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.
Karim Merchant (Senior Associate)
Karim consults on policy, programme and project development and management in the fields of humanitarian assistance, food security, conflict-sensitive development and peacebuilding. He has 26 years of experience (15 years in Central Asia) as a policy advisor, programme designer and project manager with in emergency relief, conflict and post-conflict sustainable rural development, institutional and community empowerment, and small enterprise development, working with national governments, United Nations Agencies, donor agencies and international and national NGOs. He has extensive Afghanistan experience, including serving as Senior Advisor to the Afghan Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), a member of the informal advisory cell to the President, developing and influencing national policies in rural development, programme design, budgeting and implementation in insecure environments, developing pioneering innovative monitoring and evaluation mechanisms
in conflict-affected regions independently, and in concert with international military forces.
Philip Visser (Senior Associate)
Philip is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of applied experience working primarily in active conflict, violent and post-conflict settings. He gained his experience across a wide spectrum of organisations ranging from a local NGO in his native South Africa to international NGOs in South East Asia, to the United Nations. He worked with grassroots communities, NGO partners, church structures, police and military, corporate sector, academia, political leadership and local and national government.
Career highlights include working at the coalface of township violence during the volatile period of transition in South Africa, serving as Senior Peacebuilding Advisor to a major INGO in South East Asia, Advisor to the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction in Nepal on local peace infrastructure, drafting a national strategy for the Somali Parliament on Dialogue and Outreach, and as Senior Technical Advisor to the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission in South Sudan. He is an accomplished trainer in collaborative leadership and dialogue having worked as trainer and facilitator under the auspices of UNDP with political leadership in several countries. He is an accredited trainer of Principled Negotiations having benefited from a close working partnership between his local NGO is South Africa and the Harvard-based Conflict Management Group.
During his years of practice he gained extensive experience in a wide range of topics in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and dialogue. This include grounded experience working with para-military youth, media through training and “video dialogue, mediation, community/policing, public participation in local government and writing and teaching in-depth case studies on the role of business in community conflict. In South East Asia much of his work focused on integrating peacebuilding with development and humanitarian assistance in post-conflict and -disaster settings. Over the last eight years his role shifted upwards working as advisor, program designer and conflict analyst to governments and the United Nations in places such as Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and most recently Yemen.
Philip completed a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, USA. He speaks Afrikaans, English and basic Bahasa Indonesia.