Teaching Team (in alphabetical order)

Benjamin Brink has been working at DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH since 2010. As Regional Director in Thailand, he is responsible for the origination of DEG’s Southeast Asia business in the Energy & Infrastructure, Financial Institutions, and Industries & Services sectors as well as Private Equity and Venture Capital. This includes a wide range of countries like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Bangladesh, and Pakistan with a portfolio of more than 100 companies and an exposure of EUR 1.3bn in debt, mezzanine, and equity transactions. He is heading an international team of professional investment managers located in Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and China and serves as a non-executive director on the Board of DEG investee companies. Until July 2023 he worked as DEG´s Director of Portfolio Management in Bangkok and as such responsible for the existing debt portfolio of the Industries & Service Asia department in the region. From 2013 – 2016 Benjamin managed DEG´s portfolio in South Asia incl. India is based in New Delhi, India. Prior to joining DEG, he worked for BNP Paribas in the Corporate Investment Banking branch in Frankfurt covering blue-chip clients in Germany and Europe and as a risk officer in a public bank in Germany.

Brahma Chellaney is a Professor of Strategic Studies at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi; a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin; and an affiliate with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. He has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the foreign minister of India. Before that, he was an adviser to India’s National Security Council, serving as convener of the External Security Group of the National Security Advisory Board. Professor Chellaney has held appointments at Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and the Australian National University. He has also been a fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo and at The Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC. His numerous peer-reviewed papers have been published in major journals, including International Security, OrbisSurvivalTerrorism, Washington Quarterly, Nature, Security Studies, and Asian Survey. He is the author of nine books, including an international bestseller, Asian Juggernaut (Harper Collins). His book, Water: Asia’s New Battleground (Georgetown University Press) won the Bernard Schwartz Award.

Suthiphand Chirathivat is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Chulalongkorn University and Executive Director of the CENTRAL Group. Until recently, he was Executive Director of the ASEAN Studies Center and Chairman of Chula Global Network, Chulalongkorn University. Previously, he was also Dean at the Faculty of Economics and chairman of the Ph.D. Program in Economics, Chairman of Economics Research Center and Center for International Economics. He used to hold various roles as advisor to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Transport and Communications, thus including the Economic Affairs Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Thai Parliament. He also offered his expertise to advise a number of international institutions working for the region. His academic interests are international trade, investment, finance, regional integration and development, and emerging issues in Asia in relation to the global economy and society. Recent publications include ASEANIndia: Strengthening Partnership and PostPandemic Future (co-ed., KW Publishers 2022) and Between the Two Oceans of IndoPacific: Strengthening MyanmarThailand Southern Corridor (SAGE Publisher 2022). Forthcoming is Indo-Pacific and ASEAN: New Balances and New Challenges for Asian Integration and Stability (Routledge 2024).

Gancanapol Van Compernolle is the Managing Partner of Ross & Van Compernolle, an Investment Management Firm that manages Funds in the ASEAN region on behalf of Sovereign Wealth Funds, Institutions and HNW Individuals. He has served on the board of both private and publicly listed companies in Asia and Europe. Furthermore, Pon is a member of the Thai Institute of Directors and author of “360: Thailand.”

Daniele Carminati is a lecturer in International Relations and Global Affairs (IRGA Program, Social Science Division) at Mahidol University International College and holds a PhD in International Relations from the City University of Hong Kong. Before moving to Thailand, he worked for two years as a lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. His research interests revolve around the sociocultural, economic, and political implications of globalization in East and Southeast Asia with a particular focus on soft power dynamics. More recently, he has been investigating the nexus between soft power and connectivity, such as China’s efforts through its Belt and Road Initiative, and how other actors such as Japan and the US are reacting to this. Daniele is also a former commissioning editor at E-International Relations, a freely accessible platform where he occasionally contributed through articles such as a ‘trilogy’ covering the soft power’s sources and efforts of major East Asian actors.

Benoit Hardy-Chartrand is a Faculty Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Temple University Japan, in Tokyo, where he teaches various courses on international politics and security. He is also Associate Researcher at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies in Montreal. Benoit’s research interests and expertise include East Asian geopolitics and security issues, with a particular focus on China-Japan relations and Japanese foreign policy. His work has been featured in numerous publications, and he has appeared close to 600 times in the media to provide analysis on East Asian affairs for outlets such as the BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, CBC, South China Morning Post, Japan Times and ABC News. He regularly delivers public lectures in academic and non-academic settings and participates in dialogues with Canadian and foreign policymakers and academics in Canada and throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Dr. Mike Hayes is a lecturer at the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University’s Salaya Campus where he teaches and advises in the MA and PhD programs. He is currently a Vice President of the Global Campus of Human Rights, which has eight regional MA programs in human rights, including the Asia Pacific regional program based at Mahidol University. He has been active in promoting human rights education at universities throughout Southeast Asia. Most recently he has been working in human rights education for Myanmar students and lecturers displaced through the coup. He is involved in research and training in the migration sector, in particular for refugee organizations and migrant worker rights groups.

Dr. Carl Middleton is an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Graduate Studies in International Development Studies (MAIDS-GRID) Program, and Director of the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS) in the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Dr. Middleton’s research interests orientate around the politics and policy of the environment in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on humanity-in-nature relations, the political ecology of water and energy, human mobility and climate change, environmental justice, and a human rights-based approach to the environment. He has helped establish and now heads the Chulalongkorn University UNESCO Chair on Resource Governance and Futures Literacy, one focus of which is the future of rivers in Southeast Asia.

Rahul Mishra is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, JNU, and a CPG Senior Research Fellow. Before this, he was Director of the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism Universiti Malaya (CARUM), and the Coordinator of the European Studies Programme at the Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. His previous stints include the Foreign Service Institute, East-West Centre in Washington D.C., IDSA, ICWA, the National University of Singapore, and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. Dr. Mishra specializes in politico-security affairs of the Indo-Pacific region, the role of major and middle powers in the Southeast Asian region especially in the context of China’s rise, politico-security dynamics of Southeast Asia, ASEAN and European regionalism, and India’s Act East policy. His latest publications include Asia and Europe in the 21st Century: New Anxieties, New Opportunities, and India’s Eastward Engagement from Antiquity to Act East Policy.

Arnie Morada is a Regional Labour Mobility and Social Inclusion Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Based in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand, Arnie supports over 30 country offices in the region on labor mobility and social inclusion programming and engages in regional consultative processes and global mechanisms relevant to the field. Prior to her current position, Arnie dedicated nearly three years to the IOM Mission in the Philippines, leading direct assistance projects for Filipino migrant workers who returned during the COVID-19 pandemic, and collaborating with governments and civil society partners on projects to strengthen labor migration governance. She holds a Master’s degree in Migration Studies, graduating magna cum laude from KU Leuven.

Angkhana Neelapaijit is one of Thailand’s most prominent human rights defenders working relentlessly to help victims of human rights abuses in Thailand, especially in the southernmost provinces. She was the Founder and former Chairwoman of Justice for Peace Foundation, an NGOs that work on human rights and peace. She served as National Human Rights Commissioner of Thailand (NHRCT) from 2015 to 2019, a member of the Constitutional Drafting Committee and of the Constitutional Assembly, as well as a Member of the Ad-hoc Committee on Drafting the Gender Equality Act 2015 and the Ad-hoc Committee on Drafting the Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearances Act 2022. In May 2022, she was appointed UN Expert and Member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID). Her dedication has won her several international human rights awards, including – among others – the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, the honor “De Chevalier De L’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur” from the French President, the UN Women award “Women of Achievement” and the and the European Parliament award “Women Human Rights Defender”, as well as the Ramon Magsaysay Award, The Republic of Philippines.

Jeffrey Ordaniel is a non-resident Adjunct Senior Fellow and Director for Maritime Security at the Pacific Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii. Concurrently, he is also an Associate Professor of International Security Studies at Tokyo International University (TIU) in Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and specializes in the study of offshore territorial and maritime entitlement disputes in Asia. His teaching and research revolve around maritime security and ocean governance, ASEAN regionalism, and broadly, U.S. alliances and engagements in the Indo-Pacific. From 2016 to 2019, he was based in Honolulu and was the holder of the endowed Admiral Joe Vasey Fellowship at the Pacific Forum. His current research on maritime security in Asia is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2020-2024. He is the convenor of The Manila Dialogue on the South China Sea.

Kasit Piromya is the former foreign minister of Thailand, politician, and career diplomat who served as Thai Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Mongolia, Russia and the former Soviet republics, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, Germany, Japan, and the United States. Joining politics after retiring from the foreign service in 2005, he joined the Democrat Party of Thailand and served as foreign minister, a member of the House of Representatives and of the National Reform Steering Assembly. He is a member of several regional peace and human rights advocacy organizations such as ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.  Ambassador Kasit is also a CPG Senior Research Fellow and member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Governance Foundation.

Mohamad Rosyidin is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia. His research interests are Indonesia’s foreign policy, constructivism in IR, ASEAN and Southeast Asian security, and non-Western IR theory. He has published 10 books including Indonesia’s Foreign Policy during the Yudhoyono and Joko Widodo administrations. His latest book is Theories of International Relations: From Classical to non-Western Approaches (2022). He also published several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Contemporary Security Policy, International Politics, Global Responsibility to Protect, Southeast Asia Research, Asian Journal of Political Science, and Asian Perspective. His recent project focuses on Indonesia’s great power mentality and its impact on foreign policy.

Marc Saxer is a political analyst, strategist, and writer. After more than a decade in Asia, he currently serves as the Head of the regional office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia Pacific with a focus on geopolitics and world order. Earlier he led the Asia Pacific Department and represented FES in India and in Thailand. Marc’s work focuses on transformation and democratization processes. His work has been published in more than twenty languages and was featured in major news outlets around the world. His book “Transformative Realism. How to overcome the systemic crisis” was published in 2022.

Amir Sinai is Chief Executive Officer at Beumer Group (Thailand) Co. Ltd. and an expert with more than ten years’ experience in the cement industry of Southeast Asia and Oceania. Before joining the BEUMER Group, he was chief executive officer of the Indonesian subsidiary of a global plant engineering and construction company. He joined BEUMER’s Thai subsidiary on 1 January 2017, and for almost a year he headed the company’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Eric C. Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, at the University of California Los Angeles. He is the author of Unsettling Absences: Urbanism in Rural Malaysia (2007) and The Story of Southeast Asia (2024), co-author of Awareness and Attitudes toward ASEAN (2007) and Do Young People Know ASEAN? (2016), and co-editor Southeast Asian Anthropologies (2019) and Asian Smallholders: Persistence and Transformation (2019) among other publications.

Jason Tower is the country director for the Burma program at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He has over 20 years of experience working on conflict and security issues in China and Southeast Asia. Before joining USIP, he worked to establish the Beijing office of the American Friends Service Committee and initiated programming across North and Southeast Asia on the impacts of cross-border investments on conflict dynamics. During this time, Jason also worked extensively in Burma on peace and security issues. His research covers a wide range of issues in the intersecting field of crime and conflict in Southeast Asia. Among his recent works is a study of the impacts of transnational criminal networks on conflict in Burma and regional security across Southeast Asia; further, a report on criminal activity on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as a review of the impacts of the BRI on conflict, in addition to more than a dozen articles analyzing the impacts of the Myanmar coup, including on regional security in Asia.

Emilie Tran was Born in Cambodia. Emilie Tran studied in France and Switzerland. She obtained her PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She has lived in Greater China since 2000. She was a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (2001-2201), and then a research fellow at the French Center for Contemporary China Studies in Hong Kong (2000-2004). She lectured at the University of Macau (2004-2007) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2007-2009), before joining the University of Saint Joseph in Macao (2008-2016), Hong Kong Baptist University (2016-2023) and Hong Kong Metropolitan University (2023-present).

Alexandre Veilleux is a PhD candidate and lecturer in Political Science at the Université de Montréal and a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Sustainable Territorial Development (Università degli Studi di Padova & Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). He also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research focuses on the political and socio-economic dimensions of tourism in Southeast Asia and the mechanisms of dispossession involved in tourism development.

Gabriel Vermette is a young professional working in country risk forecasting at Export Development Canada (EDC) in Montreal. Before joining EDC, Gabriel worked for three Canadian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and was the lead policy advisor on the development and implementation of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, released in November 2022. Gabriel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration, and a master’s degree in public and international affairs, both from the University of Ottawa.