The team of authors:
Joy Aceron (Philippines) is Program Director at the School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University, directing Government Watch (G-Watch) and Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) programs, both aiming to contribute in democratic deepening in the Philippines. Concurrently, she is a part-time faculty member of the Ateneo Political Science Department. She has published several works on political party and electoral reform, social accountability and leadership and has ten-year experience in citizenship education and civil society-government engagement. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Rainer Heufers (Indonesia) is a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation where he leads the annual “Think Tank MBA” for think tank leaders from around the world. From 1999 to 2011 he represented the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in several Asian nations, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Since 1984 he has researched economic and social policies involved in China’s transition to a market economy. Warsito Ellwein, Vera J. Putri and M. Husni Thamrin are co-authors of this chapter.
Kartini Aboo Talib (Malaysia) was a Fulbright Scholar to Northeastern University in Massachusetts, USA, and holds a PhD in Law, Policy and Society. She is trained as a political scientist and presently works as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has published several chapters in books and articles on various issues including dispute resolutions and consumer rights, labor law and legal immigrants, gender and policy, managing consensus in a plural society, non-profits and policy implementation, election and good governance, and environmental policy and sustainability. She is a grantee of Sumitomo Foundation Fiscal Year 2012, and currently works on evaluating the Look East Policy. She is also a collaborator with the Applied Sciences University in Frankfurt, Germany under the DAAD project for summer teaching class in Sidbhari, India from year 2012-2015.
Kim Le (Vietnam) is a government relations consultant at Vriens & Partners, a public affairs consultancy. She currently specializes in Vietnam government and public policy. Kim currently divides her time between Singapore and Vietnam, where she helps clients, both international organizations and multinational corporations, to gain a better understanding about the policy-making process in Vietnam, as well as supports them in reaching out and communicating more effectively with the Vietnamese government. Kim obtained the Masters of Social Science from the National University of Singapore. She was trained in political science, with a focus on party politics. She wrote her masters thesis on the historical development of the Thai party system.
Moe Thuzar (Myanmar) is Lead Researcher for socio-cultural affairs at the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Starting July 2012, she was appointed Fellow at ISEAS' Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme. Before Moe joined the ASC in May 2008, she headed the ASEAN Secretariat's Human Development Unit, which coordinated regional cooperation in the areas of youth, labour, education, social welfare, gender, rural poverty reduction, health, and civil service matters. At ISEAS, Moe co-authored with Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Myanmar: Life After Nargis (ISEAS, 2009). She co-edited with Yap Kioe Sheng, "Urbanisation in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts" (ISEAS, 2012). She has written on Myanmar for ISEAS' Regional Outlook: Southeast Asia 2012-2013 and Southeast Asian Affairs 2012. Moe recently took on responsiblities as coordinator of the Myanmar Study Group at ISEAS. She is also a resident analyst for Channel News Asia’s Think Tank programme. Moe is working on a review of Myanmar's foreign policy, focusing on lessons from the 1988-2008 period. Her other research interests cover urbanisation, environmental cooperation in ASEAN, and ASEAN's dialogue relations.
Netina Tan (Singapore) is a Social Science Humanities and Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (2011). Netina was a Dissertation Fellow at Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Visiting Research Associate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (2007-8). She holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Regina (2004) and a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies (2000) from the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include democratization, party and electoral politics, gender and non-traditional security in East and Southeast Asia. Netina is currently working on her book manuscript that investigates the institutional sources of hegemonic party resilience in Asia and she will be assuming a tenure-track position in Political Science Department at McMaster University from January 2013.
Pan Sopheap (Cambodia), born in 1973 in Kampong Cham province, earned a master’s degree in political science from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. After several positions with IRI, FNF and experience as a social activist and facilitator he is executive director of the Cambodian Farmer and Nature Net since 2010. Yang Saing Koma, Kok Tha, Virak Bunnarath have substantially contributed to this chapter.
Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul (Thailand) is currently a Program Manager in the Thailand Project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. She joined the foundation in April 2004 as a Program Manager in Malaysia Project and later moved to Thailand Project in 2011 until at present. Pimrapaat obtained her doctorate degree in International Relations in 1999 from the
University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and obtained her master degree in International Politics in 1993 from the University of Aberytwyth in the United Kingdom. Her main study is on Southeast Asian security and non-nuclear proliferation. She is interested in current socio-political and economic development in Thailand in particular and in Asia in general.
Zaw Oo, a former student activist in Myanmar, studied political science in the US and worked as a lecturer in the Community Development and Civic Empowerment Program, Faculty of Social Sciences, at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. The reform process in Myanmar ended his self-exile. He is now head of a think tank in Yangon and adviser to president Thein Sein.
Wolfgang Sachsenröder (the editor) has earned his PhD from Bonn University and worked for 24 years in practical politics for the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation. His longest posting was as regional director for East and Southeast Asia from 1986 to 1997. Since 2008 he is back in the region and joined the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore in 2009. He is editor of the Partyforumseasia, a discussion platform and database on political parties in Southeast Asia (www.partyforumseasia.org).