It's clear what ASEAN's priority should be for the next 50 years - it's people
The region must remember that it is a broad community made up of real people, and more attention needs to be paid to them.
Simon Tay is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), rated in 2015 as the best in Asia and the Pacific. He is concurrently Associate Professor, teaching international law at the National University of Singapore, and author of the well-received book on Asian regionalism and the role of America, Asia Alone (2010, Wiley).
Prof Tay is Senior Consultant at WongPartnership, a leading Asian law firm that practices across the region, with offices in Singapore, China and the Middle East. He serves on boards for global companies, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, LGT Bank (Singapore) Ltd, and Eurex Clearing Asia Ltd, and two leading Singaporean companies, Hyflux Ltd and Far East Organization. He has spoken at leading business conferences including the World Economic Forum, APEC CEO Summits and SIBOS, and briefed leading banks and major corporate boards about the politics and economics that matter to businesses.
He has also served as Chairman of the National Environment Agency, and has taught as a visiting professor at Yale University, the Fletcher School and Harvard Law School. He graduated in law from the National University of Singapore (1986) and Harvard Law School (1993), where he won the Laylin prize for the best thesis in international law.