Our associate consultants are drawn from across Asia We are always on the look out for talent, so if you are a consultant with over 10 years of experience in the region and expertise that you think would suit us, then do get in touch.
Currun Singh (Senior Associate)
Currun is an ACAS Senior Associate and ECAS Managing Partner. He is an expert on prison reforms, armed groups, and organized crime. He has extensive experience living and working internationally, including in Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and India. Currun has also conducted in-depth research on piracy and militant Islamism, and published his findings in The New York Times and academic journals. He earned his BA in Social Studies from Harvard University, an MA in Governance & Democracy from the Institute of Social Studies – The Hague, and an MA in Peace & Security from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies. Based in Hawaii Currun speaks English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi.
Zoha Waseem (Associate)
Zoha is an ACAS Associate and a doctoral candidate at the Department of War Studies, King's College in London. Her research interests include urban security, policing, South Asian politics, terrorism and religious extremism. She holds a postgraduate degree in MA Terrorism, Security and Society from King's College London and an LLB (Hons) from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has previously worked at several news channels in Pakistan, as well as the Public Safety and Terrorism Sub-Directorate at Interpol Headquarters in Lyon (France). Zoha speaks English, Urdu, and Hindi.
Shiva Hari Dahal (Senior Associate)
Shiva is an ACAS Senior Associate and has more than 15 years experience in the field of human rights, conflict resolution, security sector management peacebuilding, and state-building. Shiva's work has focused on policy making, including the Constituent Assembly and legislature-parliament (2008-2012) in Nepal. Shiva has worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) (Switzerland) and has published widely on conflict issues. He holds an MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame (USA) and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the George Mason University (USA).
Dinar Ferdaus (Senior Associate)
Dinar is an ACAS Senior Associate. Over the last 10 years, she has worked on human rights and conflict resolution issues both as researcher and facilitator at the university and NGO level. Dinar is primarily focused on Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and has published on communal conflicts in the region, including her 2012 monograph ‘After the Communal War: Understanding and Addressing Post Conflict Violence in Eastern Indonesia’. Her consulting clients include UNDP and the TIFA Foundation (Indonesia), as well as Medco Energy in Aceh. Her broader regional experience includes work at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi) and studies at Mahidol University in Thailand. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia. Dinar speaks English and Bahasa.
Sylvia Mishra (Associate)
Sylvia is an ACAS Associate and also a researcher with ORF’s Strategic Studies Initiative working on India's foreign and defence policies and U.S. Policy in Asia-Pacific. Prior to ORF, she worked at the ICRIER-Wadhwani Chair in India-US Policy Studies and has been associated with several New Delhi and London based think-tanks. She has been a member of an Expedition to Central Asia to promote Track-II Diplomacy supported by Ministry of External Affairs and India Central Asia Foundation. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences and also participated in international forums like 'Building an East Asian Regional Community', hosted by John Hopkins Nanjing University. She is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and has written for East West Center, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs,The Diplomat, Hindustan Times and several other publications. She recently has been selected as an Emerging Leader from India to participate in Australia India Youth Dialogue. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from London School of Economics and has written her Master’s thesis on ‘Foreign Relations of the United States and Iran During the Nixon Presidency (1969-1972)’.
Don Pathan (Associate)
Don is a Thailand-based security analyst with more than 20 years of experience in covering diplomacy, international relations, transnational crime and insurgency in Southeast Asia. Over the past five years he has been working closely with The Asia Foundation and the World Bank on development in the conflict-affected area of southern Thailand. He frequently briefs the diplomatic community, international think tanks and INGOs on issues pertaining to security and peace-building in Thailand. Don is widely published and co-authored “Confronting Ghosts: Thailand’s Shapeless Southern Insurgency” with Dr. Joseph Liow (Brookings Institute’s Lee Kuan Yew Chair) and wrote a chapter in the "Trouble in the Triangle: Opium and Conflict in Burma" in which he examined the nexus between the United Wa State Army, the Thai government and the military regime of Burma/Myanmar. He is also one of the founding member of the Patani Forum, a civil society organisation dedicated to promoting critical discussion on the conflict and insurgency in Thailand’s Malay-speaking South. Don speaks Thai and English.