Thailand - COI

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Dr Ian Baird

Email: ibairdatwisc [dot] edu 
Work phone: 1-608-265-0012

Dr Ian G. Baird is a Canadian, now Assistant Professor, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has extensive experience working, living and conducting research in Laos and Thailand. He lived in both countries full-time between the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s. He speaks, reads and writes Lao and Thai fluently. He continues to travel to both countries regularly to conduct research. He also has extensive experience working with Lao and Hmong refugees from Laos living in the USA, Canada and France.

Marianna Brungs

Email: mbrungsatcantab [dot] net

Marianna Brungs is an Associate Fellow with the Chatham House Asia Programme, with a focus on political dynamics in Southeast Asia. She was previously with Crisis Action, during which she led the development and implementation of advocacy, campaign and media strategies on conflict situations including Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka. Prior to this, Marianna was a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and during her three-year posting to Thailand focused on political issues including Burmese and Lao Hmong refugees, Thai-Burmese relations, the conflict in southern Thailand and counter terrorism. She previously worked in a commercial law firm and with various NGOs and community organisations in Australia.

Amy A. Smith

Email: amy [dot] smithatfortifyrights [dot] org

Amy Smith is an executive director of Fortify Rights. Previously, Amy worked as a consultant focusing on regional migration and refugee protection issues with the Labor Migration and Trafficking Unit of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Office for Southeast Asia. Amy served as the Myanmar and Thailand researcher for the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Malaysia and Thailand, facilitating research and programming with urban and camp-based refugees from Myanmar. Amy authored numerous reports and publications on human rights and humanitarian issues, including for Human Rights Watch, and has experience providing legal representation and expert testimony for asylum seekers in the U.S. Amy is a licensed U.S. attorney with a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.S. from Northeastern University. 

Dr Zachary Abuza

Email : zachary [dot] abuzaatgmail [dot] com

Dr. Zachary Abuza is a Professor at the National War College, in Washington, DC, where he focuses on Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including governance, insurgencies, democratization and human rights. He has just completed a manuscript, a comparative analysis of the peace processes in Aceh, Mindanao and southern Thailand, to be published in September 2016 by Rowman Littlefield. In 2015, he authored a major study on the media and civil society development in Vietnam for the National Endowment for Democracy. He is the author of six books, five monographs and numerous articles and book chapters on politics and security issues in Southeast Asia.

Dr Claudia Merli (FGM/C)

Email: claudia [dot] merliatdurham [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Claudia Merli is Lecturer in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (Health) at Durham University, UK. She is a social anthropologist specialising in medical anthropology, the body, and reproductive health, with regional expertise in Southeast Asia, Thailand and Malaysia. She has provided the first detailed account of FGM/C practices in Southern Thailand. She is conducting research on male and FGM/C in different communities in Thailand. She has been consulted by WHO officers in relation to government policies on FGM/C in Indonesia, and by Swedish researchers to be expert evaluator for a research questionnaire to assess knowledge, practices, and perceptions of male and female genital cutting among Somali refugees in Sweden.

Siddharth Kara

Email: siddharth_karaathks [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.

Joshua Kurlantzick

Email: jkurlantzickatcfr [dot] org

Joshua Kurlantzick is senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Kurlantzick was previously a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he studied Southeast Asian politics and economics and China's relations with Southeast Asia, including Chinese investment, aid, and diplomacy. Previously, he was a fellow at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy and a fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy. Kurlantzick has also served as a columnist for Time, a correspondent for the Economist based in Bangkok, a special correspondent for the New Republic, a senior correspondent for the American Prospect, and a contributing writer for Mother Jones. He also serves on the editorial board of Current History.

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