APRRN Members

Based on the location and the focus of work, APRRN members select to participate in different Geographic and Thematic Working Groups. There are 4 geographical working groups, namely:

  • South Asia
  • South East Asia
  • East Asia
  • Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

and 7 thematic working groups, namely:

  • Durable Solutions
  • Gender, Women and Diversity
  • Immigration Detention
  • Legal Aid and Advocacy
  • Refugee Leadership and Participation
  • Regional Protection
  • Youth

At APRRN’s biennial Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights (APCRR), members would decide on the formation and continuity of relevant Working Groups and elect the Chairs and Deputy Chairs who will serve a term of 2 years.

Members from each Working Group would then provide input into the action plans that would be executed in the duration of the term. The Chairs and Deputy Chairs would be working closely together with the Secretariat to coordinate the implementation of activities developed in the action plans.

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APRRN Board of Directors

This section will be updated soon

Members of the Board

President: Yiombi Thona
Vice President: Ashok Gladston Xavier
Board Member 1: Puttanee Kangkun
Board Member 2: Anne Boonridrerthaikul
Board Member 3: Geraldine Doney
Board Member 4: Carolina Gottardo
Board Member 5: Alice Nah

APRRN Steering Committee

APRRN is governed by a Steering Committee, which operates on a voluntary basis. The Steering Committee is made up of elected individuals by APRRN members at the biennial Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights and they each serve a 2-year term. Steering Committee members are eligible for re-election for a maximum of two consecutive terms. In addition, there are 3 non-voting Steering Committee members that serve as experts. An advisory group is also nominated to assist the Steering Committee and the network.

Steering Committee Members

APRRN Chair: Yiombi Thona (Refuge pNan)

APRRN Deputy Chair: Ashok Gladston Xavier (OfERR)

Geographic Working Group Representatives

South Asia

Chair: Imran Khan Laghari (Human Rights Alliance, Pakistan)

South East Asia

Chair: Puttanee Kangkun (Fortify Rights, Thailand)

East Asia

Chair: Il Lee (Advocates for Public Interest Law, South Korea)

Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Chair: Molly Kennedy (Multicultural Learning and Support Services, New Zealand)

Thematic Working Group Representatives:

Durable Solutions

Chair: Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (INHURED International, Nepal)

Gender, Women and Diversity

Chair: Carolina Gottardo (Jesuit Refugee Service, Australia)

Immigration Detention

Chair: Bruno Sirvent (Daly and Associates, Hong Kong)

Legal Aid and Advocacy

Chair: Roshni Shanker (ARA Trust, Migrant and Asylum Project, India)

Refugee Leadership and Participation

Chair: Najeeba Wazefadost (Australia National Committee on Refugee Women, Australia)

Regional Protection

Chair: Tamara Domicelj (Act for Peace, Australia)


Chair: Hayatullah Akhbari (Geutanyoe Foundation)

Experts (Non-voting members)

These non-voting members are nominated by the Steering Committee in recognition of their services to the network, experience and expertise. More information will be provided soon.

Non Steering Committee Members

Deputy Chair South Asia: Dr. Wais Aria (Tabish Organisation, Afghanistan)

Deputy Chair South East Asia: Tham Hui Ying (Asylum Access, Malaysia)

Deputy Chair East Asia: E-ling Chiu (Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Taiwan)

Deputy Chair Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific: Paul Power (Refugee Council of Australia, Australia)

Deputy Chair Durable Solutions: John Roc (Refugee Council of Australia, Australia)

Deputy Chair Gender, Women and Diversity: Tinmama Oo (New Zealand National Refugee Association, New Zealand)

Deputy Chair Immigration Detention: Lars Stenger (Jesuit Refugee Service, Indonesia)

Deputy Chair Legal Aid and Advocacy: Takgon Lee (Dongcheon, South Korea)

Deputy Chair Refugee Leadership and Participation:  Wahkushee (Karen Peace Support Network, Thai-Burma Border)

Deputy Chair Regional Protection:  Tom Dixon (Asylum Access, Thailand)

Deputy Chair Youth:  Sopheap (Center for Asylum Protection, Thailand)


Advisors are nominated by the Steering Committee and are available to support the network in various capacities. More information will be provided soon.

APRRN Secretariat

The network is coordinated through the Secretariat, which is based in Bangkok and led by the Secretary General. The team currently includes a Secretary General, a Programme Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, Programme Officer, Programme Associate, Finance Manager, and post-graduate interns. The main responsibilities of the Secretariat  include:

  • Coordinating training activities, workshops, consultations and working group meetings
  • Supporting members on the ground by making their issues visible on a regional and international level
  • Monitoring and coordinating responses to refugee rights violations
  • Facilitating information sharing and internal/external communication channels between members
  • Consolidating evidence, research and analysis on pressing issues
  • Facilitating local, regional and international representation of members
  • Obtaining and managing APRRN funding
  • Managing the daily operations of the network

Current APRRN Secretariat staff includes:

Secretary General:
Themba Lewis

Programme Coordinator:
Evan Jones

Operations Coordinator:
Patcharin Nawichai

Programme Officer:
Sussi Prapakranant

Programme Associate:
Rachel Tan

Finance Manager:
Issaree Dinsamutra

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