Asia-Pacific Development & Communication Centre


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

Faculty & Consultants

Our International Faculty and Consultants are development professionals with extensive national and International Development experiences in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. They have worked in/with Governments, UN agencies, development banks and NGOs, in various capacities including management of country programmes. 


Our faculty and consultants are committed to share and pass on their knowledge, skills and experiences to participants who will ultimately help shape and make a difference in their own countries or internationally.


  • facilitate ADCC's short term training courses on-campus

  • provide tailor-made courses in-country

  • offer technical assistance to various governments, UN agencies, international development agencies and partners

Here are some of our Resource Persons and Consultants

Mr. Najib Assifi (Australia)

Management and C4D Specialist

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. Read full profile


Dr. Peter Chen (USA)

Management & C4D Specialist

Dr. Chen has over 30 years work experience with UNFPA and UNICEF. His last posts included serving as UNFPA's Regional Coordinator for the Africa Regional Office based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and as UNFPA's Regional Adviser for Adolescent Reproductive Health covering countries in East and Southeast Asia. His expertise is in Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC). Read full profile


Dr. Giri Giridhar (India)

Health Management Expert

Dr. Giridhar retired from UNFPA as Director of the Country Technical Services Team for East and Southeast Asia. His areas of specialization include Result-Based Planning, M&E, Management Capacity Development; Population Ageing and Implications for Development. He holds D.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA . Read full profile


Mr. Christopher Davids (South Africa)

Program Planning and M&E Specialist

Mr. Davids has over 22 years of experience working in 7 countries in Africa and Asia with UNICEF focusing on Planning, Program Management, UN Coherence, Situation Analysis, Results Based Management, Monitoring Systems, Management and Quality Control of Evaluation and Human Rights-Based approaches to programming. Read full profile


Mr. Guy Scandlen  (USA)

Communication 4 Development Specialist

Mr. Scandlen is a Communication Specialist, Consultant, Advisor, Trainer and University lecturer. Over a career span of more than 40 years, Mr. Scandlen has worked for, among others, UNICEF 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. Read full profile


Mr. Maurice Apted

C4D Specialist

Mr Apted first worked as an Education Radio Producer in the Schools Broadcast Unit of the Ministry of Education in Fiji Islands. He later served in various capacities in a number of UNICEF Country Offices for over 17 years including serving as Chief of Communication in Ethiopia, Laos, Madagascar, Myanmar, Uganda and Vietnam. 

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Mr. Patrick Hennesy (Ireland)

Human Resources Development Specialist

Mr. Hennessy has extensive HR experience at national and international levels in organizational development, operational and strategic planning, general management and HR management. He has varied progressively responsible HR experience at national level with Irish Government, in the European Union, Belgium, and in three UN Organizations (UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO) over three continents. Read full profile



Dr. Katherine Ba-Thike (Myanmar)

Health Specialist

Dr. Ba-Thike is an expert in RH Management and Family Planning. Her work in development includes being the Advisor on HIV/AIDS/STDs, RH and Family Planning Programmes at the UNFPA/CST for East and South-East Asia, and the Area Manager for Asia and Pacific, Technical Co-operation with Countries, Dept. of RH and Research, Family and Community Health Cluster, WHO, Geneva. Read full profile


Ms. Urai Singpaiboonporn (Thailand)

C4D Specialist

Ms. Singhpaiboonporn had worked as a C4D Specialist in the UNICEF Regional Office for East and Southeast Asia for over 20 years. During her employment with UNICEF, Ms. Singhpaiboonporn planned and implemented communication and behavior change interventions for child care and practices among family and communities in the six Tsunami-affected provinces in the south of Thailand. Read full profile



Mr. Roy Batterham (Australia)

Research Specialist

Mr. Batterham has conducted more than 50 evaluations of health programs and undertaken a wide range of other commissioned research and development activities particularly related to disability, rehabilitation, primary care and chronic disease management. This work led to a particular interest in developing interventions for people who are currently not benefiting from existing service delivery approaches; this in turn led to a focus on health literacy as a means to better understand and meet the needs of those who are being left behind. Read full profile





Mr. Gopinath T. Menon (India)

Community Development Specialist

Mr. Gopinath T. Menon is a Development Specialist with over 30 years of experience working to improve the lives of children and women, 25 years of which he spent with UNICEF in India.

A graduate of the XLRI – Xavier School of Management in India, Gopi began his career with the Child In Need Institute (CINI) in Kolkata where he was responsible for planning and implementing various projects of the Institute. 

Gopi joined UNICEF in 1984 and worked in progressively responsible positions and finally retiring as Chief of the UNICEF Mumbai State Office in 2009. Post UINCEF, Gopi continue to be involved with community development as a Board Member of several NGOs and through consultancies.  

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