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Youth at the Heart of the 2030 Agenda: The Case for Space
30 November - 2 December 2016

List of speakers, moderators and session leads

The United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200

#Case4Space #WeAre2030 #Youth2030


Dr. Shamshad Akhtar

Executive Secretary, UNESCAP
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, born in Pakistan, was appointed as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
and as the tenth Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. She
also serves as the United Nations Sherpa for the G20.
Formerly, as the Secretary-General's Senior Advisor on Economics and Finance, and Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Economic Development at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, she led the UNwide coordination of the post-2015 development agenda and related policy and normative work,
including supporting work on the Sustainable Financing Strategy. Ms. Akhtar has previously served as
Governor of the Central Bank of Pakistan, and recently also as Vice President of the Middle East and
North Africa Region of the World Bank. She has also had a career in Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and Asian
Development Bank (ADB). Through her work, she won two consecutive awards as Asia's Best Central Bank Governor from
Emerging Markets and from the Bankers Trust. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal Asia also recognized her as one of the top
ten professional women of Asia.
In addition, Ms. Akhtar has advised development agencies on the operationalization of Pakistans New Economic Growth
Framework, and has also worked on PPP policy frameworks and governance issues. Ms. Akhtar was a postdoctoral degree
US Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, holds a PhD in Economics from Scotland's Paisley College of Technology, as well
as a Master in Development Economics from the University of Sussex in the UK, and an MSc in Economics from Quaid-eAzam University, in Islamabad.

Caitlin Wiesen
Chief Regional Policy and Programme for Asia & Pacific, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
Caitlin Wiesen has over 25 years experience in development, working on issues of poverty
reduction, governance, civil society empowerment, gender, sustainable human development,
Ms. Wiesen is currently the Chief, Regional Policy and Programme Support at the UNDP Bangkok
Regional Hub, serving Asia and the Pacific. Prior to this, she served as Manager of the Asia Pacific
Regional Centre (2013-14) and Country Director for India (2010-13). Before joining the India
office she held a range of positions including: Regional Practice Leader and Programme
Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific on human rights, gender inequality and the human
development dimensions of HIV, based in Colombo Sri Lanka (2006-9). She served as Senior Advisor on Poverty and

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Sustainable Human Development for Africa (1993-98) and Director, Civil Society Division in the Bureau of Strategic
Partnerships (1999-2002). Between 2003-6, she served as Senior Advisor and Deputy Director HIV, in the Bureau of
Development Policy.
Ms. Wiesen has worked in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe. She holds a Masters in International
Finance and Energy Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, United States.

Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim
Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Born in the Republic of Korea, Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim holds a B.A. degree in Public Administration from
Korea University, Seoul (1978), a Masters degree (1984) and a Ph.D. (1994) in Education from
Harvard University, U.S.A.
Prior to his appointment as Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in
January 2009, Mr. Kim has worked in various capacities for the Government of the Republic of
Korea. In the Office of the President, he assisted former President Young Sam Kim in an education
reform initiative that restructured the entire Korean educational system. As Deputy Minister of
Education and Human Resources Development (HRD), he coordinated national HRD policies across
line ministries, and also initiated the Global Human Resources Forum, an international
knowledge-sharing platform in the areas of education and human resources development.
Mr. Kim also worked as Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank where he contributed to both lending and nonlending operations on a wide range of issues in education and skills development for countries in Latin America and the
Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
As Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), Mr Kim is responsible for the
management of partnerships and external relations, human resources, as well as budget and financial management. His
main tasks include advocacy work on UNESCOs mandate and priorities, building strategic partnerships, setting directions to
achieve objectives, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, and ensuring compliance with existing human resources and
financial regulations, among other things.
Mr. Kim is a member of various professional associations on education policy, finance and economics, and has published
works in education and ICT, and educational reform in the Republic of Korea.

Yoriko Yasukawa

Regional Director, UNFPA
Yoriko Yasukawa was appointed as Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Regional Office of the
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in August 2015.
She has over 30 years of experience with the United Nations System in sustainable development, the
defense and promotion of human rights, democratic governance and conflict prevention and
resolution. Prior to joining UNFPA, Ms. Yasukawa worked as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP
Resident Representative in Costa Rica from 2012 to 2015. She also carried out the same functions in
Bolivia from 2008 to 2012.
Before taking up her assignment in Bolivia, she held various senior positions with UNICEF, including
Associate Director for Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge Management in the Division of Policy and
Practice; Deputy Director of the Programme Division, Regional and Interagency Affairs Section; and Representative in
Mexico and Ecuador.

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(Listed by alphabetical order)

Aanas Ali
Amnesty International
Aanas Ali works as Regional Activism and Youth Coordinator for Asia-Pacific at Amnesty International where his role is to
lead on design and delivery of activism, capacity building and campaigning towards increasing public engagement and
support for human rights. Since joining the Regional Hub in Bangkok, he has been working with many countries on human
rights campaigns, most recently on refugees and migrants rights as well as on human rights defenders (HRDs), and
particularly with young people through public advocacy and mobilisation.

In the past, Aanas began volunteering as a student during which he was involved in several leadership networks to promote
local activism. Among these, he led ChangeAgents Thailand in which he mobilised youth volunteers to empower
underprivileged students in parts of Thailand. He previously worked to promote labour rights and social protection of
migrant and informal economy workers at the International Labour Organization. Aside from human rights advocacy, he is
passionate about community building and sustainable development. He has also been a member of World Economic
Forums Global Shapers Community. Aanas has an LL.M. degree in International Law with International Relations.

Adam Sharpe
UNESCO Bangkok
Adam is a program specialist, trainer and public-speaker working directly with governments, NGOs & corporates, advising
them on youth empowerment, leadership, communications and Sustainable Development across the Asia-Pacific. He is
currently working in UNESCO Bangkok and is a Project Lead for transmedia campaign: Generation What? Asia-Pacific.

Alexa Dominich
Fokus Muda-Indonesia
Alexa Dominich works as program officer of Fokus Muda, a national networking of young key population in Indonesia. She is
CCM Indonesia representative of key population and also Chair of HIV technichal working group Global Fund NFM.

Arthit Suriyawongkul
Thai Netizen Network
A Computer Scientist and Cultural Anthropologist by training, Arthit Suriyawongkul started his career in 2000 as a software
localization engineer at Sun Microsystems where he worked on localization of Thai Solaris, Java, Mozilla, and the website
OpenOffice.org. He later joined various academic and industrial artificial intelligence research groups, working on automatic
text summarization and ontology construction from journalistic and medical texts. Since 2006, he has been giving
consultation to a number of organizations working on ICT for developments, internet freedom, journalism, and information
rights such as: Mekong ICT Camp, Campaign for Popular Media Reform, Creative Commons Thailand, Opendream, and Thai
Netizen Network. In 2012, he finished his master thesis on cultural politics on Thai online social network at a time of
national conflict. In recent years, he regularly travels in Southeast Asia for BarCamps, a local tech community that performs
workshops and conferences. Twitter: @bact.

Athika Phuong
2030 Youth Force in Cambodia
Athika Phuong is 21 years old and originally from Cambodia. He is the Co-Founder of 2030 Youth Force, and has recently
being selected by UNV and UNDP to be a part of the ChangeMakers Regional Asia-Pacific Youth Network 2016. Currently, he
is working as a Reporter at Tos Read News (www.tosread.com). Besides his job, he is also a sophomore student of Faculty of

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Law of the University of Cambodia; he assists Changemaker Cambodia as a volunteer and has been involved with various
youth related social issues since 2014. He dreams of peace, happiness and prosperity in the young generation.
He was motivated to join "Youth at the Heart of the 2030 Agenda: The Case for Space" program was to be a good role
model in Changemakers. From this conference, he wants to be more actionable in terms of bringing change through
implementing necessary dialogues. Phuong believes that ideas combined with action can bring change in the world in order
to promote a generation of youth that uses their intellectual capacity to build peace. Even though he is from a rural area,
his main aim in life is to help build his nation of Cambodia. For this to take place, he has been taking actions towards
participating and has been involved in in a NGO in Cambodia, in Youth Networks and has been a leader to hundreds of

Beniam Gebrezghi
Youth and Civil Society Specialist, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
Beniam Gebrezghi joined the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) as the Programme Specialist on Civil Society and Youth in
the Effective Governance and Peace Building Team, in December 2014. He was previously with the UNDP Civil Society
Team, in the Partnerships Bureau in New York. An Eritrean/Swedish national, he has for the past 14 years worked in the
field of international development cooperation. In New York, he worked on developing partnerships and policies for UNDP
work with civil society and youth. Prior to that, he was the Coordinator of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index, at CIVICUS: World
Alliance for Citizen Participation, an international civil society umbrella organisation based out of Johannesburg, South
Africa. He started his career at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), were he worked in the
Department of Communications and later on in the NGO Section providing grants and capacity development to Civil Society
Organisations. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from The School of Government, University of the
Western Cape, South Africa.

Bharat Dahiya
Chulalongkorn University
Dr. Bharat Dahiya is Senior Advisor to the Environment, Development and Sustainability Program at Chulalongkorn
University, Bangkok. He combines academic research, policy analysis and development practice aimed at examining and
tackling current social, economic, environmental and governance issues in the Asian urban context and at multiple
geographical scales.

Since early-1990s, Bharats research and professional work has focused on sustainable urbanization, strategic urban
planning and development, urban environment and infrastructure, and urban resilience. During this work the World Bank
(Washington DC), UN-Habitat (Fukuoka and Bangkok), the Asian Development Bank and UNDP (Ulaanbaatar), he initiated,
led and contributed to technical assistance and operational projects on sustainable urban development in a number of
countries in Northeast, Southeast and South Asia, and the Middle East.

At UN-Habitat, Bharat conceptualized and coordinated the United Nations inaugural report on 'The State of Asian Cities
2010/11'. Further at UN-Habitat, he co-authored 'Sustainable Urbanization in Asia: A Sourcebook for Local Governments'.
At the World Bank, he conducted the first-ever systematic review of the Banks investments for improving urban liveability
that was published as a co-authored book, 'Urban Environment and Infrastructure: Toward Livable Cities'.
For his contributions to sustainable urban development in Mongolia, the Municipal Government of Ulaanbaatar decorated
Bharat with a Medal of Honour (2010), and the Government of Mongolia awarded him with a Certificate of Honour (2009).
Reuters, Inter Press Service and SciDev.Net have quoted Bharats work. His academic profile has ranked several times in the
worlds top 0.5% on global website, Academia.edu.

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Bharat is a Social Scientist and Urban & Regional Planner. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning, Governance and the
Environment from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Brabim Kumar
People N Power (Winner of the Call for Stories)
Brabim is an activist, writer and youth leader from Nepal. He is the former president of the Association of Youth
Organizations Nepal (AYON), an award winning national umbrella network of 92 youth organizations. Since April 2015, in
the wake of the earthquakes in Nepal, Brabim has overseen a large-scale mobilization of urban youth in relief and
resettlement works. Under Brabims charismatic leadership, AYON has also galvanized various international youth groups.
In 2004, Brabim founded Creative Youth Society and started a national radio show Youth Vision. Between 2004 and 2015,
Brabim held several national and international positions; serving as a Public Information Officer at the UN peacekeeping
mission in South Sudan. He also served as a National Communication Specialist for Nepal's Ministry of Urban Development.
For his leadership and contribution in Nepal, he has been awarded the Youth Gem Award and the Youth Talent Award.
Most recently, Brabim co-founded a new platform called People N Power. His work has been covered in various media
outlets such as Al-Jazeera, BBC, New York Times, as well as Nepali media.

Caroline Baxter-Tresise
UNESCO Bangkok
Caroline Baxter-Tresise is consultant specialised in urbanisation, youth and sport for development within the Social and
Human Sciences Unit at UNESCO, Bangkok.

Chantal Mairesse
UNESCO Bangkok
Consultant in the Communication and Information Programme of UNESCO Bangkok, Chantal Mairesse designs and conducts
projects to foster freedom of expression and information in the Mekong countries. In particular, she focuses on the the
fields of journalists safety, gender equality in and through the media, and journalism in education, media and information

Charlotta Schlyter
Embassy of Sweden to Thailand
Charlotta Schlyter is Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden, Bangkok, Thailand. Ms
Schlyter holds Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Uppsala University, Sweden (1989) and the University of Toronto,
Canada (1990).

Ms Schlyter joined the Swedish Foreign Ministry in 1997. She has worked at the Ministry in Stockholm, and has been posted
in New Delhi, India, and at the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York, with assignments at the
Swedish Embassies in Ottawa and Mexico City, before joining the Embassy in Bangkok in September 2015.

In addition, Ms Schlyter has worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Medical Law and Ethics, Kings College London;
Legal Officer for the UNHCR Branch Office in Ankara, Turkey (1992-93); Associate Expert at the International Labour Office
(ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and the ILO Multi-Disciplinary Team in New Delhi, India (1994-97); and as Head of Section for
Human Rights at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations (2011-15).
Ms. Schlyter is married and has two children.

Chris Morris
Asian Development Bank

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Chris Morris heads ADBs NGO and Civil Society Center, and oversees the planning, implementation, and monitoring of
ADBs overall engagement with civil society organizations, as well as the design and implementation of the CSO program at
the ADB Annual Meetings. Before joining ADB, Chris was vice president within the water division of global engineering firm
Black and Veatch.

Daniel Fieller
Embassy of the The United Kingdom to Thailand
Daniel Fieller has worked in a fast paced, international and political environment since 2002 furthering the UKs foreign
policy objectives with a wide range of countries, regions, and international organisations. In the past, his experience in the
British Diplomatic Service includes postings in Thailand, The Netherlands, and Mozambique; as well as policy jobs in London
in leading crisis response teams in affected areas.

Currently in Thailand, he focuses on internal politics (especially human rights) along with regional issues. In addition, he is
the embassys spokesman for the foreign press and manages the UKs prestigious Chevening scholarship scheme for future
leaders. He has increasingly focused on Civil Society and in creating physical and political spaces for individuals and
organisations to express their views and opinions.

Elise Bouvet
United Nations Volunteers
Elise Bouvet has 20 years of experience leading development programs in the field of citizen engagement for peace and
development. She joined UNV in 2005 after having served at UNDP Country Office in Lebanon and Regional Centre for Arab
States. Before joining the UN, Elise worked for the French Cooperation where she was responsible for support to civil
society in the fields of youth and volunteerism.

She holds Masters degrees in Law and Political Sciences, as well as a post graduate in Development and Cooperation from
the Sorbonne. Currently, Ms. Bouvet is the Manager of the Online Volunteering service at the United Nations Volunteers
(UNV) programme.

Emilie Pradichit
UPR Info Asia
Emilie Pradichit joined UPR Info in May 2015 as the Asia Regional Representative. She is an international human rights
lawyer with expertise in promoting and protecting the human rights of marginalized communities, and in building the
capacity of duty bearers and rights holders on domestic and international human rights obligations.

With UPR Info Asia, Emilie Pradichit develops the vision of the Asia Regional Office to Engage, Energize & Empower
communities to hold their governments into account. UPR Info Asia has been working closely and intensively with
community-based human rights defenders and grassroots organizations throughout Asia in order to: (1) Engage them
effectively in all stages of the UPR by building their capacities, (2) Energize them and build solidarity around a vibrant CSO
Coalition, comprising local communities from all human rights sectors; (3) Empower them to be at the center of the UPR
process to guarantee local voices are heard by governments and foreign diplomats, and to ensure local communities
become the agents of change in their country, by providing solutions to improve the human rights situation on the
ground. Prior to joining UPR Info, Emilie served as a Human Rights and Advocacy Officer with the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP), from 2009 to March 2015. Emilie also worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
when France went through its 1st Cycle UPR and was elected to the UN Human Rights Council in May 2008.

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Emilie holds a Master of Laws in Public International Law and a Postgraduate Law Degree in International Administration
from the Sorbonne Law School, University of Paris I Panthon-Sorbonne. She speaks French, English, Lao and conversational
Ernesto Rebustillo
Right To Play International
Ernesto Rebustillo works as a Global Training Specialist for Right To Play, an international organization that uses the
transformative power of play to educate and empower children and youth facing adversity. He is responsible for designing,
implementing and evaluating capacity building, training and coaching programs in the Asia and Africa regions working with
diverse partners such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, UNICEF, UNOSDP, Peace Corps, Plan International
and Save the Children.

He has extensive experience on education, training development and evaluation in humanitarian context having worked in
refugee and first asylum camps in the Philippines and Hong Kong with the US Department of State, UNHCR and the
International Social Service Hong Kong Branch.

Prior to Right To Play, he worked as a corporate Training Consultant developing and implementing leadership, supervisory,
customer service, project management, performance development and team-building programs. Some of his clients
included Avon Philippines, Intel Technology Philippines, HSBC, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Gap International Sourcing, ColgatePalmolive Philippines, Uniliver Philippines and Citibank.

Cao Thi Thu Ha
2030 Force in Viet Nam
Cao Thi Thu Ha (Ha Cao) is passionate about communications and has experiences in communications management at
many youth organizations. She is 21 years old and from Vietnam. Currently, she is Head of Communications of 2030 Youth
Force in Viet Nam and Project and Communications Manager at Microsoft Student Partners Viet Nam.

Heike Alefsen
UNDG Bangkok
Heike Alefsen is Senior Human Rights Adviser to the United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific in Bangkok where she
works with Regional UN offices, 24 Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams on the application of human rights
policies and principles in development programming.

In the past, she served as Deputy Head of the Regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) until
2014, focusing on Myanmar, Philippines. During the institution-building and review phases of the Human Rights Council
until 2011, she managed a policy coordination, communication and programme planning unit of the Special Procedures
Branch of the OHCHR in Geneva. She worked in the UN Division for the Advancement of Women in New York until 2006 on
gender mainstreaming and the Beijing + 10 review, and with the UN Development Fund for Women on programmes in
Central and Eastern Europe and on women, peace and security.

Prior to joining the United Nations in 2001, she was Programme Adviser in the Council of Europe (CoE) Directorates of
Political Affairs, Legal Affairs, and Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France. She established the first country office, in Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1996, serving as Representative for four years conducting technical cooperation and advocacy
on governance, human rights institution-building and the rule of law. She also worked with the Legal and
Intergovernmental Organisations Programme and with the Europe Research Department of Amnesty International in
London between 1991 and 1994, and in 1988.

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Ms. Alefsen holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex in Colchester, U.K., and an M.A.
in Applied Linguistics and Cultural Science (Dipl.Dolmetscherin) from the University of Mainz, Germany.

Hong Phuc Dang
Hong Phuc Dang, originally from Vietnam, has lived in the US, Singapore, UAE and Berlin. In the past, she has been a regular
speaker at Tech Conferences including LibreGraphics, OpenTechSummit, Urban City. At the Chaos Communication Congress
2014, she presented the latest advances in Open Fashion and Technology. Currently, she is also the founder of FOSSASIA, an
initiative in Asia bringing together an inspiring community across borders and ages to form a better future with Open
Technologies and ICT. Hong organizes events like the annual FOSSASIA summit since 2009 and puts together Science Hack
days across the region in Vietnam, India, Dubai, Singapore and China. More information on Science Hack and be found in
these URLs: http://sciencehack.asia d | http://fossasia.org

Hunter Gray
UNESCO Bangkok
Hunter Gray is a human rights and international education development specialist with an emphasis on LGBTQI rights and
issues in education. He is interested in advocacy strategies (especially arts as advocacy), social justice education, and
institutional/organizational change. He has previous experience in qualitative research, training facilitation, program
management, and community development.

Ishwor Maharjan
Ishwor Maharjan is a young activist from Nepal. He has been actively involved in harm reduction initiatives, advocating for
health and human rights, and researching issues related to young key population since last 5 years. He is currently working
as Program Supervisor in the Methadone Maintenance Treatment program supported by Global Fund which is
implemented by one of the peer led organization called Aavash Samuha. Since 2014, he has been serving YKP LEAD Nepal
(National Network of Young Key Population) as a core team member and recently he has been elected as a Vice-President
of YKP LEAD Nepal and also Vice-Secretary of CDUN (Coalition of Drug Users of Nepal). He is also serving Youth LEAD (Asian
Pacific Network of Young Key population) as a country focal point and Youth RISE (International youth network for harm
reduction) as an international working group member.

Since 2011, Maharjan has been directly working with Drug Users, People living with HIV/AIDs and YKP through nongovernmental organizations by providing information and services like Treatment and Rehabilitation, Oral substitution
Therapy and Needle Syringe Exchange programs. His personal experience from illicit drug using to oral substitution program
as a young person and the journey in between led him to harm reduction, human rights and HIV activism.

Jason Hallman
UNFPA Bangkok
Jason Hallman is a consultant supporting UNFPA Asia Pacific Regional Office's work on civil society engagement and youth
empowerment. He is providing recommendations on youth and civil society engagement for UNFPA's next regional
programme and coordinating and facilitating UNFPA's contribution to Case4Space.
Before arriving in Bangkok, Jason was based in Johannesburg, South Africa for five years, where he worked for a range of
civil society organisations on youth and health interventions, including peer education, maternal and child health, child
safety, and sexual and reproductive health. He has undergraduate qualifications in religious studies from Carleton College in
the U.S. and a Masters in Communication for Development from Malm University in Sweden. His thesis used participatory

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research methods to examine the social integration of minority youth in Malm. Before working in international
development, he was a commissioning editor in scholarly book publishing.

Jeffry Acaba
Youth LEAD
Jeffry Acaba is currently the Education and Advocacy Lead of Youth LEAD, whose job is to mainly provide technical support
and lead capacity-building activities of the network, regional and global policy and advocacy work. He is also the focal point
in the coordination of task teams and coalitions where Youth LEAD is a member. He obtained his Baccalaureate degree in
Behavioral Sciences (cum laude) at the University of the Philippines Manila in 2006 and has been working on HIV since then.
He has co-authored two books, has published several articles in national peer-reviewed journals and presented papers both
in international and national scientific conferences. Jeff is affiliated with a number of advocacy and professional
organizations, such as Amnesty International Philippines, Ladlad Partylist, Anthropological Association of the Philippines,
and the Philippine Population Association. He is currently finishing his Masters Degree in Anthropology with his thesis on
the meanings of love in intimate seropositive gay relationships at the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the
University of the Philippines Diliman.

John Lucchi
John Lucchi is the Head of Online Safety, Content and Social Impact on the Asia Pacific regional Public Policy team at
Google, based in Hong Kong. Originally from the US, he was based in Bangkok from 2010-August 2016 working in public
policy on issues ranging from human trafficking/migration to education to sexual and reproductive health for NGOs and the
UN. He has a juris-doctorate from Yale Law School and a BA in political science and philosophy from the University of

John A. Sweeney
UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (Consultant)
John A. Sweeney is an award-winning author, designer, and futurist. At present, John serves as Deputy Director at the
Center for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies. He consults widely with governments and international agencies on
futures, strategic planning, and citizen engagement. John has worked with numerous UN agencies in half a dozen countries,
the European Commission, and many government foresight and innovation units, including Singapore's Centre for Strategic
Futures and Dubai's The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation. In 2017, he will complete his PhD in
Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Joshua Hofert
United Nations Volunteers (Intern)
Joshua Hofert is working on Youth and Volunteerism in the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Regional Office for Asia and
the Pacific based in Bangkok. He started to volunteer for childrens rights in his hometown Munich, Germany, when he was
13 years old. At this point, he joined the international child rights organization terre des hommes (tdh) and has been
coordinating its International Youth Network from its start. Since 2015, Joshua is a member of the presidential board of
terre des hommes deciding on the overall strategy of the organization, which includes creating safe spaces for children
and youth and ensuring their right to participation.

Based on his academic studies of International Politics, Administration and Organization at the University of Potsdam,
Germany, he has been researching, teaching and facilitating various seminars and university courses on youth participation
and leadership as well as childrens rights and the environment. Currently, he is conducting a regional research on youth
engagement for UNV and UNFPA. After mapping the different platforms where youth participation takes place in Asia-

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Pacific, the research will examine if and how youth engagement translates into national policy as well as employability skills
for youth.

Juana Martinez
United Nations Online Volunteers
Originally from Nicargua, Juana Martinez joined the team as a United Nations Volunteers (UNV) through the Online
Volunteering (OV) service as Programme Assistant in 2013 while living in Bonn, Germany. Her passion has always been in
the field of volunteering and after she left Germany, she went on to join the International UNV. Her current focal base is in
Asia for the Online Volunteering service, with main focus in Myanmar.

Wong Lai Kiu
Young Women Development Network Hong Kong
Lai Kiu Wong has been an active student and a volunteer for an organization known as Teens Key for the past year.
Through the organization, she enjoys spending her time with youth that are the same age as her. Through Teens Key, she
had met different types of girls of her own age, especially ones that are vulnerable: such as young mothers and young sex
workers. The organization has made her realize that girls of her own act can act differently in relationships, sometimes even
more passive than they need to be and has made her realize issues that she previously did not notice. Since these girls are
not are passive in their relationships, they are suppressed in terms of sex education and communicating about issues such
as protection/contraception and safe sex, even with their partners. Since Ms. Lai is aware of such internal issues for
vulnerable groups of young girls, she hopes to work towards influencing this specific vulnerable group of women to be
more brave and to empower them to take control of issues surrounding their body.

Layne Robinson
Commonwealth Secretariat
Layne Robinson is the Head of Programmes at the Youth Division of Commonwealth Secretariat based in London, UK. He
leads the Commonwealths work in the areas of Youth Participation, Youth Work Professionalisation and Capacity Building.

He is a former student of Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies and the and the University of the West
Indies, Mona. His academic background is in the field of political science, economics and religion. He has an MSc in
Economic Development Policy. In the past, he has led the Commonwealths work to develop the Global Youth Development
Index, the Commonwealth Youth Council, the Commonwealth Students Association and the Commonwealths Youth
Networks and platforms for young people to deliver on the development and democracy values in the Commonwealth. Mr.
Robinson began his work at the National Centre for Youth Development in Jamaica and also worked with USAID- Ministry of
Health before joining the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2008.

Manfred Hornung
Heinrich Bll Foundation
Manfred Hornung is the head of the Heinrich Bll Foundations Southeast Asia office in Bangkok since September 2013. In
the past, Manfred Hornung has been responsible for the Heinrich Bll foundations office in Cambodia for around two
years. While in Cambodia, he also worked for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Cambodian
non-governmental organization LICADHO. Regional labor migration, human trafficking, land rights issues and judicial reform
have been other focal points of his work. Hornung has been working in the region for several years, and his activities have
included the training of judges and public prosecutors in Laos at the Peoples Supreme Court in Vientiane as part of a
United Nations project.

Manisha Dogra


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Telenor Group
Manisha Dogra has been working with the Telenor Group of companies in the Sustainability function since December 2009.
She joined Telenor in the December of 09 during the launch phase of Telenor India and helped set up the Internal HSSE
Security Function. In 2011, she transferred to the Supply Chain Sustainability scope of Telenor India.

From July 2013 onwards, Ms. Dogra has worked in the city of Yangon in Myanmar to establish the Sustainable &
Responsible business framework for Telenor Myanmar. Currently she works as the Director of Sustainability with the
Telenor Sustainability team in supporting the Asian operations of the company in 6 different countries.

Marco Roncarati
Born in London in 1967, Marco Roncarati is married with a son and two daughters. Following many years of travelling and
researching, he was happy to settle down to family life, in a community context, and put into practice many of the things he
learnt. After a fruitful time at school, he studied, worked and travelled for around twenty years, attaining five degrees from
the University of London, covering anthropology, business, development studies, economics, psychology and sociology,
visiting countries mainly in the developing work, and lecturing at various international universities. With knowledge of
Chinese, Indonesian and Thai, he has currently spent almost half of his life in East Asia, focusing on work in the
development domain, while also pursuing interests in service for peace, traditional oriental medicine, health practices and
spirituality. Since 2005 has been based in Bangkok, working at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia
and the Pacific and acting as the focal point on youth. He mainly deals with socio-economic issues, in particular ones
pertinent to smoothing the school-to-work transition, and promoting health and development, while advocating for good
governance especially in the context of improving equity and sustainability. From a very close family, he maintains regular
contact with his parents, his brothers and their families, all based in London.

Mario Behling
Mario Behling is a German born technologist with more than a decade of experience in software development and startups.
He helped to get the lubuntu community started, and as the co-founder of FOSSASIA he works closely with International
partners to develop open ICT solutions for social change in countries such as Afghanistan, Vietnam and Cambodia. Mario
presently works on SUSI AI from his Singapore base.

Mariyam Raza Haider
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore
Mariyam Raza Haider has worked as a Senior Analyst with International SOS and Control Risks, a global risk consultancy. Her
work comprised analysing political and security developments for a clientele that included 92% of the Fortune Global 100
companies and 64% of the Fortune Global 500 companies. This included writing reports on critical geo-political situations,
affecting international business across the globe, such as the Arab Spring, Crimea crisis (Ukraine-Russia), elections in South
Asian countries and the Ebola situation in West African nations, among others.

Mariyam holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi. As an undergraduate student, she worked for
national online/print media outlets and wrote on rural women empowerment, environmental journalism, and education
rights for under-privileged children. She has also co-produced and directed two independent short-documentaries,
highlighting working conditions of migrant labourers during the 2010 Common Wealth Games in New Delhi and another
one on the historical superhero and sidekick camaraderie depicted in contemporary culture.


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Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of
Singapore. Her core interests are - international affairs and media, political risks analysis and gender-rights advocacy. At the
school, she leads the student group - Bridging GAP, promoting a discourse on gender identity and its social construction;
and also works as a contributing international affairs writer for LKY Schools in-house magazine. Mariyam is also a William
Dalrymple loyalist, an amateur runner and a closet poet.

Marte Hellema
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Marte Hellema is the Programme Manager for Information, Communication and Publication at the Asian Forum for Human
Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) based in Bangkok, Thailand. Her background is in Political Science and International
Relations with a focus on conflict studies (specifically disarmament of small arms and light weapons) from the University of
Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Granada, Spain.

Formerly, she was the Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific and Programme Manager Public Outreach at the Global Secretariat
of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Marte also worked on security and defence issues
and as a project coordinator and trainer with youth and diaspora groups on conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Meenakshi Sharma
Action for Adolescent Girls Project
Meenakshi Sharma works with young people in the rural and tribal areas of Rajasthan, particularly adolescent girls that are
out-of-school. For over 2 years, she has been part of Action for Adolescent Girls Project in Udaipur district and is currently
overseeing the adolescent girls project in Tonk District.

Melissa Alvarado
UN Women Bangkok
Melissa Alvarado is the Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) Regional Programme Manager at UN Women, Asia-Pacific
Regional Office. Melissa has been working specifically on ending violence against women and children for over 18 years,
through programme management and design, policy and legislative development and implementation, interagency
response system development, technical assistance, capacity building, advocacy and research.

Prior to joining the Asia-Pacific office, Melissa managed UN Womens EVAW portfolio in the Pacific and subsequently
provided dedicated technical support to UN Women in Afghanistan. Melissa worked for UN Women headquarters in the
Policy Division on EVAW; for UNFPA in Sudan, managing gender-based violence programmes in conflict settings; and with
international NGOs in Thailand and Kosovo working with refugees and people affected by conflict. Melissa has experience in
addressing child abuse, particularly multi-disciplinary approaches to prevention and investigation of child sexual abuse and
fatalities. From the United States, Melissa holds a Masters degree in Social Work and a Bachelors degree in psychology,
and was drawn to this work by her experiences advocating for and supporting survivors of violence against women and
children in crisis.

Mirinda Boon-Kuo
Greenpeace Southeast Asia

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Misako Ito
UNESCO Bangkok


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Misako Ito works as Advisor for Communication and Information at UNESCO Office in Bangkok since April 2015. She is
responsible for UNESCOs Communication and Information programme on freedom of expression, media development, and
media and information literacy for the Mekong region. She also coordinates the UNESCO Memory of the World programme
in Asia and the Pacific to promote the preservation and access to documentary heritage, and represents UNESCO in the
regional Memory of the World Committee for Asia-Pacific.

Previously, she spent six years at UNESCO Office in Rabat, Morocco, in providing advisory services for the reform of the
media sector, its legislation as well as for the participation of youth in public policy formulation in Algeria, Morocco,
Mauritania and Tunisia. In addition, from 2005 to 2009 she was in charge of UNESCOs global programme on libraries and
information literacy, and ensured the Secretariat of the intergovernmental Information for All programme at UNESCOs
Knowledge Societies Division in Paris.

She is an engineer in information systems graduated from the Ecole des Mines of Paris and HEC School of Management in
Paris. Before joining UNESCO, she worked for the French Development Agency and the Institute of Research for
Development in Guinea, Gabon and Senegal.

Nalini Paul
Restless Development India

Nalini Paul is a development professional with collective work experience of 16 years in organizations dealing with various
facets of development. She currently works in India as the Country Director of Restless Development. She started her career
as a Communications and Advocacy profession and since then has transitioned to managing programmes. Passionate about
working with youth, Nalini believes in her motto: "Young people can and young people do." Ms. Paul is also a self-
proclaimed food and movie critic and loves experimenting with food.

Natchawi Wadman
VSO International

Natchawi Wadman has previously worked for Right To Play Thailand as a Program Manager for Life Skills Development
Program. She lead to promote life skills development for children and youth across Thailand, promote the concept of play
and activity-based learning, approach to develop life skills for learners in the classrooms, and support the implementation
of sport for development program in youth detention centers as a rehabilitation mean for youth in conflict with the law in

She is currently ASIA PACIFIC Regional Youth Programme Specialist for VSO International. Her current role is to work across
ASIA and PACIFIC to support country offices in the design, development, implementation, and review of youth programmes,
to promote and contribute to knowledge sharing, learning and innovation in youth programming and support country
offices in the promotion of effective programmatic work involving national and international youth volunteers.

Perdita Sonntag
UN Volunteers Bangkok
Perdita Sonntag is the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Regional Programme Specialist for Volunteer Infrastructure for Asia
and the Pacific. UNV is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide
through integration of volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. As part of the UNV
regional office for Asia and the Pacific (based in Bangkok), Perditas work focuses on programming support, partnership
development and knowledge production on Volunteer Infrastructure in the region.


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Before joining UNV, as an Australian Volunteer for International Development, she worked in programming for refugees,
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and children affected by conflict across Syria, Jordan and Palestine. In 2013, she worked
for ALEF-Act For Human Rights, a Lebanese-based human rights monitoring organization on issues such as the right to fair
trial and arbitrary detention. Prior to that, she worked with Nahwa Al-Muwatiniya (Towards Citizenship) on parliamentary
monitoring and electoral law reform in Lebanon. In her home country Australia, she worked in local and state government,
as both a council Legal Officer specialized in Freedom of Information and as a Program Officer for the Department of
Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts. From 2008-2009, she served as a director on the National Executive Board of
Amnesty International Australia, contributing to strategic planning, organizational governance, volunteer management,
growth and engagement. Perdita also worked as a staff member for Amnesty International in volunteer mobilization,
training and management. She is passionate about volunteerism as a vehicle for change and its positive impact on
individuals, communities and sustainable development.

Perry Maddox

Restless Development
With over a decade of experience in international development spanning Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA,
Perry Maddox serves as Restless Developments Chief Operating Officer and current Interim Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to Restless Development, Mr. Maddox worked with at-risk youth in Nicaragua, community development in Dominican
Republic, Panama and Costa Rica, and with volunteer-led development in Paraguay. Mr. Maddox joined Restless
Development in 2009 as the Country Director in Uganda before taking a roving consultant role on the Senior Management
Team in 2011. He began his role as COO in London in October 2012.

Phnom Thano
Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand

Phnom Thano, 25 years old, is a member of Karen indigenous group from Chiang Mai province, Northern part of Thailand.
He is currently working with IMPECT Association and support the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand - NIPT whose
mission aims to protect, promote and fulfill the rights of indigenous peoples in Thailand. As an IPs youth representative, he
has been involved in many activities regarding to promote and advocate our rights.

Phyu Thi
Myanmar ICT for Development Organization

Phyu Phyu Thi is co-founder, research and development manager of MIDO (www.myanmarido.org) , a Myanmar local
organization focusing on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and Internet Policy. Her
current research is Impact of Hate speech Online on offline society, case study of communal conflict in Myanmar. She
holds masters degrees in Sustainable Development from the Chiangmai University, Faculty of Social Sciences in Thailand
and bachelors degree in Science from Yangon University. Her interests include technology and development, social media,
diffusion of information and behavior.

Rachaphum Panichsombat

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Rachaphum Panichsombat is currently pursuing Master in Public Policy (MPP) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at
the National University of Singapore. He is now an exchange student at the University of Tokyo, specializing in development
economics. His research interests include but not limited to urban issues, labor market, human capital and welfare.
Rachaphum previously worked as a research assistant for Dr. Ng Kok Hoe for a research project on public housing issues in
Singapore. He presented his research paper Why minimum wage in Hong Kong but not in Singapore? a comparative case


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study of the two neoliberal states at the International Public Policy Association conference hosted by the University of
Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the Masters program, Rachaphum worked for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
as a direct assistant to the Representative of Thailand. He also worked as a Policy Analyst at the Sasin Institute for Global
Affairs at Chulalongkorn University and as a Project Officer for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a Germany-based
political foundation. Rachaphum holds a bachelors degree in International Studies from the University of Richmond,

Renier Bona
Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines
Renier Bona is one of the board directors of Sustained Health Initiative of the Phillipines (SHIP). His area of focus ranges
from youth participation, HIV treatment, care and support, and sustainable business model development to advocacy and
policy reform. He is currently the project lead of an amFAR-funded project: "Increasing Access to Services of Persons Living
with HIV who Use Drugs in the Philippines". He is the focal point in the inclusion of harm reduction both as a sound policy
and a sound program in the Philippine national HIV and drug use intervention mechanisms.

Samin Ngach
Cambodigenous Youth Association
Samin Ngach is currently working as the Project Coordination that charge in a project namely the Strengthening
Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defender and Advocacy (SIPHRDA) for six years with the Cambodia Indigenous Youth
Association (CIYA). He provides the capacity building on human rights, relevant laws/policies, documentation, advocacy
mechanisms and negotiation skills for the indigenous communities who are facing by the economic and social land
concessions, hydro power dams, illegal logging, and mining issues as well. He also supports the indigenous communities in
doing advocacy and human right defenders at risk to provide the legal aid and sanctuary.

He gives advice and work with 17 villages of indigenous community on the dispute resolution process of the office of the
Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) which is Complaint concerning International Financial Cooperation (IFC) investment
in Dragon Capital Group and VEIL (Project no. 10740 and 20926). He was also a legal advisor with lawyers in French and
Cambodia for 93 families of Bunong peoples in Bousra commune on the legal action in Paris to against the rubber
plantation of Sockfin-KCD (Bollare).

Samira Hassan
Community Advocates Singapore (Winner of the Call for Stories)
Born to Bangladeshi immigrant parents, Samira was born and raised in Singapore. Her background gave rise to her interest
and concern in the often-marginalized migrant communities in her country. In the past, she has worked with Foreign
Domestic Workers, as well as migrant workers, helping them better integrate into their society through English lessons.
Samira is also a member of Community Advocates, a student-run advocacy group in her school. The group aims to raise
awareness for pertinent social issues in Singapore amongst the school community. The group holds events and initiatives
around the school the latest one being Advofeste through which exhibitions and social experiments were conducted to
inform and educate the school community about issues concerning the underprivileged, mentally ill and the migrant

Besides migrant communities, Samira is also passionate about womens rights and she volunteers at a womens crisis centre
to tutor children. In her spare time, Samira enjoys participating in Model United Nations, watching films and knitting.


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Sangeet Kayastha

Y-PEER Asia Pacific Center

For the past 10 years, Sangeet Kayastha is Youth Activist working on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights issues. In terms
of global development goals, he has been involved in SDGs and Post SDGs consultations as a facilitator and representative
in both national and international levels. He was also one of the few youths that started working on sharing information on
SDGs since it was initially announced.

He started his work in Nepal as peer educator and is currently working with young people from various backgrounds in
many countries across different regions.

Sarah Haynes
Restless Development
Sarah Hayne has previously worked for the European Women's Lobby and Women for Women International, with focus on
women's inclusion and equality in peace processes and political life. Currently, Ms. Haynes is employed at Restless
Development as the Global Advocacy Manager concentrated on governance and accountability in the Sustainable
Development Goals.

Saw Lin Htet

Saw Soe Min Naing is 25 years old, an ethnic Karen in Myanmar and have been with ActionAid Myanmar for over 4 years.
Currently working as an ActionAid Fellows/Community Development Facilitator. I involve In facilitating the community led
planning, linkaging with government departments and its services. I am part of a youth network which is more than 800
community youth leaders across the country.

The main things that I inspire about my work are: empowering people, promoting human dignity; involving people in, and
being a part of, participatory decision-making; having the courage of conviction and being able to take sides with people
living in poverty. In my spare time I like travelling, and reading.

Sen O'Connell

UNDP Viet Nam
Sen OConnell is Anti-Corruption, Governance and Rule of Law Programme Support Officer working in the Governance and
Participation Team of UNDP Vietnam. He is also the youth focal point of UNDP on the Inter Agency Working Group on
Youth. The main areas of Sen's work include human rights, civil society participation and legal reform, and he is currently
working to support the 2030 Youth Force Project in Vietnam.

Sesheeni Joud Selvaratnam

ActionAid International
Sesheeni Selvarathnam has over 12 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector across Asia & the
Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe.

She is currently the Youth Advisor at ActionAid International Bangladesh where she is engaged in policy, advocacy and
programmes. She has supported capacity assessments and development of grassroots organisations, youth led
organisations, leads on partnership development and resource mobilisation. Aside from her work in Bangladesh, she also
provides strategic guidance and technical knowledge to ActionAid's Youth Working Group and collaborates across youth
sector work in the Federation. Sesheeni has worked in both man-made and nature disaster contexts in different regions


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where she has been engaged in conducting assessment for developing organisational strategy to develop projects following
the emergency phase.

She poses a broad range of skills and capacities in community development, strategic policy, programme development and
implementation, coordination and positioning with external organisations, policy analysis in Post 2015 development
Agenda related to youth, skills development and civic engagement.

Shawn Friele
Embassy of Canada to Thailand
Shawn Friele has been the Second Secretary (Political and Economic) at Canadas Embassy to Thailand in Bangkok since
August 2015 covering Thai-Canada bilateral relations, democracy, and human rights. He joined the Canadian Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2008 and has served in several positions in Ottawa including in the Southeast Asia
Relations Division (covering ASEAN affairs), the Non-Proliferation Policy Division, the Security Abroad Task Force, and the
Global Partnership Program Bureau covering WMD threat reduction. Mr. Friele has a Masters of Art (International Affairs)
from Carleton University and Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Political Science) from the University of Toronto.

Shreya Basu
Open Government Partnership Support Unit

Shreya Basu has previously worked for Publish What You Fund, where she managed the organizations research and
monitoring work and advocated for the worlds largest donor agencies in aid transparency. Prior to this, she worked with
the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore where she conducted research on public sector reforms in South and
Southeast Asia. She also has consulting experience in designing and assessing fraud risk management and anti-corruption
compliance programs for clients across multiple industries. She is a graduate of Yale Universitys Masters in International
Relations program.
Currently, Ms. Basu is OGPs Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific. Her role is to help civil society organisations
in the region use the OGP platform effectively to further their advocacy goals.

Sikdam Hasim
2030 Youth force Indonesia

Sikdam Hasim is a teacher, campaigner and volunteer from Indonesia. 5 years ago, he got into a car accident and was
diagnosed as being completely blind. This was a difficult time in his life but he overcame this period has now maintains his
condition as a driver to his success. His disability has inspired him to work to promote and advocate the equal rights of
disabled community in his country.

In the past, he has been invited be a speaker at a special dinner event with the Royal family in the U.K. Mr. Hasim has also
previously received the International Award for Young People from Prince Edward in the United Kingdom and has
represented Indonesia in the Global Youth Disability Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, he has been selected to
participate in an International Study Abroad program in South Korea. Currently, Mr. Hasim is a successful speaker in
promoting the disability community and issues in various national and international events.

Sulique Waqa
Haus of Khameleon Fiji
Sulique Waqa is a young transgender feminist and an indigenous Fijian. She has worked on LGBTIQ issues of the Pacific
region for over 15 years. In the past, she founded the Haus of Khameleon, a transgender led feminist movement that is
lobbying, campaigning, organizing, researching, training and advocating for transgender equality in Fiji and the Pacific. For 6
years now, Sulique has been the chief Coordinator of the popular Adi Senikau Pageant, a transgender pageant in Fiji and sits


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as a member of the Hibiscus Festival Committee under the Hibiscus Events Group Inc. Sulique also serves as a member of
the ILGA-Oceania Board, as well as the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) Regional Steering Committee. Recently,
she was selected to serve as a member of the UN Women Pacific Civil Society Advisory Group.

Thaw Zin Aye
Youth LEAD

Thaw Zin Aye is currently the Regional Coordinator of Youth LEAD, overseeing regional programs, coordinating focal points,
country networks, and leading the regional policy works.
Thaw is a health rights activist, and has been advocating for the needs and rights of Young Key Affected (YKP) populations,
as well as women and girls, for over 5 years at the national, regional and international level. As one of the founding
members of Youth LEAD, Thaw is works to ensure that the voices of YKP are heard on these levels to improve YKP
involvement at both policy and programmatic levels.

Tom Ganderton
Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Tomas Ganderton is passionate the about the potential of digital tools to build and mobilise movements of people against
some of the world's most pressing challenges. He has seven years experience as a communicator and digital campaigner. He
currently works as Greenpeace Southeast Asias Engagement Team which aims to enable meaningful participation of
Greenpeace supporters in campaigns. Previously, he has worked with Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Amnesty
International. He holds Masters degrees in International Relations / Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University
(Bangkok) and the University of New South Wales (Sydney), and also a BA in Media and Gender Studies.

Tomomi Sugimoto

Tomomi Sugimoto has experience in various sectors with work related to NGOs of Bangladesh, marketing companies, and
social enterprises. Her primary work is in the world's largest youth-led organisation, AIESEC, that focuses on youth
leadership development. She served as the president of AIESEC for two years in Thailand. During this period, she led 9
national staff members from 6 different countries and oversaw 10 local branches with 350 members.
Currently, she is still employed as the Asia Pacific Operation Coordinator in AIESEC for leading young people towards
achieving Global Goals. Ms. Sugimoto is 25 years old and originally from Tokyo, Japan. She believes that she is a committed
and purposeful leader and that her age does not account for her vast experience in youth leadership development issues.

Vu Anh Lieu

Identifying as a member of the LGBT group himself as a gay man, Vu Lieu has been active in the LGBT and HIV community in
Asia. He has partook several roles such as the coordinator of Youth Voices Count (an advocacy network of young men who
have sexual relations with both men and young transgender women in Asia-Pacific), and as the Regional Health Innovation
Strategist of Hornet Gay Social Network. Vu also devoted his heart and mind to the LGBTIQ movement in Viet Nam, where
he is originally from. In addition, he focused on overseeing the capacity development initiative for LGBT civil society in the
country during his time with United Nations Development Programme.
Currently, Mr. Lieu is the Regional Coordinator of ILGA Asia. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Professional Communication
from RMIT University.

Wai Wai Nu
Women Peace Network


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Wai Wai Nu is the director and founder of Women Peace Network. Nu was a political prisoner for seven years under the
Burmese military government, and emerged to serve as a national and international voice for Burmas human rights and
democracy movement.

In 2012, after seven years as a political prisoner, she was released under a presidential amnesty. Nu was deeply moved by
the escalated violence she encountered upon her release from prison. As a result, she formed the Womens Peace Network,
as a platform to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmars different ethnicities, and to advocate for the
rights of marginalized women in Arakan and Myanmar. Through the Womens Peace Network she has been campaigning for
womens rights, an end to impunity. Nu has been working to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim
communities and improve human rights situation of her people Rohingya. Nu has conducted womens empowerment
trainings, offered legal education seminars, and organized human rights and peace building activities.

In 2014, after completion of her law degree she founded Justice for Women, which operates as a network of female lawyers
providing legal consultation and education for the women of Burma. She also organized a campaign - My Friend
Campaign - with youth from different communities to promote tolerance and to reduce discrimination among diverse
groups. In 2016, Nu has founded a Yangon Youth Center where young people can learn and explore their ideas and promote
leadership in social, political and peace building.

She was awarded N-Peace award (peace generation) and selected as a "100 Top Woman" by the BBC in 2014. She was
awarded Democracy Courage Tributes 2015 by World Movement for Democracy. She was also recognized as one of the
100 inspiring women by Salt Magazine and one of the 100 World Thinker 2015 by Foreign Policy Magazine respectively.

Younghwa Choi
UN Women Bangkok
Younghwa Choi is a Campaign Officer at the UN Women Regional Officer for Asia and the Pacific, and a volunteer for Korea
International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and has been working on ending violence against women and girls. She
graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from Seoul National University, Korea. Her primary area of interest is the
influence of campaigns in changes of peoples attitudes and behaviour.

Zainab Hussain Siddiqui
Telenor Group
Zainab Hussain Siddiqui is Director Sustainability at Telenor Group and a specialist in managing ICT/mobile for development
projects. With more than 15 years of experience in the telecom industry, development sector and government, Zainab
works on aspects of social responsibility with 13 business units across Telenors footprint with particular focus on
programmes pertaining to child online safety, digital identities, digital literacy and sustainability reporting.

In her previous role, Zainab headed Corporate Social Responsibility at Telenor Pakistan, where she led innovative projects in
partnership with international agencies within the areas of health, identity, education, disability inclusion and emergency
response. She has also served as an external consultant with the International Labor Organization (ILO) on issues of gender
equality and decent employment. In other roles, she has worked in strategy, business intelligence, project management,
and policy development positions with Pakistans incumbent operator PTCL and the Ministry of IT & Telecom.

Zainab is passionate about sustainable impact and finds youth enthusiasm in this space rejuvenating and positively

Zalon Wong


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UNESCAP (Intern)

Zalon Wong is currently an intern in Gender Section, Social Development Division, ESCAP. She holds a Masters degree in
Sociology and is dedicated in youth and community development and gender equality. She has worked closely with
undergraduate students in the Chinese University of Hong Kong for four years before she came to Bangkok. She believes
that engaging the young people in civil society via conducting social service programs is one of her major achievements.