Adam Schwarz is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Asia Group Advisors, where he counsels senior executives on business opportunities in key Southeast Asian markets and how to effectively manage political, economic, and security risks. Based in Southeast Asia since 1987, Mr. Schwarz has a deep set of relationships with business, political and civil-society leaders across the region and is considered a leading global authority on Indonesia.
From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Schwarz worked for McKinsey & Company in Southeast Asia where he served private and public sector clients in the energy, telecom, agribusiness. and financial sectors. He advised clients on issues ranging from corporate strategy, organizational change, board governance, strategic communications, and regional economic integration. He was one of the global leaders of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice, where he supported clients on issues related to green business opportunities, renewable energy, sustainability standards, and climate change policy.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Mr. Schwarz worked as correspondent and bureau chief in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam for the Far Eastern Economic Review. He is considered a leading authority on the political dynamics in Southeast Asia, and is author of A Nation in Waiting, a highly acclaimed work on contemporary Indonesian history. Valued for his regional expertise and experience, Schwarz is a frequent guest speaker and commentator on regional issues.
Mr. Schwarz has served as advisor to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, the World Bank, and the Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and the United States. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for both the Jakarta-based Centre for Public Policy Transformation and the Washington, DC-based U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO). He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, where he lectures on political, economic and security issues across Southeast Asia.
He was awarded a Luce Scholar fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation, and was the 1997-98 recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Schwarz graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and holds an MBA degree in International Business from Columbia University where he was awarded a University Fellowship for Professional Achievement.
Eric Rosenkranz is Non-Executive Chairman with Asia Group Advisors, where he supports the firm with strategic planning as well as mentorship to the CEO and other senior members. He brings over 30 years of experience in crafting strategic directions for multinational companies to grow in Asia.
Rosenkranz is Fournder and Chairman of e.three, a strategic advisory firm that helps organizations in Asia determine and execute their long-term plans. He specializes in helping start-ups from initial fund-raising to exit as well as in raising funding and M&A. Previously as Vice Chairman of FocusMedia China, he led the company to its successful 2005 NASDAQ listing, which at one time valued at more than USD7.5 billion. As Chairman of the Australian company Outdoor Solutions Group, he engineered a trade sale to News Corp. He also advised Hong Kong-based Cimigo in their sale to Hakuhodo in 2014, and now advises Hakuhodo in M&A activities. In November 2016, he acted as the agent who sold Myamar Vineyards to Premium Distribution.
Rosenkranz currently serves as Chairman of Ambient Digital, a digital advertising agency, and Hiip, a social influencer e-marketing tool which just received Series A funding. He is a Chairman Emeritus of CWA Call Center and Senior Advisor to West Indochina Consulting focusing on Myanmar. Formerly, he was Independent Non-Executive Director of Focus Media Network Limited, listed in HKSE, and Director of Kingdom Breweries, a micro brewery in Cambodia.
At marketing communications giant Grey Global Group, Eric was CEO Asia Pacific and Latin America, and Executive Vice-President Europe, Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. Eric managed Grey’s marketing services companies and was responsible for preparing and executing long-term strategy and M&A, opening divisions offering new strategic capabilities, implementing changes in business culture, and redesigning organizational structure.
Eric has an MBA from The University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from The George Washington University. He was Guest Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong; The Vlerick School of Management, University of Ghent, Belgium; and currently lectures at the Asian Campus of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Marketing and Venture Financing, as well as at SASIN, the Thailand based MBA program linked with Chulalongkorn University.
Annisa Natalegawa is a Partner and Managing Director at AGA, where she provides strategic advice for regional clients, and leads AGA Indonesia’s operations. Annisa brings in a decade of experience in public policy and a wide network in government agencies, spanning multiple sectors including trade, logistics, energy, information technology, agriculture, and commodities. Her in-depth knowledge on regional trade dynamics, and the politics of Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar, have helped clients understand better investment opportunities in the region.
At AGA, Annisa has spearheaded a number of advocacy efforts, including developing a comprehensive report and engagement strategy for promoting Indonesian sustainable palm oil; developing stakeholder mappings of numerous ministries and agencies in the Indonesian government; facilitating client engagement with the political elite and other key influencers; and authoring updates and analyses on emerging political and regulatory issues across the region.
Prior to joining AGA, Annisa served in the Political Cooperation Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, working on various political issues with the aim of strengthening democracy, enhancing good governance and the rule of law, and promoting and protecting human rights in the region. While at the ASEAN Secretariat, she served as a resource person and rapporteur during working group, senior official, and ministerial level meetings between ASEAN Member States.
Annisa has also worked as an Assistant Program Administrator at the Australian National University, and has interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra as well as the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York.
Annisa holds a Master of International Law from the Australian National University and a B.A. in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London.
Nguyen Thu Trang
Director & Vietnam Country Representative
Nguyen Thu Trang is the Director and Country Representative for AGA Vietnam, where she supports clients in navigating Vietnam’s regulatory environment and executing stakeholder engagement strategies to drive business growth.
Trang brings a wealth of public affairs experience to AGA, particularly in government engagement and crisis management. She leverages her deep set of relationships with businesses, civil-society and political leaders in Vietnam across all levels, to help clients mitigate business risks and maximize opportunities in the market.
Trang joins AGA from the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) in Hanoi, where she provided and executed advocacy strategies to help Fortune 500 companies mitigate reputational, regulatory and political risks that affect their business operations in Vietnam. Earlier, Trang was an Advocacy and Communications Specialist in various international NGOs, including Action Aid, UNDP, and Plan, where she worked closely with numerous government agencies in Vietnam in providing technical assistance. Trang has also cultivated a strong network in Vietnam’s media sector, having been a former journalist for Vietnam Television and the Times and Education Newspaper. She has spent five years working in the private sector, including two years as Head of Business Promotion for the Hanoi Business Association.
Trang has a Master’s degree in International Relation from Vietnam National University.
Nattabhorn Juengsanguansit (Ink)
Director & Thailand Country Representative
Nattabhorn Juengsanguansit (Ink) is a Director in our Bangkok office, and will play a leading role in AGA’s operations, client service and business development in Thailand.
Ink brings to AGA a deep background in public affairs, crisis communications, market entry and government relations consultancy. She spent the last six years at APCO Thailand, most recently as Associate Director and market lead, where she provided clients with strong stakeholder outreach and an in-depth understanding of Thailand’s social, economic and political landscape. Ink has developed and implemented communications and engagement strategies for companies and industry associations in the FMCG, Automotive, international NGOs and health care sectors. She also has significant experience handling client projects in a variety of markets including Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
Ink holds a B.A. in Economics from Thammasat University.
Director & Indonesia Country Representative
Brasukra Sudjana leads Asia Group Advisors’ Indonesia office, where he provides clients with regulatory analysis, advocacy strategy and stakeholder engagement support.
Prior to joining Asia Group Advisors, he worked at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat in Jakarta as a Senior Officer, where he was responsible for providing policy advisory and research support, facilitated trade negotiations, and organized consultations on trade facilitation issues. Earlier, he was a World Bank economist on trade and competitiveness, where he managed research, capacity building, and lending projects, and provided strategic policy advice for the Government of Indonesia for its participation at the G20 and APEC.
Brasukra holds a Master’s degree in international economics from Université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, as well as a Master of Science degree in economics and finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics from Southern Illinois University.
Amara Buyse is a Senior Associate at AGA’s Singapore office, where she leads AGA’s work in Singapore, Malaysia, and Myanmar.
Prior to joining AGA, Amara spent three years in Malaysia working for a strategic think tank, where she had daily interactions with Malaysian policymakers. Amara also worked as a freelance consultant and conducted market entry studies for clients looking to enter the Vietnamese and Myanmar markets.
Before moving to Asia, Amara worked as a Press and Media Officer at the European Commission in Brussels, where she was responsible for managing the Commission’s public reputation and conducting daily briefings to European journalists. Amara started her career with Google in Ireland, where she first gained exposure to government relations practices of a multinational company.
Amara has a deep network of political, business and media contacts both in Southeast Asia and Europe. She holds a Master’s in General Management from Vlerick Business School, Belgium, as well as a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Ghent University, Belgium, and Università La Sapienza, Italy. In addition to her native Dutch, she is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Mai Thanh Huong
Mai Thanh Huong is a Senior Associate for AGA Vietnam, where she supports clients with stakeholders engagement and political risk analysis in the country.
Prior to joining AGA, Huong worked for the British Embassy in Hanoi where she managed issues relating to the Vietnamese business environment and produced insightful and high-quality analyses on trade policies and potential business opportunities. Earlier, Huong served as the External Relations and Project Manager of European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam where she engaged closely with European businesses and the Vietnamese Government. She had also worked at the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Project Management Unit which managed the implementation of EU-funded programs.
Huong has deep knowledge on Vietnam’s business environment and wide network with European businesses, economists and political leaders. She has an MBA from Edith Cowan University, Australia.
Peeyapat (Drew) Rabieb is an Associate in AGA’s Bangkok office, where she provides engagement, research, and analytical support for clients with operations in Thailand. Having worked at multiple posts within the government, Drew is able to provide clients with crucial insights into policy-making. Drew specializes in the digital economy, financial services, logistics, and agricultural sectors.
Prior to joining AGA, Drew worked at the Bank of Thailand as the Research Assistant to the Chairman. In this role she produced reports, briefing documents, and analysis for the Chairman on issues ranging from nano-financing, revisions to the Bank of Thailand Act, and financial inclusion.
She has also worked at the Thailand Secretariat of the Cabinet providing research, analytics, and background information to officials up to the minister level. Her focus at the Secretariat was on banking, macroeconomic policies, and infrastructure development.
Drew was also the first Google Thailand fellow, where she conducted in-depth research on the impact of national internet regulations on businesses in Thailand.
Drew earned a double Masters in Economics and Business from University College London and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Her master’s thesis presents a comparative assessment of state involvement on the performance of national oil companies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
Arnachani Riaseta is an Associate at AGA’s Jakarta office, where she supports clients with comprehensive political risk analysis and stakeholder engagement in Indonesia. Arnachani’s portfolio includes financial services, information technology, mining and commodities sectors. At AGA, Arnachani has helped clients build stronger relationships with influential groups and opinion leaders, such as business associations, SMEs and women groups, and think tanks.
Prior to joining AGA, Arnachani worked for Unilever Indonesia’s External Affairs, where she supported the company’s engagement with the National Drug and Food Control Agency (BPOM) on product licensing, Indonesian Coordinating Investment Board (BKPM), and provincial governments.
Arnachani earned Master’s degree in Asian Studies from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, on a full scholarship. Arnachani currently serves as the President of RSIS Alumni Association’s Indonesia chapter. She attained her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bilkent University, Turkey.
Florida Andriana is an Associate at AGA Indonesia. She supports clients with in-depth regulatory research on economic policy packages and stakeholder engagement. Florida specializes in trade, customs, energy, and power sector. She has built an extensive network across different trade agencies in Indonesia, and closely worked with the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs to provide input on logistics and e-commerce issues.
Prior to joining AGA, Florida worked at the Corporate & Public Affairs practice of public relations firm Edelman Indonesia. She supported clients in oil and gas, automotive, and manufacturing with core media identification and crisis communications. Florida had also worked for Chevron Pacific Indonesia and The Hague Center for Strategic Studies as a Country Research Assistant.
Florida holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Indonesia, where she was actively involved in Model United Nations and competitive debating.
Le Hong Diem
Le Hong Diem is an Associate at AGA Vietnam, where she provides analytical and engagement support for clients with significant operations in Vietnam. Diem specializes in the digital economy, financial services, logistics, and trade sector.
Diem has an extensive experience working with all levels of the Vietnamese government. Most recently, Diem was a Program Officer for the USAID-funded project ‘Governance for Inclusive Growth’, where she provided technical advice to government counterparts on policy reform, including on the implementation of Vietnam’s financial services and public procurement commitment under the TPP, and integration of public investment into the socio-economic development plan.
Diem had worked for lawmakers at the National Assembly of Vietnam, executing projects funded by international donors to strengthen budgetary decision capacities and oversight of the People’s Elected Bodies in Vietnam. Diem also spent time as a Program Assistant for the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiation project, assisting the Vietnam Authority of HIV/AIDS Control reach its national treatment targets.
Diem has a Masters in Strategic Management and Planning from University College Dublin. She graduated as a Valedictorian in Finance and Banking from Hanoi University. She was awarded two honorary fellowships by the Irish Government and US Department of State. She has also received multiple grants from Harvard University and University College Dublin to participate in Harvard Model United Nations 2014, Norwegian University of Science and Technology to attend International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway 2011 and Kyushu University for ASEAN in Today’s World 2010.
Phermsak (Perm) Lilakul is an Associate at AGA’s Bangkok office. He provides client support for research, analysis, and engagement. With an extensive background in journalism, advocacy, and political analysis, he specializes in political engagement, ICT regulations, and the non-profit sector.
Perm’s career has spanned the media industry, the international development field, and the government sector. As a general news and features reporter for The Nation newspaper, he was a pioneer in reporting about Thailand’s internet regulations and related political and social issues. His work at the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) was mainly focused on political and media advocacy issues in Thailand before and after the 2006 coup. He was British Embassy Bangkok’s first Political Analyst, delivering to the UK government analyses on Thailand’s domestic politics prior to and following the 2014 coup and providing top UK investors with expert advice on government engagement and political risks.
As an Oxford Thai Foundation scholar, Perm earned a Master of Public Policy from Blavatnik School of Government, the University of Oxford. Also, as a Japanese Government scholar, he received a master’s degree in Information, Technology, and Society in Asia from the University of Tokyo, where he completed a thesis on constitutional rights and internet regulations in the US, Japan, and Thailand. He holds a BA in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University.
Panrawee (Penny) Meesupya
Panrawee (Penny) Meesupya is an Associate at AGA’S Bangkok office. With an extensive background in law, diplomacy, advocacy, and business development, she provides client-government engagement and in depth regulations research and analysis. Penny specializes in foreign policy, political engagement, logistics, business and human rights, and non-profit sector.
Prior to joining AGA, Penny worked at the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) as their Policy and Project Coordinator and Academic and Administrative Assistant to the Secretary-General, focusing on the Asia Pacific priority issues including the South China Sea disputes, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, and the conflict in Southern Thailand. Penny engaged with high levels, senior government officials, business leaders, think tanks and academia throughout the region.
Penny also was a rapporteur at the Rockefeller Foundation where she provided policy reports on climate change, urbanization, and public health. She also joined the AEC Securities Company, a company that provides a full investment management service, as their Legal Adviser, giving legal advices on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and insolvency. She later served as the Project Coordinator for the Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs of Thailand where she helped establish the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC).
Awarded the Chevening Scholarship from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Penny holds a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Dispute and Conflict Resolution from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and graduated with Merit. She also held a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) in International Law from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
Cazadira Fediva Tamzil
Cazadira Fediva Tamzil (Azira) is an Analyst at AGA, where she provides analytical support on political dynamics and regulatory developments in Indonesia. Cazadira’s portfolio includes FMCG, commodities, and education sectors.
Prior to joining AGA, Cazadira worked as Consultant Intern at McKinsey & Co. Indonesia, where she supported a public-sector client in improving infrastructure and human resources quality.
She had also worked as a Researcher and Teaching Assistant at Universitas Indonesia. Her joint-research with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on resource governance has been published and circulated nation-wide. Cazadira also spent time as Project Assistant for the ASEAN Study Center, where she worked on consultancy projects and organized conferences on regional security.
Cazadira holds a Master (with Distinction) in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), with a full scholarship from the Indonesian government. She was also awarded ‘Best Dissertation’ for her research on global democracy and migration. Previously, she graduated Magna Cum Laude as Valedictorian of Universitas Indonesia’s International Relations Department. Cazadira is a regular speaker on development issues in youth conferences and workshops.
Pongsiri (Win) Poorintanachote is an Analyst in AGA’s Bangkok office, where he supports clients in Thailand with political risk analysis and stakeholder engagement. Having spent years working for the government, Win leverages his deep insight into the dynamics that influence policy-making in Thailand, to advise clients on regulatory risks impacting the business and investment climate.
Prior to joining AGA, Win worked as Project Officer at the Department of East Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, where he provided in-depth reports and advice on current and developing political and economic trends in Thailand’s trade partners Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Earlier, Win worked as a Political Section Trainee at the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Thailand, where he supported the EU’s political economy analysis of Thailand. Win has also spent time working as Trainee in the Political and Consular Office at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington D.C.
Win holds a Master of Science in Democracy and Comparative Politics from the University College London (UCL). He earned a Bachelor of Political Science in Politics and International Relations from Thammasat University, Thailand.
Fedina Sundaryani is an analyst at AGA, were she provides research and analytical support on political and regulatory development in Indonesia. Fedina’s portfolio includes the energy and mining sectors.
Prior to joining AGA, Fedina worked for several years at The Jakarta Post, where she was most recently Editor at the Business Desk. As a reporter, Fedina covered many issues with a focus on the mining, power and oil and gas sectors. She was concurrently stationed at the State Palace to cover pressing economic developments. Fedina also has experience covering other issues such as crime, education and politics.
Fedina holds a Bachelor of Social Science specializing in Asia Pacific Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, where she also worked as a teaching and research assistant.
Jiradej (Joe) Jaturavith
Jiradej (Joe) Jaturavith is an Analyst at AGA’s Bangkok office. He supports clients in Thailand with research, stakeholder mapping, political risk analysis, and government engagement. Joe leverages his in-depth research background in Thai politics to advise clients in the digital economy, financial services and logistics sectors. He also offers a strong understanding of US-Thai relations.
Prior to joining AGA, Joe served as the coordinator of the New York Southeast Asia Network where he coordinated and managed programs involving multiple stakeholders ranging from academics to policymakers. Joe has interned with the Office of the Permanent Secretary and the State Enterprise Policy Office at Thailand’s Ministry of Finance.
Joe holds a Master of Arts in Political Science, with concentration in Comparative Politics, from New York University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from New York University.
Wethani (Wey) Wirunsri
Wethani (Wey) Wirunsri has background in market research and insight for financial industry, the digital economy, ICT, the fast-moving consumer goods and the auto-motive sector.
Prior to joining AGA, Wey was a Client Service and Insights Associate at INTAGE, a marketing research agency, where she leveraged her expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques to discover key market insights for private sector clients, help them better their business and secure new business opportunity.
Her other past experiences include working as a Research Assistant to a professor of political science from a leading university in New Zealand and interning at Custom Asia, a market research and consultancy firm.
Muhammad Reza Hermanto
Muhammad Reza Hermanto (Reza) is an Analyst at AGA’s Jakarta office. Having a sufficient background in economics and public policy, he provides analytical support and regulation research for client with investments in Indonesia. Reza leverages his deep understanding in digital economy, healthcare industry, and manufacturing, to help clients understanding the dynamics of regulation risks impacting market and industries.
Prior to joining AGA, Reza was a research analyst at The Indonesian Institute, a center of public policy research based in Jakarta. During his assignment, he conducted several studies regarding to economic policy implementation in Indonesia, which includes assessment of the universal healthcare coverage program. He managed to disseminate the findings to government, private companies and donor agencies to assist them in making sound policy decisions. He also represented the institution in several forums, wrote media briefing and was occasionally invited to speak about current economic issues and policies to media.
Reza holds a Master of International and Development Economics from the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy with a full scholarship from the government of Indonesia. During his study, he got the opportunity to intern at Financial Technology Office of Bank Indonesia, where he made an updated benchmark of international policy on cryptocurrency, and an essay on cryptocurrency and economic stabilization. Reza maintains his close relationship with ANU Indonesia Project as he had the opportunity to write a research essay under the supervision of the chairman of the institution.
Nur Asfhalela is a Finance and Administration Manager at Asia Group Advisors, where she leads Asia Group Advisors’ accounting and financial management, as well as administration. With over fifteen years of experience, Ms. Asfhalela brings good practice of financial accountabilityand administrative compliance to the company.
Prior to joining Asia Group Advisors, Ms. Asfhalela served as the Director of Finance and Administration at a Singapore-based public relations establishment, where she provided leadership and direction in financial issues in both Singapore and Hong Kong offices. Before that, she served as a Finance Manager at a market research company under WPP Group, where she represented the Head of Finance for the Singapore office, supervised the finance team, and provided support to Global Finance. Ms. Asfhalela also possesses extensive experience across various industries ranging from automobile, aviation, information technology and associations.
Ms. Asfhalela holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She obtained Chartered Accountant certification from the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Human Resources and Office Administrator
Jeni Bastiaan is a Human Resources and Office Administrator at AGA, where she works on the company’s manpower strategy through the implementation of human resources best practices, compliance and people development. With more than a decade of experience at consultancy firms and non-profit organizations, she has a proven track record in problem-solving, assessing and developing leaders as well as high-potential employees.
Prior to joining AGA, Jeni was a Human Resources Business Partner for a global communications marketing firm, where she directed a variety of programs and policies covering multiple human resources activities, including but not limited to compensation and benefits, employee relations, recruitment, training and development, performance management, and organizational development. She was also previously a Human Resources Specialist at a global management consultancy firm, where she was responsible for the implementation of human resources operations in Indonesia and provide human resources support in Southeast Asia.
Jeni holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Universitas Indonesia.
Erry Riyana Hardjapamekas
Erry Riyana Hardjapamekas is Chairman of Tridaya Advisory, a consultancy group established in 2008, which focuses on corporate governance, crisis management, public policy formation, institutional transformation, and dispute resolution. He was formerly Vice Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi / KPK) of the Republic of Indonesia (2003- 2007), Commissioner of the Jakarta Stock Exchange (1998-2001), and President Director of PT Timah (1991-1994).
Mr. Hardjapamekas served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PT Bank Negara Indonesia, Chairman of the National Team of Military Business Transfer, and chairman of the Advisory Board of University of Indonesia’s Center for the Study of Governance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Accounting from Padjadjaran University, Bandung and completed the Financial Management Course at Harvard Business School
Ari Soemarno is currently an independent oil and gas business consultant and President Director of PT YRRU Tunggal, a property and hospitality company. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry since 2009.
Mr. Soemarno previously worked at PT Pertamina, the national oil and gas company of Indonesia, as President and CEO from March 2006 until February 2009 and as Corporate Senior Vice President and Director for Marketing and Trading from 2004 until 2006. Mr. Soemarno joined PT Pertamina in 1978 as a process engineer and went on to hold various senior management positions in engineering, plant operation, project management, and marketing/trading of gas, LNG, crude oil, fuels, and petrochemicals.
Kevin Murphy has spent the past 13 years in private investment, sourcing and funding opportunities across Asia with particular emphasis on Myanmar. Based in Yangon since 2002, Mr. Murphy is the Managing Director of Andaman Capital Partners. With Mr. Murphy’s expertise, Asia Group Advisors is able to assist clients seeking expansion capital, analysis, strategic partnerships and deal execution to protect and expand their enterprises in Myanmar.
Prior to founding Andaman Capital Partners in 2012, Mr. Murphy was a director of investment manager, The Pacific Group Ltd, headquartered in Hong Kong. Mr. Murphy is also a director of Proximity Designs, a social enterprise dedicated to improving livelihoods for Myanmar’s impoverished rural sector; an advisory board member of the Cetena Educational Foundation, focused on improving access to advanced education; a co-founder of Post Media Ltd, publisher of the Phnom Penh Post; and a co-founder of Synergenz Bioscience Ltd.
Prior to his career in private investment, Mr. Murphy was a successful journalist and media executive. He held senior positions at the International Herald Tribune, the South China Morning Post and The Bulletin. He is a graduate of Georgetown University where he was also named a Baker Scholar. Mr. Murphy’s skills and decades of experience enhance Asia Group Advisors’ ability to provide clients with real-time intelligence and investment advisory on the Myanmar market.
Rodel A. Cruz
As a Senior Advisor, Rodel A. Cruz supports Asia Group Advisors and its clients with regulatory advocacy, legal consulting, and crucial understanding of corporate and government relations in the Philippines. Mr. Cruz is a lawyer by training, having graduated from the University of the Philippines School of Law. He was admitted to the New York Bar Examiner in 1991. His law partnership, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, has over 33 years of accomplishments, especially with concerns to governance, intellectual property, extractive industries, taxation, labor, telecommunications and ICT. Mr. Cruz’s knowledge translates into actionable intelligence of the Philippine’s regulatory and political environment, giving Asia Group Advisors’ clients unparalleled ability to navigate the Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Cruz is a Senior Partner at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia Law Firm where he heads its Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department. He currently represents a variety of clients in commercial & corporate litigation, insolvency and corporate rehabilitation proceedings, regulatory enforcement cases, and election cases. He was recently cited for successfully arguing a constitutional challenge before the Supreme Court against the Anti-Cybercrime Act.
Before returning to private practice of law in 2007, Mr. Cruz served as Undersecretary of the Department of National Defense for the Philippines and successfully negotiated bilateral and multilateral treaties and executive agreements in addition to doing ground-breaking work in strategic communication, maritime security and security sector reform. Previously, he gained extensive experience in administrative law, government contracts and public policy & reform while serving as Undersecretary in the Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, where he rendered legal advice on policy issues, drafted key presidential issuances, coordinated public policy litigation and international treaty arbitration, and vetted appointments to the Judiciary.
Mr. Cruz’s knowledge and experience provides Asia Group Advisors and its clients with invaluable intelligence of the Philippine’s regulatory and political environment.
Ramon A. Carandang
Mr. Ramon “Ricky” A. Carandang supports Asia Group Advisors and its clients with strategic communications, regulatory advocacy, and crucial understanding of corporate and government relations in the Philippines.
Mr. Carandang was appointed Secretary of Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning by President Benigno S. Aquino III in July 2010. He served as President Aquino’s chief messaging strategist until leaving government in 2013.
He also joined ABS-CBN, the largest broadcast network in the Philippines, where he worked as a reporter, presenter, and commentator. During his stint in ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), he hosted his own news commentary shows The Rundown and The Big Picture. He also worked as field reporter for TV Patrol and Bandila, the largest local language news programs, as well as presenter for the current affairs program The Correspondents.
Before his career in communications, Mr. Carandang spent his early years as an investment professional, working as an analyst and sales executive for various brokerage houses including Pryce Securities, HG Asia Securities, and Kim Eng Securities.
Mr. Carandang is currently the chief executive officer of Ronin Consultancy Services’ (RCS). He and RCS assist Asia Group Advisors with building strategic relationships with key stakeholders and government officials and offering advisory services of on the ground developments in Philippines and beyond. Together, Asia Group Advisors is able to offer our clients unique and specialized expertise.
Tran Vu Hoai
Tran Vu Hoai received his MBA from Harvard University as one of Vietnam’s first Fulbright Scholars. Upon returning to Vietnam in 1994,Hoai co-founded and managed Galaxy Communications for over seven years, where he currently serves as the Chairman.
Mr. Hoai has led Galaxy to become the largest public and government relations firm in Vietnam, with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The firm serves major multinational technology, banking, and retail corporations. Galaxy is also invested in and manages Galaxy Studio, a leading media and entertainment company in Vietnam, producing and distributing movies as well as developing and operating movie theaters.
Simultaneously, Hoai has served as the Vice President of Unilever Vietnam for nearly eight years and is in charge of its corporate relations. He is a founding member of the Vietnam business Council for Sustainable Development.
Mohamed Nawab Osman is the Coordinator of the Malaysia Program at RSIS and a Senior Advisor at Asia Group Advisors. He is a leading expert on the politics of Malaysia and of Muslim politics in Southeast and South Asia. His opinion pieces have been featured in leading media including The Straits Times, The Nation and Jakarta Post. Nawab also is a frequent commentator on political Islam, terrorism and Southeast Asian politics on CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera and Channel News Asia. Nawab is a social activist and serves as the President of Critical Xchange. He also sits in the board of Association of Muslim Professionals. In 2014, he was nominated to attend the inaugural Young Southeast Asian Leader’s Initiative.
Bridget Welsh is a widely-recognized expert on Malaysian politics and has deep experience in governance and development across the Southeast Asia region. She has worked as a consultant to a range of multinationa l corporations, advising on political and commercial risks in Malaysia, and has advised the World Bank and the United Nations.
She is an author of several books on Malaysian politics, including her most recent book The End of UMNO: Essays on Malaysia’s Dominant Party (2016), and is a distinguished academic, having held professor positions at the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, Singapore Management University, and National Taiwan University.
She is the Malaysia Director and Southeast Asia Coordinator of the Asian Barometer Survey Project, which gathers and analyzes public opinion data on political values and governance.
Orit Frenkel is a global government affairs professional, with deep expertise in international economic and Asia policy issues. She has years of experience working both in government and industry. She currently serves as CEO at Frenkel Strategies specializing in finding solutions for companies and governments to complex global challenges.
Previously, she served at GE as Senior Manager for Global Government Affairs and Policy and was responsible for coordinating GE’s response to trade policy and regulatory issues. She started her career working in the Office of the US Trade Representative where she was the Director for Trade in High Technology Products and Deputy Director for Trade with Japan.