Ms. Siti Arnyfariza Jaini

Ms. Jaini was appointed as Brunei Darussalam’s Representative to the ASEAN Institute of Peace and Reconciliation Advisory Board in September 2022. Her other responsibilities include the Department of Policy Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  of Brunei Darussalam, as well as the Brunei Darussalam Institute of Policy and Strategic  Studies (BDIPSS), a think tank arm of the Foreign Ministry. 

She is a career diplomat, having joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March 2004. Her first assignment was to the Politics I Department (now Department of East Asia), mainly handling the Northeast Asia portfolio. In her 18 years of service at the Ministry, she has completed two overseas assignments, namely as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam to the People’s Republic of China in Beijing (2006–2010) and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations in New York (2015–2020). 

Ms. Jaini earned her Masters degree in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2002. 

Ms. NHEK Soparama

Ms. Nhek Soparama is currently the Director of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Department, General Department of ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA.IC) of the Kingdom of Cambodia. She currently also serves as the Representative of Cambodia to the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR).

Prior to that, she has been appointed as – among others – Deputy Director, ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners Department, General Department of ASEAN, MFA.IC (July 2018 – April 2020); Bureau Chief of ASEAN-Cambodia National Secretariat, Community and Cooperate Affairs Department, General Department of ASEAN (May 2017 – July 2018); and Attachment Officer, Directorate of ASEAN External Relations, ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta (May 2016 – May 2017). She has been working at MFA.IC since 2013.

She holds a Master’s Degree of Business Administration, majoring in International Business from the University of Wales Institution, Cardiff (UWIC), UK (2011). She also holds a Bachelor of International Relations from Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) (2010); and Bachelor of Economic Science from the Royal University of Law and Economic (RULE), Cambodia (2009).

H.E. Artauli RMP Tobing

Ambassador Tobing is the Indonesian Representative to the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR). Previous to this, she was the Indonesian Representative to the Governing Council of ASEAN-IPR from 2017-2021 and also the Indonesian Representative to the Advisory Board of ASEAN-IPR (2014-2017). She also served as the Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam from January 2004 until February 2007. She was awarded the Medal for Friendship from Vietnam Union Friendship Organization, Hanoi, Vietnam (6 February 2007).

After returning from Vietnam, she served as the Head of the Policy Planning Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia until her retirement in 2010.

After her retirement, she served as the Executive Secretary to the Presidential Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs, Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda from March 2011 until October 2014. She also served as the Eminent Person’s Group representing Indonesia to the Indian Ocean Dialogue in 2015.

In addition to being a diplomat, Ambassador Tobing also lectured at the graduate program on ASEAN Diplomacy at the Paramadina University from 2014 until 2017 and also at Pelita Harapan University for the international program. She has also been involved in mentoring Senior Level Diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Educational Training Institute since 2015.

Born in Jakarta, Ambassador Tobing earned a Degree in English Literature from the University of Indonesia in 1976 and was awarded the Fulbright & Hayes Scholarship for her Master’s degree in American Studies at the George Washington University in Washington DC from September 1976 – June 1978.

Ambassador Tobing started her career as a diplomat at the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in 1981 and was posted at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Geneva from August 1984 – August 1988, the Indonesian Mission to the EU in Brussels from August 1992 – August 1996 and also at the Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa from June 1999 – July 2002 the Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa. At Headquarters, she was also assigned in the Office of Directorate General for Political Affairs, ASEAN Department and the Policy Planning Department.
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H.E. Phomma Sidsena

H.E. Phomma SIDSENA is appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao PDR to the Republic of Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste since November 2019. Previously he served as Director-General of Europe-Americas Department of the Committee for External Relations of the Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party from 2018 to November 2019, the Acting Head of Cabinet of the Committee for External Relations of the Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party from 2011 to 2013, the Director of the Eastern Europe Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR (MoFA) from 2009 to 2011, the Director of Functional Cooperation Division of MoFA from 2002 to 2005, and the Director of Southeast Asia and Pacific Division of MoFA from 1997 to 1999. He joined the MoFA since 1984.

Ambassador Phomma was posted as Third Secretary at the Embassy of the Lao PDR in Beijing from 1991 to 1992, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Lao PDR in Jakarta from 1999 to 2002, Counselor at the Embassy of the Lao PDR in Washington D.C. from 2006-2009. Later, he was posted as Minister at the Embassy of the Lao PDR in Hanoi from 2013-2017.

Ambassador Phomma graduated with a Master Degree in International Relations in Australia in 1997, and a Bachelor Degree in International Relation in Viet Nam in 1984.

Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zamzamin bin Hashim

Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zamzamin bin Hashim is the Representative of Malaysia to the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR).

Between 2013-2018 he was appointed by then Prime Minister as Facilitator of the Join Working Group Peace Dialogue Process on Southern Thailand (JWG-PDP). He was Vice-President (Analysis) of Malaysia Islamic Dakwah Foundation (YADIM) between November 2011-July 2013. From 2009 to 2011, he was Director General for Research Division, Prime Minister’s Department.  In 1976, he was appointed as Assistant Director for Research Division, Prime Minister’s Department.

Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zamzamin holds a Diploma in Military Strategy (Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College (7/87) Highgate, Kuala Lumpur); and an Honours degree in Social Science, majoring in Political Science (University Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang).

H.E. U Than Htun

H.E. U Than Htun
Representative of Myanmar to the ASEAN-IPR Advisory Board

Holds Bachelor of Arts, Rangon Arts and Science University (RASU) 1968. Joined the Myanmar Foreign Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1974.

Awarded Colombo Plan Scholar in Diploma, Australian Foreign Service Training Course, Canberra A.C.T., 1980.

Posted oversea assignment as third secretary to the Myanmar Permanent Representative Office accredited to the United Nations Office for Europe, Palais des Nations in Geneva 1981-1984.Served at the various Myanmar Embassies abroad.

Achieved Master in International Public Policy, MIPP program of Johns Hopkins University , Fulbright Scholarship,  at the School of Advance International Studies, SAIS, Washington D.C. 1987-88. Attended the pre-academic program for the scholarship at the University of Texas, Austin, USA, 1987.

Soon after retiring from the foreign service, in 2004, extended the career as an advisor and nominated to the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Myanmar-ISIS ) which is affiliated to ASEAN-ISIS.

H.E. U Than Htun is contributing his foreign service experience as a scholar and serving as one of the members at Myanmar-ISIS until today.

Assigned duty as a member of ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR) Advisory Board for the first three years term from January 2022 to December 2024.

 

[Note: Myanmar-ISIS is one of the international and strategic studies Institutes which is affiliated to the Track II Diplomacy related Institute, ASEAN-ISIS in the region as a full-fledged member. The Myanmar ISIS also serves as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of International Cooperation of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar]

Mr. Lawrence Anderson

Mr. Lawrence Anderson is currently a Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).  Mr. Anderson was the former Ambassador of Singapore to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Non-Resident Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain from March 2013 to September 2019. Prior to joining RSIS, Mr. Anderson was Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), where he oversaw ASEF’s work in acting as the civil society outreach for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and to promote people-to-people exchange between Asia and Europe.

Mr. Anderson joined the Singapore Foreign Service in 1984. His overseas postings include the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, the Singapore Embassy in Washington, and the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok. He was also the Singapore Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia from 2004-07.  In MFA Headquarters, he held various appointments covering Singapore’s bilateral relations with its Southeast Asian neighbours, regional policy and strategic security issues involving ASEAN and its relations with the Dialogue Partners, overseeing Singapore’s technical assistance cooperation programmes, as well as managing Singapore’s relations with Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific Islands, the EU and other European countries. Mr. Anderson also served concurrently as Director/Special Duties in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diplomat-in-Residence at the Civil Service College from 2011 to 2013.

H.E. Ms. Urawadee Sriphiromya

Urawadee Sriphiromya was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN on 25 May 2021. Ambassador Sriphiromya previously served as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, Lao PDR from July 2019 – May 2021. During her term in Laos, she also served as Charge d’Affaires a.i. from October 2020- February 2021. Prior to that, she served as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Royal Thai Embassy in Manila, the Philippines from August 2017- June 2019. During her term in Manila, she was Charge d’Affaires a.i. from April 2018- May 2019.

Among her earlier assignments, Ambassador Sriphiromya served as Director of the Social and Cultural Division, Department of ASEAN Affairs; Director of Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations; and Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN in New York.

Ambassador Sriphiromya earned a B.A. (Political Science) from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia.

H.E. Le Cong Phung

H.E. Ambassador Le Cong Phung is a veteran diplomat, formerly the Permanent Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam. During his 40-year career as diplomat, he has held various positions and built up a wide range of experience in international relations, foreign policies, international economics, international negotiations and international relations research. He was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Viet Nam to the United States and Thailand; the APEC SOM Chair for 2006 during Viet Nams Chairmanship; Head of Delegation to Viet Nam-China Boundary and Territory Negotiation; and the Chairman of Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO.

He is married with two children.

Education

He graduated in 1971 from the University of Diplomacy (now the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam).

He is fluent in English.

Career

From 2007-2010, he was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America. From 2004-2006, he was Permanent Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, he was Assistant Foreign Minister and then Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999-2004. From 1997-1999, he was Director-General of South East Asia ? South Asia ? South Pacific

From 1971-1997, he worked in various positions within the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam.

During his career, Ambassador Le Cong Phung served in various foreign service posts in England (1974-1977), China (1978-1980), Indonesia (1984-1987) and as Ambassador to Thailand (1993-1997) and to the United States of America (2007-2010).

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