Dr Termsak is Lead Researcher (I) for Political & Security Affairs and his research interests concentrate on political and security issues in ASEAN and ASEAN’s external relations in ASEAN. Before joining the ASEAN Studies Centre in July 2012, Dr Termsak had served nearly 20 years at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, where his last post was Director of Political and Security Cooperation. Starting February 1993 at the Secretariat, Dr Termsak first served as Assistant Director for Economic Research, then for External Relations in the 1990s. From July 1999 until April 2009, he was Special Assistant to three Secretaries-General of ASEAN (Mr Rodolfo C. Severino, Mr Ong Keng Yong, and Dr Surin Pitsuwan). Prior to his ASEAN Secretariat stint, Dr Termsak served in various positions – ranging from chief reporter, news editor, to editor of the Editorial Pages – at The Nation, an independent English-language daily in Bangkok, from October 1972 to December 1992. Dr Termsak holds a BA in international relations (1977) from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science, and an MA (1982) and PhD (1986) in political science from the University of New Orleans, USA.
Dr Sanchita Basu Das is Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs. She is also a co-editor of Journal of Southeast Asian Economies. Prior to joining the Institute in 2005, she was an economist in the private sector involved in infrastructure consulting, manufacturing and banking. Sanchita has done her PhD in International Political Economy (IPE) from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (under University of Delhi), India. Sanchita has authored and edited numerous books and book chapters, policy papers and opinion articles. She has published in several academic journals, including Singapore Economic Review, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature and Journal of World Trade. Her research interests include - economic regionalism in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Region; international trade; and economic development issues like digital economy and infrastructure/connectivity.
Moe Thuzar is Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural) at the ASEAN Studies Centre of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. She is concurrently Fellow at the Regional Socio-Cultural Studies Programme and co-coordinator of the Myanmar Studies Programme at ISEAS. Prior to joining ISEAS, she headed the Human Development Unit at the ASEAN Secretariat. At ISEAS, she has co-authored “Myanmar: Life After Nargis” with Pavin Chachavalpongpun (ISEAS:2009), and “Do Young People Know ASEAN” with Eric Thompson and Chulanee Thianthai (ISEAS:2016). She co-edited “Urbanisation in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts” with Yap Kioe Sheng (ISEAS:2012). Moe has contributed extensively to compendia and edited volumes on ASEAN and on Myanmar. Under her ASEAN research, Moe monitors regional integration moves under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. Her research focus for 2017-18 is on migration issues, and climate change/environmental cooperation in ASEAN. For Myanmar, Moe monitors Myanmar's ongoing transition issues, and was involved in advising Myanmar's ASEAN chairmanship in 2014. She is researching Burma/Myanmar's post-World War II diplomatic history for her PhD.
Ms. Hoang Thi Ha is Lead Researcher (II) for Political & Security Affairs and her research interests focus on political and security issues in ASEAN, ASEAN’s external relations and its institutional building. Ms. Ha joined the ASEAN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam in 2004. She then moved on to work at the ASEAN Secretariat for nine years with her last post being Assistant Director, Head of the Political Cooperation Division. Ms. Ha holds an MA in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.