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Looking Ahead: Southeast Asia in 2020 with Four Consuls General

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ASNC, Bechtel Conference Center

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With the Consuls General from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam in San Francisco

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Join Asia Society Northern California for a panel discussion on Thursday, February 27 with the Consuls General from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam about the future of relations with Southeast Asia and the United States, including policy, economy, and how the future may look in 2020 and beyond.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception with food, drink, and cultural performance from Southeast Asia.

Speakers

  • Consul General Simon Soekarno, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco
  • Consul General Henry Bensurto, Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
  • Consul General Darryl Lau, Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore in San Francisco
  • Deputy Consul General Hoang Huu Anh, Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in San Francisco

Moderator

  • Karen Tay, Smart Nation Director in Singapore's Prime Ministers Office, and Regional Vice President in the Singapore Global Network.

Agenda

5:30 PM Registration & Networking

6:00 PM Panel Discussion

7:00 PM Reception

8:00 PM Program Concludes

Online ticket sales will end at noon on Thursday, February 27.

Speaker Bios:

Simon Djatwoko Irwantoro Soekarno, a career diplomat with 27 years of service, took up the office of the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco in March 1, 2019. Previously he was the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles from term of September 2017 to January 30, 2019. Prior to his assignment in San Francisco, Simon Soekarno served as Director for Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2014-2017), Head of the Sub Directorate of Foreign Guests for the Directorate of Protocol (2009-2011), and Head of the Sub Region C of the Inspectorate General (2003-2006). He was involved in and managed many visits and guests of the President, Vice President and the cabinet ministers.

Henry S. Bensurto Jr. is the Philippine Consul General to San Francisco. A career diplomat, lawyer, teacher and former student activist, Mr. Bensurto is one of the Philippines’ leading experts on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and West Philippine Sea (WPS)/South China Sea (SCS) issue. Prior to his posting in San Francisco, Mr. Bensurto served as Assistant Secretary of the West Philippine Sea Center in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary-General of the Commission on Maritime and Ocean Affairs, a Cabinet-level coordinating body on the Law of the Sea and other maritime issues.

Darryl Lau Kai Mun is currently Consul-General at the Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco since 19 August 2017. Mr Lau graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. He obtained his Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies) from the National University of Singapore in 1997. Mr Lau joined the Foreign Service in July 1997. He has served in various capacities in the Policy, Planning and Analysis Directorate 4 (Africa & Middle East) (July 1997 to June 2000). He was posted to the Singapore Embassy in Hanoi as Second Secretary and subsequently as First Secretary (June 2000 to August 2002). In October 2002, he was posted to the Consulate-General in Hong Kong as Consul (Political) and subsequently appointed Deputy Consul-General & Consul until August 2008. Upon Mr Lau’s return to Singapore from Hong Kong, he served as Assistant Director/Middle East 1 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from September 2008 to March 2011. He was promoted to Deputy Director/ Middle East 1 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2011. Mr Lau was Consul and Head of Mission at the Singapore Consulate in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 31 Jul 2011 to 30 June 2017.

Hoang Huu Anh, Deputy Consul General of the Vietnamese Consulate-General in San Francisco, began his current duty in October 2019.

Hoang joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam in 1997 after graduating from Hanoi Trade University. He also served as Attaché in the Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to UNESCO from 1998-2002, First Secretary of Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa from 2008 to 2010, and Deputy Director of Department of Policy Planning Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam from 2011 to 2019.

Karen Tay (Moderator) leads a global strategy and operations team spanning San Francisco New York, London and Singapore with a mission to transform Singapore into the world's leading Smart Nation by becoming a hub for global technology talent. To this end, she holds a dual portfolio as Smart Nation Director in Singapore's Prime Ministers Office, and Regional Vice President in the Singapore Global Network.

She has been recognized as a Womens Forum Rising Talent in 2017, Business Times Top Women in STEM in 2018 and Asia21 Young Leader in 2019.

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