Shaz Shaghouei

Shaz is undertaking a research internship at Asia Centre from April until June 2017, focusing on a review of the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council and its impact on the protection of human rights in Southeast Asia. He is currently doing an undergraduate history degree at Kings College London.

He chose Asia Centre in particular because of its regional (ASEAN) focus and its evidence-based research on human rights. With a strong interest in international politics, a research internship related to UN mechanisms, policies and processes appeared to be a good platform for his future career. During his free time Shaz loves to travel. Arsenal is his football team and he says that (luckily or not) being in London for university means he can often go to watch his team, even if they do cause him so much heartache.

Yangchen Pema

Yangchen is doing a marketing and communications internship at Asia Centre from April to July 2017. The focus of her internship is on market research and developing marketing strategies for the Asia Centre.

She chose to do internship at Asia Centre in order to improve her communication abilities and to hone her marketing skills. Yangchen is currently in her final year of International Business Studies at the Rajamangala University of Technology of Phra Nakhon. In her free time she likes to listen music, read and travel.


Kezang Yuden

Kezang doing a marketing and communications internship at Asia Centre from April to July 2017. Kezang’s key internship tasks include developing a database of nearby businesses and digital marketing of the Asia Centre space.

She decided to do internship in Asia Centre to improve her communication skills and gain experience in developing marketing strategies for a social enterprise. She is currently a student at  the Rajamangala University of Technology, Phra Nakhon, where she majors in International Business. During her free time she likes reading novels and listening to music.

Francesco Franzoi

Francesco is doing a research internship at Asia Centre from March to July 2017 with focus on National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia, their mandates and compliance with the Paris Principles. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Business and Economics and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in European Global Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. 

Francesco chose to intern at Asia Centre in order to develop his research and writing skills, expand his knowledge on human rights and to gain into the day to day operations of a social enterprise. Apart from studying and research, Francesco is addicted to football and also enjoys to reading a good book, travelling and going out with friends. Francesco was connected with Asia Centre by our partner organisation, AIPGlobal.

Silvia Waldbach

silvia1Silvia is doing research internship at Asia Centre from September to December 2016. The focus of her research is on national human rights institutions in Southeast Asia and their engagement with the Universal Periodic Review process. She is in the last year of a bachelors degree in International Cultural and Business Studies, with focus on Southeast Asia, at the University of Passau, Germany.

She decided to do an internship at Asia Centre because she wants to deepen her knowledge of contemporary Southeast Asian issues and improve her research, writing and organizing skills. She also enjoys working in an international work environment with various kinds of stakeholders from international and local civil society, to academia and the private sector. In her free time, Silvia likes spending time in nature, going to concerts, travelling and cooking.

Anna Jeffries


Anna is here at Asia Centre from July through September 2016 for a research internship  on human rights.  Her focus is the role and impact of Southeast Asian civil society and the Universal Periodic Review.  Anna is completing her degree in Global Studies: Global Security at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is also pursuing studies in Japanese and Korean.

She chose her internship with Asia Centre to allow her to gain a wide range of skills including event management, budgeting, fundraising, research, and leadership skills. When not researching and studying Anna enjoys trying new foods, reading a good book, and watching movies. Anna was connected with Asia Centre by our partner organisation, AIPGlobal.




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