Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

University of Brunei Darussalam

Fellows Fall 2015


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. 

Fellows Spring 2015


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.