Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Brunei Alumni

Spring 2016 Fellows

Ms. Anastasia Kotylo is a Master of Public Policy and Management candidate (2016) at the Institute of Policy Studies at the University of Brunei Darussalam. Prior to joining the Institute of Policy Studies, she worked as a Marketing Analyst for UniMed and a substitute teacher of Philosophy and Ethics for the Faculty of Human Studies at the St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. She received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from St. Petersburg State University, where she completed her thesis “The Mask as the Aesthetic Phenomenon” and continued her research as a postgraduate student in Philosophical Anthropology at St. Petersburg State University of Economics. Ms. Kotylo has written several publications, including The Mask, Actor and Spectator in Classic Ancient Tragedy, The Mask at Contemporary Theatre Pedagogics: a way to reveal artistic potential of an actor and The Mask at Visual Space and Practices of Actionism. She holds a high level achievement certificate in Cognitive and Cultural Studies from The New York - St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI). Currently, Ms. Kotylo is involved in a Master Scientific Research Project, devoted to environmental awareness and sustainable waste management system in Brunei. She also supports conservation projects and helps to raise charitable funds for indigenous peoples, who live in remote areas of Borneo. 

Mr. Asme Amit is a Master of Public Policy and Management student at the Institute of Policy Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He has 7 years of government experience and serves as Administrative Officer for the Department of Economic Planning & Development at the Prime Minister's Office in Brunei. Mr. Amit oversees personnel and training activities and has experience in finance, procurment and asset managment. He is a Change Agent and Trainer for the Government Employee Managment System in the public service. In addition, he has served as a Research Officer at the Ministry of Defense and an Administrative Officer Trainee at the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Finance in Brunei. Mr. Amit holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Information Systems from the Universiti Brunei Darrussalam. Currently, Mr. Amit is involved in a Master Scientific Research Project looking into education policies and socioeconomic development in Brunei Darussalam. 

Fall 2015 Fellows

Ms. Khin Nilar Soe earned a Bachelor Degree in International Relation from the University of Yangon in 1994. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998 and served  as an Head of Branch in East and South Asia Division, Political Department.  From 2002 to 2006, she was transferred to the Myanmar Embassy in Berlin, Germany as Second Secondary in charge of the Consular matters.  She then returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Head of Branch of the South East Asia Division, Political Department until 2009. Here she to strengthen bilateral relations.  Ms. Soe was then posted to the Myanmar Embassy in Cairo, Egypt from 2009 to 2011.  In Cairo, she served as First Secretary handling political matters.  Upon finishing her tenure in Cairo, she was transferred back to the headquarters as Assistant Director.  Since then, she has been serving in the European Division of the Political Department in the Ministry, and was promoted to Deputy Director.  Ms. Soe is currently studying for her Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) at the Universiti Brunei, Darussalam. 

Spring 2015 Fellows

Mr. Sinhow Chin is an inter-disciplinarian with experience as a corporate banker, a marketing analyst in IT business development and an advertising executive. At HSBC Brunei, he facilitated foreign direct investments by Global 500 companies and helped local companies expand their operations. With Brunei Accenture Group, he worked in the business development team marketing, tendering and winning large-scale public contracts.  Mr. Chin began his career with Saatchi & Saatchi Kuala Lumpur where he learned the importance of understanding human insight, harnessing ideas and being shameless enough to ask difficult questions. He is interested in the space where governments and businesses intersect, and in the socio-economic impacts of these interactions. Mr. Chin is currently working on his Master’s in Public Policy and Management at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.  He enjoys backpacking in unfamiliar lands, running, trekking, diving and general life-hacking.

Ms. Evgenia Likhovtseva graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia and is currently a Master’s student at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Ms. Likhovtseva entered politics in 2011 as the youngest candidate in the Saint-Petersburg Parliamentary election. In 2012 she launched her own political discussion club modeled after a platform for dialogue between citizens and Russian politicians. In 2013, Ms. Likhovtseva became a political columnist for the famous Russian magazine “Expert.” Her interviews touched on sensitive social themes and current issues. Among her interlocutors were Robert Aumann, Nobel Prize winner for his game-theory analysis of conflict and cooperation and Andrew Kostin, President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank. Ms. Likhovtseva is interested in theories of modernity and studied Hanna Arendt, Michel Faucolt, Peter Wagner and Shmuel Eiseshtadt as an undergraduate. During her Master’s studies she has considered issues of Islamic governance in Malaysia and Brunei, which, she believes, is relevant to the analysis of modernity.

Mr. John Lim most recently served as Assistant Director with the Ministry of Law Headquarters in Singapore. There, he was involved in policy review and oversight of the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office. As Chairman of the Ministry’s Staff Welfare Committee he was instrumental in legislating and publicizing the amended Moneylenders Act in Singapore. He was also involved in the Ministry's organizational development, overseeing the documentation of work processes and ensuring that the Ministry was in accordance with the Singapore Quality Class, a certification of overall service standard. Mr. Lim also represented the Law Ministry in a cross-Ministry project reviewing the impact of social media on public officers. Prior to this, Mr. Lim served at the Legal Aid Bureau in Singapore.  He was largely responsible for managing the impact of the SARs pandemic in 2003 and the Avian Influenza in 2005.  He was awarded the Star Service Award in 2008.  Mr. Lim began his career in the Police Department as a junior government official and subsequently continued his education at the University of Wales, Swansea, pursuing a degree in Developments Studies. He later earned a graduate diploma in Human Resource Management and is now enrolled in a Master’s program in Public Policy and Management at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, which he hopes will broaden his understanding of policy formulation and delivery.

Ms. Siti Diana Othman serves as a Research Officer at the Directorate of Defense Policy, Ministry of Defense, Brunei Darussalam. In this position, Ms. Othman is exposed to various defense and security undertakings, which includes her participation in Joint Defense Working Groups meetings, ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meetings (ADMM) and the United Nations General Assembly (2012) as the First Committee representative. Ms. Othman's previous positions include her appointments as a Research Officer in the Directorate of Intelligence, Ministry of Defense in 2006 and as the Assistant Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in the Philippines in 2008. Ms. Othman graduated from Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom with BSc Econs in Economics, and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.