1.Ignas Kleden (Indonesia)
The Society for Political and Economy Study <SPES> Foundation
Work Information: Dr. Kleden is widely known
and recognized as one of the most creative and prolific social
thinkers in present-day Indonesia. He has been an editor/coordinator
for social science books and journals for several years, and has
translated theological book as well as writing on the socio-cultural
problems of Indonesia.
ALFP Research Project: "The Concept of Culture
of the New Order Regime in Indonesia: Its Theoretical Assumptions
and its Political Implications".
Personal Information: Dr. Kleden conducted his
graduate studies in political philosophy and received his doctorate
in sociology from the University of Beilefeld, Germany; where he
wrote his dissertation on "The Involution of the Involution-thesis:
Clifford Geertz's Studies on Indonesia Revisited".
2.Wan A. Manan (Malaysia)
Prof., Dept. of Community Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti
Work Information: Dr. Wan Manan is well respected
in his own field (Nutrition) as well as related fields such as public
health and education, and has published numerous works. As the President
of the Malaysian Academic Movement, he leads a pan-Malaysian academic
reform movement. His views and opinions are often sought after by
the media throughout Southeast Asia.
ALFP Research Topic: "Quality of life in
Japan and Malaysia: A Comparative Study".
Personal Information: B.A. from Macalester College,
Minnesota, and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Columbia University in Nutrition
and Public Health.
3.Arnold M. Azurin (Philippines)
Fellow, University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development
· As a pioneer in the area of Philippine studies, Mr. Azurin is one of
the country's most original thinkers on culture and nationhood.
· His book, Re-inventing The Filipino Sense of Being and Becoming, has
been received enthusiastically by scholars and students, in and outside the Philippines.
He has won the top prizes for essays and poetry volumes in the Palanca Memorial
Awards for Literature.
ALFP Research Project: "Updated review/analysis
of the Bangsamoro struggle with special focus on its impact on
the East Asia Growth Area Economic Blueprint".
Personal Information: B.A. in Philosophy, University
of Santo Thomas, Philippines.
4.Kwok Kian-Woon (Singapore)
Dept. of Sociology, National University of Singapore
· Dr. Kwok is considered to be among the most promising younger academics
in his field in Singapore. He is the current President of the Singaporean Heritage
· Publications include articles "The Moral Condition of Democratic
Society" and "The problem of Tradition in Contemporary Singapore",
as well as writings on Chinese Singaporeans.
ALFP Research Project: "Modernity, Identity, and
Personal Information: B.A., National University of Singapore,
and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkely.
5.Kasian Tejapira (Thailand)
Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University
Work Information: Dr. Kasian has promulgated a
sophisticated analysis of Thai cultural politics. His research
attempts to underscore the way cultures have been utilized and
appropriated in the complex process of Thai identity construction
in a globalized world.
ALFP Research Project: "Consuming Thainess:
Global Commodities and National Identity".
Personal Information: After graduating from Thammasat
University, Dr. Kasian received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political
Science from Cornell University.