Centre Associates comprise experts who are scholars and practitioners of international repute who provide training and advice. The Associates are experts in their field of specialty, whom the Centre draws on from time to time to execute or deliver selected programmes.
Ahmed Abid is a filmmaker and adjunct faculty with the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Media Studies and Journalism department. He has produced and directed films on rights-based issues around the world. Some of his key directorial work include The Dreaming Vendors (Bangladesh-Thailand), Votes Echoing Hope (Afghanistan) and Click to Protect, Change to Connect (Brazil-Thailand). Ahmed was the artistic director of the first travelling film festival in Thailand. He has also conducted extensive academic research on media in South and Southeast Asia. Ahmed has worked in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Singapore, Thailand and Jordan; and received training in Italy and the Netherlands. He has taught at the Department of Communications & New Media (CNM), National University of Singapore and worked at its CARE Lab as a Research Assistant. Ahmed holds two Master of Arts degrees; one in Philosophy (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) and one in Media and Social Development (Mahidol University, Thailand). He also holds a diploma in Cinema from the European-Inter University Centre (EIUC). Ahmed is currently pursuing a joint Ph.D in ‘Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance’; an interdisciplinary academic programme managed by University of Padova (Italy), University of Zagreb (Croatia), Western Sydney University (Australia), Panteion University, (Athens, Greece).
Alexandra Demetrianova is a freelance journalist from Slovakia based in Bangkok since September 2010. As a former Slovak Radio Southeast Asia correspondent, she has focused her work on human rights, environment, sustainable development and in recent years also LGBT and women’s rights. Her coverage in Africa included female genital mutilation and indigenous people.
Currently, she writes for Asian Correspondent and an array of Slovak and international media titles. She has co-founded and is an editor of Hummingbird Media – web media for alternative journalism focused mainly on Global South. In her free time, Alexandra likes to organize awareness-raising events in fields of human rights and environment both in Bangkok and Slovakia. She has co-organized Thammasat Human Rights Film Festival, Common Rights Film Festival at ICIRD conference in Bangkok, and so far two editions of Planet Festival in Bratislava.
Dr Kenneth Houston is a lecturer in international politics specializing in conflict studies. He currently teaches and works in Thailand. Dr Houston’s teaching and research areas include conflict resolution, regional governance and political discourse and he has published in the areas of regional integration, peace and conflict and religion and politics. A qualified mediator, he entered academia after over twelve years of experience in the Irish military where he served both in domestic security operations and on several tours of duty with the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East. He teaches a range of subjects including peace and conflict studies, regional politics and political theory at undergraduate and graduate level in International Relations. Currently, he serves as head of the department at a liberal arts university with responsibility for program management.
Yasuyuki Kato has worked as a social changer and researcher in various parts of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. He has worked as an independent researcher with local as well as international organisations; including the Institute of Urban Politics in Sakai City, Osaka, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Labour Organization. His research and social activism have spanned a diverse range of issues from grassroots mobilisation against political corruption to comparative disaster law, human rights protection in relation to migration and the role of the media in Asia. Yasuyuki has extensive media experience including working as an editor on multiple media platforms, in both the non-profit and private sectors. Yasuyuki holds a Master of Laws from Kobe University, Japan, where he is currently he pursuing a doctoral degree.
Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi is Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. She is the author of “Seeds of Dissent” (2015), a compilation of her commentaries on academic freedom, human rights, protests and political change in Malaysia, and has edited and contributed to many other publications. She is the Assistant Secretary-General of the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) and also part of the Malaysian Civil Society Organization (CSO) – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Alliance, in which she looks into Goal 4 on education. Formerly a columnist in The Malaysian Insider, Ying Hooi is also a former board member of the Amnesty International Malaysia. Prior to her academic career, Ying Hooi worked in the corporate sector and the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) as the Head of International Issues and Cooperation.
Simon Osborne has over 10 years retail banking experience and is a multi award winning Visa Qualified Fraud Analyst. He initiated and developed the UK’s first electronic fraud declaration and PARS (Proactive, Asset, Recovery, Strategy), which has helped UK banks save millions in fraud losses. Simon graduated with a first class honours degree in Fraud and Criminal Justice from Visa Inc Business School and currently serves as Senior Vice President for the Broadgate Financial Group where he also sits on the Executive Board. He is also the Group Managing Director for AIPGlobal.co a unique student eco-system that works in partnership with the Asia Centre.
Mike Raomanachai is a Technology Anchor and Senior Reporter for Voice TV, a national network in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated with a Master Degree in Multimedia Communications at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, where he is inspired by technology businesses in Silicon Valley. Mike is also a multimedia journalist who has been working on new reporting platforms such as live streaming and live blogging for the past 7 years
Michael John Venus White is a Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate. For the past twenty years he has worked for international organisations, Non Governmental Organisations, National Human Rights Institutions and Government agencies across the Asia Pacific region. For the past 10 years he has worked as a Senior Adviser to the New Zealand Human Rights Commission where he currently is responsible for strategic litigation, engagement with the United Nations and monitoring. Michael is an experienced trainer and facilitator and is an accredited Master Trainer for the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. He has also been appointed an Asia Pacific Torture Prevention Ambassador to provide advice and assistance across the region on matters relating to the Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol. Michael has published widely on international law and human rights law and practice. He is regularly invited to give guest lectures on these topics.
Dr. Eilo Wing-yat Yu is Associate Professor and programme coordinator at the Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau. His research focuses on politics and public administration in Greater China, including Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Elio obtained his Masters from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. He has published extensively in both English and Chinese.