Sophie Zwick

Sophie Zwick is an intern at the Asia Centre from June to September 2021. She is a second-year BA Politics and International Relations student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. AGerman-Thai student, she specialises in Southeast- and East Asia. As part of her voluntary service with UNESCO in Germany, Sophie organised intercultural events and has worked as a conversation teacher in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Sophie is interested in democracy, education and human rights. She writes for her university newspaper and volunteers for the Pan Asian Women’s Association (PAWA) to support grassroots projects for young girls’ education in Asia. Sophie is the regional representative of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and is in charge of organising social events and writing monthly newsletters.

Sophie is excited to gain an insight into the work of an NGO. She believes that the internship will broaden her understanding of regional politics and enhance her research skills. This summer, she will be engaged in the organisation and preparation of Asia Centre’s annual conference. She looks forward to intellectually riveting panel discussions and insights into the current affairs of Southeast Asia.

Julie Tavares Thillier

Julie Tavares Thillier is a Communications and Marketing intern at Asia Centre from June to August 2021. She was born and raised in Brazil and came to France to study Medias, Culture and Communication. Julie will graduate from the Catholic University of Lille in June and will undertake postgraduate studies in International Relations in Paris in September.

At Asia Centre, Julie will be involved in creating, editing and broadcasting podcasts and other content. Additionally she will manage the Centre’s social media accounts and help with organising online events. Host of her own podcast during her college years, Julie is looking forward to helping launch the Asia Centre’s Podcast series. Interested in communication, she is sure that this experience will be extremely rewarding.

In her spare time, Julie enjoys reading and traveling to new cities. Passionate about different cultures, she loves meeting new people. She is certain that her internship at Asia Centre will offer her new perspectives.

Ayman Ragab

Originally based at Institut libre d'étude des relations internationals (ILERI), France, Ayman Ragab is a French exchange student spending a semester at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University in 2020 – 2021.

He is a research intern at Asia Centre from April to August 2021 as he would like to sharpen his skills in writing and research, before embarking on a master degree programme.

Ayman enjoys backpacking and traveling around the world. He also likes to swim, reading and party with friends in his free time.

Amanda Yap Shi Min

Amanda Yap is a research intern at Asia Centre from May to August 2020. She is from Singapore, and is currently an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, majoring in economics and minoring in global studies.

During her time at Asia Centre, Amanda looks forward to improving her skills in research synthesis and academic writing. Crucially, she aspires to learn more about the impact that COVID-19 has on democracy and human rights in the Southeast Asian region, simultaneously gaining and enriching her work experience.

In her spare time, you will find Amanda at the piano playing tunes ranging from the 70s to contemporary times. Alternatively, she will be exploring Singapore’s hiking trails, snapping random shots of greenery, sunrises, and anything in between.

Roshni Sharma

Roshni Sharma is a research intern at Asia Centre from May 2021 to August 2021. She is from Singapore and is currently studying political science and economics at the National University of Singapore. During her internship, Roshni will be focusing on the freedom of religious belief and freedom of expression in the region.

Roshni’s passion in human rights stems from her engagements with migrant worker communities in Singapore, and she is excited to continue learning about human rights issues within Southeast Asia during her time in Asia Centre. She also looks forward to improving her research, communication and academic writing skills, and hopes to better understand the way such non-profit organisations collaborate with other state and non-state actors to create social impact in the region.

Roshni loves getting to know people from different backgrounds and engaging with them on different topics and social issues, to better understand various perspectives and learn from them. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her friends and exploring new trails, and watching crime documentaries.

Rory McAfee

Rory McAfee is a British research intern at Asia Centre. He is studying International Business Management at Oxford Brookes University and having an exchange semester with Mahidol University International College.

Previously, Rory has lived in a number of different countries such as Germany, the U.S.A., Australia, and the U.K. This has enabled him to adapt quickly to any new environment. He decided that South-East Asia, and Thailand in particular, was a region of the world that he wanted to spend more time in when travelling there after finishing school.

Due to his multicultural background and reading hobby, he has developed a strong passion and interest in advocating freedom of political expression and human rights. Rory is keen to improve his writing and research skills from his time at Asia Centre and gain experience in order to pursue a Master’s degree in International Politics. He enjoys travelling and photography and has done a large amount of both during his time in Thailand thus far.

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