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Asia Pacific Leadership Program, 2009-2010 Biographies of Fellows Asia Pacific Leadership Program East-West Center John A. Burns Hall 1601 East-West Road Honolulu, HI 96848-1601, USA Email: aplp@EastWestCenter.org Website: www.EastWestCenter.org/aplp WERANUJ ARIYASRIWATANA (Thailand) last year earned a graduate diploma (with high distinction) in intercultural management at the Japan-America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS) in Honolulu. Ms. Ariyasriwatana holds a master’s degree in global marketing communication and advertising from Emerson College in Boston, and a bachelor’s degree in development economics from Chulalongkron University in Bangkok. Ms. Ariyasriwatana worked as strategic planning manager for international advertising agencies including McCann Worldgroup, Ogilvy & Mather, and Hakuhodo. She successfully planned marketing communication strategies for brands such as Nescafe, Ajinomoto, Durex, and Pond's. Her work scope included Thai, Asia Pacific, and European markets. Ms. Ariyasriwatana was editor for the Communications Authority of Thailand trade magazine. Recently she won an award in Thailand’s Foundation of Children Writing Contest. TOANI BARAO (Kiribati) serves as deputy secretary in Kiribati’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services. In this role, he assists in the ministry’s overall administration. Since the mid-1990s, Mr. Barao has held various Kiribati government posts including service in other ministries such as Transport and Tourism Development; Labour, Employment and Cooperatives; Commerce, Industry and Tourism; and Finance and Economic Development. Mr. Barao holds a post- graduate diploma in economics, a master’s degree in economics, and a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and economic geography from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. His master’s thesis was titled “An Analysis of the Determinants of the Economic Growth Rate in Kiribati.” Mr. Barao is also the co-author of a paper titled “The Effects of Exports, Aid and Remittances on Output: The Case of Kiribati.” Mr. Barao’s home island is Beru, Republic of Kiribati. VIJOY CHATTERGY (United States) brings 16 years of experience in public, non-profit and private-sector financial services to APLP 2009-2010. As a financial analyst and vice president at SPARX Asset Management, Hong Kong, Mr. Chattergy focused on hedge fund investments. He holds an MBA from Cornell University; a master’s degree in politics of the world economy from the London School of Economics; and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Also, he holds the designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Raised in Honolulu, Mr. Chattergy has worked and/or studied extensively in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong/China and the United Kingdom. Other work experiences have ranged from teaching in the charter corps of Teach for America in Compton, California, to working in the Markets Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. JOSHUA COOPER (United States) teaches university courses covering issues tied to political science, international human rights law, Pacific Island studies, peace studies and journalism as a lecturer at the University of Hawai’i’s West O’ahu campus and Leeward Community College. Mr. Cooper is pursuing a doctorate in international human rights law at the National University of Ireland in Galway, and a master’s degree in Pacific Island studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He holds a master’s degree in international relations and bachelor’s degree (with high honors and distinction) in political science and journalism from UH-Manoa. Mr. Cooper pursued advocacy work that pushed for adoption of the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was approved in September 2007. Also, in partnership with indigenous peoples, he has presented human-rights violations matters to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Discrimination Against Women as well as the UN Human Rights Committee. COLLEEN CORRIGAN (United States) is senior programme officer at the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She serves as an expert in international marine conservation and protected areas. Previously, Ms. Corrigan worked for The Nature Conservancy as a Marine Learning Partnership Facilitator. In that role, she coordinated and managed development and implementation of an international marine partnership tailored to increase and share knowledge about marine protected area networks affecting 17 developing nations. Ms. Corrigan has spent 11 years working with local, national and international organizations at the interface of social, physical and environmental sciences. She holds master’s degrees (summa cum laude) in conservation biology and sustainable development, and art education from the University of Wisconsin- Madison; and a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in biology from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. MIAN CUI (China) is news assistant at CBS News’ Beijing bureau. She has contributed to news coverage on topics ranging from the Sichuan earthquake (May 2008) to last summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing. Also, she was in charge of coordinating trips in China for the CBS crew. In addition, Ms. Cui has worked as intern for BBC Chinese in Hong Kong. Ms. Cui holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Wuhan University. She completed a summer program on European study held at Lund University in Sweden. Ms. Cui is setting up a charity website that aims to raise funding for victims of the Sichuan earthquake now in need of prosthetics. AZADEH DAVARI (Iran) holds a master’s degree in food science and quality control from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. Previously, she worked with food and nutrition communities for seven years as a research staff member for the National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute in Tehran. Ms. Davari holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, focusing on food science and technology, from the sciences and research branch of Islamic Azad University. Ms. Davari’s ongoing studies include a focus on improving leadership skills among food and nutrition university graduates working on issues pertaining to food security — sustainable physical and economic access to adequate, safe and culturally accepted foods — in Iran. In the last two years, while drafting plans for a leadership training course, she visited the South-East Asian Nutrition Leadership Program and the European Nutrition Leadership Program. Ms. Davari works as a sales manager for Ornet Commercial Company, Tehran. ANJU DEVKOTA (Nepal) is a health promotion facilitator for Green Tara Trust, a United Kingdom-based charity organization. She assists with research-related efforts and conducts health education training and counseling for grassroots personnel such as traditional birth attendants and child-health workers. As an instructor, Ms. Devkota uses rights-based health promotion techniques to discuss topics such as sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and health emergencies. Born in a remote village in Nepal, Ms. Devkota’s family arranged for her to pursue higher secondary education, with a focus on science studies, at Cambridge College in Kathmandu. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in public health from Nepal Institute of Health Sciences. This year she received a post-graduate degree in Women’s Studies at Padma Kanya Multiple, Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu. Ms. Devkota serves as joint-treasurer for Rotaract club of Rudramati, a Rotary International organization. THUY DO (Vietnam) is a lecturer and research fellow at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Hanoi. Her work focuses on international politics and diplomacy. Ms. Do holds a master’s degree in international relations from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (formerly the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Institute of International Relations — Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Last year, as a visiting fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Ms. Do conducted research on Vietnam-China relations. In October 2007, Ms. Do served as a speaker representing Vietnamese youth at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations People’s Assembly in Manila. Also, for two years she served as editor-in-chief of “Young Diplomats,” a magazine for Hochiminh’s Youth Union. Ms. Do serves as a leader in the trade union of the Department of International Politics and Diplomacy/Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. BENNETT GILLMAR (United States) last year served as assistant for special projects for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. In that role, he wrote an application (approved by the European Commission in September 2008) to fund a training center for Chinese construction-sector professionals at Tongji University. The center features instruction in environmentally friendly building practices designed to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from buildings. Mr. Gillmar holds a bachelor’s degree (with high honors) from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Also, he holds a certificate in Chinese studies, with graduate-level coursework international relations, Chinese law and other subjects conducted in Mandarin, from Johns Hopkins University—Nanjing University (Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing, China). In addition, Mr. Gillmar has worked in real estate- related positions in Beijing and Honolulu. JESSICA GORDON (United States) is a studio artist in Jingdezhen, China. Previously, she worked as an English teacher in Beijing, and as a public health research team manager for the University of California, Berkeley and Sichuan Center for Disease Control in Chengdu, China. Ms. Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in development studies, focusing on China and Latin America, from Brown University; and has studied Mandarin in China through a Duke University program and the Inter-University Program at Tsinghua University. Also, Ms. Gordon has completed all requirements for a ceramics major at Rhode Island School of Design. While studying at Brown, Ms. Gordon led a group that prompted the creation a permanent faculty position in American Sign Language. That effort created the basis for a deaf studies program at the university. Also, Ms. Gordon has worked as outreach director for Farm Fresh Rhode Island. In that role, she created and ran the state’s first food stamps program tailored for use at farmers markets. SAMUEL GOROHOUNA (New Caledonia/France) is pursuing a doctorate in economics at the University of Paris1-Pantheon-Sorbonne. His research focuses on networks within New Caledonia’s indigenous Kanak community that can impact economic benefits. The Kanak community reportedly makes up about 44 percent of New Caledonia’s island population (estimated at 244,410) in the Southwest Pacific area. Mr. Gorohouna holds a master’s degree in international economy from University of Paris1-Pantheon-Sorbonne. His thesis probed the “impact of monetary union on insular economics” applied to New Caledonia, which is a French Overseas Territory. Also, Mr. Gorohouna earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and international politics from the University of Paris1-Pantheon-Sorbonne. He has worked for a mining company, Koniambo Nickel SAS, in New Caledonia in a community relations and economic benefit program, which aims to maximize economic benefits for indigenous people and other communities. HAJRA HAFEEZ-UR-REHMAN (Pakistan) has three years of experience working in the development sector with organizations addressing social, health and education issues affecting young people and women. As an intern for the United Nations’ Gender Justice Program (Islamabad/Pakistan), Ms. Hafeez-ur-Rehman worked in the finance and media/communications departments. She has assisted with mapping and analysis tied to the issue of violence against women. At Green Star Social Marketing Pakistan Ltd., a non-profit group assisting low-income people, she was an intern in finance and social work departments. In that role, she assisted with clinics at which doctors provide free medical facilities to women in slum areas. Ms. Hafeez-ur- Rehman holds an MBA in finance and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance, both from Lahore School of Economics in Pakistan. Last year, she was a keynote speaker at REACH Youth Conference on Gender, HIV and AIDS in Sri Lanka. This summer she served as a Hansen Peace Fellow at San Diego State University. ASHLEY HAGER (United States) brings to APLP 2009-2010 more than 16 years of classroom teaching and teacher-training experience in the United States. Recently, Ms. Hager spent six months volunteering in Nepal as a teacher trainer for the Little Sisters Fund, an organization that provides academic scholarships to girls who would otherwise be at risk of child labor, child marriage or trafficking in the international sex industry. Ms. Hager trained more than 100 teachers from the Kathmandu Valley and, in collaboration with the Australian Himalayan Fund, more than 400 teachers from remote villages in the Mount Everest region. Ms. Hager holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Oberlin College in Ohio. Ms. Hager has held numerous teaching, training, and administrative posts in the field of education. Most recently, from 2002 to 2008, she developed and implemented the first Reading Support Program at Gateway High School in San Francisco, California. The program was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the most effective initiatives in the U.S. to promote adolescent literacy. DANIEL HEINRICH (New Zealand) has played a key role in the development and implementation of Energy Efficiency Opportunities, a program focused on improving energy- related productivity while reducing greenhouse emissions linked to Australia’s 200 largest energy-using corporations. Mr. Heinrich is the project leader and author of the program’s Energy Savings Measurement Guide, a first-of-its-kind best practice text that details how to estimate, evaluate, measure and track energy efficiency opportunities. Mr. Heinrich has been engaged as an energy efficiency consultant for Demand Response Ltd., a firm that assists organizations and governments with strategies for trimming energy consumption. He is now seeking to replicate working energy-efficiency models across the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Heinrich holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Auckland. He serves as a volunteer for the Refugee Resettlement Services. RAMY INOCENCIO (United States) is a national broadcast journalist for television, radio, online and mobile platforms. Most recently, he worked as a network-level anchor, reporter and producer for CBS Mobile News in New York City. Notably, Mr. Inocencio led division coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the White House presidential race and the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. Prior to CBS News, he freelance reported from Beijing, Singapore and Washington, D.C. on a wide range of China- and Asia-related topics for McNeil/Lehrer Television Productions, Marketplace Business Radio and Public Radio International’s Pacific Time radio show. Mr. Inocencio has also worked as an international news anchor for Channel NewsAsia based in Singapore as well as a host for China Central Television and China Radio International in Beijing. He holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and environmental science from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA and an Advanced Chinese Language Certificate from Beijing University. JUNKO ITOKAZU (Japan) teaches classes in business practice, focusing on global economic challenges and career development, at Okinawa Christian University in Japan. Previously, she held business industry positions such as procurement manager for Okinawa DFS K.K., and Asia logistics specialist for Procter & Gamble Far East, Inc. in Kobe, Japan. Also, she has worked as an English teacher for the Okinawa School of Foreign Language. Ms. Itokazu holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Maryland (Okinawa). In 2003, Ms. Itokazu received a Japanese government-sponsored scholarship (Kokuhi) to pursue business studies at the University of Hawai’i (UH). A year later, she earned an MBA from the UH’s Shidler College of Business and a China-focused Management certificate from the Japanese-American Institute of Management Science (JAIMS) in Honolulu. YONGOE KAMBUE (Papua New Guinea) is an emergency physician at Angau Memorial General Hospital in Lae, Papua New Guinea, and serves as president of the South Pacific Society for Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kambue is a Senior Specialist Medical Officer for Emergency Medicine with the National Department of Health. He is the first Papua New Guinea- born individual to qualify as an emergency medicine physician. In addition, he is a coordinator for post-graduate training in emergency medicine. Dr. Kambue is involved in continuing medical education activities, and coordinates the Primary Trauma Care course for the country. He serves as an instructor for Early Management of Severe Burns in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Dr. Kambue holds a master’s degree in emergency medicine and a post- graduate diploma in anesthesiology from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Papua New Guinea. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in basic medical sciences and medicine and surgery from the university. KRISTIANA KILVERT (Australia) is the founder of the Young Australian Women's Alliance, an information and support network, and the co-founder of an international online equality project that promotes peace, respect, and understanding for inter-racial, inter-religious and same-sex couples. Last year, Ms. Kilvert was a presenter at the World Youth Congress held in Canada. In 2007, she was awarded a Pride of Australia medal. In 2006, Ms. Kilvert was a panelist at the Women as Global Leaders Conference (United Arab Emirates) and in 2005 presented an award-winning paper at the Education Without Borders Conference (United Arab Emirates). Ms. Kilvert holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a bachelor’s degree in media communication from the Queensland University of Technology. Most recently, Ms. Kilvert was working at the Queensland University of Technology Development Office, and also as a tutor in the Creative Industries and Business Schools. SUJEET KUMAR (India) is executive director and co-founder of Kalinga Kusum Foundation, a social enterprise addressing challenges tied to education and entrepreneurship in rural communities in India. The foundation is setting up India’s first Community Radio Station to be managed by an indigenous community. The station generates content for programs to air relevant to the educational, socio-economic and cultural needs of its local community. Previously, Mr. Kumar was a global leadership fellow at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. He managed the Forum’s education task force, which facilitates innovative education models for schools in rural areas and developing countries; and helped assemble and manage the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum for Asia and the Middle East. Earlier Mr. Kumar worked for UNDP and Infosys Technologies Ltd. in India. Mr. Kumar holds an MBA in social entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford; and bachelor’s degree in engineering, specializing in electronics and telecommunications, from the University College of Engineering in (Burla) Orissa, India. HUI LIN (China) brings to APLP 2009-2010 more than 15 years of work experience in the areas of public relations, advertising and marketing. Ms. Lin holds a bachelor-of-law degree, with a major in journalism, from Jinan University, Guangzhou. After university graduation, Ms. Lin pursued employment with multi-national companies. She worked as an account manager for DMB&B Advertisement Co. Ltd., a subsidiary full-service agency under the international communication group Publicis. Her main clients ranged from Mead Johnson to Procter & Gamble. Ms. Lin later joined Cerebos (Guangzhou) Limited as a product manager, leading a business effort in the South China market. Her work focused on the health supplement Brand’s Essence of Chicken. She now serves in a senior management role as account director for Guangzhou Excellent Communications. Her primary duties include new business development, project management and development, team management, and company operations-related responsibilities. JUNIOR MANON (United States) is a program manager for an out-of-school-youth workforce development program at Bronx Community College in New York City. In addition to bridging the gap between a teen out-of-school status and return to education and/or vocational pursuits, Mr. Manon provides case management, counseling and job training for program participants. Born in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Manon moved to New York at age 14. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (cum laude) from Herbert H. Lehman College in New York City. Mr. Manon is a founding member of Art for Change, a New York City-based grassroots organization that uses media and arts as tools in social justice efforts. In 2007, he won Art For Change’s Volunteer of the Year award for his efforts in leading a documentary-making program pertaining to under- served youth in Bolivia, and various other social justice-related projects. MAEVE McINNIS (United States) holds a bachelor’s degree in global studies, with a major in human rights and development, from Long Island University’s Global College. Since Fall 2007, she has worked as a corporate development trainer for Strategic Systems Solutions, an information technology and business process outsourcing consultancy in Hangzhou, China. Previously, she served as an intern for Groundswell Community Mural Project in New York City. The project forms partnerships between professional artists and various communities to create murals in under-represented neighborhoods. In that role, Ms. McInnis developed and implemented a program tailored for youth offenders. Also, she has worked as an intern and assistant teacher, respectively, for La Agrupacion de Familias de Deseparecido in Santiago, Chile and North London Rudolf Steiner Waldorf School in England. Born in Maine, she has lived abroad in Europe, Costa Rica, Chile, China and Tibet. MAIKO NAMIHIRA (Japan) is a high school English teacher in Okinawa, Japan. In addition to drafting original lesson plans and teaching lessons, Ms. Namihira has supervised English assistant teachers; organized exchange programs, including one that hosted Hawai’i students and sent Okinawan students to Hawai’i; assisted with school inspections in the Kanagawa prefecture and Tokyo; directed a school language lab, and acquired computers for it. She has also taught English at the junior-high school level. Ms. Namihara holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. Her graduation thesis probed morphological acquisition research in second-language acquisition. As a university student, she served as a volunteer as a tutor for Chinese and Korean exchange students. Ms. Namihira holds a master license in calligraphy, and has demonstrated ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, at events in conjunction with Okinawa International Center. LKHAMDULAM NATSAGDORJ (Mongolia) is executive director of People Centered Conservation in Mongolia, a non-governmental organization that develops and implements community-based projects tied to natural resource management and livelihood improvement. Ms. Natsagdorj’s organization works closely with New Zealand Nature Institute, an international team of conservation and development practitioners with core competencies in the fields of rural livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. Ms. Natsagdorj has also worked alongside the New Zealand organization in pursuit of community-based tourism development. Previously, she was the leader of a team that conducted a baseline survey of socioeconomic conditions in Mongolia for the United Nations Development Programme. Ms. Natsagdorj holds an MBA from Hyderabad Central University in India; and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and accountancy from the Mongolian State University of Agriculture in Ulaanbaatar. MANEESH PANDEY (India) brings to APLP 2009-2010 more than 14 years of experience as a print journalist in two of India’s leading media houses. Since December 2006, Mr. Pandey has worked as the Chief of News Bureau for Mail Today, India’s morning daily newspaper published in collaboration with Daily Mail of London. He manages a team of reporters and writes about issues ranging from urban planning and city politics to tourism and environmental matters. Previously, Mr. Pandey worked as chief reporter at The Times of India, the country’s leading English daily. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in history from the University of Delhi. Mr. Pandey has also studied as a Charles Wallace Visiting Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England. As a fellow, he pursued a research project titled “Issues in Conservation of Indian Heritage.” HUONG PHAM (Vietnam) holds two bachelor’s degrees from Beloit College in Wisconsin — one in economics and the other international relations. Ms. Pham studied for a semester abroad at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England. Also, she earned a diploma in advertising and design from the Institute of Advertising Singapore. Ms. Pham has worked as a research intern for GreenMango, an India-based social enterprise that aims to empower micro-entrepreneurs by improving their market access through an online platform. After college graduation, Ms. Pham worked as a reporter and sub-editor at the Phnom Penh Post, an independent newspaper in Cambodia. In that role, she investigated ethnic minority and education issues. Last summer, in tandem with a grassroots group of Vietnamese students who had studied abroad, Ms. Pham served as an organizer of a student-led business conference held in Vietnam. VILACHITH PHOMMASACK (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) serves as head of the information and communication technology unit at the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute in Laos. An ongoing project involves creating a dynamic web data base for Lao Rice Knowledge Bank, a website that links rice farmers with scientists, researchers and others who can provide information and education pertaining to various advancements and research findings in agricultural technologies. Also, Mr. Phommasack has coordinated development of the National Rice Research Programme’s website and communications. Mr. Phommasack serves as a lecturer at the National University of Laos in the areas of information technology and computer programming. Mr. Phommasack holds a bachelor’s degree in computing (with honors) from the University of Brighton in England. LAISA ROI (France) is pursuing a doctorate in economics, with a focus on the development of economic integration in Oceania, at the Universite Montesquieu Bordeaux IV in France. Ms. Roi is seeking to establish whether Oceania’s regional integration could benefit from a process of monetary integration based on the emergence of a common anchor currency. Ms. Roi also holds a master’s degree in international economics and finance from the university. Since October 2005, she has served as a teaching assistant at the university in the disciplines of economics and finance, econometrics and mathematics. Ms Roi is a founding member and treasurer of Expression Bordeaux IV, an association that promotes various cultural activities. She is also a member of a traditional dance group, “Mana ‘Ori Tahiti.” Ms. Roi was born in Bordeaux, but her family’s roots are in the South Pacific. Her father is a native of Huahine and her mother, Port-Vila. MAHMUD SALIM (Bangladesh) brings to APLP 2009-2010 more than five years of experience as a developmental professional in the fields of renewable energy, climate change and disaster management projects. Mr. Salim has worked primarily with national development agencies, such as BRAC (formerly known as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee); Grameen Shakti, an associate organization of Grameen Bank, and COAST (Coastal Association for Social Transformation) Trust of Bangladesh. Since May 2008, Mr. Salim has worked as a research fellow at the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (Ateneo De Manila University) Quezon City, Philippines. Among other research pursuits, he is analyzing natural resource-based regional peace and conflict issues, disaster management, climate change and environmental polices of Bangladesh. Mr. Salim holds a master’s degree in development studies from BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and bachelor’s degree in science of forestry (with honors) from Khulna University in Bangladesh. SAI SENG (Burma/United States) brings 13 years of professional experience, managerial skills and business knowledge to APLP 2009-2010. Mr. Seng holds an MBA from Emporia State University in Kansas; and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Yangon in Burma. He has worked as a design engineer at Byers Engineering in California, focusing on engineering jobs tied to an AT&T project; as a logistics manager for IKEA in Long Island, New York, managing the store replenishment process; and as a research assistant at Emporia State University’s School of Business, assisting with teaching materials and literature research. In Burma, Mr. Seng has held positions ranging from offshore administrative secretary for Total S.A., Burma (French oil company unit) to a manager for Escapade Club, where he supervised club and bar operations. Also, Mr. Seng started a concept fast-food restaurant in Burma and managed all aspects of the business for about 14 months. JONATHAN STRAHL (United States) holds a dual bachelor’s degree in psychology and history (summa cum laude) from Claremont McKenna College in California (class valedictorian). He completed a semester of studies at Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Chile. In 2007, Mr. Strahl was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship through the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation. As a scholar in Makassar, Mr. Strahl taught and assessed high-school level English at an Islamic boarding school. He also pursued cultural exchange opportunities with the community via discussion groups, radio and television shows in English and Indonesian; coordinated a nationwide writing competition; and acted as a cultural ambassador, speaking on behalf of the U.S. Embassy. Since November, Mr. Strahl has worked as a home-energy technician for Oregon Green Solutions, organizing and leading teams trained to improve home energy efficiency. Next year, he will pursue graduate-level studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. DANIEL TAMINATO (Brazil) holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has completed additional coursework required for psychologist certification at Tuiuti University of Parana in Brazil. Mr. Taminato has worked in human resources positions focusing on indicators analyses, compensation and benefits, development organizational programs, health and safety programs, and recruitment. For several years, he has served as a volunteer for AFS (American Field Service) Intercultural Programs, holding positions such as regional educational coordinator and national training team member. Mr. Taminato first pursued AFS work as a high school student, after taking part in an exchange program that sent him to Kyoto, Japan. The program provided him with a deeper understanding of his family history and culture — Mr. Taminato’s Okinawan grandparents settled in Brazil in the late 1930s. KRIANGKRAI THITIMAKORN (Thailand) holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden; a master’s degree in bioprocess technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand; a bachelor's degree in microbiology from Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok; and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok. Mr. Thitimakorn works in Bangkok as a senior project coordinator for a company specializing in public relations and events. Previously, he was a business coordinator in Lisbon, Portugal for a company that creates, manages and promotes various events, including efforts related to environmental awareness. Mr. Thitimakorn has also served as an executive assistant to the director of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific in Thailand. Last year, he spent two months assisting with laboratory development in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at the University of Hawai’i. LY TRAN (Vietnam) has worked as national programme officer for Culture for UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) office in Hanoi. Her work focused on managing and coordinating “Intangible Cultural Heritage” projects. She also worked on projects pertaining to endangered languages, cultural diversity, ethnic minorities, and crafts. Previously, Ms. Tran worked as an education program consultant for UNICEF in Hanoi. In that role, she assisted with planning and implementation of media campaigns focused on early childhood development issues, and provided technical inputs and translation support. Ms. Tran holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology (magna cum laude) from Colby College in Maine. After completing her degree, Ms. Tran worked for ProPeru Service Corps as a volunteer affairs coordinator. She organized cultural activities and community efforts addressing issues such as domestic violence, bilingual education, agro/eco-tourism and art education. MARVIN UEHARA (Brazil) For the last five years, Mr. Uehara has pursued studies in subjects ranging from economics and law to history and geography in preparation for diplomatic training at Rio Branco Institute, an international relations graduate school and diplomatic academy run by the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil. Mr. Uehara holds a bachelor’s degree in tourism from the University of Sao Paulo, and has held various positions in that field. Mr. Uehara speaks English, Spanish and French. He has served as a volunteer for Casa Grande Foundation, a non-governmental organization that assists needy children in Nova Olinda, Brazil. He has also worked with deaf children as a volunteer for Santa Teresinha Institute in Sao Paulo. Outside of Brazil, Mr. Uehara has served as a Red Cross worker in a kindergarten in Salamanca, Spain; and has worked as a ski instructor in South Lake Tahoe, California. LOLA WAGNER (Indonesia) in the mid-1990s founded Yayasan Mitra Kesehatan dan Kemanusiaan (Health and Humanitarian Partnership), a non-governmental agency in Batam that focuses on combating human trafficking and preventing HIV-AIDS. In 1993, Ms. Wagner founded Perspective Foundation, a Jakarta-based non-governmental organization that addresses women’s sexuality issues and media research. During the 1990s, as the Batam area developed and tourism flourished, increasing numbers of women were tapped for factory work and prostitution. Ms. Wagner serves as an international advocate for exploited workers, women’s reproductive health, and counter-trafficking initiatives affecting women and children. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. Ms. Wagner holds a degree in anthropology from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, West Java. She also has work experience in media planning and radio announcing. CAITLIN WYNDHAM (Australia) has over eight years of experience in international development. Most recently she was a project manager at Handicap International in Maldives aiming to include people with disabilities in all aspects of the island country's society. Previously, Ms Wyndham worked for several years in Vietnam as a policy and program design specialist in the area of disability and development. Recently she assisted the International Labor Organization in Geneva in mapping services for women with disabilities in Vietnam. While living in Hanoi, she also worked in China and Cambodia and conducted training for emerging groups of people with disabilities in Iraq. Ms Wyndham is the author of a guidebook for job- seekers with disabilities and a trainer's manual for conducting workshops for job-seekers with disabilities. Ms. Wyndham holds a master's degree in international and community development from Deakin University in Geelong, Australia; and bachelor's degrees in modern history and human ecology from the Australian National University in Canberra. JING XU (China) recently completed an exchange program that sent her to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Asia Institute Exchange Student Fellowship) as student fellow in comparative education and social science. Previously, Ms. Xu worked as a Mandarin teacher and class manager at Western International School of Shanghai; and as a teacher and class manager at a primary school in Hangzhou. Ms. Xu holds a master’s degree in comparative education from East China Normal University in Shanghai; and a bachelor’s degree in primary education from Hangzhou Teachers College in Hangzhou. Ms. Xu is the author of a paper titled “Education, Class Stratification and Labor Market: A Literature Review and China’s Higher Education System,” which was presented this year at a Comparative and International Education Society conference held in South Carolina. She is also the author of “The Impact of Empathy on Adolescents Moral Consciousness in China,” which was published last year in the academic journal Modern Education Science. HITOMI YOKOTE (Japan) is an independent consultant and a lecturer. Previously, Ms. Yokote worked for Toys R Us Japan in Kawasaki as a corporate officer in charge of corporate planning, human resources, industrial relations, and various communications matters, working closely with headquarters in the United States. Between April 1992 and July 2006, Ms. Yokote held positions at Sony Corporation ranging from manager of global recruiting to senior manager of international public affairs and external relations. Also, she served for three years as an administrative officer for the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Yokote holds an MBA, with a focus in human resources and marketing, from Keio University in Yokohama; and a bachelor’s degree in comparative culture from Sophia University in Tokyo. She has completed studies as an exchange student at Richard Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.
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