Overall International Conference Chair

Dr. Chua Thia-Eng

Dr. Chua Thia-Eng was the Regional Programme Director of PEMSEA from 1993 until 2007. He was elected and served as Chair of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council from 2007 to 2012.

Recognizing Dr. Chua’s distinguished contributions to the EAS region and to the establishment and development of PEMSEA, Dr. Chua has been granted the PEMSEA Chair Emeritus position. He served in several academic institutions, including University of Singapore, Science University of Malaysia and University of the Philippines. He also served in various international and UN organizations, managing regional projects under the GEF, UNDP, IMO, FAO/NACA, USAID and ICLARM. Dr. Chua earned his doctorate degree in zoology at the University of Singapore.



EAS Congress 2018 Ocean Talk Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker on the SDGs and Oceans

Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo

Dr. Aladdin Rillo is the Deputy Secretary General for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). He leads the AEC Department of ASEAN and ensures the proper implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025. He is also responsible for providing strategic policy counsel to push ASEAN’s economic integration agenda.

Prior to this, Dr. Rillo was the Senior Economist at ADB in Tokyo. This is also the second time that Dr. Rillo will work at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta where he previously served in various positions, including as Director and Chief Economist of the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office and Head of Finance Integration Division.

Dr. Rillo holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Keynote Speaker on Climate Resilience

Dr. Laura T. David

Dr. Laura David is a Professor of University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute known for her interests in Coastal Oceanography, ocean energy, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management.

In addition, Dr. David co-authored books relating to climate resiliency such as A Primer on Climate Resilience and Incorporating Climate and Ocean Change Into an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Plan Incorporating climate change and ocean acidification into an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) plan.

She obtained her doctoral degree in Physical Oceanography at University of South Carolina, USA.


Keynote Speaker on Sustainable Fisheries

Mr. Dale Galvin

Mr. Dale Galvin is a Managing Director of Sustainable Markets and Impact Investing at Rare and a Managing Member of the Meloy Fund, an impact investment fund for sustainable coastal fisheries in Southeast Asia.

Mr. Galvin oversees the deployment of new market-facing initiatives, strategic partnerships and innovative financial mechanisms with the private and public sectors, designed to catalyze the adoption of sustainable behaviors in our major focal areas of sustainable seafood, water and agriculture.

He holds a B.A. in Economics with distinction from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Keynote Speaker on Marine Pollution and Ocean Plastics

Dr. Jenna Jambeck

Dr. Jambeck is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, researching and teaching environmental engineering specializing on solid and hazardous waste and marine debris.

She is internationally recognized for her research in 2015, Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean. Dr. Jambeck is also a co-developer of the mobile app Marine Debris Tracker, a tool currently being used in global citizen science to log marine debris throughout the world.

She obtained her doctorate degree, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida.


Keynote Speaker on Water Security

Dr. Khin Ni Ni Thein 

Dr. Khin Ni Ni Thein obtained her Ph.D. in Hydro-Informatics from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. With this and over 40 years of significant experience in the water sector, her expertise on water-related issues is highly sought after. She is currently the Secretary to the Advisory Group and a Member of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC).

Prior to this, Dr. Thein held various positions in international organizations such as UNEP, UNESCO and WWF. She is also the founder of notable NGOs and institutions. She actively worked in developing numerous initiatives which is relevant to Integrated Water Management. Dr. Thein also has a number of academic affiliations in teaching and research work in different universities and institutions both abroad and in Myanmar.