Chairman of Board of Directors
Affiliation: President, National Institute for South China Sea Studies
Wu Shicun has a PhD in history and is president and senior research fellow of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies, chairman of board of directors of China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea, vice president of China Institute for Free Trade Ports Studies, deputy director of the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies, Nanjing University.
Dr Wu’s research interests cover the history and geography of the South China Sea, maritime delimitation, maritime economy, international relations and regional security strategy. His main single-authored books include What One Needs to Know about the South China Sea (Current Affairs Press, 2016), What One Needs to Know about the Disputes between China and the Philippines (Current Affairs Press,2014), Solving Disputes for Regional Cooperation and Development in the South China Sea: A Chinese perspective (Chandos Publishing, 2013). His main edited books include: The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia and Europe (Routledge, 2019), South China Sea Law fare: Post-Arbitration Policy Options and Future Prospects (South China Sea Think Tank / Taiwan Center for Security Studies, 2017), Arbitration Concerning the South China Sea: Philippines versus China (Ashgate, 2016), UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea (Ashgate, 2015), Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea-Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (Ashgate, 2014), Recent Developments in the South China Sea Dispute: The Prospect of a Joint Development Regime (Routledge, 2014), Securing the Safety of Navigation in East Asia—Legal and Political Dimensions (Chandos Publishing, 2013). Dr Wu has published widely in academic journals and been the subject of frequent media interviews as a senior commentator on South China Sea, regional security issues, the Belt & Road Initiative and the development of Hainan Province.
Affiliation: Senior Fellow, S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Kwa Chong Guan works on the intersections of history, security studies and international relations of Southeast Asia. As Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, he works on a range of regional security issues with a focus on the implicit narratives underlying our framing of regional security. As Visiting Fellow at the Archaeological Unit of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor at the History Department of the National University of Singapore, Kwa is interested in the long cycles of Southeast Asian history.
Kwa Chong Guan started his career working on policy analysis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then the Ministry of Defence before being assigned to reorganize the Oral History Department in the National Archives and concurrently, the old National Museum. He continues to associate with these heritage institutions in various advisory capacities. He is also an Advisor to National Library Advisory Committee and the National Archives Advisory Committee.
- Early Southeast Asia Viewed from India; An Anthology of Articles from the Journal of the Greater India society (2013)
- Singapore: A 700-Year History; From Early Emporium to World City (2009)
- Co-authored with Derek Heng and Tan Tai Yong; Energy Security; Asia Pacific Perspectives (2010)
- Co-edited with Virendra Gupta and China-ASEAN Sub-regional Cooperation; Progress, Problems and Prospects (2011) co-edited with Mingjiang Li and Maritime Security in Southeast Asia (2007) co-edited with John Skogan.
- What One Needs to Know about the South China Sea (Current Affairs Press, 2016), What One Needs to Know about the Disputes between China and the Philippines (Current Affairs Press, 2014)
- Solving Disputes for Regional Cooperation and Development in the South China Sea: A Chinese perspective (Chandos Publishing, 2013)
Edited books include:
- South China Sea Lawfare: Post-Arbitration Policy Options and Future Prospects (South China Sea Think Tank / Taiwan Center for Security Studies, 2017)
- Arbitration Concerning the South China Sea: Philippines versus China (Ashgate, 2016), UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea (Ashgate, 2015)
- Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea-Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (Ashgate, 2014)
- Recent Developments in the South China Sea Dispute: The Prospect of a Joint Development Regime (Routledge, 2014)
- Securing the Safety of Navigation in East Asia-Legal and Political Dimensions (Chandos Publishing, 2013)
Vice Chairman of Board of Directors
Affiliation: Co-founder & Vice Chairman, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia
Jusuf Wanandi is Senior Fellow and co-founder of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees CSIS Foundation, Jakarta. He is Vice Chair of the Indonesian National Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (INCPEC), Co-Chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) form 2009-2015, and Co-Chair of the Council of Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific (CSCAP), Indonesia.
He is Publisher of The Jakarta Post Daily as well as Chairman of the Board of the Prasetiya Mulya University, Jakarta, and Chairman of the Foundation of Panca Bhakti University in Pontianak, West Kalimantan.
A lawyer by training, Mr. Wanandi was the assistant professor of law at the University of Indonesia and has served in various national and international organizations in the course of his career. He was appointed as Secretary of the Indonesian Supreme Advisory Council (1964-1965); Secretary General of the National Education Council (1965); and four-term representative of the People’s Consultative Assembly. He was active in the Golkar Party between 1979 until 1988 as a member of the Central Board in various capacities.
Affiliation: Vice-chair, Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs Foundation (SIFAF), Thailand
Dr. Sorajak Kasemsuvan holds an LL.M. degree from the University College, University of London and a Ph.D. in international law (Law of the Sea) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London University. After his graduation, he began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and subsequently joined the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He became Director-General of the Mass Communication Organization of Thailand (MCOT) between 1999-2002, a state enterprise that runs national TV and radio station nation-wide, and in 2012 he returned to become its Chairman of the Board of Directors. He served as Thailand’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vice Minister for Culture and Vice Minister for the Prime Minister’s Office between 2002-2006.
Between 2007-2009, Dr. Sorajak was appointed Executive Director of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD), a public organization in Thailand jointly established by UNCTAD and the Thai Government.
Between October 2012 – January 2014, he was President of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.
He was Dean of the Law School, Assumption University, Bangkok in 1999 and President of Stamford International University, Bangkok in 2009. He has taught international air law, public international law and international law for natural resources in several universities in Thailand since 1993 and currently teaches air law, aviation law and outer space law at the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
He is currently a Council Member of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC), Board Member of China-Southeast Asia Research Center (CSARC), Vice President of the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law and Vice Chairman of the Council of the Rajamangala Technology University Isan, Thailand.
Affiliation: Chairman and Chief Executive, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia
Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. Tan Sri Rastam is a former Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia. He served in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Malaysian diplomatic missions abroad, including as High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan, Ambassador of Malaysia to Bosnia Herzegovina, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Indonesia and Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York.
Tan Sri Rastam is Chairman of the Malaysian National Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and Chairman of the Malaysian National Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He is also a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council – ABAC and Board Member, China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea (CSARC). He is currently Chair of ASEAN-ISIS.
Affiliation: Founding Chairman of the Board and Executive Director, Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research
Rommel C. Banlaoi, Ph.D., is the Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR). He is also the President of the Philippine Society for Intelligence and Security Studies (PSISS), President of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS) and member of the Management Board of the World Association for Chinese Studies (WACS). He is a member of the International Panel of Expert of the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP) of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Sasakawa USA Foundation and an Adjunct Research Professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) based in Hainan, China. He is currently a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of International Studies at Miriam College. He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law in Leiden University, the Netherlands; Fellow of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Hawaii; and, Non-Resident Fellow of the Center for Global Counterterrorism Cooperation (New York City), among others.
Dr. Banlaoi served as a civilian consultant to the Director of the now-defunct Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) under the Duterte Administration where he currently serves as member of the Advisory Council of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Group (PDEG) of the PNP. He also served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the PNP during the Aquino III administration. He worked at the Office of the Secretary (OSEC) of the Department of National Defense (DND) during the Estrada Administration and at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Plans and Programs (ASPP) of the DND during the Arroyo Administration while serving as a professor at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP). He finished his BA and MA in Political Science at the University of the Philippines and his PhD in International Relations at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.
Affiliation: Chairman, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, Supreme Privy Counselor to the King of Cambodia
His Royal Highness Norodom Sirivudh is a member of the Constitutional Council, Privy Counselor to His Majesty the King, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP). His political career began in 1971 when he joined the Paris-based royalist movement, GRUNC/FUNK (Gouvernement Royale d’Union Nationale du Cambodge / United National Front of Kampuchea).
In 1981, he joined the National United Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful and Cooperative Cambodia (FUNCINPEC). In 1988, left France for Thailand where he was appointed Chief of FUNCINPEC’s Humanitarian Department.
On Nov 7, 1991, he returned to Cambodia for the first time in 20 years as the Chief Survey Mission on behalf of Prince Norodom Ranariddh. He was in charge of laying the groundwork for FUNCINPEC’s participation in the electoral process, mandated under the Paris Peace Agreement, in advance of the UN’s 18-month Mission in Cambodia.
In May 1993, as FUNCINPEC’s Bureau Chief in Phnom Penh, Prince Norodom Sirivudh helped his party to its elections victory, after which he was appointed Co-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. In August 2001, Prince Norodom Sirivudh was elected as the Senator.
In the July 2003 General Elections, Prince Norodom Sirivudh was elected as Member of Parliament for Kandal Province of the third legislature and was nominated as Deputy Prime Minister and Co-Minister of Interior of the Royal Government until March 2006.
From March 2006 to present, Prince Norodom Sirivudh is a Privy Counselor to His Majesty the King and a Member of Parliament. In May 2010, King Norodom Sihamoni appointed Prince Norodom Sirivudh as a new member of the Constitutional Council.