About the SEA SAN

The importance of evidence-informed policymaking for the mitigation of various social, environmental or economic issues faced by countries worldwide is being highlighted with the COVID-19 pandemic. In a cornerstone initiative, INGSA is launching a pilot study – the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network (SEA SAN), as a platform for the sharing of knowledge and experience between senior-level decision makers, academics and professionals in the region. Five Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia) have been selected for the pilot study of the SEA SAN. It is hoped that the SEA SAN will expand to all Southeast Asian countries, and become an entrenched regional institution for science advice which can be mobilised quickly in case of transnational crisis in the future.

About the SEA SAN

The importance of evidence-informed policymaking for the mitigation of various social, environmental or economic issues faced by countries worldwide is being highlighted with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, many countries do not have strategic, best-practice workflows for the uptake of scientific evidence for policymaking. In a cornerstone initiative, INGSA is launching a pilot study – the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network (SEA SAN), as a platform for the sharing of knowledge and experience between senior-level decision makers, academics and professionals in the region. Five Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia) have been selected for the pilot study of the SEA SAN.

Goals of the SEA SAN

To structure and strengthen direct evidence-to-policymaking pathways in Southeast Asia, particularly on areas of shared regional concern within the framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Information Sharing and Collaboration

Facilitate sharing of information and co-design of mechanisms for evidence-to-policymaking

Institutional Capacity

Maintain the focus on institutional capacity rather than individuals for science advice

Best Practice for Science Advice

Determine regional best practices for science advice

Goals of the SEA SAN

To structure and strengthen direct
evidence-to-policymaking pathways in Southeast Asia, particularly on areas of shared regional concern within the framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Information Sharing and Collaboration

Facilitate sharing of information and co-design of mechanisms for evidence-to-policymaking

Institutional Capacity

Maintain the focus on institutional capacity rather than individuals for science advice

Best Practice for Science Advice

Determine regional best practices for science advice.

List of SEA SAN Member

Chair

Former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia; Founding Member of INGSA, Patron of the INGSA- Asia Chapter, and Chairman of Atri Advisory

Council Member

Executive Director of the Indonesian Science Fund (Dana Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (DIPI)).

Council Member

Secretary General of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI)

Council Member

President of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

Council Member

Secretary General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia.

Council Member

Executive Director, Energy Collaboratory Director and Senior Fellow on Climate at the Manila Observatory, Philippines.

Council Member

Undersecretary for Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology, Philippines.

Council Member

Permanent-Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), Thailand.

Council Member

First Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Advisor on Climate Change and Health at Save the Children, and Affiliated Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) - Asia Centre, Thailand.

Council Member

Vice Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) and Director of the National Influenza Center, Vietnam.

Working Group Member

Head of International Relations of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) and Senior Program Officer of the Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI).

Working Group Member

Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM).

Working Group Member

Under Secretary of the Transfer of Technology and R&D Commercialisation Division at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia.

Working Group Member

Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance.

Working Group Member

Coordinator of the Resilience Collaboratory at the Manila Observatory.

Working Group Member

Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology, President of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines, and Emeritus Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Ateneo de Manila University.

Working Group Member

Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology, President of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines, and Emeritus Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Ateneo de Manila University.

Working Group Member

Deputy Director of the Health Strategy and Policy Institute of Vietnam.

Working Group Member

Vice Rector of the Department of Epidemiology, Hanoi University of Public Health, Vietnam.

Research Coordinator

Research Co-ordinator, Southeast Asia Science Advice Network (SEA SAN).

List of SEA SAN
Member

Chair

Former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia; Founding Member of INGSA, Patron of the INGSA- Asia Chapter, and Chairman of Atri Advisory

Council Member

Executive Director of the Indonesian Science Fund (Dana Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (DIPI)).

Council Member

Secretary General of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (AIPI).

Council Member

President of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

Council Member

Secretary General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia.

Council Member

Executive Director, Energy Collaboratory Director and Senior Fellow on Climate at the Manila Observatory, Philippines.

Council Member

Undersecretary for Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology, Philippines.

Council Member

Permanent-Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), Thailand.

Council Member

First Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Advisor on Climate Change and Health

Council Member

Vice Director of the National Institute of Hygiene & Epidemiology (NIHE) and Director of the National Influenza Center, Vietnam.

Working Group Member

Head of International Relations of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) and Senior Program Officer of the Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI).

Working Group Member

Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM).

Working Group Member

Under Secretary of the Transfer of Technology and R&D Commercialisation Division at Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia.

Working Group Member

Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance.

Working Group Member

Coordinator of the Resilience Collaboratory at the Manila Observatory.

Working Group Member

Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology, President of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines

Working Group Member

Academician and Secretary of the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines

Working Group Member

Deputy Director of the Health Strategy and Policy Institute of Vietnam.

Working Group Member

Vice Rector of the Department of Epidemiology, Hanoi University of Public Health, Vietnam.

Working Group Member

Research Co-ordinator, Southeast Asia Science Advice Network (SEA SAN).