Johnny Hoang Nguyen

Johnny Hoang Nguyen is an intern at Asia Centre from September to December 2019. He is a Vietnamese from Australia studying International Relations and Politics at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne Campus.

At Asia Centre, Johnny hopes to increase his understanding of global and regional politics as well as to improve his academic writing, communication and marketing skills.

Johnny likes reading books and researching on new platforms on topics of human rights and the anarchical society. In particular, he is interested in issues of information technology as they relate to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Charlotte Chua

Charlotte Chua is an intern at Asia Centre from September 2019 to December 2019. She is from Singapore and is currently majoring in Global Studies with a theme specialisation in War and Security at the National University of Singapore.

Through her internship at Asia Centre, she intends to improve her skills in research, communications and is excited for upcoming partnerships. She is also looking to deepen her knowledge of the Southeast Asian region and the approaches these SEA countries adopt in the realm of human rights and freedom of expression. In addition, she would love to get an insight on the non-profit sector through this internship.

When she's not working, she is searching for her favourite cup of coffee and learning how to capture the decisive moment with whatever camera on hand.

Samuel Spisiak

Samuel Spisiak is a communication and marketing intern for the Asia Centre from May 2019 till February 2020. Originally from Slovakia, he is pursuing his Bachelors in Business Administration from HvA - Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands and came to Bangkok to learn and help empower Asia Centre create lasting social impact in the region.

Samuel is excited to help with organizing Asia Centre events, strengthen the Centre’s social media strategy and support its fundraising efforts. He would also like to improve his writing, communication and marketing skills during his time here. In addition, he would like to conduct marketing research to boost awareness of Asia Centre.

In his free time, Samuel likes to read thought provoking books. As an avid movie fan and inspiring foodie, he is either exploring the Bangkok culinary scene or watching a good movie at home.

Xiangyi Chen

Xiangyi Chen is a research intern at the Asia Centre from May to August 2019. She is from China and is enrolled at LL.B. Program in Business Law at Thammasat University, Thailand.

Xiangyi chose Asia Centre because she is interested in economics and law in Southeast Asia plus the Centre provides her the opportunity to work on contemporary issues. During her internship at Asia Centre, Xiangyi wishes to deepen her understanding on current developments in this region and practice her analytical and research skills. She will be undertaking research on China relationships with Southeast Asia. During her spare time, she enjoys reading books, listening to podcasts and practicing yoga.

Wei-Wen Wang

Wei-Wen is a research intern at the Asia Centre from May 2019 to August 2019. She graduated from National Taiwan University with a B.B.A. in International Business, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Development Practice at University of California, Berkeley. Before going to graduate school, Wei-Wen had worked on various trade- and investment-related issues in Taiwan and the Philippines.

Wei-Wen chose Asia Centre because she is interested in sustainable development and inclusive growth of the Asia Pacific region. During her internship at the Asia Centre, she hopes to gain in-depth knowledge of the development challenges that emerging Asian economies are facing. Wei-Wen is particularly excited to work on Asia Centre’s upcoming conference of “Fake News and Elections in Asia” in July 2019.

Zhongxuan Wu

Zhongxuan Wu is a research intern at Asia Centre from May to July 2019, with a focus on China’s impact on Southeast Asia. Originally from China, he is a master’s student in global studies at the University of Freiburg and is based in Bangkok this semester as an exchange student at Chulalongkorn University.

Zhongxuan chose to undertake an internship at Asia Centre because it provides an opportunity to critically examine the consequences of China’s rising influence in Southeast Asia. He hopes to improve his research, writing, and communication skills in this process. In his free time, he enjoys reading history, swimming, and meeting new people


Nagawang Dorji is a marketing and communications intern at Asia Centre from March to May 2019. He is a student of International Business at Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon, Thailand. During his internship at Asia Centre, Dorji wishes to contribute to the design of digital presentations as well as undertake market research. He hopes to improve his skills in communications and gain some experience in marketing strategies for the activities of a social enterprise such as Asia Centre.

When he is not studying or planning for his career, Dorji spends his time with friends playing football, basketball, watching movies and listening to music.


Sonam Chuki is a communications and marketing intern at Asia Centre from March 2019 to May 2019. She is from Bhutan and is currently pursuing a degree in International Business at Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon, Bangkok.

While at Asia Centre, Chuki hopes to broaden her knowledge of digital marketing and communications techniques through the practice of promoting the Centre’s activities over social media platforms. She also aims to contribute to innovative digital designs for the promotion of the Centre’s activities and events.

Chuki is multilingual speaking her native Bhutanese as well Hindi and Nepali. She enjoys meeting new people from diverse communities, loves to travel and is an avid DIY enthusiast.


Oliver is a research intern at the Asia Centre for February-March 2019. He is an Australian student, studying Government and International Relations as well as Asian Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane and will be undertaking an Honours research degree at Deakin University, Melbourne. Oliver is an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade New Colombo Plan Scholar. He has working experience in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Cambodia, in a range of areas including international trade, commerce, embassy work, policy creation and refugee rights.

During his internship at the Asia Centre, Oliver intends to enhance his knowledge of current human rights issues within the Southeast Asian region, improve his researching capacity and gain confidence in public speaking on topics related to global and regional politics. He spends his free time travelling, writing, debating and playing chess.



Safen Roy is a communications intern for the Asia Centre from January to July 2019. He is pursuing his Bachelors in Economics with a minor in English Literature from BRAC University, Bangladesh. He has also worked as a contributor at Bangladesh Post, a daily newspaper.

Through the internship at the Asia Centre, Safen wishes to learn more about the integration of ASEAN countries and cultures; and also to develop his writing and communication skills. He is interested in the role of social media and the internet in people’s lives. During his free time he likes to read novels, go for long walks and swimming.

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