CMM Partners


Academic Coordinators

Coordinator from the EU Centre – Dr Yeo Lay Hwee


Dr YEO Lay Hwee is Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore since 2009. She is also Council Secretary and Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and Adjunct Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Since 2011, she has also taken on the role as Co-Editor in Chief for the Asia Europe Journal.

Lay Hwee sits on several Academic Advisory Boards – Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University (ANUCES), the KU Leuven’s Master in European Studies (MAES) Programme; and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Tallinn University of Technology. She is also a member of the Scientific Expert Panel of the SEA-EU Net, a FP7 project aims at encouraging and strengthening scientific and research collaboration between the EU and ASEAN.

An international relations expert, her research interests revolve around comparative regionalism, principles of multilateralism and governance networks. She has written extensively on issues pertaining to Asia-Europe relations in general, and in particular, the ASEM process and relations between the European Union and ASEAN. She participates actively both in policy dialogues and academic workshops and conferences, and contributes regularly to commentaries and journals. She has also been involved in several EU-funded initiatives and actions such as the EU and Asia – Integration of Policy and Practice (EuropeAid/130829/C/ACT/ CAI), and also worked with other government agencies such as JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) and foreign affairs ministries (Denmark, Mongolia) on training, public diplomacy and policy advocacy programmes related to governance and ASEM. For her exemplary record in research and policy work on peace and developments in ASEAN and the EU, she was awarded the Nakasone Yasuhiro Award in June 2007.

Coordinator from the Universitas Indonesia – Dr Evi Fitriani

Dr Evi Fitriani 

Dr Evi FITRIANI is a senior lecturer of the the International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia (Dept. HI FISIP UI) and the Head of the Department from 2012 to 2016. Currently, she is the Head of Miriam Budiardjo Resource Center of FISIP UI. She is co-founder of the University’s Master Program of European Studies as well as the ASEAN Study Center of FISIP UI. She is also the Indonesian Country Coordinator of the Network of East Asian Think Tanks (NEAT), a second tract of the ASEAN Plus Three. She completed her doctorate program in Political Science and International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2011. Previously, she was trained in International Relations Studies in Indonesia, the UK, and the USA, as well as in Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Hungary. She has obtained more than 12 international awards and grants, including the British Chevening Awards, Fulbright Scholarship, Australian Development Scholarships, JICA and SIDA Grants as well as EU Fellowship. Over the last 20 years, she has involved in collaborative research and international projects with counterparts from Japanese, Malaysian, Australian, and European universities. Evi wrote books, book chapters, journal articles and newspaper articles on Indonesian foreign policy, ASEAN, Asian regionalism, and Asia-Europe relations.

Evi’s book includes Southeast Asians and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): State’s interests and institution’s longevity (ISEAS Singapore 2014). She is the author of book chapters in several books with international peer groups, including Asian Countries’ Strategies towards the European Union in an Inter-regionalist Context (National Taiwan University Press, 2015), Europe in Emerging Asia (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015), The Yudhoyono Presidency: Indonesia’s decade of stability and stagnation (ISEAS Singapore, 2015), and Inter-regionalism and the European Union: Competing Perspectives on Regional Cooperation (Ashgate, 2015). She also contributed to policy recommendation to the Indonesian Government as well as international institutions like APT –through NEAT- and ASEM through the document submitted to the ASEM Summit, Asia-Europe Connectivity Vision 2025: Challenges and Opportunities (ERIA, 2016).

Coordinator from the University of Malaya – Dr Azirah Hashim

Dr Azirah HASHIM is currently Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Institute and Director of the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism, University of Malaya. She is also Professor in the English Department, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics. Prior to this, she was Dean of the Humanities Research Cluster and Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics.

Her research interests include Language Contact in Southeast Asia, English as a Lingua Franca in ASEAN, Language and Law, and Academic and Professional Discourse. She sits on the executive committee of the Asia Pacific Languages for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication Association, is a former executive committee member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists and is currently President of the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics, an affiliate of the International Association of Applied Linguistics. In 2009, she was awarded the Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and is a Fellow of the Foundation.

Her recent and current roles include Coordinator of the Asia-Africa Development University Network, Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership Network and Chairperson of the Research Ethics (non-medical) committee at the university. In addition, she heads projects such as the Ministry of Higher Education CLMV project focusing on higher education in Cambodia and Laos, A Swedish Link project on Public Understanding of Expert Views on Health Risks in Sweden and Malaysia and projects on Language Contact and Professional Discourse. She is on the editorial board of English Today (CUP) and Journal of Intercultural Communication (Nordic Network) as well as the Asian Journal of English Language Studies and is a reviewer for several journals.

Coordinators from Maastricht University – Dr Thomas Christiansen and Dr Johan Adriaensen

Thomas Christiansen Passport Photo 

Dr Thomas CHRISTIANSEN is professor of European Institutional Politics and Jean Monnet Chair. He is Executive Editor of the Journal of European Integration, co-editor of the ‘European Administrative Governance’ book series at Palgrave Macmillan, and member of the steering committee of the Standing Group of the European Union of the European Consortium of Political Research. He has published widely on different aspects of the institutional politics of the EU. From 2011-2014 he coordinated the Observatory for Parliaments After Lisbon (OPAL), a large multinational research network studying the role of national parliaments in the EU, funded by the research councils of Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands and also directed between 2010-2014 the Jean Monnet Multilateral Research Group on EU-Asia Relations (“GEAR”). More recently, he has participated in two recent or current Jean Monnet Research Networks: “EUSC”, whose members worked on EU-China security relations in 2012-2015, coordinated at the University of Essex (Prof. Emil Kirchner) and “PACO”, coordinated at the Catholic University of Leuven (Prof. Jan Wouters), which was launched in 2014 and is focused on parliamentary cooperation.

Dr Johan ADRIAENSEN is Research Coordinator of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) and reviews editor for the Journal of European Integration. His research focusses on institutional politics in the EU. His PhD at the KU Leuven studied the role of EU member states in trade negotiations. Following his defence in 2014, he widened his empirical focus to the broader EU decision-making processes. He is actively involved in the scholarship on Teaching and Learning.