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


Mr. Kenneth Walsh is Chairman of USAI’s Global Leadership Board and Managing Director of Southeast Asia 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.


Tanri Abeng


In March 1998 Tanri Abeng was appointed by President Soeharto as Indonesia's first Minister for State-Owned Enterprises and given the challenge not only of restructuring the State sector but also of creating, from scratch, the new ministry to undertake the task. He was re-appointed to the same portfolio when Dr. Habibie replaced President Soeharto. He launched a program to restructure the state-owned enterprises, to increase their productivity and unlock their value, which was completed before President Habibie's cabinet was resolved in 1999.

Tanri Abeng's experience in formulating a coherent plan for state-owned enterprise reform is part of his involvement, for more than three decades, with multinational, regional and national corporations. He has held top executive positions in Indonesia for Union Carbide (USA), Heineken (Netherlands), Bakrie & Brothers and has held non executive positions in other companies; including BAT (United Kingdom), BATA (Canada) and Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore). Tanri was also an Elected Member of People's Consultative Assembly from 1990- 1998. Since leaving government, Tanri has been active in the field of developing cross cultural leadership skills for the benefit of future private and public sector leaders in Indonesia and the Asia pacific region, through the Executive Center for Global Leadership, as its Chairman. After almost 7 years, Tanri stepped down as Chairman of PT Telkom Indonesia as of January 1, 2011. In may 2015, Tanri was appointed by President Joko Widodo to Chair Pertamina, the National Oil and Gas Company (Fortune 500) and the largest corporation in Indonesia. He is also the Chairman of Newcrest Mining Limited (Australia) for Indonesia since January 2015. Tanri is recognized as a management guru and a corporate leader who is also known for his critical views on government policies affecting business. Before the East Asia 1997 – 1998 crisis, Asiaweek magazine wrote “ Tanri Abeng, the most prominent and probably the most respected Indonesian executive, sums up challenge facing businessmen of his country today. Not to mention those of other nations long used the niceties of government protection, political connections and cozy family enterprises.”

Tanri’s involvement in leading public sector enterprises spanning over two decades under five presidents: Soeharto, Habibie, Megawati, S.B. Yudhoyono and Joko Widodo – is one of many considerations for him receiving the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Public Services” by the World Chinese Economic Summit in October 2016. A prestigious university, Universitas Indonesia, also presented Tanri “Lifetime Achievement Award” for leadership in Management in January 2017.

A graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo in Business Administration, Tanri also completed an Advanced Management Program at Claremont Graduate School, USA. He earned his doctorate degree from University of Gadjah Mada in Indonesia in 2010. His latest venture is establishing Tanri Abeng University, opened in 2011.


Ambassador Puteh Alam


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

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Dr. Mohamed Idwan Ganie


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 and multinational 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.

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Madam Menchu


Ms. Carmencita D. Katigbak resides in the Philippines and was educated in the Philippines and Switzerland. She has two sons and a number of grandchildren. She has a number of real estate holding and advises a number of financial institutions. She is involved in a number of philanthropic organizations .


Don Lam


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


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.

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Ambassador Battsetseg Shagdar


Battsetseg Shagdar is Freedom lover and quite a leader and "force of nature" in her own right. She calls women and young people to emerge the Democracy leadership order to meet influential political people and leaders here in the USA and to learn more about how the American consultants in order to get the best political campaign training possible and learn more about how to utilize strategic planning to their advantage in their own campaigns and career development in Mongolia.

Her vision and deep desire and willingness to learn, her honesty as well as her belief that the Democratic process was one she felt called and driven to bring to her country of Mongolia.

Battsetseg understands that the women Democratic leaders needed to learn more in order to become more effective in their campaigns and she stopped at nothing to get them the training they needed.

Battsetseg believes confident that if we stand for the hope and freedom of others we will make our own freedom more secure. To this end, we are committing funds and time to share our experiences and lessons with other countries at global level by our own leadership actions. 

+ Read Battsetseg's CV Here

Date of birth: January 17th, 1961

Place of birth: Zuunmod city, Tuv Province, Mongolia

Education: ATLAS Think Tank MBA program, USA; PhD Program in Education Administration, University, Calcutta, India ; MBA Small Business Development at Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center, Israel, MBA Education Administration, University of Public Administration & Management Development, Mongolia, University of Humanity, Mongolia; Institute of Pushkin, Moscow, Russia;

Educational Background

2017 - Transformational Leadership for Democracy /USA

2011-2014 - Leadership training for Democracy: Local political campaign Technique, University of Virginia, VA

2010 - M.B.A., Think Tank Administration

2008 - Administration of Human resource training Turin, Italy

2004 - Ph.D. Education Administration, Calcutta, India

2002-2003 - Small Business Administration, Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center, Israel

2000 - University Government Administration & Management Development

1995 - M.A., in Arts and Languages, University of Humanity

1988 - Russian Literature and Culture, University of Russian language and Literature by Pushkin, Moscow, Russia

1984 - University of Humanity, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Work Experience

2017-till now - Non-staff Advisor to Battulga Khaltmaa-the President of Mongolia

2014-2017 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Mongolia to the Republic of Indonesia and ASEAN

2013-2014 - National Consultant, World Bank

2013-2014 National Board Member, Mongolian National Public TV and Radio Broadcasting, Mongolia

2009-2014 - Advisor to Elbegdorj Tsakhia- the President of Mongolia

2008-2014 - CEO EBI Think Tank Institute, Mongolia

2006-2008 - Advisor to President of Mongolian Employers’ Federation, Head of Foreign Relation Department

2005-2006 - Head of Social Welfare and Labor market policy department of the Ministry Social Welfare and Labor of Mongolia

2004-2014 - Charter President of Zuunmod Rotary Club, AG 2006 20108Area 9 District 3450

2004-2014 - Vice-president of Democratic Women’s Union, Mongolia

1993-2004 - Founder & Director of Zuunmod English Language College, Mongolia

1984-1992 - Russian Language teacher

Ambassador Tan Sri Dato’ Ajit Singh


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.


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


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


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-US 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-US Relations in Post-Cold War Era: Elaboration and Exploration; Sino-US 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-US Relations in the Post-Cold War Era: Crisis Management Comparative Studies.

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


Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani


Kishore Mahbubani is a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS).

Mr Mahbubani has been privileged to enjoy two distinct careers, in diplomacy (1971 to 2004) and in academia (2004 to 2019). He is a prolific writer who has spoken in many corners of the world.

In diplomacy, he was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971 to 2004). He had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he twice was Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and served as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. As a result of his excellent performance in his diplomatic career, he was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998.

Mr Mahbubani joined academia in 2004, when he was appointed the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), NUS. He was Dean from 2004 to 2017, and a Professor in the Practice of Public Policy from 2006 to 2019. In April 2019, he was elected as an honorary international member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which has honoured distinguished thinkers, including several of America’s founding fathers, since 1780.

Mr Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Master’s degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992.

He has achieved several “firsts” in his two careers. He was the Founding Dean of the LKY School, the founding Director of the Civil Service College, the first Singapore Ambassador to serve on the UN Security Council, the first Singaporean to publish articles in globally renowned journals and newspapers like Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the New York Times and the Financial Times and co-authored articles with distinguished global thought leaders like Kofi Annan, Klaus Schwab and Larry Summers. Mr Mahbubani has never shied away from taking on new challenges.

He has also been a prolific author, having published seven books: Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence, Can Singapore Survive, The ASEAN Miracle (co-authored with Jeffery Sng) and Has the West Lost It?.

Mr Mahbubani has received significant international recognition for his many accomplishments. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: “A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker”. He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005, and included in the March 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism. He was selected as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was described as “the muse of the Asian century”. He was selected by Prospect magazine as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014.