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    Asia House announces new Fellows for 2023/2024

    Published On: 29 September 2023

    Asia House has appointed three new Asia House Fellows as part of its programme to develop the next generation of business and policy leaders.

    Apoorva Vishnoi, Poomthawat Wachirapornpruet and Yaxin Guo have been selected as the Asia House Fellows for 2023-2024 after an extensive recruitment process. They will start their fellowships in October.

    The Fellows are asked to complete a major research project on the issues shaping Asia and the Middle East. This year’s Fellows will focus on themes including data regulation in ASEAN and ESG governance in China.

    Michael Lawrence OBE, Chief Executive of Asia House, said: “The Asia House Fellowship programme is designed to develop future leaders by supporting them in producing original and meaningful research which will be shared with governments and businesses globally and which will feed into decision-making at the highest levels. Now in its second year, the programme provides the Fellows with a unique opportunity to work with Asia House and its business and policy network on critically-important issues to inform, to increase understanding and to shape debate”.

    ESG governance in China’s manufacturing industry

    Yaxin, who has recently graduated with a distinction in a Master of Public Administration in Economic Policy from the London School of Economics, will focus on the impact of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) on regulations and practices in China’s export-intensity manufacturing industry. Her research aims to provide valuable policy insights for the development of China’s manufacturing sector and investment recommendations within the context of ESG policy implementation.

    Yaxin will be based in London and brings with her extensive experience in policy research, particularly in climate change and environmental policy.

    Data regimes in ASEAN

    Poomthawat’s research focus will be data regulatory regimes in ASEAN, primarily regarding personal data. His work will aim to understand the vast array of regulations involved and how they interplay.

    Originally from Thailand but based in London, Poomthawat’s research will highlight opportunities for regional cooperation in data regulation and provide recommendations on how businesses can take advantage of regulatory harmonisation to boost their digital trade flows. This research is timely as ASEAN has begun negotiations on the Digital Economy Framework Agreement, which is slated to be completed by the end of 2025.

    Gap in trade agreements

    Apoorva’s project will focus on the innovation gap in trade agreements negotiated by Asian countries vis-à-vis those negotiated by large economies, including the EU and the US. This work will continue Apoorva’s keen interest in exploring the intersection of international economic law, international relations and public policy.

    Her research will look at how trade agreements negotiated by Asian countries can be more effective for businesses and better reflect the economic, social, environmental and other policy interests.

    Zhouchen Mao, Head of Research and Advisory at Asia House said: “We are delighted to welcome three dynamic researchers as a part of this year’s Fellowship programme. Their research projects, marked by nuanced approaches, will strengthen our understanding of ESG governance in China, the evolution of data regimes in ASEAN, and the future of trade agreements and will deliver fresh perspectives and new insights on these important issues.”