Prof Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria – Malaysia – ASEC

Prof Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria is the Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies. He holds a PhD in sociology from Oxford Brooks University, United Kingdom. In March 2018 he was confirmed Practice Professor in Public Advocacy by the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He is the Co chair of the Malaysia CSO SDG Alliance. He is a member of the National SDG Steering Committee established by the EPU now the Ministry of Economic Affairs since 2016. In Oct 2017 the United Nations Office in Malaysia awarded the UN Award for special contributions for the promotions of SDGs. He was appointed by the Malaysian Foreign Minister as member of the Malaysian Consultative Council on Foreign Policy on since October, 2018. He is also chair of the Asian Solidarity Economy Council and Board member of the Intercontinental Network for Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS).

Dr. Ir. Eri Trinurini Adhi MSc. – Indonesia – Bina Swadaya

Dr. Ir. Eri Trinurini Adhi MSc., has more than 20 years of work experiences with the national government, international development agencies, national and international NGOs and consulting firm as well as with communities mostly in the field of project management, community empowerment and policy analysis. Currently, she is a Board Member of Yayasan Bina Swadaya (Self-Reliance Foundation) in Indonesia, a social enterprise with the mission of community development and poverty alleviation. She is also a Board member of the Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC), a hub of networks in Asia associated with the Intercontinental Network for Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS).

Poonsap Suanmuang Tulaphan – Thailand – ASEC

Poonsap Suanmuang Tulaphan is a Director of the Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion (FLEP) or HomeNet Thailand which work with organized informal workers, in particular home based workers, street vendors and domestic workers. Main result of her organizing work are: the Homenet Thailand Association which consists of about 5,000 members of home-based workers; the Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand which consists of 600 members, 400 Thai and about 200 Migrants; and the Network of Thai Street Vendor for Sustainable Development and the Federation of informal workers in Thailand which cover more than 10,000 of informal workers members.   Homenet Thailand has promoted and advocated for social protection policies and legislation of informal workers in Thailand such as universal health care coverage, social insurance, occupational health, safety and working environment, elderly pension ,child support allowance and childcare center. Attributed to the advocacy work of Homenet are the Homeworkers Protection Act and the Ministerial Regulation to protect labour rights of domestic workers. Besides  promotion of decent work of informal workers,  Homenet Thailand also promotes inclusive urban development and work with local authorities in several  areas in Thailand. In term of SDGs, the work of Homenet Thailand supports SDGs 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, and 16.

Dr. Benjamin R. Quinones Jr – Philippines – ASEC

 Dr. Benjamin R. Quinones Jr. is a Board Member and Director of Organization Development of Livegreen International Inc., a social enterprise engaged in developing an integrated value chain of organic farm produce in the Philippines. He founded the Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC ), the continental network in Asia of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS). RIPESS is accredited by UN-ECOSOC, UN Non-Governmental Liaison Services (UNGLS), and UNCTAD, a member of the UN Task Force on Social Solidarity Economy, and a partner organization of the ILO SSE Academy and the ILO South-South & Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Academy. He established the Coalition of Socially Responsible SMEs in Asia that pioneered the development of community-based and social enterprises while serving as Programme Coordinator of the inter-governmental organization Asian and Pacific Development Centre (APDC) in Kuala Lumpur (1996-2003) affiliated with UN-ESCAP. He developed and pilot tested in India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines & Thailand the Self-Help Group Linkage Banking program while serving as Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Rural & Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) in Bangkok, Thailand (1985-1993), a regional body established by UN-FAO. He holds a PhD in Organization Development from SAIDI School of OD, and Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños.

Chandra Firmantoko ST – Indonesia – ASEC

Chandra Firmantoko ST. is a Director of SukaPawitra, a socio-entrepreneur majoring in agribusiness and waste management in Indonesia. He used his experiences in multinational companies to deliver the values of social solidarity economy through his entrepreneurship. He spreads his good practices to communities across Indonesia, and empowers them to replicate based on their local wisdoms. Rural people in the villages are to whom closely he promotes social solidarity economy since the majority of economy actors are in the grass roots and the origin of social solidarity is villagers; through collaboration with local government and local CSOs. Currently, he is also a Board Member of Yayasan Bina Swadaya (Self-Reliance Foundation) in Indonesia, a social enterprise with the mission of community development and poverty alleviation. Not only encourage grass roots initiatives, he also promotes their good practices to international through ASEC networks.

Laure Jongejans – Europe – SSE

Laure Jongejans, European Citizen (French, Dutch, with Spanish origin), with a business management administration and an international cooperation master degrees, has an international career of almost 20 years, out of which 14 years involved in the field of Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) in Europe, Andean region of Latin America, West and Central Africa and Maghreb. After some years spent in business consulting, she oriented her carrier towards international cooperation, where she got seduced and convinced by this way of “doing economy”, SSE, where people are placed at the center. She worked in NGOs, investigation action processes, and consulting in development program evaluations, always in relation to cooperatives and SSE dynamics. After that she decided to join the SSE field itself, and collaborated in starting the activities of a european cooperative services platform focused on the development of SSE in the Mediterranean region, and then worked as a consultant in a local services cooperative giving support both to entrepreneurs and local governments willing to promote SSE in their territory. In April 2016 she joined the RIPESS network (Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of SSE) as Executive Secretary. Based in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain), she is at the service of the international Board composed of SSE networks from all continents in order to support the implementation of its international action plan.

Prof. Dr. Michelle, Hei Yan Shum – Hongkong – Hongkong Babtist University

Prof. Dr. Michelle, Hei Yan Shum is Associate Fellow of the Institute of International Harmony and Sustainable Development, Development Director of Social Service Division of the Victory Ministries International. She is also Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University. She is an experienced registered social worker who has a wide exposure in various direct social work practices with up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and procedures, and how these can be applied to promote the well-being of, and safeguard, individual adults, families, carers, groups and communities. In her research, she focuses on law and social policy, community development, third-sector development and social enterprise, social service management, elder care and rehabilitation. Before joining Hong Kong Baptist University, she was Honorary Lecturer of Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong and responsible for courses of Bachelor and Master of Social Work, as well as Master of Non-Profit Management.

Kumar Loganathan – India – SARC

Kumar Loganathan is a post graduate in Environmental Management from the University of Stirling, United Kingdom and a Gold medallist in M.Sc Energy Science from Kamaraj University, India. He has over two decades of experiences in the rural development sector and been associated with various Development Organizations in India. He has been actively involved in promoting community based rural livelihoods, micro financial services, children education, community health and social security for downtrodden people and also involved in designing welfare program for Governments, International Funding Agencies, INGOs and Development Organizations. Presently, Kumar Loganathan is the Director of Sarvodaya Action Research Centre (SARC), promoted by ASSEFA, one of the pioneering Gandhian Organizations in India. Its main purpose is to undertake action research in promoting Gandhian concept of self-reliant rural communities imbued with love, truth and justice. SARC has brought in over 25 research publications and a monthly magazine “Salaram” in Tamil language since 2013. Kumar Loganathan is married and blessed with two children.

Rosalinda Pineda Ofreneo, Ph.D – Philippines – University of the Philippines

Rosalinda Pineda Ofreneo, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of the University of the Philippines. She served as Dean (Nov. 2010 to Jan. 2014) of the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), University of the Philippines, Diliman, and full professor, Department of Women and Development Studies until she retired at the end of 2016. She has been active in women’s and other social movements for more than four decades, learning and working mainly with rural women, women workers, urban poor women, and homebased workers through their organizations. She engaged in volunteer international extension work as Regional Coordinator of Homenet Southeast Asia, a network of organized homebased workers in five countries from 2006 to 2014,  and in this capacity organized subregional workshops on gender, informal work, climate change and participatory disaster risk reduction and management; fair trade; food security; membership-based organizing; and social protection for all, among others.  She used to be a Board Member of the Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC)-Philippines, and is currently in the leadership of Homenet Philippines, and Homenet Producers Cooperative. She has published many books, journal articles, policy briefs, and information kits on the following topics: poverty, social protection, climate change, food security,  solidarity economy, informal economy, fair trade, debt, poverty, and the environment,  micro-finance, prostitution and development, subcontracting and home-based work, migration,  child labor and the girl child,  rural women, women workers in the export processing zones, gender mainstreaming, Philippine press and media, among many others. Dr. Ofreneo also writes poetry, for which she has received literary awards.