Warwick ASEAN Conference

Event Details

The Oculus is the £19m flagship teaching and learning building of the University of Warwick, constructed in a key position on the central campus. There are two large, state-of-the-art, tiered lecture theatres, 12 other top quality, flexible teaching spaces, study areas and a café. Along with teaching, academic and student-run events will be the priority here.



Taking place on the 1st floor of the Oculus Building, University of Warwick

Delegates will be given their programme booklet and lanyards


Opening Ceremony

Address by University of Warwick Provost, Professor Christine Ennew


Keynote Address

Address by H.E Sayakane Sisouvong, Ambassador of the Lao PDR


Economics and Politics Panel

What do recent global developments mean for ASEAN? This panel explores the opportunities and challenges created by changes in the global economic and political climate engendered by momentous events of our time. The developments on debate range from the recent, such as the political events in the west, to the long-standing, such as the formation of the AIIB. What are the possible implications in view of China’s increasing investment and involvement in the region? What lessons can ASEAN draw from Brexit? How can ASEAN nations work together to ensure inclusive growth? These questions, along with others, will be addressed in the panel.


Mr Noke Kiroyan

Chief Consultant of Kiroyan Partners
Trustee of the United States’ Indonesia Society and President of the Indonesia Australia Business Council.

Ms Filipa Jorge

Princial at The Scowcroft Group, Geopolitical Risk and Trend Analyst of the Asia Pacific Region
Previously the Associate Director in Eurasian Group and Research Associate at Harvard Business School

Ms Ketsuda Supradit

Minister of Economics and Finance for UK and Europe at the Royal Thai Embassy in London

Dr Roger Darby
Senior lecturer of higher education in Defence Management & Leadership at Cranfield University


Networking Lunch

Tomato rice with red chicken will be provided for all delegates

Lunch Time Workshops 

1)ASEAN Business UK Forum

Room: OC 1.03

2)Education Malaysia and Aseanite

Room: OC 1.07


Room: OC 1.08


Youth perspective

Alanda Kariza
Writer and Activist
President of the Association of Indonesian Students in the United Kingdom (PPI


Human Rights Panel

How can ASEAN nations cooperate to promote human rights in the region? Increasing awareness of inequality and exploitation has brought human rights into greater focus everywhere. Hence, this panel seeks to discuss this complex issue and explore the possibilities of cooperation in promoting human rights. As all stakeholders in society have roles to play, cooperation between and within all parties in both government and non-government sectors will be explored. In a situation where MNCs often exploit cheap labour in developing countries economic goals conflict with human rights, how can this problem be mitigated while minimizing the negative impact of both? Furthermore, one nation acting alone cannot solve certain transnational issues, such as human trafficking. How can ASEAN governments and non-government sectors cooperate more to solve these transnational issues? These questions, along with others, will be addressed in the panel. Ultimately, the purpose of this panel is twofold: to explore this multifarious issue as it relates to ASEAN, and facilitate discussion on a less discussed topic that is nevertheless important to many in our diverse region.


Ms Fariha Khan

Research, Campaigns & Communications Assistant for the Amnesty International Southeast Asia Pacific & the Pacific Regional Office (SEAPRO).

Mr Manolo Abella

Canada-based Fillipino Economist
Co-Chair of KNOMAD’s Thematic Working Group on Low-Skilled Labour Migration
Former Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Migration Policy and Society at Oxford University

Mr Sonny Liew

Comic illustrator and Writer, best known for “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” which was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize for fiction in 2016

Mr Rafendi Djamin

Senior Adviser at Human Rights Working Group – Indonesia


 Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks by Amb. Gilberto G.B Asuque,Deputy Chief of Mission of the Republic of the Philippines


KRA Group Workshop Session

Room: OC 1.09

Free Shuttle Bus Service from Coventry Rail Station to University of Warwick

– Shuttle Service from Coventry Rail to the University will commence at 8.30am, and will run at an interval of 30 minutes.

Travelling by Bus

Regular services run between Coventry, Leamington and Kenilworth (including train stations) to the University of Warwick and will drop you right outside the Arts Centre, which is approximately just a 3 minute walk away from the Oculus building.  If you are travelling by coach and will be arriving at Pool Meadow bus station (Coventry), just catch any No. 12x (towards University of Warwick) or No. 11 (towards Leamington Spa) bus services. We recommend getting the Day Ticket (£4) or Group Day Ticket (£8). Find out more about the routes here.

For general information about travelling around the West Midlands see Network West Midlands or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

Travelling by Train

The nearest mainline station is Coventry. From Coventry station you can catch either catch the No. 12x (towards University of Warwick) or No. 11 (towards Leamington Spa) bus services, which takes approximately 15 minutes, or a taxi. For further information, visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

– Dress code for the day: Formal Attire (Males: Suit and Tie, Females: Conservative and modest attire, blazer not compulsory)

-Alternatively, you may turn up in your National Costume (Batik,Ao dai,Sampot,Kebaya,Barong,Baju Kurung,Salong,Longyi,Cheongsam,Saree etc allowed )
– Registration starts at 9am, and the conference will officially commence at 10am sharp.