Conrad has over 10 years of experience in the public sector serving as an epidemiologist and surveillance and evaluation manager with a state health agency working on health surveillance and program monitoring and evaluation projects. He also has over 10 years working in the NGO sector working for Family Health International (FHI360) and Community Partners international.

Conrad has worked as a Research Associate in the Health Services Research Division of Family Health International 360 (FHI). For over eight years, Conrad had been with FHI conducting data analysis for operations research projects and evaluation projects, assisting in the development of survey instruments and analysis plans. He has worked with a variety of reproductive health projects, ranging from assessments of provider and client attitudes regarding various contraceptive methods to the evaluation of HIV prevention interventions among infants of HIV positive mothers. He currently has been working with several community and ethnic-based health organizations providing technical assistance and conducting trainings on monitoring, evaluation and data utilization for program planning.

In addition to his expertise in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, Conrad has provided training and consultation on research design and data analysis approaches, questionnaire development, report writing, and data presentation. In addition to his work with FHI, Conrad has also collaborated with development practitioners in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Yemen on community-based food security, water/sanitation and climate adaptation projects.

Conrad obtained a Master’s in Public Health degree with a focus in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina.

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Davide Besana

Labour Migration

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Davide Besana

Davide Besana holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and a Master of Science in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. An avid researcher, Davide obtained a distinction for both his undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. While working for STEPS Consulting in Lyon, he assisted with data analysis and translation work for a report commissioned by the European Parliament on ‘Condition in centers (detention camps/open centers/transit zones) for third country nationals in the 27 EU member states’.

He has also worked for UNHCR Geneva, where he was part of a team developing new policy guidelines on Referral Hospital Care (RHC) for refugees and other persons of concern to the agency. In the region, Davide has worked in both Indonesia and Thailand, most recently at IOM’s regional office in Bangkok where, as a member of the Labour Migration Unit, he covered a wide array of tasks, ranging from drafting project proposals and editing policy papers to preparing outcome documents for regional meetings.

Davide’s areas of professional interest include policy development and migration, with a strong personal interest in vulnerable migrant communities living in urban areas.

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Dawn Herdman

Qualitative Research

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Dawn Herdman

Dawn Herdman has 14 years experience in qualitative research across Asia, Australia and Europe, working with some of the top global agencies including Millward Brown Australia, Synovate UK and Research International Thailand. She is a dynamic and strategically insightful professional.

Dawn is passionate about Qualitative research and a skilled moderator. She is highly experienced across the qualitative spectrum from exploratory to NPD, concept development, testing and programme evaluation.

Dawn has worked with many NGOs and governmental organizations. Clients and projects include ActionAid brand messaging research across UK, Greece and India; British Council programmes evaluation across 10 developing markets in Asia and Africa, PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland) and DPPs (District Policing Partnerships) investigating Human Rights and local policing in Northern Ireland; Concept development and product testing for water purification devices in Thailand and Vietnam.

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Dewi Ratnawulan

Gender & Human Rights

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Dewi Ratnawulan

Dewi has extensive experience with gender and human rights issues, having worked with various NGOs and other human rights organizations since in 1992. Special areas of interest have included community development, human rights, oral history, and gender issues including women and children development. Projects she has been involved with have ranged from grass root level such as setting up a women’s cooperative for handicrafts in rural villages in Java to having Co-founded a women’s resource centre Mitra Wacana in Yogyakarta.

More recently she has worked regionally to build capacities of NGOs and human rights defenders in the East Asia regions with special focus on supporting and strengthening the effectiveness of human rights regional mechanisms. Her commitment is to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Dewi holds a Master of Human Rights and Democratization from Sydney University, having been accepted into their scholarship program in 2011. She also holds a BA Honours in History and Politics from Wollongong University, Australia, and a Diploma Certificate on Administration Development from the Faculty of Economics at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.  Dewi is based in Bangkok and has been an international consultant with Rapid Asia since 2010.

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Diogo Veríssimo

Wildlife Conservation and Behavior Change

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Diogo Veríssimo

Diogo Veríssimo, is a behavior change specialist with 15 years of experience in the fields of social marketing and community-based conservation. Diogo is a global leader in the design and evaluation of interventions to change environmentally relevant human behaviors, having authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

Diogo holds a PhD in Biodiversity Management, from the University of Kent, UK and is a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow, a distinction given to recognize research leadership in the field of conservation science. In 2016, Diogo was recognized by the IUCN Commission of Education & Communication with their Young Professional Award and in 2017 by the Society for Conservation Biology, with their Early Career Conservationist Award. He is also a founding member of the European Social Marketing Association and of the Conservation Marketing Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology.

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Dr Amornsak Kitthananan

Governance, Capacity Building and Social Analysis

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Dr Amornsak Kitthananan

Dr Amornsak Kitthananan is a professional analyst and development practitioner with more than 15 years of extensive experiences working in developed and developing countries including countries in Asia. His experience included positions with the USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Institute of Development Administration, School of Public Policy of the University of Singapore, Management Research Centre of the University of Bristol, and Institute of Future Studies for Development. He has held visiting fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Birmingham, Australian National University and Thammasat University.

His research and consulting practices serve clients in various government agencies, business, public organizations, and not-for-profit organisations at the local, national and international levels such as the UNESCAP, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), UNDP, Rockefeller Foundation, Oxfam GB, Professional Associations Research Network of UK, Impact Investment Exchange Asia, Thailand’s National Security Council, Thailand’s National Decentralization Commission, Secretariat of the Cabinet, National Economic and Social Advisory Council of Thailand, and National Research Council of Thailand.

His extensive areas of experience involve policy research and analysis, policy formulation and advocacy, program development, project design, management and evaluation with key specialization in democratic governance, decentralization and local governance, public sector reform, institutional capacity building, anti-corruption, civil society and community empowerment, corporate social responsibility, private management, and social policy.

Amornsak completed 38 research and consultancy assignments, published 18 book chapters and articles, and spoke at numerous seminars, trainings and lectures. He received a Doctorate in Policy Studies from the School for Policy Studies at University of Bristol, England.

 

 

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Elphie Galland

Report Writer

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Elphie Galland

Elphie Galland has extensive experience in human rights research and project management.  Her areas of expertise include international criminal law, child protection, transitional justice, conflict management and peace building and human trafficking. She has worked for a number of NGOs worldwide and has also undertaken human rights research and advocacy projects in India, Cameroon and Thailand.

She has also been involved in the work of many international Tribunals such as the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

She holds a master in Human Rights Law and Project Management from the University of Aix-en-Provence, France. During her Master’s degree, she studied in Australia and passed a Certificate in Comparative Law from the University of Western Australia in Perth. She is currently based in France.

 

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Fadi Hirzalla

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

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Fadi Hirzalla

Fadi has a background in political science and communication science, specializing in issues pertaining to citizenship, digital media and intercultural relations, particularly among young people. He also specializes in quantitative and qualitative research methodology, with a special interest in mixed method approaches and innovative techniques, including Qualitative Comparative Analysis, digital research methods and Big Data.

After receiving his PhD, in 2010, Fadi worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University (in the Netherlands), and completed a visiting scholarship at the London School of Economics and Political Science (in the UK). He currently works as a methodology lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam (in the Netherlands).

Fadi has regularly provided consultancy to various public and private organizations outside academia, ranging from major development and aid agencies to magazines and local initiatives. Fadi also has extensive experience in editorial work (reviewing and authoring) for academic, policy and journalistic outlets.

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Francesca Romana Pastorelli

Child Labour and International Labour Standards

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Francesca Romana Pastorelli

Francesca is a Child Labour and International Labour Standards specialist with over 13 years experience in international development in Africa and Asia.

Currently based in Bangkok, she started her career in the development sector in Geneva, working with the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour of the International Labour Organization (ILO). She has a solid background in international law, with work experience on legal and comparative analyses of ILO Conventions and national legal frameworks.

Over the past ten years, she has built a portfolio of work in the field of Youth Employment and Child Labour, with a focus on Occupational and Safety and Health (OSH) in agriculture sector as well as on Decent Work and Forced Labour in supply chains.

She has worked with a wide range of organizations such as ILO, UNICEF, The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation, International Cocoa Initiative Foundation, USAID and Save the Children.

Working with ILO, Francesca has led the establishment and operationalization of a number of monitoring systems. Extensive experience in managing and conducting social research, including linking research to policy, practice and training. She has also been involved in supporting governments in the development of legal frameworks and policies that comply with international standards and conducted policy, social and legal analyses, human rights based policy development, for the UN, government agencies, INGOs, NGOs, CBOs, workers’ and employers’ organisations in selected social sectors. She is a strong advocate of participatory planning, research and monitoring.

Francesca is an experienced facilitator and has designed training programs in Monitoring and Evaluation, Policies and Legislation on Child Protection, Child trafficking and Child Labour.

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Gerard de Kort

HIV/AIDS & Drug Use

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Gerard de Kort

An extremely versatile and energetic consultant, based in Indonesia, capable of taking on a variety of assignments, including applied research, assessments, evaluation, proposal development and project management, capacity building, and fundraising. Effective facilitator, excellent writing skills.

Many years of hands-on experience in numerous Asian countries, largely in the field of HIV and AIDS and drug use with a focus on young people. Conducted qualitative research and assessments into (injecting) drug use and related harms amongst marginalized populations. Managed multi-site projects, conducted evaluations, and developed proposals for service delivery and technical assistance projects, as well as for ‘general support’ in the harm reduction field.

Secured project funding and ‘core’ funding, maintained donor contacts, and reported on progress, outcomes and impact. Increasing interest and expertise in NGO strengthening, aid effectiveness, and quality control.

Holder of two MAs; Assessment and Evaluation (2004), and Youth Sociology (1985), as well as a BA in Education (1983).

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Gill Schierhout

Health, HIV and Impact Evaluation

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Gill Schierhout

Gill Schierhout is a motivated and insightful international consultant and health services researcher with over 10 years’ experience applying qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods to inform program development and demonstrate impact.  She is passionate about working to increase the use and relevance of robust evidence to enhance effectiveness of large scale initiatives targeting health and social inequities.

Clients and areas of work include DFAT (Australia), team-leading assignments related to health research and evaluation in the Asia Pacific region; Australian Government of Health, evaluating large-scale initiatives to strengthen primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;  Boston Consulting Group, developing tools and processes for efficient management of public sector proposals; Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, providing analytic and writing support for the country-teams participating in impact evaluations of the Southern Africa regional program; and a wide range of work in a previous role as a founder-member and Director of Health and Development Africa, with clients including EU, USAID (through PEPFAR), DIFID and major contracting agencies.

Areas of professional competence include HIV and AIDS behaviour change communication and impacts, health systems research, ‘research to practice’, and impact evaluation, including propensity score analysis.

Gill holds a PhD in public health from the University of Cape Town, with a specialisation in epidemiology.

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Hemantha Kumar Pamarthy

Microfinance

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Hemantha Kumar Pamarthy

Hemantha Kumar Pamarthy has over 38 years of experience across Asian countries and Brazil having worked in senior positions in the corporate sector and for the past decade in the development sector. His experience spans a spectrum of fields such as OE Industrial products, FMCG, Agro-products, Financial Services, Microfinance, Consulting and Capacity Building.

Before turning as a consultant and adviser he was the Managing Director of Hand in Hand Micro Finance Private Limited, an associate of the renowned Indian NGO Hand in Hand India that works internationally and that has created over 67,000 Self Help Groups (and counting) touching the lives of some 1.7 million people in countries like India, Afghanistan, Brazil, Cambodia, Kenya, Myanmar and South Africa etc.

Having travelled in several countries in Latin America, South Africa and Asia, Hemantha could learn and impart microfinance efforts in those countries and become a catalyst in the knowledge exchange among the stakeholders in the countries he visits. This rich experience enables him to adapt different strategies needed in different locations and situations, in designing models, channels and products of microfinance.

A qualified trainer that Hemantha is, he uses the knowledge gained from the exposure and experience in teaching and mentoring, not only across organisations, but also in academic institutions and universities, as a visiting resource person.

A member of several professional organisations such as Advertisement Club of Madras, Madras Management Association, Photographic Society of Madras and Public Relations Society of India, Hemantha is good at building and nurturing relationships and teams.

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Hendi Yogi Prabowo

Governance and Accountability

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Hendi Yogi Prabowo

Hendi Yogi Prabowo obtained his Masters and PhD in forensic accounting from the University of Wollongong Australia. He also holds a bachelor degree in accounting from the Islamic University of Indonesia Yogyakarta. He is among the first few academics in Indonesia formally educated in forensic accounting at both Masters and PhD levels. Hendi’s area of expertise are governance, accountability, transparency and anti-fraud. He is a recipient of the 2005 Endeavour Asia Award, the 2007 Australian Leadership Award and the 2015 Endeavour Research Fellowship Award from the Australian Government.  In 2012 Hendi also received the Sumitro Fellowship Award from the United States – Indonesia Society (USINDO). Additionally, Hendi has also been a recipient of multiple grants from the Indonesian government for his studies on anti-corruption. Hendi’s passion is to develop transparency and accountability as part of organizational culture within public and private institutions.

Hendi’s knowledge in accounting, finance, organizational behavior and criminology has earned him a unique reputation as a “financial criminologist”. With over a decade of experience as a lecturer and internal auditor at a major private university in Indonesia Hendi balances his academic knowledge and teaching experience together with practical experience of internal auditing. Additionally, under the Endeavour Research Fellowship programme, Hendi was a research fellow at the University of Wollongong Australia in early 2015 for one semester. As the founder and director of a Yogyakarta based centre dedicated to develop forensic accounting in Indonesia Hendi has been involved in numerous capacity building activities for public and private institutions in the country. He has been giving trainings and workshops in fraud prevention and investigation to professionals from various organizations such as banks, NGOs, service companies, manufacturing companies and universities. Hendi has also been invited to speak about governance, accountability, anti-fraud and transparency at multiple local, national and international events. To spread his knowledge he regularly writes in reputable academic journals as well as national and international newspapers.

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Henri Sitorus

Sustainable Development

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Henri Sitorus

Dr. Henri Sitorus is an experienced researcher and expert consultant specialized on sustainable development. He has more than 15 years experienced both as development practitioner, academics, researcher and project evaluation consultants.  His development experiences covers wide ranging areas of sustainable development including livelihoods and economic empowerment, environmental governance and conservation, agriculture and rural development, disaster resilience and community empowerment.

He finished his PhD in Sociology from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University (2015). His study focuses on environmental governance and political ecology of coastal livelihoods in Indonesia.  He completed Msc. in Poverty Reduction and development Management from International development Department at the University of Birmingham in 2000. He is also lecturer at Department of Sociology at the University of North Sumatera. During his PhD study at the ANU, he involved in teaching the subject of Anthropology of Development (part of Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program).  He has strong expertise in using in mixed-methods (qualitative and quantitative) in social research and  familiar with STATA/SPSS, NVIVO, QDA.

He has extensive experiences as team leader in development program implementation, monitoring and evaluations in Indonesia. In 2004 to 2010, he was Country Director for Heifer International in Indonesia, worked on sustainable livelihoods. He led program team implemented  program/projects on  micro-credit, women empowerment, civil society capacity building and disaster rehabilitation. Prior to this, he also involved with ILO Jakarta. He has been team leaders for various research and project evaluations mainly in the aras of sustainable development in Indonesia and Timor Leste. He led various evaluations such as Oxfam’s project on coastal livelihoods in South Sulawesi, Food Security Project of HIVOS and EC in Timor Leste, and Disaster Resilience with various agencies. He also involved in various research including on social protection.

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Jason McKnight

International Epidemiology

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Jason McKnight

Jason McKnight is currently a research fellow at the CDC Center for Global Health, Malaria Branch.  As a reviewer of previous studies done in low-income countries, he is completing an evaluation on the performance of healthcare intervention strategies.

Jason holds a Master of Science degree in epidemiology from McGill University in Montreal and a PhD in tropical infectious disease epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  His dissertation work was a longitudinal study on the clinical epidemiology of leprosy in Uttar Pradesh, North India.

In past experience, he has consulted on an economic analysis considering the cost of treating tuberculosis in Haiti compared to countries where Haitians immigrate. He has been a disease control specialist in the Hawaii Department of Health, developing emergency response plans for bioterrorism and vector control (West Nile Virus) emergencies.

His particular interests are on neglected tropical disease epidemiology, medical geography, and health ecology.

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Jenn Weidman

Report Writer

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Jenn Weidman

Jenn is a peacebuilding professional with over 12 years’ experience working on capacity building programs in Thailand.  Her areas of specialty include facilitation and training design and delivery, reflective practice, current issues of Thailand and Southeast Asia, cultural competency, concepts of peace and conflict resolution, conflict sensitive program design, conflict analysis/assessment, creativity and peacebuilding, and other peace and conflict studies issues.  Currently, Jenn is the founder and managing director/CEO of Space Bangkok, a Bangkok based organization that blends reflective practice with facilitation, skills training, peacebuilding, and an accompaniment approach to grow human potential to do more, better.

Jenn has worked on various training, facilitation, and peacebuilding consultancies with such organizations as the ILO, Design for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL), Mahidol University, and others.  She also spent ten years working to build the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, the last seven of those years as the Deputy Director facilitating, training in, and overseeing all aspects of the Center’s peace and conflict resolution professional capacity building program.

Jenn is fluent in Thai and holds a master’s degree in Cultural and Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies focusing on Thailand and Indonesia from Northern Illinois University.

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Liam Fee

Climate Change Adaption

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Liam Fee

Liam is a climate change adaptation specialist with a specialism in participatory vulnerability assessment. He holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy and Development from the University of Leeds. Since graduation, he first worked as a management advisor for a small NGO in Cambodia, writing project proposals, advising on technical issues and overseeing monitoring and evaluation. He subsequently worked in the Bradford Centre for International Development, which offers training consultancy services, in addition to being an academic department in the University of Bradford. Here, he managed smaller projects and provided management support on large contracts to major multi-laterals and bi-laterals, such as the African Development Bank and UK Department for International Development (DfID).

After leaving Bradford he took up consultancy positions with UNDP and, more recently, UN-HABITAT, supporting their work on climate change adaptation. In particular, he developed and implemented community climate change vulnerability assessments. These are multi-purpose participatory assessments, which can be used as baseline measurements and M&E. Liam has several publications, including ‘How does it make a difference? Towarsd accreditation of volunteer tourism (with Anna Mdee) in A.M. Benson (eds), 2010 Volunteer Tourism, Theoretical Frameworks and Practical Applications, and Vulnerability Reduction Assessment: A Practical Guide for Practitioners (with Navirak Ngin, forthcoming).

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Lorenza Errighi

Human Trafficking

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Lorenza Errighi

Lorenza is an international development consultant with solid experience in research, report writing, economic and social analysis. She collaborated with the ILO regional office for Asia and the Pacific, the European Commission, NGOs and the private sector. As part of this, she co-authored several publications on decent work in global supply chains and labour market integration of refugees. She also supported the development of projects on social and economic development, which include: technology and workers’ voice in South-East Asia; responsible shoe manufacturing in Ethiopia; single mothers’ social inclusion and economic empowerment through entrepreneurship; market access for smallholders in Southern Tunisia. More recently, she has focused her work on migration and human trafficking.

Lorenza holds a dual Master’s Degree in International Affairs and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science (with Distinction). She also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Bocconi University.

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Lydia Bowden

Human Trafficking

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Lydia Bowden

Lydia Bowden has been actively involved in migration and counter-trafficking projects for the last four years. As an undergraduate student, she obtained a degree in Social Work and followed with a Masters in International Development. During her MA, Lydia worked for Geneva Global in Philadelphia to identify best practices within the Community Health/Water and Sanitation programs being supported by Geneva Global donors.

After graduation, Lydia spent two years in Moscow working with vulnerable migrants, victims of trafficking and refugees, helping to provide front-line services and lobbying for their most basic rights in Russia.

She subsequently worked in London as the Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Policy Officer at CARE, where Lydia lobbied British and European Parliamentarians to encourage more robust policies that protect the best interests of victims of trafficking in the UK and throughout Europe. Also during that time, Lydia closely supported a Private Members’ Bill in the House of Lords, which aimed to ensure the UK Government’s compliance with the EU Directive on Human Trafficking.

Lydia is passionate about seeing counter-trafficking initiatives around the world meet their full potential and ultimately protect individuals from situations of exploitation. She is currently based in Singapore.

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Marc Wetz

Education & Anthropology

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Marc Wetz

Mr. Marc Wetz has been working for the last 15 years in socialdevelopment and humanitarian aid in Asia with major child based organizations (UN and INGO) at all levels (regional, national, provincial, district and community level). During these years spend in senior management positions and as consultant, he acquired excellent overall technical expertise in all children issues and has an outstanding program development and delivery experience.

As consultant his field of expertise is in Education and in particular in holistic education approaches like Child Friendly School / Inclusive Education, Participation of students and communities in school affairs, Life Skills Based Education, Local Curriculum and Education in Emergencies. He has been hired at regional and national level from UN organizations (UNICEF and UNESCO) and INGO’s to Develop Programs and deliver Workshops, Training, Evaluations and Program Reviews.

He has outstanding inter-cultural facilitation skills and has a specific interest and involvement in Indigenous People Issues in the region.

Marc Wetz academic background is in Social Anthropology and he has been conducting extensive research in Thailand in the past. He reads and speaks Thai fluently and does understand Northern Thai and Lao. As a Swiss national he is proficient in English, French and German.

Various articles regarding education and indigenous people’s issues have been published during the last few years and he has been regularly invited as resource person at regional level.

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Michael Bäk

Policy & Human Rights

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Michael Bäk

Michael Bäk is an Asia-based social development and inclusion expert and political economist with more than 16 years of experience in Asia, including 13 years with USAID, collaborating with change agents in government, civil society, and business. After a short career in controversy management and risk communications, Michael joined USAID serving in numerous leadership and strategic roles including as Director of two USAID/Indonesia technical offices and senior Asia regional advisory roles on LGBT human rights, vulnerable populations including internal displacement and migration, governance and conflict mitigation/peace building.

In the early 2000s, Michael was responsible for developing psycho-social and care/support services to survivors of three brutal terrorist attacks in Bali and Jakarta. As the first US Government official in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, he led USAID’s initial on-the-ground response and subsequently developed inclusive community-based humanitarian recovery projects. He worked for years addressing the negative impacts of violent conflict across Indonesia including designing and leading inclusive peace-building support to the Aceh Peace Process for which the USAID Administrator awarded him for his “humanitarian efforts in Indonesia and his commitment to human rights, demonstrated by his courageous efforts to bring peace to Aceh after 30 years of civil war.”

In 2007, Michael joined USAID’s regional platform in Bangkok to lead support to the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign, advancing USAID’s leadership in the innovative use of social media, celebrity, live concerts, and television for purposes of social impact. Other responsibilities included major achievements in democratic governance in Thailand, addressing critical Post-Nargis needs in Myanmar, and sensitive civic participation activities in China, Vietnam, and across ASEAN.

He routinely consults for UN agencies, foundations, bilateral development agencies and businesses working in areas of civil society capacity building, advocacy, sustainability, social inclusion and democratic governance. He is a Principal Shareholder and Director/Creative & Collaboration with London-based Strategic Asia Global, is on the Board of Directors of New York-based B-Change Insights and currently consults for the B-Change Social Enterprise Group (based in Manila, Singapore, and New York). He has a BA from Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, USA), a Certificate from Nagoya Gakuin University (Nagoya, Japan), and a MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Washington, DC, USA). He is fluent in English, French, Bahasa Indonesia, and Melayu, previously fluent in Japanese and varying abilities in Thai and Spanish.

 

 

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Michael Cole

Report Writer

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Michael Cole

Based in Bangkok since 2006, Michael has worked throughout Southeast Asia. Most recently, he worked for several years with AusAID, as Senior Regional Program Manager for Health and HIV and later as the Regional AID Effectiveness Advisor focussed on strengthening Aid Effectiveness and promoting Results-Based Performance.  He has engaged in program design, management and M&E on a broad range of development challenges including: HIV, Illicit Drug Use, Pandemics, Foot & Mouth Disease, Malaria, Trafficking in Persons, Child Sex Tourism, Aid for Trade; and Disaster Preparedness & Response.

He has Masters (Assessment & Evaluation), Post-Graduate Diploma (Management), Post-Graduate Certificate (Alcohol & Drugs Studies), Bachelor (Business), Diploma (Mental Health Nursing), and is working rapidly to have his PhD (Public Health) finished before the end of this year.

He is on the Australasian Evaluation Society’s Committee for Learning and Professional Practice, and a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Thailand Evaluation Network

Technical Areas include:

  • Report writing and editing
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Program planning, design, contracting and management
  • Program budgeting and financial management
  • Public Health (specialising in HIV Prevention; Drug Use Prevention, Treatment & Harm reduction)
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Miko L. Balisi

Report Editor

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Miko L. Balisi

Miko L. Balisi is an emerging young scholar in primary health care management, public health, and nutritional research; youth empowerment and leadership; and social development. He started his career in research when he entered Food and Nutrition Research Institute in the Philippines (FNRI) as Science Research Analyst. After working in FNRI, he then served as Project Officer in Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) where he was trained in project and program management. Miko, then transferred the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development and worked as Science Research Analyst where he managed researches funded by the government of the Philippines.

A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with the degree of Nutrition and Dietetics, Miko is also a registered Nutritionist-Dietician in the Philippines. Miko continued his academic pursuit with the Master of Science in Public Health in University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Memorial College Inc., where he completed all the coursework of program. He left the Philippines in 2014 when he received a scholarship in Mahidol University, ASEAN Institute for Health Development in Thailand where he is currently pursuing Master of Primary Health Care Management (MPHM).

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Nick Tobia

Human Rights & Peace

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Nick Tobia

Nick is a human rights and peace professional with research and policy specializations in armed conflict, displacement, insurgency, counter-insurgency, impunity crimes such as torture and enforced disappearances, and political settlements in the context of mediated intrastate peace processes. He has worked at the national governmental and intergovernmental spheres, respectively with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. He has conducted research with the Hugo Valentin Centrum and the Rotary Peace Center in Uppsala, Sweden, the Institute on Human Rights and Peace Studies in Salaya,Thailand and currently, with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is an external evaluation consultant for The Asia Foundation – Law and Human Rights Unit of the Manila field office, and is a consultant at the NCPACS Consultancy Group. He specializes in evaluation design, data collection and management, qualitative and quantitative analytics.

He is also a dedicated scholar in the fields of human rights and peace. He has obtained advanced degrees at the University of Sydney (MA Human Rights and Democratisation), Mahidol University (MA in Human Rights), and Uppsala University (MSc Peace and Conflict Research). He is a resident PhD fellow at the NCPACS in the University of Otago, New Zealand, working on the interaction, tensions and harmonization of consensus-based peace negotiations and nonconsensual democratic processes. He has earned full scholarships from the European Union for his degrees at Sydney and Mahidol, the Rotary Peace Fellowship for his tenure at Uppsala, and the Rei Foundation Fellowship for his PhD research at Otago. He is also a Global Peace Index 2016 Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace and Rotary International.

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Pascal Tanguay

Communications and strategy

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Pascal Tanguay

Pascal Tanguay is a Canadian based in Thailand since 2004. Pascal has worked and provided leadership in the field of HIV and harm reduction for the past 10 years, particularly in Asia and in Thailand where he first worked as Communications Manager for the Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN), as Program Director and Deputy Country Representative for Population Services International (PSI), as well as an independent consultant for UN and donor agencies, INGOs and local CSOs. Pascal is now the Deputy Director of the Law Enforcement and HIV Network.

At PSI Thailand, Pascal provided critical leadership in directly managing and overseeing all components of the national response to HIV among people who inject drugs under a large Global Fund grant valued at over $18 million. Under Pascal’s leadership, project partners were able to convince national authorities to develop and deploy a national harm reduction policy in February 2014. Under this project, Pascal was responsible for improving organizational duty of care towards project workers and clients and scaling-up comprehensive safety and security management plans that included considerations for illicit drugs, drug use and drug dependence.

Throughout his career, Pascal’s communication skills have been valued and appreciated – he has published extensively on a number of issues related to harm reduction and drug use, including results of a local research project conducted in Thailand. Pascal has a particular interest in drug policy reform, especially in regards to improving collaboration with law enforcement and reducing negative impacts of encounters with law enforcement. Other areas of focus include occupational safety and security as well as the development and evaluation of policies and procedures to support employment of people who use drugs.

Pascal currently sits on the oversight committee of the Ozone Foundation, a local Thai civil society organization founded by people who use drugs with a mission to improve the health and quality of life of people who use drugs. He is also an Associate with the International Drug Policy Consortium since 2011.

Technical Areas

  • Strategic and program planning
  • Program management and evaluation
  • Organizational development
  • Safety and security including risk assessment and mitigation planning
  • Working with law enforcement and in closed settings (prisons, camps, etc)
  • Harm reduction, HIV, hepatitis C, overdose and treatment for drug dependence
  • Policy analysis and advocacy
  • Strategic communication including proposal development and writing for publication
  • Hiring and facilitating meaningful participation of affected communities
  • Facilitation of partnerships and civil society mobilization
  • GFATM processes and mechanisms
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Peter Csepe

Public Health

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Peter Csepe

Peter has been working for eight years as physician in a Hungarian county hospital and still practices medicine, while his main job is a senior research fellow and lecturer of Public Health at Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.

He holds Master of Science degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and PhD in medical sciences from the Semmelweis University.  His dissertation work was an overview of health related behavior, health status and prevention in vulnerable populations like Roma minority, sex workers and gay men. He has over forty professional publications to his credit and has made over fifty presentations at national and international conferences mostly connected to these topics. His particular interests is conducting action research in vulnerable populations in wide collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations, actors of academic and private sector and last but least with local communities. He is experienced in using a range of quantitative and qualitative methodology tools, skilled in using data analysis programs and writing reports.

Peter has built substantial experience in project design, monitoring and evaluation. He has consulted on a comprehensive public health project in Hungary financed from a Word Bank loan. Now he is leading consultant for the Social Renewal Operational Program in Hungary. He frequently evaluates scientific projects and proposals for the European Community.

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Pim Savetmalanond

Report Editor

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Pim Savetmalanond

Pim Savetmalanond comes to Rapid Asia with a wide range of experience in multilateral development organizations, nonprofits, and the private sector. Living in Bangkok since 2014, Pim has been a freelance communications consultant, working with Remote Year and JUMP! Foundation. Before relocating to Bangkok, she helped to build and grow the Inter-American Development Bank’s social media presence in English and Spanish, launch and oversee its subject-matter blogs, and develop the MapAmericas project. Prior to her work at IDB in Washington, she conducted prospect research and developed campaign communications at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City.  She also worked as a legal assistant for many years in her home state of New Jersey.

She completed her graduate studies at Seton Hall University, earning a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations, as well as a Master of Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management. While a graduate student, she served on the editorial board of the academic journal, including a year as Editor in Chief. She also completed a graduate certificate in conservation biology at Columbia University. At Rutgers University, she earned a Bachelor of Science in international environmental policy. She can speak English, Thai, and Spanish fluently.

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Ratchadaporn Pattanasirimongkol

Disaster Relief

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Ratchadaporn Pattanasirimongkol

Ratchadaporn has significant humanitarian project management working experience with numerous international humanitarian aid agencies and non-governmental organizations. Her development work has focused primarily on facilitating activities implementation, monitoring livelihoods and recovery projects by means of reports, as well as coordinating among institutions. Ratchadaporn has in-depth knowledge and understanding of humanitarian assistance and operational management in response to disaster management, emergency response, recovery, and sustainable development. She has specific technical expertise in areas of logical framework analysis, participatory methods techniques and tools for community-based, and hazard vulnerability capacity assessment.

In her recent capacity of working in the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) with CBM Central East Asia Regional Office, Ratchadaporn has been involved in facilitating the implementation of DRR project activities and supporting consultant in documenting the lessons learned (evidence-based practice) of this pilot project. She also worked for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent as Liaison Representative, where she was responsible for fostering the collaboration of a cross-functional team to implement Thailand Tsunami Recovery Program. As a Project Coordinator at Heifer International Thailand, she has taken a leadership role in overseeing project implementation, managing project budget and organizing capacity building training.

Ratchadaporn obtained a Bachelor degree of Science (Agriculture) from Khon Kaen University. She earned a Professional Master of Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management Program with the School of Engineering and Technology, and School of Environment, Resources and Development from  Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.

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Realisa D Masardi

Child Protection

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Realisa D Masardi

Realisa has extensive experience in the area of child rights and youth especially on child labour and education. She has been working with children for more than 8 years as education facilitator for child labour in Semarang and street children in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 2010, she initiated and founded CERIA Project for Children victims of Merapi Volcano Eruption in Yogyakarta. She is currently a researcher in Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies Gadjah Mada University.

Realisa has been conducting various studies on children and youth issues. She worked with International Research on Working Children (IREWOC) and Plan Indonesia during 2008 as a researcher and wrote reports about the situation of Child Labour in Indonesia. The main reports dealt with an ethnography approach of children’s working nature and is entitled “Mining Black Gold in the Dark Tank”, a case study of child labour of asphalt and oil collecting in Cilacap Central Java and “Shake Your Body, Babe!”, a case study of girls working as singers in Yogyakarta. She has also been actively developing child rights advocacy articles about ‘Child Rights Issue and Media Coverage’.

Realisa is in the process of completing a Master degree of Human Rights and Democratization (Asia-Pacific) at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her thesis is titled “Rights and Identity of Stateless Youth in Myanmaresse Migrant Comumnity in Mahachai, Thailand”. She also holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology (Cumlaude) from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her thesis “Students’ Social Engagement in Albert-Ludwigs University” in Freiburg, Germany, has been published in a book called “Menuju Pendidikan Global? (i.e. Towards Global Education?)” edited by Judith Schlehe and G.R. Lono Lastoro Simatupang. Realisa is currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand.

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Richard Anthony McLaws

Report Editor

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Richard Anthony McLaws

Richard holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Boston University where he specialized in international security and transnational crime. Richard was the 2013 recipient of the Prize for Excellence in International Affairs awarded by the Boston University Department of International Relations. With experience in the academic, non-profit, intergovernmental, and private sectors Richard brings a multifaceted point of view and varied skillset to Rapid Asia.

Most recently, as Operations Manager of an insurance brokerage firm in his native Caracas, Venezuela, Richard worked on the development of political risk and instability mitigation portfolios for a wide range of private sector stakeholders.

Prior to his experience in Caracas, Richard worked at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED). At CTED Richard was active in developing counter-terrorism capacity building programs with a focus on human rights, education, migration, and illicit arms trading. Richard was also involved in the drafting and editing of assessment reports and drafting a comprehensive and integrated counter-terrorism strategy. Through other experiences and volunteer activities, Richard has also participated in the development of early childhood education programs across Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

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Robert Gerstein

Cambodia M&E

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Robert Gerstein

Robert is an experienced educator, researcher and project manager with excellent facilitation and cross-cultural communication skills.  Since 2005 he has lived and worked in China, Korea, and most recently, Cambodia.

In Cambodia, Robert has been instrumental in the start-up of a field office for an international anti-trafficking organization and he has acted as technical advisor to a Cambodian child-protection organization active in the anti-trafficking sector.  Robert has also actively contributed to the field of research and evaluation in Cambodia by leading an Impact Evaluation of a nation-wide youth education and civic participation program for the International Republican Institute and USAID, as well as managing a nation-wide research project for the UNDP.  Robert has also recently contributed to the analysis of an Impact Evaluation of a micro-savings program in Cambodia implemented by Oxfam America.

Robert holds an MSc. in Poverty Reduction and Development Management from the University of Birmingham, UK and a BSc. in Secondary Education and Creative Studies from the SUNY College at Buffalo.  Robert is an honors graduate and a recipient of a UN Volunteering Award for his contributions to developing new programs and strategic planning for a Ugandan NGO specializing in child protection.

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Robert Magnani

Population, Health & Development

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Robert Magnani

Bob Magnani has over 30 years’ experience in the international development arena, during which time he has worked in 34 countries around the globe, including eight countries in Asia. His career spans 11 years working in government, 13 years in academia and 10 years in the private/NGO sector.  He is a former Country Director/Chief of Party for Family Health International in Indonesia and Vice President for Technical Support in FHI’s Institute for HIV/AIDS based in Arlington, Virginia, USA.  He spent 12 years on the faculty of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, including a stint as Chair of the Department of International Health and Development.

His areas of professional competence include reproductive health/family planning; adolescent health; HIV and AIDS; operations and health systems “research to practice,” disease surveillance, survey measurement (including sampling),and program evaluation (especially intervention trials).  He also has programmatic experience and professional publications in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition.  He has over 60 professional publications to his credit and has made over 100 presentations at national and international conferences.

His work in Asia has included providing technical assistance to National Statistics Offices on large-scale surveys in Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines, Ministries of Health in Indonesia (HIV programming, surveillance) and the Philippines (health surveys, national health information systems development), National AIDS Commissions in Indonesia (M&E, surveillance, quality assurance) and Papua New Guinea (surveillance), universities in Vietnam (behavioral research), and NGOs in Indonesia (HIV programming, M&E).  He has contributed to program evaluations in China (maternal and child health; family planning), Indonesia (rural electrification, HIV), and Thailand (agricultural development), and led numerous evaluations and operations research studies in Africa and Latin America.

He is also an accomplished trainer having led numerous courses and trainings over the years in both academic and field settings, and has authored/co-authored technical manuals on M&E, surveillance and sampling.  He currently lives in Indonesia where he provides public health and strategic information consulting support to a number of organizations, including the Ministry of Health, National AIDS Commission, WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, CHAI and FHI.  He holds a PhD in Demography from Brown University with specialization in population, health & development.

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Sanjay Gathia

Human Rights, Capacity Building& Migration

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Sanjay Gathia

Sanjay is a social justice and advocacy & development practitioner with more than 16+ years of experience, and has worked with and engaged NGOs, Corporate Sector, INGOs, IGOs, Govt. Institutions, Election Commissions, Donors and Media in the Asia Pacific region.

He has sound working knowledge of regional groupings like ASEAN+, SAARC+, and Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), regional integration on business, democracy, people and human rights framework. His experience ranges from working on Development & Regional Integration, Development & ESC rights, Conflict & HR Violations, Business/Extractive Industries and HR Violations, Forced Migration, Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Election Observations & Political Reforms for Inclusive Representation and Governance, and Organisational Strategic Development and Management.

He specialises in interlinking multi-thematic issues, advocacy development & implementation, media engagement, networking & partnership development, stakeholder relationship & collaboration building, customised integrated capacity building programs, project strategy planning & management, and fundraising. Sanjay has strong analytical, strategic planning, research and writing skills. He has extensive experiences facilitating workshops, trainings and various capacity-building activities. He completed his PG Diploma in Human Resource Management & Information Technology from Amity University, India and M.A. in International Human Rights from Mahidol University, Thailand.

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Sarah Crestin-Billet

Local Development specialist

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Sarah Crestin-Billet

Sarah’s fields of expertise include Research, Strategic advising and Development Projects design and monitoring. Her main topics of interest are the Participatory and Ethical approaches to Research-Action activities in the fields of Food Security, Climate Change mitigation and Eco-Health.

Sarah studied the level of sustainability and the potential of dissemination of some agricultural technologies and practices in Nepal and Ethiopia (SATNET Asia, BiomassWeb projects).

As a consultant, she advised some international NGOs in terms of Strategic Development, Funding and Partnerships Development, as well as some regional Research Networks in terms of Communication (ComAcross, Grease Network).

At last, as a Project Officer at the French Development Agency (AFD) in China, she has gained substantial experience of Urban Development Projects identification and monitoring.

Sarah holds a M.A. in Local Development: Social Actors and Spatial Dynamics from the Institute for Economic and Social Development Studies (IEDES) of the Panthéon-La Sorbonne University (Paris 1, France) and studied Marketing at the International School of Commerce and Development 3A (Lyon, France).

Sarah’s mother tongue is French. She is fluent in English and Chinese and has a good command of German and Spanish. She is generally based in Bangkok.

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Scott Douglas

Social Mapping

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Scott Douglas

Scott Douglas has over 25 years experience as a manager and leader in various government and non-government agencies and is a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Management. His experience ranges across a wide variety of areas including agriculture, poverty alleviation, vocational education, disability and child protection.

As a qualified quality system auditor with RABQSA Scott has been focussing his services towards the review of both government and non-government organisations against various industry standards. In 2004 he established an international development organisation of which he is still a Board member and Deputy Chair. His development expertise has been used in social-enterprise and micro-enterprise development, construction of schools, vocational education pathways, and social housing. His is experienced in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation which has been used in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Vanuatu, Ethiopia, and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

He has over 20 years experience as a vocational education trainer. Core training areas are leadership, project management, organizational development, and quality management. He is also an experienced trainer in the areas of disability, community development, and child protection.

He has post graduate qualifications in Public Sector Management which included social policy development. He is currently mid way through completion of a Master of International and Community Development degree through Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

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Shawn Kelley

Research Analyst and Report Writer

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Shawn Kelley

Shawn is an international development expert based in Bangkok with more than 20 years of experience working in journalism, the United Nations and strategic consulting in Southeast Asia. Shawn recently worked for six years with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Bangkok, as the Research Analyst producing reports and social media content on illicit drugs and transnational crime. He also helped to strengthen and manage networks of governments in Asia to generate and disseminate data and to advocate for human rights-based policy responses to drug-related issues.

Shawn has consulted with other UN agencies and leading INGOs such as the WWF and IUCN as well as private companies on a broad range of human rights and public policy issues including corporate social responsibility, labor rights, water governance and risk analysis. As a Research Fellow with the Mekong Project on Water, Environment and Resilience and the Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, Shawn published studies on hydropower development and energy policy in Thailand and Myanmar with special emphasis on regulatory frameworks, sustainability and human security.

Shawn worked with the Irrawaddy newsmagazine for eight years including four years as the Deputy Editor, managing the publication’s daily online and monthly print news services and supervising a staff of reporters and interns from Myanmar and Southeast Asia. He presented regularly as a guest commentator on BBC World and Radio Free Asia and his work has appeared in the New York Times and Asia Times Online.

He has a Master’s of Arts in Political Science and Graduate Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, with a focus on political economy in the Mekong region. He is also a Graduate of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies.

Technical areas:

  • Illicit economies and counter-trafficking
  • Data analysis, report writing and editing
  • Program planning, implementation and management
  • Building and facilitating research and advocacy networks
  • Human rights and pubic policy

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Tessa Baizer

Report Editor

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Tessa Baizer

Tessa Baizer is a researcher with extensive experience in human rights and sustainable development. Her work in government, nonprofit organizations, and academia gives her a unique perspective on how to confront current issues facing Asia.

Tessa is passionate about improving and enhancing human rights in South and Southeast Asia. She previously worked as a research assistant for a Burmese human rights organization, where she focused mainly on business and human rights and the emerging refugee crisis. She has also supported Pakistani, Bhutanese, Burmese, and Afghani refugee communities in both the US and Thailand by providing language training, job counseling, and legal assistance. She currently works on advocacy and research for a regional human rights organization based in Bangkok.

Tessa is also extremely interested in developing effective strategies for social and economic development, and has produced reports on the efficacy of international funding for micro-level development projects in Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also worked with a Washington, DC-based watchdog organization to write several white papers on the World Bank’s failure to provide communities with adequate information about the impact and scope of environmentally destructive projects.

Tessa has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Washington University in Saint Louis.

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Tim Williams

Governance, trade and supply chain analysis

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Tim Williams

Tim has 10 years experience in humanitarian response, development of governance and economic development in a post-conflict context. He is experienced in quantitative and qualitative analysis across a range of fields including mental health, humanitarian access, supply chain and trade development, ethics and governance. He has worked most recently in the Middle East but also has experience in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tim has extensive practice in working at a high level with governments, diplomats, and donor organizations on analysis and implementation of complex change.

His training and a large part of his career has been in New Zealand in clinical psychology from which he brings the additional skills of interpersonal and group relations, group process and facilitation, critical rigor in data gathering, analysis and presentation of conclusions, and skills in consultation and negotiation.

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Wee Mekwilai

Health

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Wee Mekwilai

Achieving a bachelor in clinical psychology from Thammasat University and master of sciences in applied positive psychology from University of East London, Wee comes with his specialties focusing on psychological assessment and mental health research methodology.

He started his career with department of mental health, ministry of public health, Thailand as a clinical psychologist mainly responsible for mental health technology development initiation. After his five years of working, he was awarded as a high potential civil servant and got the royal Thai government scholarship to study in England.  Right after achieving a master of applied positive psychology degree with merit, he came back and got promoted to be a project manager of mental health and psychiatric research in the bureau of mental health service administration. Since 2015, Wee has been certified by Forum for Ethical Review Commitees in Thailand (FERCIT). He joined The Rapid Asia as a consultant doing research about health surveillance and providing expert advice and assistance in relation to IRB and other approvals needed in Thailand.

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William Brehm

Report Editor

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William Brehm

William is a freelance editor and translator. He holds a Master of Education in Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in race, culture and power from the University of New Hampshire. During his post graduate studies, William was awarded the evaluation of ‘honors’ on the University of New Hampshire Graduate School of Counseling written examination, an eight-hour written evaluation of theoretical understanding. This feat has been accomplished by only five percent of program graduates.

Previously, William was a Youth Development Coordinator with the United States Peace Corps Thailand, based in rural villages in both Nakhon Ratchasima and Udon Thani provinces. There, he acted as an advocacy liaison between district and sub-district government offices, health centers, schools and village groups. His actions helped to establish youth volunteer groups which focused on community awareness and direct democracy with regards to group decision-making and action.

His main interests are in the fields of human rights, environmental protection, and political and ethical philosophy.