Enabling Partners (since October 2017)

SEA Junction has been established with the contributions of the founder and so-called Founding Partners who trusted the initial idea of creating a public venue and knowledge center on Southeast Asia and contributed to its realization.

After the first and half year of functioning, we continue to receive widespread support and we want to recognize that such contributions are crucial to the development of the organization. We have therefore created a new category of Enabling Partners, who like the Founding Partners are individuals who share a passion for Southeast Asia cultures and societies and believe that it deserves greater attention by the global community.  Some of them also represent institutions that have a compatible mission with SEA Junction. They too are willing to contribute their ideas, advice, and contacts and to ensure SEA Junction remains viable financially with a donation of minimum US$2,500 or US$900 a year for 3 years. The difference is mainly in the timing of their support since it is no longer for the establishing of SEA Junction, but rather for strengthening its systems and for buildinga strong basis for expanding our programs. Since October, our Enabling Partners are:


Fred Carden

Fred Carden is an evaluation specialist with over 25 years’ experience in development research and programming. He has written numerous articles and eight books translated into a dozen languages, among others, Knowledge to Policy and Outcome Mapping. From 1989-1993, Fred led the University Consortium n the Environment, a collaboration between Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of Waterloo and York University. From 1993-2013 he supported development research evaluation at the International Development Research Centre, the last ten years as Director. Thereafter, he worked in Indonesia on the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), a bilateral program that promotes better quality public policies that make better use of research, analysis and evidence. In 2015, Fred established Using Evidence Inc., a consultancy that focuses on efforts to improve the use of research and evaluative evidence in decision making. Fred holds a PhD from the University of Montreal and was granted a Fellowship in Sustainability Science at the Harvard Kennedy School (2008). His LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredcarden/


Lin Chew

Lin Chew, 72, is a mother, grandmother, ceramic potter, feminist and human rights activist. Born and schooled in Singapore, Lin joined the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, and lived in communities in Malaysia and Singapore. From 1973, she lived in the Netherlands, where she combined family life with campaigning against human rights violations in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia and Singapore. In 1987, Lin co-founded the Foundation against Trafficking in Women in the Netherlands and in 1994 the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women (GAATW) in Bangkok. In 1999, she worked with the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong, developing a human rights education program before joining in 2005 the consortium “Women’s Empowerment in Muslim contexts” as communication officer for Indonesia. In 2008, she co-founded the Institute for Women’s Empowerment (IWE), with a focus on fostering personal as well as collective reflexive processes for nurturing Feminist Leadership among women in Indonesia. This is part of her broader interest in “mindfulness” as a way for activists to build personal and organizational resilience. Between 1999 and 2012, Lin also served on the Board of Directors of Global Fund for Women and Mama Cash and co-founded the HER Fund in Hong Kong.


Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III

Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III is an Associate Professor of Global Health at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China, the University of Liverpool campus in Asia. He also holds academic appointments with University of the Philippines, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. He has extensively lectured in a number of universities in Southeast Asia where he focuses his researches on the region. Don is the Founder of Global Health Focus (GHF) which aims to develop critical thinkers and leaders in global health through its popular global health courses. His major interests on the region is on health systems and financing, migration and health, disasters, and human resources for health. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Medicine, an Associate Editor of Global Health Research and Policy and the International Maritime Health and he sits in a number of international editorial boards. He frequently reviews for many high-impact journals including Lancet. Don is a medical doctor with a PhD in Global Health.


Carol L. Mitchell

Carol L. Mitchell is the regional director for Southeast Asia at the Library of Congress office in Jakarta. The Jakarta office overseas the acquisition of books, journals, maps, music and other library materials for the Library of Congress and libraries serving students and faculty who study the region. Her engagement in the region began when a Peace Corps Volunteer at the Sabah State Library in Malaysia. Interest in knowledge production and libraries in Southeast Asia brought her to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her PhD. Before returning to work in Southeast Asia in 2014, Carol lived and worked for fifteen years in Delhi, India and Islamabad, Pakistan. Her work provides her many opportunities to investigate the exciting developments in Southeast Asia publishing.


Gillian Brown

Gillian Brown is an international development independent consultant specialized in social development and gender equality. Currently she is providing services to (Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerement Mampu (MAMPU) in Indonesia and other DFAT programs in Southeast Asia. Previously she worked shortly for DFAT (then AusAID) as Principal Gender Specialist in Camberra and was with the World Bank for more than a decade as Senior Social Development Specialist. A graduate of Newcastle University, she lives in Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom.


Mary Jane N. Real

Mary Jane N. Real has been active in defense of human rights and women´s rights since she was a student. She has drawn on her education as a lawyer and her master degree in development studies to work with the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Southeast Asia Watch, and the Center for Women and Gender Initiatives among others. In 2005, she became a founding member and the first coordinator of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC), which brought together women’s rights, human rights, and sexual rights organisations to support women human rights defenders worldwide. More recently, she was part of establishing Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and Pacific (UAF A&P), which was launched in 2018 with offices in the Philippines and Australia, of which she has become the Lead for Programmes and Innovation. Jane writes widely about women’s rights in newspapers, reports and policy briefs and she often facilitate meetings and policy dialogues.