About the Speakers
Dr Caroline Brassard worked as an economist for the Government of Ontario in Canada, and then undertook research and long term consultancy work on poverty reduction strategies for several international non-governmental organizations in developing countries, including United Nations Children’s Fund in Madagascar, CARE in Bangladesh and Save the Children in Vietnam. She then went on to undertake a Phd in Economics at the University of London, where she taught empirical analysis for economics and management for two years, prior to joining the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Caroline continues to consult with various international organizations including the United Nations Development Program and she teaches on aid governance, research methods, economic development policy, poverty alleviation strategies and empirical analysis for public policy. Her current research focuses on aid governance in Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Vietnam, comparing policies to alleviate poverty and reduce inequalities, Bhutan’s development based on Gross National Happiness and the development policy lessons from the Post-Tsunami reconstruction in Aceh, Indonesia.
Ms Ann Moey has over 16 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector in Singapore, Lao PDR, Thailand and the UAE. She is currently the Private Sector Partnerships Manager for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, where her primary focus is to mobilise resources from companies, foundations and Individuals, in support of displaced communities worldwide. Prior to joining UNHCR, Ann was the Head of Communications and Private Sector for IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Asia. In that role, Ann led all communications, marketing, and private sector engagement across the organization’s 11 Asian country offices. Ann has also had managerial stints with a renewable energy social enterprise, a national sports association, and a disaster relief NGO.
Ms Aimee George’s commitments to advocating for the dignity and rights of those underserved were formed in her years working alongside communities in the Global South. She’s a Singaporean who shaped her perspectives on praxis in the sector serving with civil society groups/ NGOs in Thailand, Palestine, South Africa and the US. She provided leadership for the implementation of a multi-sector relief and emergency response in Afghanistan, and presently supports preparedness planning and capacity building in Save the Children’s APAC offices midst chronic and rapid-onset emergencies. Aimee holds an MA in International Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame (USA).
Dr Alistair D. B. Cook is Coordinator of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Programme and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. His research interests focus geographically on the Asia-Pacific and Myanmar in particular and thematically on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), foreign policy and regional cooperation. He has taught undergraduate, graduate and professional development courses at Purdue University, University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Nanyang Technological University, Australian National University, Singapore Civil Defence Academy and SAFTI.
Mely Caballero-Anthony is Professor of International Relations and President’s Chair for International Relations and Security Studies. She is also Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Prof. Caballero-Anthony teaches courses on non-traditional security in Asia and security governance and has served as the Secretary-General of the Consortium on Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia since 2008. Her research interests include regionalism and multilateralism in Asia-Pacific, global governance, human security and non-traditional security, nuclear security and conflict prevention. She is also currently member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network on Nuclear Non-Proliferation (APLN). From 2015 to 2017, Prof Anthony was Vice President at-large of the Governing Council of the International Studies Association (ISA) and is a member of the ISA’s Global South Task Force. In 2015, she was a visiting fellow at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. From 2013 to 2017, Prof Anthony was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM) and served as its Chairperson in 2016. From 2011 to 2012, she was Director of External Relations at the ASEAN Secretariat. She has published extensively on a broad range of political and security issues in Asia-Pacific in peer-reviewed journals and international academic press. Her latest books, both single-authored and co-edited, include: Negotiating Governance on Non-Traditional Security in Southeast Asia and Beyond, An Introduction to NonTraditional Security Studies, Human Security and Climate Change, Asia on the Move.