Chandanie Watawala, Executive Director
Chandanie Watawala is the Executive Director of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL). She has been involved in organizing several of ANFREL’s election observation missions as Mission Coordinator, and was the manager in charge of ANFREL’s Myanmar office from June 2015 to August 2016. She has been participating in i nternational election observation missions since 2007 and has observed 15 elections. Prior to her work in ANFREL, she has been with different organizations. She started her NGO activism in Sri Lanka as a National Human Rights Coordinator to Caritas Sri Lanka (SEDEC), a Program Associate for the Southeast Asia Program of Forum Asia, and as a Fund Raising Adviser at the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). She concurrently serves as a Steering Committee Member of Asian Democracy Network (ADN), an umbrella organization of various regional networks in Asia.
Mr. Pongsak Chanon, Senior Program Officer and Thailand Program Coordinator
Pongsak has been working in civil society for 24 years working on various issues such as women, children, and the youth. He was also a researcher on Human Rights issues He has been working with ANFREL since 2002 and has joined in more than 35 elections observation missions across Asia. Pongsak actively promotes democratic elections principles and has initiated a Democracy & Election watchdog group “We Watch Thailand” which engages the youth movement in Thailand.
Mr. Amaël Vier, Senior Program Officer for Capacity Building and International Election Observation
A graduate from the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble and the Faculty of Law of Aix-en-Provence (France), Amaël specializes in the analysis of electoral systems and legal frameworks for elections. Throughout his academic years, he had the opportunity to learn about elections up-close by working for a member of the French Parliament. He first joined ANFREL as an electoral analyst during the observation mission for the 2017 Cambodian commune elections and has since coordinated election observation efforts in Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan.
Ms. Sirirak Preedametawong, Finance Officer
Sirirak Preedametawong has been working with ANFREL since 2005. She is working as Financial office who work on the Organization's finances.She has worked on finances Elections in Afghanistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar and will work with the external Accountants and Auditors as required.
Mr. John Reiner Antiquerra, Program Officer for Outreach and Communication
John Reiner Antiquerra is a Filipino who has worked as a multimedia journalist before joining ANFREL. He has worked with various television networks and independent media organizations covering labor rights, gender rights, digital rights, among others. He has also worked on press freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of information advocacies. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines.
Mr. Lee Chung Lun, Program Officer for Campaign and Advocacy
Lee Chung Lun is the program officer for campaign and advocacy at ANFREL. Before joining ANFREL, he was the program officer at the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) in Malaysia where he worked on electoral reform advocacy and election monitoring. He also worked for human rights at Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) as the coordinator in Penang. Chung Lun holds a bachelor's degree in applied statistics from Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Ms. Suneerat Sangthong, Administrative Officer
Ms. Suneerat Sangthong has worked with private corporations prior to joining a women’s rightz organization called Committee for Asian Women (CAW), which she worked with for 8 years as bookkeeper. Her involvement with democracy work started with her stint as the Finance and Administrative officer of Heroes of Democracy Foundation, an organization which supported democracy fighters in Thailand. Currently, she serves as the Asian Network for Free Elections’ Administrative Officer.
Mr. Ruangrit Pothiprom
Ruangrit graduated from Faculty of Politics and Governance, Mahasarakham University in Thailand. He is now in charged of Thai youth program, taking care of research and academic section. Prior to working with ANFREL, he used to work as a researcher for the Thailand Research Fund in Yasothon province.
Mr. Chutcharin Chaidee
Chutcharin received his Master’s Degree in Research for Local Development, Mahasarakham University. He had a long experience in working with research organisations and organising community learning program in Northeastern Region of Thailand. He is now in charged of networking activities for Thai youth program.
Ms. Kunnika Wongseesa
Kunnika is specialised in social research and is about to obtain her Master’s Degree from Thammasat University, Bangkok. Her interests in politics and social movement has brought her to work with ANFREL with Thai youth program. She is taking care of programatic admin and finance.
Mr. Omar Nunarnun
Omar Nunarnun is a young media coordinator who is also one of the founders of We Watch, a Thai youth election observation network. He has an academic backgroud in International Relations cultivated in Thammasat's faculty of Political Science.