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The Muslim Leadership Program 2012 – Participants

Head shot of Anissa Naksewee

Anissa Naksewee was born in Pattani, the southern province of Thailand, in 1988. She grew up and received basic education in Pattani before getting selected to participate in one year high school exchange program called Youth Exchange and Study in 2006. She was hosted in Vermont, United States. After her return, she perused her higher education in Thammasat University majoring in International Affairs and minoring in English. In 2011, she got selected to participate in The Ship for South East Asian Youth Program which was initiated by Japanese cabinet aiming to enhance a better relationship among Japanese and 10 ASEAN countries youth. In 2012, she was selected to participate in The Global Village for Future Young Leader in Business and Industry at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. Ms Naksewee is an intern at The Asia Foundation, Bangkok office. She is currently working on the program coping with the conflict in the Deep South.

Ekraj Sabur is an activist committed to peace, human rights and social justice issues. He obtained his first degree in Asia Pacific Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan and Master of Philosophy in International Peace, Conflict and Development Studies from the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace, Universitat Jaume I in Spain. He is now a PhD candidate at the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He has written a number of articles on "peace and development" topics. He has been engaged in the development works and peace building efforts through capacity building and grassroots outreach programs in Asia and the Middle East for the past decade. He is a founder and was the first coordinator of Youth Coordination Centre International founded in 1997. He served as the first regional director of Asian Interfaith Network on AIDS (AINA) formed in 2006. Currently, he is the director of International Institute of Peace Studies cohosted by Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) and Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN). These platforms have allowed him to travel extensively to facilitate dialogue among people of diverse backgrounds to bridge gaps, coordinate strategies and foster cooperation to achieve the common goals of sustainable peace and development.