Asia Development Dialogue is a collaboration between OXFAM, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), with support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Recognizing the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue and joint solutions to tackle critical urban challenges today, the platform brings together diverse stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia, and civil society into the conversation on urban development.

For more information, contact: info@asiadialogue.org

Our Mission:

1. To initiate multi-sector dialogue on urban challenges for government leaders, senior civil servants, NGOs, private sector, and academics.

2. To enable innovative, process driven analyses of urban governance challenges.

3. To promote knowledge sharing and partnership on inclusive local economic development, urban resilience, and citizen participation with a special focus on secondary cities in Asia.


What is local economic development?

  • Women’s Economic Leadership
  • Enterprise Development & Income opportunities
  • Social Welfare and protection
  • Citizens Voice and organization

What is urban resilience?

  • Disaster governance and preparedness
  • Urban Land Tenure and Property Rights
  • Urban Food Security


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Asia Dialogue - Advisory Committee - Lilian Mercado
Lilian Mercado

Lilian Mercado is the Deputy Regional Director of Campaigns and Policy for Oxfam. Previously Lilian was a Country Director for Oxfam Philippines and seconded from Oxfam to ASEAN as an Advisor on Partnerships and Resource Mobilization for the ASE…


Asia Dialogue - Advisory Committee - Ora Orn Poocharoen
Ora Orn Poocharoen

Dr. Poocharoen’s research interests include public management reforms, public administration theories, organization theories, comparative public administration, and public policy analysis. She received her PhD in Public Administration from the…


Asia Dialogue - Advisory Committee - Stefan Nachuk
Stefan Nachuk

Stefan Nachuk jointed the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007.  As an Associate Director, Mr. Nachuk provides strategic leadership and guides efforts focused on transformation of health systems in developing countries. He also promotes the creation…


Asia Dialogue - Advisory Committee - Pariphan Uawithya
Pariphan Uawithya

Mr. Pariphan Uawithya is currently a programme associate for the Rockefeller Foundation. His core areas of focus are with the foundation’s initiative to expand access to renewable energy in rural India, and on increasing access to publicly-suppo…


Asia Dialogue - Advisory Committee - Apiwat Ratanawaraha
Apiwat Ratanawaraha

Dr. Apiwat Ratanawara is a former research fellow for the Science, Technology, and Globalization project at the Belief Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He is currently a professor at the Department of Urban and…



  • Q: Why Dialogue on Asia?
    • The Asia region is widely recognized to be at the cusp of a historic change which can transform the Asian societies, make them more inclusive, eradicate poverty and bring equality and a higher quality of life.

      However, beyond economic growth, there is also recognition that for the region to realize the aforementioned positive changes, much more needs to be done on many fronts such as addressing inequality, governance challenges, identity based politics etc.

      Many of these issues cut across countries and need to have a broader-based regional analysis and understanding on chronic and emerging national and ‘regional’ issues which need collective thinking, joint analysis and solutions. However, there are very few regional platforms which promote such cross-disciplinary analysis and sharing of views and experiences.

  • Q: What makes your Forums unique?
    • Most of Asia’s problems today need joint solutions, not only among countries but also among players of different sectors. What sets us apart is our commitment to creating dialogue among remarkable individuals from diverse fields, whose knowledge and experience can provide sound and interdisciplinary analysis of Asia’s priority issues, and more importantly, whose collaboration will make a difference to the region.

      Another distinct feature of our forums is that they are not stand-alone events but rather the series with interlinked themes. Conversations continue and are carried over in a Virtual Community of Practice and knowledge series publications. We see these diverse platforms as a starting point of creating a vivid learning community, where dialogue lives on. By nurturing this crucial space for interaction, we do beyond facilitating discussions: we connect and engage change makers.


Email: info@asiadialogue.org

Tel: (+66) 2 632 0033

Mailing Address:

Oxfam Asia Regional Centre
4AB Fl., Q. House Convent Bldg.,
38 Convent Rd., Silom, Bangrak,
Bangkok 10500

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