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Asia & Pacific Regional Office (Bangkok)

Jennifer Thambayah – Senior International Programme Manager, Asia & Pacific

Jennifer is a lawyer with a background in human rights and development. Her previous work experience includes stints at the The Asia Foundation, the International Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She studied law at the University of Colombo and international business law at Cornell University.

Nawawan Petchwattana – Administration Officer, Asia & Pacific

Nawawan joined the ICJ as an Administration Officer in June 2012. Her prior work experience includes working as an Administrative Associate at the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and as a Secretary in the Consular Section of the Turkish Embassy in Thailand. Nawawan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ayuthaya Rajabhat University.

Cholticha Romruen – International Finance Officer, Asia & Pacific

Cholticha (Nong) initially joined ICJ as a Senior Finance Officer and was subsequently promoted to International Finance office for Asia and Pacific Region. Before joining ICJ, she was worked as Senior Accountant at International Union Conservation of Natures (IUCN) and private sector in Thailand. She hold Master degree in Management from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand and Bachelor degree in Accounting from Bangkok University, Thailand.

Kingsley Abbott – Senior Legal Adviser, Global Redress and Accountability

Kingsley Abbott joined the ICJ in January 2014. He works under the Legal and Policy Office and is based in the Asia & Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand. He worked for the United Nations as a Senior Legal Officer at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia and a Trial Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague. He also practiced as a criminal barrister in New Zealand where he worked alongside a leading Queens Counsel, appearing in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal on numerous matters for both the defence and prosecution including several trials where the charge was murder. He was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 2002 and holds a conjoint degree in law and philosophy from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Emerlynne Gil – Senior International Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia

Prior to ICJ, Emerlynne headed the Human Rights Defenders Department of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) where she led advocacy initiatives at the regional and international levels for the implementation of standards under the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Emerlynne served as a court attorney under Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna at the Supreme Court of the Philippines and also as a lecturer at the University of the Philippines’ Department of English and Comparative Literature. She also worked as a corporate and labor litigation attorney at a law firm in Makati City, Philippines, immediately after receiving her law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2000. She received her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana, in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines in 1996.

Sanhawan Srisod – National Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia

Sanhawan is a lawyer with background in international humanitarian law and experience working on humanitarian issues in the violence-plagued deep south of Thailand with the ICRC. She also worked on an Australia- Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons to strengthen national and regional (ASEAN) capacity of criminal justice responses to human trafficking. She has also worked with a number of organizations dedicated to helping refugees and asylum seekers in Thailand, i.e. UNHCR and Asylum Access. She also worked in a law firm and was heavily involved in several high profile international cases, e.g. the disposition of one of Thailand’s leading bank’s stake by its major shareholder, the issuance of the debt instrument under Basel III implementation, joint venture of a company in the aviation industry and a potentially large IPO and stock market listing. She got her LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and her LL.B. in Laws from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand. She is currently pursuing a master degree (MA) in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Part-time Program) at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Dhevy Sivaprakasam – International Associate Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia

Dhevy joined the ICJ in July 2017. Prior to joining the ICJ, she completed internships with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at its regional office in Bangkok and under the International Judges of the Trial Chamber at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). She also worked as a Legal Executive and trained in litigation at a law firm in Singapore. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Human Rights Law from University College London (UCL) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from University of Bristol.

Hnin Win Aung – National Legal Adviser

Hnin Win Aung obtained an LLB from Dagon University in 2004 and has worked as a civil and criminal Lawyer since 2005. She received her Higher Grade Pleader lawyers license in 2005 and then her Senior Advocate license in 2012. Before joining the ICJ in late 2017, she also worked with civil society and international NGOs including on the promotion of fair trial rights.

Dr Ja Seng Ing – National Legal Researcher

Dr Ja Seng has a Masters in Human Rights from the University of Sydney, Australia. She has extensive experience working on migration and human trafficking issues at both national and regional level, including with the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons, the International Organization for Migration, World Vision and the Kachin Baptist Convention. A trained medical doctor, Ja Seng studied Medicine at the University of Medicine(1) in Yangon.

Sean Bain – International Legal Adviser, Myanmar

Sean worked with civil society organisations in Myanmar since 2013 before joining the ICJ in April 2016. His previous work experience includes development, humanitarian and policy roles with organisations in Australia, Cambodia and Timor-Leste. Sean studied development and politics at the University of Melbourne, and has a masters degree from the College of Law at the Australian National University.

Chit Chit – Finance Assistant, Myanmar

Chit Chit joined the ICJ in early 2018 as a Finance Assistant. Before this, she worked at International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance for almost two years. She also has experience outside the NGO sector. Chit Chit holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Yangon Institute of Economics, and is continuing studies with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.