Assistant President for Research & Academic Service, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Workshop Title: Research Driven Community Engagement
Avorn Opatpatanakit (1960) works for the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has worked as a coordinator for the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), Community-Based Research Division during 1998-2009, facilitating the establishment of the community-based research (CBR) management system in education institutions, local administrative organizations, local government organizations, and private sectors in the local community. She also served as Assistant to the President for Research and Academic Affairs, since October 2010, facilitating the establishment of the area-based research management system of Chiang Mai University in collaboration with TRF, CBR Division and local communities. She has undertaken research projects and published academic articles on participatory agricultural extension, community-based research management system, and empowerment.
Executive Director, J-PAL Southeast Asia
Workshop title: Impact Assessment Measures
Héctor Salazar Salame joined J-PAL SEA in August 2012. As Executive Director, he is developing the regional office’s portfolio of projects and growing its institutional presence in Indonesia and the Southeast Asia region. In the years prior to joining J-PAL, Héctor held positions in the New York City Office of the Mayor as well as with international and local NGOs working in Latin America and Indonesia. During this time, he researched, designed and managed initiatives in the fields of poverty reduction, election observation, labor rights advocacy and community participation. Héctor holds a Masters degree in City Planning from MIT (2011) with a focus on Political Economy and an Undergraduate degree in International Affairs from James Madison University (2004). Originally from Mexico, Héctor is natively fluent in Spanish and English. He is also proficient in Bahasa Indonesia.
AsiaEngage is a regional platform formed to maximise the strengths of the Asia-Talloires Network of Industry and Community Engaged Universities (ATNEU), the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Thematic Network on University Social Responsibility and Sustainability (AUN-USR&S) and the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP).
The First AsiaEngage Regional Conference was held on the 7-9 May 2012 with the theme: “Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement: Forging Meaningful Partnerships across ASEAN and Asia”. This regional conference saw a participation of 270 engagement practitioners from Universities, Government Agencies, NGOs, Foundations and communities from 16 countries, across ASEAN, Asia and beyond.