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Technical Advisory Committee for “Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in South-East Asia through Shared Histories”

In alphabetical order, by last name:

Filomeno Aguilar Jr.

Professor of History and former Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines. Since 2003, he has been chief editor of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints.

He is the current Chair of the Technical Panel on General Education, Commission on Higher Education. He obtained his PhD degree from Cornell University in 1992, for which he received the Lauriston Sharp Prize from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program. Prior to repatriation in 2003, he taught at James Cook University (1996–2003) and the National University of Singapore (1993–1996). He has served as President of the International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA), 2005-2006, and Chair of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), 2006-2008. He is on the editorial advisory boards of Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Agrarian Change. His latest book, Migration Revolution: Philippine Nationhood and Class Relations in a Globalized Age (NUS Press and Kyoto University Press) was released in April 2014.

Maitrii Aung-Thwin

An area-studies specialist of Southeast Asia, with particular expertise in Myanmar history, politics, and society. He has twenty-three years of experience related to Myanmar and has provided advisory services for government, media, and business clientele. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His research is concerned primarily with nation-building, politics, and resistance in Myanmar. He has published widely on Myanmar and Southeast Asia, including the following books: A History of Myanmar since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations (2013), Return of the Galon King: History, Law, and Rebellion in Colonial Burma (2011) and A New History of Southeast Asia (2010).

Dr. Aung-Thwin is a trustee of the Burma Studies Foundation (USA), former president of the Burma Studies Group (USA), member of the Board of the Directors for the Association of Asian Studies (USA), Chair of the AAS Southeast Asia Council, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. He is currently Associate Professor of Myanmar/Southeast Asian History in the Department of History and Convener of the Comparative Asian Studies PhD Program at the National University of Singapore

Rommel A. Curaming

Lecturer and Programme Leader of Historical and International Studies Programme and Coordinator of the Southeast Asian Studies Programme at the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He completed PhD in Southeast Asian Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) with a thesis that compares the state-historian relations in Indonesia and the Philippines during the Suharto and Marcos periods. Prior to joining UBD, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and at La Trobe University under the Endeavour Australia Award. His research interests include history and memory of political violence, politics of writing and public consumption of history, comparative historiography, and politics and ethics of knowledge production and state-intellectual relations in Islands Southeast Asia. He has published articles and reviews in international refereed journals such as Critical Asian Studies, South East Asia Research, Time and Society, Sojourn, Philippine Studies, among others. 

Maria Serena I. Diokno

is a Professor of History at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Currently she is the Chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Her interest in Southeast Asia dates back to her graduate studies, when she worked on the economic history of then Burma (Myanmar) during the colonial period. Her publications about Southeast Asia have focused on the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1995, along with three other Southeast Asian historians, she co-founded the SEASREP Foundation, which promotes the study of Southeast Asia in the region by Southeast Asian scholars. Prof. Diokno's other interests are memory and the construction of history during the period of martial law in the Philippines. 

Charnvit Kasetsiri

A Professor Emeritus of Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, born 1941; he is a prominent historian and Thai Studies scholar. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy with Honor from Thammasat, 1963, he pursued his 1967 M .A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, under a Rockefeller scholarship and his 1972 Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History at Cornell University. His thesis, The Rise of Ayudhya and a History of Siam in the 14th and 15th Centuries, was published by Oxford in Asia, 1976. He served as Lecturer of History at Thammasat from 1973-2001 and founded, in 2000, the Southeast Asian Studies Program.

He was the President of Thammasat University in 1995-96. He has written approximately 200 articles and a number of publications on Thai and Southeast Asian History. He has launched a ‘Siam not Thailand’ campaign to rename the country as to reflect the reality about its ethnics, languages and cultural identities. His latest works deal with questions of war and peace and good ASEAN neighbor relations, especially between Thailand and Cambodia. He is a co-author, along with Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Kyoto) and Pou Sothirak (Phnom Penh), 'Preah Vihear: A Guide to the Thai-Cambodian Conflict and Its Solutions', 2013.

Charnvit has been awarded with a Fukuoka Academic Prize 2012, Japan, and the DCAS 2014 (Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies) by the Association for Asian Studies, USA. 

Ivy Maria Lim

Currently Assistant Professor with the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group in the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford and is author of Lineage Society on the Southeastern Coast of China (New York: Cambria Press, 2010). She co-edited Controversial History Education in Asian Contexts (Singapore: Routledge, 2014) in which she also contributed a chapter on the pedagogy of teaching historical controversies in Singapore.

Since 2006, she has been teaching undergraduate, post-graduate and professional development courses and workshops on the History of Singapore, Women’s history in East Asia and primary social studies. Her current research projects include the spatial history of market towns in Late Imperial China, the teaching of cultural heritage through games and the Historian’s Lab that aims to advance disciplinary knowledge and understanding of history among educators and students in Singapore.

Anh Ngoc Nguyen

the Director of International Cooperation Department for the Viet Nam Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES). She holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Management from Dalarna University, Sweden. Anh has many years of experience as a teacher trainer in teaching English as a Foreign Language in teacher training education in Vietnam. She also has had hands-on experience in using ICT as a tool for Active Teaching and Learning. Her professional interests include teacher education, teacher professional development, peer-reviewed integration of ICT into teaching practice, ICT enabled teaching and learning of languages.

She participated in UNESCO studies on Transforming Teaching and Learning in Asia and the Pacific and Integrating Transversal Competencies in Policy and Practice. Anh was awarded the Endeavour Executive Fellowship 2015 by the Government of Australia for research on teacher professional development.

Khatharya Um

The Associate Professor and Chair of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program in the Department of Ethnic Studies, Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Chancellor Public Scholar. She is also Faculty Academic Director of Berkeley Study Abroad, Faculty Adviser for the Berkeley Human Rights Center, affiliated faculty of the UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and member of a UC system-wide Faculty Advisory Board on Southeast Asia.

Professor Um received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley where she was also the Chancellor’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research and teaching interests focus simultaneously on Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian American communities and include migration, diaspora and transnational studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, and genocide studies. She is the author of From the Land of Shadows: War, Revolution and the Making of the Cambodian Diaspora (NYU Press, 2015) and co-editor of Southeast Asian Migration: People on the Move in Search of Work, Refuge and Belonging (Sussex Academic Press, 2015), and has published numerous scholarly articles on Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian American communities. In addition to her academic work, Professor Um is also actively involved in community advocacy, principally on issues of refugee integration and of educational equity for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Professor Um is the first Cambodian American woman to receive a Ph.D.

Danny Wong Tze Ken

Professor at the Department of History and Director of the Global Planning & Strategy Centre of the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He holds a PhD from the University of Malaya. He has been Visiting Professor at various Institutions such as the Centre for Integrated Area Studies at Kyoto University (2010) and the Research Centre for Humanities at National Tsinghua University in Taiwan (2010). He is currently the Co-director of a research project on the Royal Archives of Champa Inventory funded by the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient. Danny Wong has done extensive research on the history of Sabah, the history of Vietnam and the history of the Chinese in Malaysia on which he has published a broad range of books and journal articles. His fields of specialization are Southeast Asian History and the History of Vietnam. He is also concurrently, Director of Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya.

Muhammad Zuhdi

A Senior Lecturer and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Education, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. He recieved his M.Ed. degree from the School of Education, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal. His academic/research interests include curriculum issues, teaching and learning, and religious education. His other experiences include serving as the Director of Education of Jalan Sesama (Sesame Street Indonesia) Project 2006 – 2012 (, an Assessor for the National Accreditation Committee of Indonesian Higher Edcuation (BAN-PT) 2008 - now, and the Director for University Library of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta 2006 - 2010. In June 2011, Dr. Zuhdi was awarded the Australian Alumni Award for Excellence in Education for his achievements and contributions in the field.