Developments in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam

Lauren Farrow, Country Director, Vriens & Partners, Indonesia; Priyo Pramono, Country Director, Vriens & Partners, Indonesia; Daniel Henderson, Country Director, Vriens & Partners, Thailand; Punyaphan Klykoom, Senior Associate, Vriens & Partners, Thailand; Vo Lan Phuong, Managing Director, Vriens & Partners, Vietnam; and Samuel Pursch, Associate Director, Vriens & Partners, Vietnam

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : October 25, 2018

Time : 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

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Hosted by the Government & Regional Affairs, Aerospace & Defense, and Supply Chain, Transportation, & Logistics Committees

Southeast Asia remains a promising growth prospect even amidst US-China trade tensions. Yet, each Southeast Asian country is driven by its internal political dynamics, shaped by global and regional developments. 

Indonesia continues to manage the impact of global fiscal developments on its domestic economy even as President Joko Widodo prepares to contest a second term as President in April 2019. Thailand is similarly gearing up for elections possibly in early 2019 in a year when it assumes the ASEAN Chairmanship and exercises regional leadership. Vietnam, which remains one of the fastest growing regional economies, will have to navigate ongoing trade tensions and threats to the smooth functioning of global supply chains.  

What is the likely trajectory for Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, and what does this mean for the region? Join our experts for a panel session over breakfast in a free-flowing discussion on developments in these countries and gain deeper insights into what businesses should expect.

About Vriens & Partners Speakers

Ms. Lauren Farrow
Country Director (Indonesia)

Lauren is a Country Director of Vriens & Partners’ Jakarta office, leading and managing advisory services for clients. This includes developing and supporting government affairs strategies, particularly in the areas of energy and health.

Before joining Vriens & Partners, Lauren worked as a journalist for more than a decade for a variety of online, print and radio news organizations.

She moved to Indonesia in 2016 as the Southeast Asia correspondent for Australian Associated Press (AAP), managing the newswire’s Jakarta office and reporting across the region on politics, security, the economy and crime. Her experience in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia, has seen her build strong networks across government, the media and civil society. Through her reporting on conflicts, international summits, trade talks, social upheaval, domestic politics and court cases, Lauren has developed an extensive understanding of the political and legal frameworks in the region.

During her career, Lauren has focused on international news, politics and the justice system.

In her hometown Sydney, Australia she was the national newswire’s Chief Court Reporter, coordinating coverage across New South Wales’ (NSW) civil and criminal court. She was also NSW parliament’s state political correspondent.

From 2009 to 2010, Lauren lived in Mumbai and travelled throughout India as a freelance reporter, producing radio packages focusing on the country’s development challenges.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, specialising in Journalism, from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Mr. Priyo Pramono
Country Director (Indonesia)

Priyo leads Vriens & Partners’ Indonesia office operations and client services, providing advisory support for clients on corporate affairs strategies in entering Indonesia, on government affairs strategies in operating in Indonesia, as well as on advocacy strategies to support various corporate strategic objectives.

Priyo has provided support to clients across different sectors in Indonesia including internet / digital technology, aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, and oil and gas. Priyo has also been involved on various policy issue landscape assessment and analysis including foreign investments, data localization, over-the-top (OTT), Industry 4.0, public procurement, universal healthcare (BPJS Kesehatan), and multilateral trade.

Prior to working with Vriens & Partners, Priyo was a Consultant at Ernst & Young Advisory Services, Indonesia, where he specialized in Business Performance Improvement. Priyo was involved in provision of advisory services to multiple Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises within the power generation, oil and gas, as well as transportation. In this role, Priyo was involved in providing business functions improvement recommendations, inter-ministerial coordination, policy reviews, and policy recommendations.

Priyo holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from the Hult International Business School, London, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Mr. Daniel Henderson
Country Director (Thailand)

Daniel Henderson is the Country Director of Vriens & Partners’ Thailand office. Based in Bangkok, Daniel helps clients design and implement effective government relations strategies across Southeast Asia with a focus on Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Prior to joining V&P, Daniel was a CoFounder of a programmatic advertising start up called Pacific Audiences. From 2011-2015, Daniel was a Manager at the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) in Washington D.C.  USABC represents 160 U.S. Fortune 500 Companies in Southeast Asia, helping them advance their business interests.  At the Council, he developed his network with a broad range of public, private and military stakeholders across a number of country and industry sectors.

Prior to joining the Council, he lived in Cambodia for two years where he led a team to establish a Cambodian branch of the world’s largest youth leadership development organization, AIESEC.  In addition, he helped start a Cambodian branch of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), a global young professionals’ network that has its origins in the United States. Each of these organizations is dedicated to young professional development and entrepreneurship.

In addition to his work at Vriens & Partners, Daniel is Co-Chair of AMCHAM Thailand Government Affairs Council. The Council meets on a regular basis to coordinate government engagements and advocacy papers on behalf of the American business community in Thailand.

Daniel was born and raised in the United Kingdom and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Leeds.  He became a U.S. citizen in 2013.

Mr. Punyaphan Klykoom
Senior Associate (Thailand)

Punyaphan is a Senior Associate at Vriens & Partners’ Bangkok office. He has been with the firm since 2013 and has supported clients develop insight into Thai policymaking and implementing effective government affairs strategies in Thailand.

He has experience servicing clients in various sectors, ranging from agriculture and energy to financial services and ICT. He has produced an industry white paper for an association of nutrition companies, mapped procurement practices and priorities in the public healthcare sector, as well as devised and implemented the government affairs component of a market entry strategy for a unicorn startup.

Punyaphan holds degrees from Thammasat and Oxford universities.

Ms. Vo Lan Phuong
Managing Director (Vietnam)

Vo Thi Lan Phuong has worked in public affairs in Vietnam since 1997. Phuong previously acted as a senior policy advisor to the USAID-funded Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative, as an advisor to various ministries and to Vietnam’s national assembly, and as a regulatory consultant to several business and non-governmental organizations.

During her two years with the Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative, Phuong was involved in assisting the government with the design and implementation of a regulatory reform program. She worked closely with international and local experts to deliver training programs on policy-making and economic governance to numerous government agencies, including the Office of the Government, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the Ministry of Justice. She also worked with public and private stakeholders in the drafting of new legislation, including the price law, the administration penalty law, the labor code, the codification ordinance, the mediation law, and the civil law. In the course of this work, she helped stakeholders from business and civil society express their interests in the policy process.

Phuong spent more than six years at the economic section of the US Embassy in Hanoi providing advice on Vietnam’s trade, labor, intellectual property, services, and investment regimes to US companies and assisting with the negotiation and implementation of the US-Vietnam trade agreement and Vietnam’s accession to the World Trade Organization. She was awarded an ASEAN scholarship and completed a master’s degree in public policy in economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in finance, English and computer science.

Mr. Samuel Pursch
Associate Director (Vietnam)

Samuel Pursch is Associate Director in Vriens & Partners’ Hanoi office where he advises international blue-chip firms across sectors on Vietnam’s regulatory and commercial context.

Prior to joining Vriens & Partners, Samuel was co-founder and director of Andaman Research & Advisory, a socio-economic research and political risk advisory firm based in Yangon, Myanmar. From Andaman’s founding in 2015, Samuel managed projects for a variety of clients including international hydropower and mobile finance investors, The World Bank, and a range of international NGOs. Andaman’s work ranged from detailed stakeholder assessments to field research activities, including large-scale surveys, to policy recommendations for international actors working to address Myanmar’s myriad of conflict issues.

While in Myanmar, Samuel was a co-author for the World Bank’s Policy Research Paper on Myanmar’s Social Transformation and contributing author to several subscription-based analysis services.

Earlier, Samuel was based in London where he worked as a political risk analyst and later an associate for boutique consultancies focused on West Africa and Southeast Asia.

Samuel holds a master’s degree in War Studies: Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, and a BA in International Politics from The George Washington University. He was a visiting student at Pembroke College, Oxford University. While in Washington, DC he interned on Capitol Hill and for an appropriations lobbyist, and later worked for a DC business intelligence provider.