Sessions in detail

DAY 1 – 24 October 2018

Time Activity
06:30 - 08:00 Registration
08:00 All participants to be seated inside the Main Auditorium (Entrance closed)
09:00 Arrival of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
09:00 - 11:00 Opening Ceremony
  • Report and Welcome
    Professor Dr. Bundhit Eua-arporn
    President, Chulalongkorn University
  • Welcome Address
    Mr. Park In-kook
    President, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies
Master of Ceremony: Assistant Professor Dr. Carina Chotirawe
Opening Address – Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
Keynote I –
Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO); Former Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
“Future Governance for Sustainable Asia”
Keynote II –
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board Member on Mediation; Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
"Towards an Inclusive and Sustainable ASEAN"
Keynote III –
Dr. Hongjoo Hahm, Officer-in-Charge, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
"The Challenges of SDGs in Asia Pacific Region"
11:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30

Plenary Session I – Tackling Inequality with Enabling Knowledge in Asian Development (brief)

Chair: Dr. Susan Vize, Regional Adviser, Social & Human Sciences, UNESCO, Bangkok


  1. Professor Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit
    Professor Emeritus in Political Economy, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    "Inequality and Sustainability”
  2. Professor Lee SeeJae, Professor-Emeritus (Sociology), The Catholic University of Korea, Republic of Korea
    “Challenge to Professionalism: Citizen Deliberation in Decision-making Process of the Nuclear Power Policy in Korea”
  3. Mr. Sakchai Patiparnprechavud, Vice President-Polyolefins and Vinyl Business, SCG Chemicals, Thailand
    "Circular Economy: The Future We Create"
Discussant:  Dr. Andreea Raluca Torre, Research Fellow in Gender, Environment Development, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia
14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 - 16:30

Plenary Session II – Challenges of Social Justice in Asia (brief)

Chair: Dr. Tidarat Sinlapapiromsuk, Vice Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


  1. Professor Dr. Yee Jaeyeol
    Department of Sociology, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
    "Importance of Social Value in the Age of Sustainability”
  2. Hon. Dr. Suntariya Muangpawong
    Deputy Secretary, Supreme Court of Thailand
    "People-Oriented Justice Reform”
  3. Dr. Cynthia Maung
    Founder and Director, Mae Tao Clinic, Thailand-Burma border
    “Health as Human Rights: Access to Essential Social Services for the Cross-Border Population along the Thai-Burma Border”
  4. Professor Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed
    Professor of International Relations & Director, Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    "Confronting the Archetypes of Singularity, Fear and Intolerance"
Discussant:  Ms. Emerlynne Gil, Senior International Legal Adviser/human rights lawyer
16:30 - 17:30 YouthQuake (brief)


DAY 2 – 25 October 2018

Time Activity
09:00 - 09:20
Keynote IV –  Professor Dr. Nay Htun, Founder and Hon. Patron, Green Economy Green Growth, GEGG (not for profit) Association
"Transformation Green Paradigm - An Imperative"
09:20 - 10:50

Plenary Session III – University and Public Engagement: Transgressive Learning and Action (brief)

Chair: Dr. Bharat Dahiya, Senior Advisor, Environment, Development and Sustainability Program, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


  1. Ms. Mariko Komatsu
    Project Coordinator, Fukushima Booklet Publication Committee; Ph.D. candidate, Hiroshima University, Japan
    “The Zones of Proximal Development for Universities and Civil Society: Lesson Learnt from Fukushima Radiation Disaster”
  2. Mr. Toshiyuki Doi
    Senior Advisor, Mekong Watch, Japan
    “People’s Stories for Transformative Learning: Bringing Local Communities’ Wisdom into Classroom”
  3. Mr. Ahmad Rifai
    Co-Founder/Executive Director, Kota Kita Foundation, Solo, Indonesia
    "City as A Classroom: Learning from Indonesian Civil Society Experiences in Defining 'Urban Citizenship'"
  4. Mr. Khamphoui Saythalat
    Executive Director, Participatory Development Training Centre, Lao PDR
Discussant:  Associate Professor Dr. Avorn Opatpatanakit, Vice President for Public Engagement, Chiang Mai University
10:50 - 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 - 12:40 Parallel Sessions

PS1: Crises of Sustainability in ASEAN: Urgent Proposals for Creative Institutionalization of Transformative Learning (brief)

Chair: Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, Executive Director, ASEAN University Network


  1. Associate Professor Dr. Yeoh Seng Guan
    School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia
    “Can Study Trips Save Asia?: A Case-Study of the SASS ‘In Search of’ Study Trips”
  2. Mr. Theodore Mayer
    Academic Director, Institute for Transformative Learning of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, Thailand
    “How Innovations in the Higher Learning Classroom Can Help Transform the Growing Crises of Climate Change and Social Inequality in Asia: A Concrete Proposal”
  3. Dr. Nadarajah Manickam
    Chair Professor, Xavier Centre for Humanities and Compassion Studies, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
    “Going Beyond Hegemonic Stories and Silos: Towards a Transdisciplinary School of New Humanities and Social Sciences”
Discussant:  Prof. Surichai Wun’Gaeo, Professor Emeritus, Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

PS2: Development of a Framework for the Local Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (brief)

Chair: Professor Dr. Mario Tabucanon, Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Japan


  1. Professor Dr. Norichika Kanie
    Keio University, Japan
    “Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: The case of a community in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan”
  2. Dr. Sayamol Charoenratana
    Deputy Director, Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, Thailand
    “Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: The case of a community in Nan Province, Thailand”
  3. Professor Dr. Nestor Castro
    University of the Philippines, Diliman, the Philippines
    “Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: The case of a community in Quezon City, Philippines”
  4. Associate Professor Dr. Smriti Das
    Associate Professor, TERI School of Advanced Studies, India
    “Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: The case of a community in New Delhi, India”
Discussant:  Ms. Ushio Miura, Programme Specialist, UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand

PS3: Ecological Crisis, Knowledge Imbalances and Innovation Strategy (brief)

Chair: Mr. Boonthan T. Verawongse, Secretary General, Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) Thailand; Co-convenor, Thailand High-Level Political Forum Alliance, Thailand


  1. Associate Professor Dr. Chanathip Pharino
    Public Wellbeing Division, Thailand Research Fund, Thailand
  2. Associate Professor Dr. Kohei Watanabe
    Teikyo University, Japan
    “Municipal Waste Management—Seeking the Balance between Efficiency and Participation”
  3. Ms. Penchom Saetang
    Director, Ecological Alert and Recovery—Thailand (EARTH)
    “Citizen Science and Its Role as a Participatory Tool in Achieving SDGs (under threats of uncontrollable movement of toxic waste)”
Discussant:  Mr. Naoya Tsukamoto, Director, Regional Resource Centre for Asia and Pacific (RRC.AP), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch
13:40 - 15:00 Parallel Sessions

PS4: Human Capital and Social Sustainability in the Context of Aging Asian Society (brief)

Chair: Associate Professor Dr. Vipan Prachuabmoh, Dean, College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


  1. Professor Gavin Jones
    Emeritus Professor, Australian National University, Australia
    “Gender and Socio-Economic Gaps in Educational Attainment and the Labor Market”
  2. Dr. Elke Loichinger
    Institute for Population Research, Germany
    “Productive Aging and Social Sustainability: Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges”
  3. Dr. Yoon-Jeong Shin
    Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs(KIHASA), Republic of Korea
    “Gender Equality in Education and Employment in Korea"
Discussant:  Dr. Harin Sachdev, Director of Learning, Research and Technology, Sustainable Center for Livable City Management and Environmental Sustainability, Mahidol University, Thailand

PS5: The Heartware of Sustainability Faith, Spirituality, and Local Wisdom” (brief)

Chair: Dr. Hezri Adnan, Senior Director, Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia; Former member of the United Nations’ International Resource Panel (IRP), Malaysia


  1. Dr. Priyanut Dharmapiya
    Director, Sufficiency School Center, Foundation of Virtuous Youth, Thailand
    “Cultivating the Right Mindset in Development: Sufficiency Economy Philosophy"
  2. Ms. Supa Yaimuang
    Director, Sustainable Agriculture Foundation, Thailand  
    “Sustainability through Community Collaborations: Linking Rural Knowledge/Wisdom to Urban Challenges”
  3. Dr. Mochamad Indrawan, Research Scientist, Research Center for Climate Change - Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
    “Making Spirituality Work for Sustainability: Transformative Learning with the People of the Forest Margins”
  4. Professor Ananta Kumar Giri, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India
    "With and Beyond Sustainable Development: Towards New Planetary Heart Works and the Calling of Evolutionary Flourishing"
Discussant:  Dr. Dicky Sofjan, Core Doctoral Faculty, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Indonesia

PS6: The Role of Think Tanks as Driving Force for a More Sustainable Asia (brief)

Chair: Professor Jin Guangyao, Director, Asia Research Center, Fudan University, China


  1. Professor Yi Shen
    Director, Center for BRICS Studies & Research Center for the Governance of Cyberspace, Fudan University, China
    “Exploring a Pragmatic Model of Think Tank Building in the University”
  2. Professor Li Chunfu
    Vice Director, Asia Research Center, Nankai University, China
    “Think Tank at University and Peace Research: in the Aspects of Research on Korea Peninsula in Asia Research Center at Nankai Univesity”
  3. Ms. Hongrui Zhu
    Researcher, Fudan Development Institute, Fudan University, China
    “The Characteristics of Chinese University Think Tanks and their Practical Paths to Promote Social Sustainable Development”
Discussant:  Professor Tae Yong Jung, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 - 16:45

Plenary Session IV – Peddling Inequality to Social Sustainability in ASEAN (brief)

Chair: Dr. Thorn Pitidol,  Center of Research on Inequality and Social Policy (CRISP), Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, Thailand


  1. Professor Dr. Jonathan Rigg
    Director, Asia Research Institute and Provost’s Chair, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    “Both Worse and Better than It Seems: From Inequality Data to Inequality Experiences”
  2. Associate Professor Dr. Veerayooth Kanchoochat
    National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan
    “ASEAN Detours: Tackling Inequality through Decentralization and Social Reform”
  3. Ms. Ermina Sokou
    Social Affairs officer, Social Development Division, UNESCAP
    “Who are the furthest behind in Asia and the Pacific? Measuring Inequality of Opportunity”
  4. Dr. Chheang Vannarith
    Associate Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute; Advisor to Cambodia Civil Society Alliance Forum (Council of Ministers), Advisor to National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations
    “Social Innovation for Social Sustainability”
Discussant:  Dr. Somchai Jitsuchon, Research Director, Inclusive Development, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Thailand
16:45 - 17:30 Wrap Up and Statement of Action
17:30 - 17:50 Closing Remarks
  • Professor Dr. Bundhit Eua-arporn, President, Chulalongkorn University
  • Mr. Park In-kook, President, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies