About this talk

Following our return from the UN Climate Change Conference 2023 (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), SEACHA is excited to bring you a special, two-hour Cha-Time featuring our COP28 delegation in a roundtable discussion.
In this Cha-Time, our delegates will share their crucial reflections, messages, and takeaways from their time at COP28. Their presentations will reflect on their panels at COP28, their learnings from events including the first ever High Level Ministerial on Culture-based Climate Action, and on the role of Southeast Asian cultural heritage voices in the world of international climate policy.
Moreover, the audience will be invited and encouraged to ask the speakers questions and openly discuss these ideas. In this collaborative Cha-Time, together we can reflect and imagine the future of Southeast Asian culture-based climate action.



SEACHA COP28 Delegates:

Ms. Moe Moe Lwin
Moe Moe Lwin was trained in architecture and received an M.Sc in Urban Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. She practiced as an architect for over 22 years, and has volunteered in professional affairs for nearly 20 years. She is currently the Director of Yangon Heritage Trust, an independent non-profit organization working to promote and protect Yangon’s unique heritage, since it was founded in 2012 and is the Vice-Chairperson of the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance and the Co-Chair of Culture@COP28 Working Group. 

Dr. Catrini Pratihari Kubontubuh
Dr. Catrini Partihari Kubontubuh received her bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Institut Teknologi Bandung, her master’s degree from Department of Architecture of KU Leuven, Belgium, and doctoral degree from School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development from ITB. Dr. Catrini is currently the Chairperson of The Indonesian Heritage Trust based in Jakarta and Chairperson of Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance based in Bangkok. She was acknowledged as The Climate Reality Leader 2020 after her accomplishment in The Climate Reality Leadership Project Global Training 2020 led by Al Gore.  

Dr. Johannes Widodo
Dr. Johannes Widodo is the director of the Graduate Programs in Architectural Conservation at the National University of Singapore. He is an Executive Committee member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management, jury member for UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, and Advisor to the Executive Board of Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance (SEACHA).

Mr. Shahar Koyok
Shahar Koyok also known as Shaq Koyok, is a contemporary artist of the indigenous Temuan tribe of Selangor. Many of his works reflect the early trauma of encroachment on the jungle around his village by land developers. This personal history has also fueled his passion to fight for the land rights of his people. He explores many media of art in his work, from contemporary painting to installation art. 

Ms. Anh Tho Le Bui
Lê Bùi “Celia” Anh Thơ, is a SEACHA Youth Alumni, social justice advocate, and artist based in New York hailing from Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. She currently works for the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at the City University of New York’s Graduate School for Public Health and Health Policy. Celia obtained her B.A. in Linguistics and East Asian Studies from Columbia University and is passionate about indigenous languages, queer liberation, grassroots organizing, and health justice. 

Ms. Supitcha Sutthanonkul
Supitcha Sutthanonkul a SEACHA Youth Alumni and graduate of World Heritage Studies master’s program at Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany. She is interested in World Heritage, holistic heritage conservation, industrial heritage, and forestry heritage. She is a full-time researcher at Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and is working on (World) Heritage-related projects in Thailand. 

Dr. Suwichan Phattanapraiwan
Suwichan (Chi) Phattanaphraiwan was born in the mountains of Chiang Mai, and is a renowned Pgaz k’Nyau (Karen) songwriter, singer, poet, author, activist, and Assistant Professor of Geo-Cultural Management at Srinakharinwirot University. In his work, Chi encourages local Pgaz K’ Nyau to strive for self-reliance, and to conserve natural resources by balancing utilization and sustainability. He is Vice President of the Foundation for Culture and Environment, Southeast Asian chapter (FCESA), co-founder of the Karen Community Eco Museum in Tak Province. co-founder of Asian Ethnic Creative Foundation, and involved in the Karen Network for Culture and the Environment.

Ms. Thepduangchan Bounthideth
Thepduangchan Bounthideth is a Ph.D candidate in resources management and development from Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. With a passion for intangible cultural heritage, she hopes to promote sustainability and culture awareness. She is a SEACHA Youth Alumni.

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