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Initiated in 2015 to extend US-Asia Institute’s outreach in the region and its ability to facilitate communication and understanding, the Global Leadership Board (GLB) is comprised of prominent Asian leaders who provide invaluable advice and diverse perspectives on the region and issues. Further, the GLB provides insight into how the Institute can best work to fulfill its mission across the region. (Under formation)



Tanri Abeng is presently Chairman of Pertamina the state oil company of Indonesia. He also serves as the Rector of Tanri Abeng University; is co-chairman of the Indonesian-Malaysian Business Council; publisher of Globe Asia Magazine; on the Board of PT Lippo Karawacki Tbk; and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the World Islamic Economic Forum.

A successful career with Union Carbide, both in Indonesia and in Singapore, led to Mr. Abeng spending 12 years as CEO at Heineken Indonesia and a further six at the helm of Bakrie & Brothers, one of Indonesia’s largest conglomerates. Mr. Abeng’s career also encompasses a wealth of experience at non-executive positions throughout this period such as, eight years as Director of Asia Pacific Brewery, Singapore, three years as Chairman of B.A.T. Indonesia, five years as Director of BATA Indonesia, seven years as Chairman of PT MBI as well as, a further three years as Commissioner of the Jakarta Stock Exchange. Mr. Abeng has also made extensive contributions to governmental and non-governmental civic organizations throughout his career including, eight years as Chairman of Tourism Promotion Board, five years as a member of the National Education Advisory Board, as well as, spending nine years as an elected member of the People’s Consultative Assembly (the highest legislative body of the Republic of Indonesia). In March 1998, Mr. Abeng was appointed as Indonesia’s first Minister for State Owned Enterprises overseeing 159 state-owned corporations. Mr. Abeng was given the challenge not only of restructuring the State sectors but also of undertaking the huge task of creating a new Ministry from scratch. Resulting from this government post, Mr. Abeng has published a fascinating yet informative book entitled “Indonesia Inc.” to highlight the invaluable lessons learned in the formation and management of State Owned Enterprises. Mr. Abeng served of Chairman of PT. Telkom, the largest listed company in Indonesia providing telecommunication products and services. From this wealth of leadership experiences, in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Abeng developed his vision of leadership development and founded the Executive Center for Global Leadership in 2002, an advanced leadership program to develop cross cultural leadership skills for the benefit of future private and public sector leaders in Indonesia and Asia Pacific regions.

Mr. Abeng holds a master’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York, Buffalo and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Claremont Graduate School in Los Angeles.



Mohamed Idwan (‘Kiki’) Ganie is the Managing Partner of Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (LGS). Dr. Ganie is a Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Anti-Trust Lawyers, a member of the Regional Panel of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and a fellow (FSIarb) of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. LGS has over a hundred lawyers and experience representing a diverse range of clients, including domestic andmultinational corporations, public and private companies, Government instrumentalities and State Owned Enterprises.

Dr. Ganie has more than 30 years of legal experience, and specializes in commercial transactions and commercial litigation, including alternative dispute resolution and has acted as an expert in a number court and arbitration proceedings. His expertise covers general corporate/company law, banking law, finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, mining, investment, acquisitions, infrastructure projects/project finance, antitrust, and shipping/aviation, with a particular focus on corporate governance and compliance. Dr. Ganie’s international commercial transaction and litigation clients include: Goldman Sachs (US), Temasek Holdings (Singapore), Hutchison Whampoa (Hong Kong) and Mitsui (Japan).

He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia and holds a PhD in Law from the University of Hamburg.



Dr. Yang Jiemian is a senior fellow and the former President of Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS). He is also a counsellor of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and on the boards of the China National Association for International Studies, the Chinese People Institute of Foreign Affairs, the National Association of China-U.S. Friendship, the National Association of American Studies, Shanghai Association of International Relations, Shanghai Institute for International Strategic Studies, Shanghai Association of Taiwan Studies and many other organizations.

Dr. Yang has published many papers and books on international relations and American foreign policies. His most recent books include: Sino-U.S. Relations in Post-Cold War Era: Elaboration and Exploration; Sino-U.S. Relations in Post-Cold War Era: Comparative Studies on Foreign Policies; The Taiwan Issue and the World Configuration of Powers: Changes and Challenges (co-authored); International Terrorism and Contemporary International Relations: Impacts and Influence of the 911 Attacks (co-authored); International Cooperation on Anti-Terrorism: Thinking Beyond Geopolitics (co-authored); and Sino-U.S. Relations in the Post-Cold War Era: Crisis Management Comparative Studies.

Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).



Ambassador Edward Lee spent 36 years in the Singapore Foreign Service, a total of 18 of which were in Indonesia from the 1970’s. He was Singapore’s Ambassador in Jakarta, 1994-2006. His previous appointments include being High Commissioner in Brunei Darussalam (1984-90), and Ambassador in the Philippines( 1990-1993). For his services, he received the Meritorious Service Award from Singapore, the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu (Grand Cross) from the Philippines and the Bintang Jasa Utama from Indonesia.

Since his retirement from the Foreign Service in 2006, Ambassador Lee sits on a number of boards in Singapore and Indonesia.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Singapore and a Masters of Arts from Cornell.



Dr. Sarasin Viraphol is the Executive Vice President of the Charon Pokphand Group (CP Group), a Thai transnational company. The CP Group core businesses consist of agro-industry and food, retail and merchandising, and the telecommunications.

Prior to joining the private sector, Dr. Sarasin served in Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for twenty years between having served in China and Japan, and the Philippines. Between 1968 and 1976, Dr. Sarasin lectured at Chulalongkorn University as an assistant professor.

Dr. Sarasin received his PhD from Harvard University in East Asian languages and history. His academic and professional interests include Asian studies, international development and trade.



Mr. Pengiran Indera Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Puteh Ibni Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohd Alam is an international arbitrator and consultant. He currently serves as Deputy President of Arbitration Association Brunei Darussalam (AABD). Prior to his current position, he was the Ambassador to Japan and the United States of America. While he was the Brunei Ambassador to the United States, he was serving concurrently as the non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Peru and the United States of Mexico. Mr. Penigran Anak Puteh Mohd Alam also served as the Deputy and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In that position, he was involved in policy decisions on issues relating to international law, land and maritime boundaries of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the South China Sea. He specializes in investment arbitration, sports arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and international law.

Mr. Penigran Anak Puteh Mohd Alam received his bachelor’s degree from the University of London, MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a MJur law degree from the University of Birmingham School of Law, and several postgraduate diplomas and certifications.