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.
A leading expert on Malaysia, political Islam, and terrorism in Southeast Asia, Mohamed Nawab Osman advises Asia Group Advisors and its clients on issues pertaining to Malaysian politics and society. He is an Assistant Professor with the Malaysia Program at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He also sits on the board of a number of Singapore-based organizations, including Critical Xchange and the Centre for Research in Islamic and Malay Affairs.
Nawab holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University.
We worked with a cloud technology provider to advocate for changes in the central bank’s proposed regulation that would restrict cloud service providers in servicing financial institutions in Malaysia.
Support & Products Delivered
• Identified conflicting policies and policy views between different agencies in the government and financial services associations
• Designed engagement strategy with a local private sector partner to advocate change in the central bank’s regulation
• Developed messaging strategy for client to engage with government agencies