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George Siy is a Wharton-educated industrialist, international trade practitioner and negotiator, director of the Integrated Development Studies Institute (IDSI). He has advised the Philippines and various organizations in trade negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan and the United States.

Dr. Henry Chan is an internationally recognized development economist based in Singapore. He is also a senior visiting research fellow at the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace and adjunct research fellow at the Integrated Development Studies Institute (IDSI). His primary research interest includes global economic development, Asean-China relations and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Mario Ferdinand Pasion is president of the PH Syrian Palestinian Friendship Association, director of Phil-Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Strategic Studies and the chairman of Nat-Fil (Nationalist Filipinos Against Foreign Intervention).

Austin Ong has assisted the Department of Trade and Industry in organising events to help Filipino entrepreneurs. He taught global developments in De La Salle University and co-authored “PH-CN: Interplay Between Domestic Politics and Globalization.” 

Jan Albert Suing has been conducting policy research for both the public and private sectors, with some of his works published in “Population Ageing in the PH: Issues and Challenges”; and “Towards an Asean Parliament: Challenges and Prospects.” He taught at Far Eastern University and received his master’s degree in International Studies from UP Diliman.

Dr. Dan Steinbock is an internationally recognized strategist of the multipolar world and the founder of Difference Group. He has served at the India, China and America Institute (USA), Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (China) and the EU Center (Singapore). For more, see

Sass Rogando Sasot, a docent at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She has an MA in International Relations at Leiden University and a BA Combined Major in World Politics & Global Justice (magna cum laude), minor in International Development at Leiden University College. She also have a BA Business Administration in Human Resource Management from the Open University of Hong Kong. Her blogs, ForTheMotherland and StateCraft, have over 3 million viewers.

Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, and writes for the SCMP, Asia Times,, among others.