Former Resident Handa Fellows

Former WSD-Handa Fellows:

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Sach (VT) is a research fellow at the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies (IFPSS), Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. He gained his bachelor degree in international relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 2010. After that, he joined the IFPSS and worked as a researcher until 2014. He participated in a number of research projects about Vietnam international integration and Vietnam foreign policy. In 2014, he was awarded the ADB development scholarship to do his master degree in public policy at the Australian National University. After his graduation, he returned to the IFPSS to resume his work and is working in the fields of Vietnam international integration and non- traditional security issues.


Mr. Andray Abrahamian (USA) is a WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum as well as an Adjunct Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute. He is Senior Advisor to Choson Exchange, a non-profit that trains North Koreans in economic policy and entrepreneurship. He was previously Executive Director there and has conducted research on Myanmar for Exera, a risk-management company. Andray publishes extensively and offers expert commentary on Korea and Myanmar, including for US News, Reuters, the New York Times, Washington Post, Lowy Interpreter and 38 North. He has written an upcoming book comparing Myanmar and North Korea. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Ulsan, South Korea.


Mr. Edward Schwarck (UK) was a 2016-2017 WSD Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum. From 2012-2016, he was Research Fellow in Asia Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defense and security think tank in the UK. Edward’s interests include regional security in the Asia-Pacific, Chinese foreign and security policy, and elite level politics. Edward lived for over three years in the People’s Republic of China, including one year in Xinjiang, and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently. He has published in academic journals – most recently on UK-China cooperation on non-combatant evacuation operations – and has delivered oral testimony to the UK Parliament on Britain’s Asia-Pacific security policy.


Mr. Fan Minghao (PRC) was graduated from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, majoring in International Accounting. During his junior year, he worked as an intern in Bertelsmann Foundation North America Office for two months, helping with its research on China and the organization of the 4th Annual Bertelsmann Foundation Financial Conference. After graduation, he spent three years working for three different companies, including Lenovo Co. Ltd.and two start-up companies related to internet industry, focusing on marketing and operational work. His current research interest is in the development of the internet industry in East Asia.