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Initiated in 2015 to boost 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 on USAI’s programs and diverse perspectives on the region. The GLB also provides insight into how the Institute can best work to fulfill its mission across the region.


Kenneth Walsh

US-Asia Institute | Chairman of Global Leadership Board

Kenneth Walsh is Chairman of USAI’s Global Leadership Board and Director of Project Development at Fairfield Maxwell in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ken has over 42 years of management experience in the petrochemical and oil industry and had postings in various countries in South America, Europe, and Asia.

Two years after joining Fairfield Maxwell, Ken helped the firm set up its Southeast Asia office in 1988 and has managed the office since then. His works focuses on developing strategic alliances and business opportunities for the firm. Prior to his position with Fairfield Maxwell, Ken was Marketing Director at Belen Enterprises International in Ecuador from 1982 to 1985 and Vice President of Trading for all West Coast operations with Sentry Refining from 1979 to 1981. He has also worked for International Petchemco, Inc., and Commonwealth Oil & Refining Company.

Ken received his B.B.S. in Marketing from Saint Peter’s College in New Jersey in 1973.


Mr. Tanri Abeng

Indonesia | Chairman of Pertamina

Mr. 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.


Ambassador Pengiran Indera Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Puteh Ibni Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohd Alam

Brunei | Deputy President of Arbitration Association Brunei Darussalam (AABD)

Ambassador 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.


Dr. Mohamed Idwan Ganie

Indonesia | Managing Partner of Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (LGS)

Dr. 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.


Mr. Don Lam

Vietnam | CEO and Co-Founder of VinaCapital

Mr. Don Lam is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of VinaCapital, one of the leading fund managers in Vietnam. Before founding VinaCapital, Mr. Lam was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Vietnam, where he led the Corporate Finance and Management Consulting practices throughout the Indochina region (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia). He has also held management positions at Deutsche Bank and Coopers & Lybrand in Vietnam and Canada.

He is an authority on investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and privatizations. He is a frequent speaker at international investment seminars and was featured as Vietnam’s “Mr. Wall Street” in Fortune magazine.

Mr. Lam holds a B.A. in Commerce and Political Science from the University of Toronto.


Ambassador Edward Lee

Singapore | Former Singaporean Ambassador

Ambassador Edward Lee spent 36 years in the Singapore Foreign Service, a total of 18 of which were in Indonesia from the 1970s. 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 has sat 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.


Ambassador Tan Sri Dato’ Ajit Singh

Malaysia | Former Malaysian Ambassador and first Secretary-General of ASEAN

Ambassador Tan Sri Dato’ Ajit Singh was born and educated in Malaysia. He joined the Malaysian Foreign Service in 1963.

In a career spanning just over 30 years, he served in various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at Malaysian Missions abroad in Canberra, Addis Ababa, (Ethiopia) and New York. He was Malaysia’s Ambassador in Vietnam, Austria, Brazil, (with concurrent accreditation to Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela) and Germany.

He was elected the first Secretary-General of ASEAN, which carries the rank of a Minister and served a five-year term from 01 January 1993 to 31 December 1997. In recognition of his services, both Laos and Vietnam awarded him their prestigious Friendship Medals in December 1997. He was also awarded the Panglima Setia Mahkota award, which carries the title of “Tan Sri”, by His Majesty the King of Malaysia at His Majesty’s Official Birthday on June 6 1998. The Indonesian Government awarded him the “Bintang Jasa Utama” in February 1999, in recognition of his work in ASEAN and in helping to improve Malaysia – Indonesia relations.

After leaving the Secretariat, he joined the National Petroleum Oil Company, PETRONAS, where he worked as Director, International Business Ventures from August 1997 to October 1999. He left to help establish the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan, China and was elected as its first Secretary-General in February 2001.

Upon his return, he became the Advisor for India Business for IJM Corporation Bhd. and is now a member of the Malaysia-India CEO Forum set up by the Prime Ministers of the two countries, the Advisor to the Malaysia-India Business Council, (MIBC), and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Malaysia, a well-known humanitarian organization providing aid and working in disaster and relief-stricken areas and countries.

In early 2009, he was appointed to the then Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council of Overseas India. In Jan. 2011, he was awarded India’s highest award for an overseas Indian, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, by the Indian Government.


Former Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.

Philippines | Former Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

Former Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. is the Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). He was first appointed in 2005 and re-appointed in 2011. As BSP Governor, he serves as Chairman of the Monetary Board, the BSP’s principal monetary policy-making body. As head of the BSP, Governor Tetangco is Chairman of the Philippines’ Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the Financial Stability Coordination Council (FSCC). At the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), he is Chair of the Meeting of Small Open Economies. He has also held chairmanships of various international committees: the BIS Asian Consultative Council, the Financial Stability Board Regional Consultative Group for Asia, and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.

Prior to becoming Governor in 2005, he was Deputy Governor in-charge of the Banking Services Sector, Economic Research and Treasury of the BSP. He also served as Alternative Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC from 1992 to 1994.

Governor Tetangco obtained a degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University, cum laude, and his Master’s in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Development Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dr. Sarasin Viraphol

Thailand | Executive Vice President of the Charon Pokphand Group (CP Group)

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.


Dr. Jiemian Yang

China | Senior fellow and former President of Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS)

Dr. Jiemian Yang  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).