Asia-Pacific Development & Communication Centre


Asia-Pacific Development & Communication Centre
Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU) Bangkok Thailand

Advisory Board








Mr. Najib M. Assifi

Mr. Assifi has over 30 years of development experience working in Asia, Oceania and the Middle East with UNDP, UNFPA and the Australian Government.

He has worked in various capacities including serving as Deputy Regional Director of the UNFPA Asia Pacific Regional Office and Director of the UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific.

Mr. Assifi also served as the UNFPA Country Director to Fiji, Myanmar and Thailand as well as Technical Advisor in the UNFPA Technical Services Teams in Kathmandu and Bangkok covering all the countries in Asia and some in the Middle East.

He took a break from the United Nations service between 1989 and 1995 to work for the Queensland Department of Health in Australia. His focus was on health promotion and delivery of technical assistance for capacity development.

Mr. Assifi holds an M.Ed degree in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Hawaii, USA; a Certificate in Communication Studies from the East-West Center, Communication Institute, Honolulu, U.S.A. and a B.A. in Journalism from Kabul University, Afghanistan.










Dr. Lertlak S. Burusphat, Ph.D

Dr. Lertlak’s illustrious career included working for UNDP as Senior Communication Planner / Programmer for Population & Health Programmes for over a decade providing technical assistance to numerous developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, from Afghanistan to Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Lertlak later left the UN to help with the overall administration of Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU). She soon became the Vice President of the university, Dean of Faculty of Communication Arts and Member of DPU Board of Trustees. In 1991, she founded ADCC.

Dr. Lertlak holds a Ph.D. in Instructional System Technology from Indiana University, an M.M in Business Management from Sasin, Chulalongkorn University, an M.A.T in Linguistics from Indiana University, and a B.A. in English & French from Chulalongkorn University.










Dr. Peter F. Chen, Ph.D

Dr. Chen’s expertise is in Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC). He is a seasoned Program Manager with specialization on Results-Based Management (RBM), and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). He is also an experienced Trainer and Team Facilitator.

He has over 30 years work experience with UNFPA and UNICEF. His last posts were as UNFPA Regional Coordinator for the Africa Regional Office based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and as UNFPA Regional Adviser for Adolescent Reproductive Health covering countries in East and Southeast Asia.  

Before joining UNFPA, Dr. Chen worked for UNICEF in a number of countries as Deputy Representative in Turkey, Chief of Communication & Information Section in Myanmar and Nepal, Education Officer in Bhutan, Communication/Education Officer in Bhutan and Delhi.

Prior to joining the UN agencies, he worked as Electronics Engineer for the American Embassy in New Delhi, India, and has also taught mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering in India and Bhutan.

Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. in Social Marketing and Communication from the Intercultural Open University, Netherlands; MPH from the University of Massachusetts, USA; MA in Sociology from the University of Mysore, India and Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Relations & Advertising from the Institute of Marketing & Management, India. His undergraduate study was in Engineering.


Dr. G. Giridhar, D.Sc.

Dr. Giridhar retired from UNFPA in 2009 as the Director, UNFPA Country Technical Services Team for East and Southeast Asia and UNFPA Country Representative for Thailand. His areas of specialization include Result-Based Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Management Capacity Development; Population Ageing and Implications for Development.

From 1995 -2003, he was Management Adviser at UNFPA CST/Kathmandu that served South and West Asia. Prior to joining UNFPA, Giri served as Director of the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur from 1992 – 1995; Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA from 1992 – 1997; Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1978 – 1989); and Management Adviser, International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1989 – 1991). Giri also worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and East-West Centre, Hawaii as Intern. 

Dr. Giridhar holds D.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA; Diploma in Population Sciences, International Institute for Population Sciences, India; Certificate in Demography, Demographic Training and Research Center, India; Master of Statistics in Statistics and Econometrics, Madras University, India; and B.Sc. in Statistics from Loyola College, Madras University, India


Mr. Guy Scandlen 

Guy has extensive experience in communication for development (C4D) and behaviour change communication as a Communication Specialist, Consultant, Advisor, Trainer and University lecturer.

Over a career span of more than 40 years, Guy has worked for UNICEF serving as Regional Communication Advisor in the UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa where he was responsible for developing communication for behavioural change programmes; as Programme Coordinator/Deputy Representative  in UNICEF Sri Lanka; Programme Officer for Early Childhood Development and Education in UNICEF Myanmar; and as Regional Programme Support Communications Officer in UNICEF East Asia and Pakistan Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand.

After leaving UNICEF, he worked as an independent C4D Consultant for many organizations including UNICEF worldwide and contributed himself as a Special Instructor at Chiangmai University, Thailand; Advisor to the Division of Social Science and Communication at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University in Bangkok; and Faculty member of ADCC.  His expertise includes planning and development of communication strategies, behaviour change and development strategies, participatory communication in communities, and much more.

Guy Scandlen holds BA in Comparative Literature from Grinnell College, Iowa, USA, and MA in International Communications from California State University, Fullerton, USA.


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