Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations on the vision, mission and services offered by the Centre. Members of the Board from time to time also engage in delivering training and expert advice in their respective areas of competence. The Board comprises individuals of international repute who are specialists in their respective fields and who have wide experience in the tertiary education sector (in both pedagogy and andragogy), in international organizations and in the civil society sector. Members are accomplished in Asia-Pacific affairs and have considerable professional and personal experience in the region.

Dr. Karin Dean – Member

Dr. Dean is Senior Researcher at The Estonian Institute of Humanities, Karin DeanTallinn University and a leader in Asian Studies in the Baltic region. She specializes in political geography, on State, territory, sovereignty, borders and spaces, on state- and nation-building; on ethnic minorities; and
stateless nations in ‘Southeast,’ ‘South,’ ‘Central’ and ‘East’ Asia. She has taught and conducted research in Vietnam, at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, at Family Health International in North Thailand, and at the Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. She holds a doctorate in Geography from the National University of Singapore, an M.Sc. in Geography from the University of Idaho and a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Tartu.

Nobuo Hayashi – Member

Nobuo HayashiNobuo Hayashi is presently Senior Legal Advisor, International Law and Policy Institute, and Researcher, University of Oslo Law Faculty. He specializes in the law of armed conflict, particularly the fundamental principles, the conduct of hostilities and protection of victims; international criminal law, especially war crimes and modes of liability including command/superior responsibility; and public international law, in particular, recourse to force and state responsibility. He has more than fifteen years of experience performing advanced research, advising international prosecutors, authoring court submissions, teaching at universities and publishing in the aforementioned areas as well as related fields. He is also a Visiting Professor at the International University of Japan (2005-present) and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Turin Law Faculty/UN Interregional Criminal Justice Research Institute (2007-present). He was Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (2008-12); Legal Advisor, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (2006-8); Legal Officer, Prosecutions Division, Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) (2004-6); and Associate Legal Officer, ICTY OTP Legal Advisory Section (2000-3).

Dr. Sorpong Peou – Member

Sorpong PeuoBA (University of Waterloo, Canada); MA and Ph.D. (York University, Canada). Currently Professor and Chair, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Formerly Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg (Manitoba); Chair of the Advisory and Recruitment Committee for The Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies – a joint program between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Prior to these academic appointments, Professor of International Security at Sophia University in Tokyo (Japan); Canada-ASEAN Fellow as well as Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). Academic fields of expertise: security and democracy studies, with the regional focus on the Asia-Pacific. Service: Editorial boards of Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies (Palgrave Macmillan) and the peer-reviewed journal Asian Politics & Policy (Wiley-Blackwell); regional editor of a peer-reviewed journal – The Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Seoul National University Press, South Korea). Also Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Peace and Cooperation, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Cambodian Development Research Institute, and a member of an International Country Experts Network on UN Peacekeeping.

Professor Jonathan Woodier – Member

woodierPhD (UQ), M.A. (HKU), BA (Hons). A media and communications professional specializing in brand building and organizational transformation, Jonathan is currently a professor at the Sol International School of Media and Communications Arts at Woosong University, South Korea, and an Associate Fellow of the Strategic Communications Centre at King’s College, London. For the last 25 years Jonathan has been working with narratives across multiple businesses in Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. With a background in multi-platform journalism and a proven track record of helping companies effectively create authentic conversations with their stakeholders, he has supported leading brands in growing their businesses in highly-regulated industries while raising levels of motivation and good governance.


Dr. Ross Worthington – Member

Ross WorthingtonDr. Worthington is an international governance expert with over 25 years of experience, including over 12 years of residential experience in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and works experience in 28 countries worldwide. Dr. Worthington also has extensive experience with the Australian Government and with the World Bank, working in fragile and post-conflict environments. Prior to his work in international development, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Secretary in the Australia Government in social security, health, education and indigenous affairs.


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