Farrah Felinda Hanim Binti Razali
My current research interest is on sustainable government procurement, focused mainly on the policies of Green Government Procurement (GGP) and the drivers and barriers to GGP implementation, especially with the change in the ruling government.
Before beginning my PhD at GRIPS, I spent fourteen years in areas of policy planning, human resources management (competency management and training needs analysis), international relations and recently, procurement, with the Government of Malaysia. Prior to that I was a computer programmer in University Sains Malaysia, a leading research-based university in Malaysia and spent 6 months in marketing for Citibank (Penang). In 2012, I completed my MBA at the University of Bath, United Kingdom.
I believe that the G-Cube Program is a holistic program combining leadership modules on top of the academic PhD program offered, which will be beneficial for all participants especially in enhancing our career development in the future. The wide-range of experience and expertise of all the other international participants of the program will also provide a platform for knowledge-exchange and rapport that I believe would be valuable in the long-run.
My research interest mainly focuses on the government intervention in the air transport market with particular emphasis on the assessment of impact of economic regulation on the market performance by applying various tools such as Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), Econometrics and Political Economy.
Before coming to the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) for Ph.D. study, from 2013 to 2018, I served as an Under Secretary of State, a senior policy maker, at the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, a Cambodian government civil aviation authority, whose main functions are to formulate and enforce regulations in the air transport sector. Besides, I taught certain subjects such as law, international relations and economic development at various universities in Cambodia since 2013. I obtained a Master of Public Policy from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, the Republic of Korea in 2013 and a Bachelor of Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia in 2005.
The reasons I choose GRIPS is very clear, to get exposed to well qualified faculty members and researchers who will provide me in-depth knowledge and professional skills related to policy studies.
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Vo Minh Thu
My research interest is to study politics in Southeast Asia including governance, decentralization, political representation and administration reforms which particularly focus on organizational restructuring reforms in the public sector. Besides, I am also interested in studying international relations in the modern context.
Prior to enrolling at GRIPS as a PhD student in G-Cube program, I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science at Can Tho University in Vietnam and was awarded Master of Public Policy by The Australian National University in Australia. I have worked as a civil servant at Department of Home Affairs in Hau Giang Province, Vietnam since 2010. In 2017, I was offered a Small Grant Fund by Vietnam-Australia Human Resource Development Partnership for my project on “Women representative roles in Communal People’s Council in Hau Giang”. In addition, I am a member of Policy Consultant Group under the administration of Hau Giang Province People’s Committee.
I chose G-Cube as this is a unique program by its design which can improve my research and analytical skills under the supervision of prestigious GRIPS’s professors. Furthermore, this global governance program provides a perfect international environment for me to enhance my leadership skills through learning from experienced leaders at GRIPS’s Forums.
Layaoen Cherry Wyle Garcia
At present, I am affiliated with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as a bank officer evaluating the overall relevance and impact of bank-related policies as well as developing analytical tools for financial system surveillance and banking supervision. Prior to working in BSP, I was an Economic Development Specialist undertaking macroeconomic forecasting, policy analysis and research in the National Planning and Policy Staff at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) from 2004 to 2013.
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2003 and a Master in International Development at the International University of Japan in 2010. My research focuses on consequences of macroprudential policies and financial imbalances on the banking industry as well as the economy as a whole.
Earning a Ph.D. Degree in Global Governance from GRIPS is a means to keep abreast of new tools and advanced techniques for research and policy development. The program provides policy workshops and policy debates as well as elective courses on empirical finance, quantitative methods, time series analysis and econometrics, to name a few. These are essential for doing vulnerability analysis and surveillance of the financial system.
I study the Sino-Southeast Asian relations, with a special focus on infrastructure projects.
Before embarking on my doctoral study, I spent six years as an International news reporter for a financial media group headquartered in Beijing and reported on current affairs in North and Southeast Asia in the Chinese language. Previously, I have also served as a research associate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the National University of Singapore for two years. I earned my B.A. in Sociology from Kwansei Gakuin University in 2008 and MPIA from the University of California, San Diego in 2010.
I chose G-Cube because it provides me with an opportunity to interact with visionary policymakers from various Asian countries. During my study here, I’d like to strengthen my logical understanding of the region’s political and economic affairs.
Nakawesi Claire Lwasa
I am keen about Economic Policy for developing countries with a bias in Development Economics. My research interests are in Procurement and Financial Inclusion Innovations in Savings, Credit, Insurance and Money Transfers.
I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS), United Kingdom. I received a Distinction in Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Uganda Martyrs University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management from Uganda Management Institute and a First-Class Honors Degree in Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University.
Prior to commencing the G-cube program at GRIPS, I was Head of Contracts Administration and Disposal in the Procurement and Disposal Department at Bank of Uganda. I have in the past served as Head of Capital Goods and Information Systems Section in the Procurement and Disposal Department at Bank of Uganda.
It is my conviction that the G-cube Program at GRIPS is a place for active learning and participation which will expose me to a rich multicultural environment. I look forward to enhancing my research abilities and contributing towards empirical evidence for economic development in developing countries.