THAM Siew Yean is a Senior Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore and Adjunct Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She was formerly Director and Professor at Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has served as a consultant to national agencies in Malaysia (Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and Ministry of Higher Education); and international agencies, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Development Bank Institute. Her research interests and publications are in foreign direct investment, international trade in goods and services and trade policies, as well as industrial development in Malaysia and ASEAN. In services trade, her focus is on higher education and trade agreements. Her recent publications include among others, “Moving the AEC Beyong 2015: Managing Domestic Consensus for Community-Building”, (coedited with Sanchita Basu Das), Singapore: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 2016; and “Institutionalization of economic cooperation in East Asia” Chapter 3 in Institutionalizing East Asia (edited by Alice D. Ba, Cheng-Chwee Kuik, and Sueo Sudo), (co-authored with Sueo Sudo), Abingdon, Routledge, 2016. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Rochester, USA.