Invited Speakers

Prof. Chaiwat Satha-Anand who was born in Bangkok 1955, Thailand, holds a PhD in political science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the professor of Political Science at Thammasat University, Bangkok and director of the Thai Peace Information Centre. He is involved in studies and activism in relation to the Thai military and social issues. Satha-Anand is an expert on non-violence, theory as well as activism, and on Islam. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on the military, alternative defence, religion and peace, Islam and nonviolence, and modern political philosophy. For several years he directed the International Peace Research Association's (IPRA) commission on non-violence and he serves at the Scientific Committee of the International University for Peoples' Initiative for Peace, IUPIP, in Rovereto Italy. He can be reached by phone: +66-2-21 61 11 20 off; 234 1213 home, and by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. http://www.oldsProf.


Isaac Kerlow has a long career as a pioneer digital artist and independent filmmaker, and his work has been shown internationally. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, and arrived to the tropical island in 2005 as Founding Dean of the country’s first professional art and film school. Prof. Kerlow is also the author of several ground-breaking books, including the successful "The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects" published by Wiley, now in its fourth edition, and translated to Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, and Korean, and the pioneering "Computer Graphics for Designers and Artists." His recent film "Mayon: The Volcano Princess" won the Best Concept Award at the United Nations Summit of Environmental Cinema in 2010. Prof. Kerlow has been honored by SIGGRAPH, the prestigious Computer Graphics association, as one of the Digital Pioneers. Prof. Kerlow’s academic career started in 1985 at Pratt Institute in New York, where he was the founding chairman of the Department of Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also the youngest-ever tenured full professor at the institution. He is also the founding Dean of the School of Art, Design and Media at NTU (2005-2008), the first professional art school in Singapore to offer BFA degrees.



Prof. Patrick Daly completed his PhD at the University of Oxford in 2002. He was an Assistant Professor at An-Najah National University, Nablus, in the occupied Palestinian Territories, and held a British Academy fellowship at the University of Cambridge before coming to the Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore. Dr. Daly has two main areas of research. Over the past seven years, he has conducted extensive research on community level responses to conflicts and natural disasters, most recently looking at issues of reconstruction and recovery in the Indian Ocean world following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. His research focuses on how processes of recovery are culturally contingent, and the various local cultural, social and political practices and institutions that are related to recovery. Of particular interest is how external agencies such as NGOs perceive and engage with local mechanisms, and how this affects accountability, effectiveness and sustainability. He has conducted research as well as worked with local NGOs in Palestine, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. Prof Daly has also been actively involved in environmental anthropology/archaeology projects looking at how people participate within and respond to long-term sequences of environmental change. He has worked as part of large scientific teams in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/people_details.asp?peopleid=234


Prof. Amirul Hadi was born in di Tapaktuan (South Aceh) in 1962. He is a professor in History and Islamic Civilization at Ar-Raniry State Islamic University in Banda Aceh. His MA and Ph.D were received from McGill University, Montreal (Canada) in 1992 and 1999. He has served several key positions at the university. He was the Vice Chancellor of the Academic Affairs of the university. Prof. Hadi was also the Director of Postgraduate program in 2004-2006, and the Rector at interim of the Cot Kala Higher Institution for Islamic Studies from Februari-Desember 2007. In addition to lecturing various subjects at the university, he is active in conducting research in both national and internal settings. He was awarded Fullbright Visiting Scholar/Research Fellow in the Center for Global Peace, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, USA (January-July 2003) and Rockefeller Fellow in Islamic Studies/kluge Scholar, John W.Kluge Center, The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA (2005-2006). He presents academic papers in naional as well as internasional level. Prof. Hadi also publish widely in academic journals both in Indonesian and English. Among his publications are Islam and State in Sumatra: A Study of Seventeenth Century Aceh (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004); The Responses of Islam toward Western hegemony, Aceh Vs. Portugal, 1500-1579 (Banda Aceh: Balai Kajian Sejarah dan Nilai Tradisional, 2006). 



Dr. Eka Srimulyani, was an Assistant Director, the Financial Affairs at the Postgraduate Program at the Ar-Raniry State Islamic University in Banda Aceh. She saw a vacuum in field-based social research on women and Islam, in particular within the context of pesantren – Islamic boarding schools. With a bachelor and masters degree in Islamic studies, Dr. Eka went on to pursue a PhD in International Studies with a specialization in Asia-Pacific studies at the University of Technology, Sydney as an Australian Development Scholarships awardee in 2002. Her doctoral thesis was published in the Netherlands by University of Amsterdam Press under the title Women from Traditional Islamic Educational Institutions in Indonesia Public Spaces.http://australiaawardsindo.or.id/index.php/alumni-stories/198-eka-srimulyani



Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad is an Associate Professor in Regional and Rural Development Planning in the School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor in the department of Geography and Environment, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He holds a PhD. in Development Geography from Durham University, Durham, UK (2000). He did his first MSc in Geography and Environment from Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1991) and second MSc in Rural and Regional Development Planning from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (1993). He also worked with the government of Bangladesh as a civil servant in the ministries of Establishment and Commerce. Dr. Mokbul teaches and researches on economic geography, rural and regional development planning, NGOs/PVDOs and disaster management. He has published many articles on his research areas in many journals and books. He has written/co-authored six books and the recent one was published by AIT on Agricultural Transition in Asia (2010).



Associate Professor Farish (Badrol Hisham) Ahmad Noor gained his Phd from Essex University, UK in 1997 in the field of Governance and Politics. He is an Associate professor at Nanyang Technological University.  He has been visiting Scholar in many programs in the past three years. He was a visiting scholar for Asian Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris 2011; Visiting scholar, Institut D’etudes de L’Islam et des Societes du Monde Musulman (IISMM), Paris 2012; Honorary Research Associate for the Centre for Dialogue, Centre of Dialogue, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia 2012; and a member of the Global Experts panel on Religion and Politics in Asia, United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Programme (UNAoC), 2012. In most of his publications, such as among others is a History of the Indian Muslim Disapora in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. (Malaysian Sociological Research Institute MSRI, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, To be published, 2013.) and Islam on the Move: The Tablighi Jama’at Movement in Southeast Asia; (Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, 2012.), he focuses on Political Religion in South and Southeast Asia; New modes of religio-political mobilisation in Asia; Religious Violence and Counter-Terrorism in Asia; and Malaysian and Indonesian Studies. http://www.rsis.edu.sg/ 


Dr Annabel Teh Gallop is the Lead Curator, Southeast Asia focusing on the Asian and African Studies. Her research interests include Indonesian and Malay manuscripts and manuscript illumination; the art of the Islamic book in Southeast Asia; Malay letters and documents; Islamic chancery practice; Malay seals; early Malay printing; the manuscript culture of Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. In the present times, she is also the Editorial board member, 'Indonesia and the Malay World'; International editorial board, 'Manuscripta Orientalia'. She can be reached by Telephone: +44 (0)20 7412 7661 and by Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Anthony Reid is an emeritus Professor of the College of Asia & the Pacific, and a Visiting Fellow in its Department of Political & Social Change. He was a member of ANU's former Department of Pacific & Asian History for many years until 1999, before moving offshore as founding Director successively of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, and of the Asia Research Institute of NUS in Singapore. His research interests include history of Southeast Asia, with particular interests in Indonesia and Malaysia, early modern history, nationalism, minorities, social, economic and religious history, and Sumatra. He is currently writing a contracted new history of Southeast Asia, while also exploring the interface between history and geology in Indonesia's natural disaster record. For this reason, his research activities are in the History of Southeast Asians: The Lands below the Empires; History, Environment and Natural Disasters in the Indian Ocean Region; and also Aceh History. He has written extensively and many of his works have been published widely. Among his recent publications are ‘crossing the great divide: Australia and Eastern Indonesia, 2013; Patani as the paradigm of pluralism, 2013 and other important works on history. Please visit https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/reid-ajs for more details on his publications. 

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