ASEAN Studies Centre Researchers

Ms Sharon Seah Li-Lian


Coordinator (ASC)

Research Interests: Foreign Policy, Environment and Climate
Tel.: –


Dr Sithanonxay Suvannaphakdy


Lead Researcher

Research Interests: Economics
Tel.: 68704512


Ms Melinda Martinus


Lead Researcher for Socio-Cultural Affairs

Research Interests: Urban issue in Southeast Asia
Tel.: 68704511


Ms Hoang Thi Ha



Research Interests: International Relations
Tel.: 68704546


Ms Anuthida Saelaow Qian


Research Officer

Research Interests: International Relations, Development, Women, Peace, and Security in Southeast Asia

Tel No.: 68704510


S Tiwari


S Tiwari was the first and only Lead Researcher for ASEAN-related Legal Affairs from January 2009 to July 2010. Before joining ISEAS as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow, he served in various senior capacities in the Singapore Legal Service, most recently as the Head of the International Affairs Division at Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers. During his Legal Service stint, he was extensively involved in many aspects of ASEAN-related legal work, including negotiating, advising and drafting key trade, investment and dispute-related instruments. He edited the book “ASEAN:Life After the Charter” published by ISEAS in May 2010. Sadly, Mr Tiwari passed away unexpectedly on 26 July 2010.


Pavin Chachavalpongpun


Pavin Chachavalpongpun was the ASC’s Lead Researcher for Political and Security Affairs from March 2008 to March 2012. He also served concurrently as an ISEAS Fellow in the ISEAS Regional Political and Strategic Studies programme. Before joining ISEAS, Pavin served in the Thai Foreign Service in many capacities; his last assignment being with the Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore. Pavin has written extensively on Myanmar and Thailand issues. Pavin holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, Department of Political Studies, University of London. While at ISEAS, Pavin authored A Plastic Nation: The Curse of Thainess in Thai-Burmese Relations, and co-authored Myanmar: Life After Nargis (ISEAS, 2009) with Moe Thuzar. ISEAS published his second book, Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin Shinawatra and His Foreign Policy in 2010. Pavin has also edited two volumes, both published by ISEAS in 2014: Entering Uncharted Waters? ASEAN and the South China Sea and “Good Coup” Gone Bad: Thailand’s Political Development Since Thaksin’s Downfall. Pavin is now with the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.


Ms Pham Thi Phuong Thao


Research Officer

Research Interests: –
Tel: 68704510


Mr Choi Shing Kwok


Mr Choi Shing Kwok was appointed Director of ISEAS on 15 January 2018 and took on the role of Head of ASEAN Studies Centre at the institute in March 2020.

Prior to this appointment, he was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources from July 2012 to September 2017.Mr Choi started his career in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1978. He held various appointments in the SAF before he was appointed as Director, Security and Intelligence Division, Ministry of Defence in 1995 and held the post till 2005. After leaving the Ministry of Defence, Mr Choi held the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport from February 2005 to June 2012.

Mr Choi studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1994.

Mr Choi was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) in 1993 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2000 for his significant contributions to the Singapore Public Service.