ASEAN and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN on May 23, 2016 named its 2016/17 ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows, recognizing 15 scientists from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam with a track record of achievements and the potential for significant contributions for science-based policy making in ASEAN.

The S&T Fellowship provides opportunities for early-career scientists from ASEAN Member States (AMS) to contribute their knowledge and analytical skills to their national governments. Fellows are embedded in line ministries or other agencies within their home countries, providing them with increased technical capacity to make informed science-based policy decisions. The Fellowship is managed by the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS), a joint project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). A five-year project running through August 2018, PROGRESS aims to strengthen ASEAN institutions and support regional priorities that advance ASEAN’s vision for political-security and social-cultural integration.

The 2016/17 ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship hail from diverse fields and will be working on issues related to sustainable energy; climate change and variability; and science, technology, innovation (STI) policy. Fellows are selected through a competitive process involving experts from ASEAN Secretariat Science and Technology Division, USAID, and the US Mission to ASEAN.

We are proud to present the 2016/17 S&T Fellows:

Cambodia: Dr. Seingheng Hul, Director of Research and Innovation Center, Institute of Technology of Cambodia. Priority Area: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Indonesia: Dr. Edi Kurniawan, Researcher, Indonesian Institute of Sciences. Priority Area: Climate Change and Climate Variability.

Indonesia: Dr. Frida Sidik, Researcher, Institute for Marine Research and Observation, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. Priority Area: Climate Change and Climate Variability.

Lao PDR: Mr. Houmpheng Theuambounmy, Director of Division, Renewable Energy and New Materials Institute, Ministry of Science and Technology. Priority Area: Sustainable Energy.

Lao PDR: Dr. Sounthisack Phommachanh, Lecturer, National University of Laos. Priority Area: Sustainable Energy.

Lao PDR: Dr. Vilay Vannaladsaysy, Lecturer, National University of Laos. Priority Area: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Malaysia: Dr. Sawal Hamid Md Ali, Senior Lecturer, Malaysia National University. Priority Area: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Malaysia: Dr. Zainura Zainon Noor, Associate Professor, Center of Environmental Sustainability and Water Security (IPASA), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Priority Area: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Myanmar: Dr. Ei Ei Htwe, Rector, Mandalay Technological University, Mandalay. Priority Area: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Myanmar: Dr. Aye Aye Thant, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Yangon. Priority Area: Sustainable Energy.

The Philippines: Senior Research Scientist, De La Salle Araneta University. Priority Area: Sustainable Energy.

Thailand: Dr. Aunchalee Aussnasuwanakul, Researcher, Institute of Food Research and Product Development, Kasetsart University. Priority Area: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Thailand: Dr. Puvadol Doydee, Lecturer, Kasetsart University, Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus. Priority Area: Climate Change and Climate Variability.

Vietnam: Dr. Nguyen-Thrinh Hoang Anh, Lecturer, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi. Priority Area: Sustainable Energy.

Vietnam: Ms. Quynh Anh Nguyen, Researcher, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies. Priority Area: Climate Change and Climate Variability.