APMAA is Asia Pacific’s premier regional degree in human rights and democratisation offered by universities with particular expertise in human rights and democratisation.
Doctoral Student at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia
Mr. Parvez Pirzado is graduate of the first batch of Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (MHRD), Asia Pacific Program 2010-11 Batch and sitting President of the Asia-Pacific Masters Alumni Association (APMAA). He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. Parvez has more than 15 years’ experience of working on education and child rights projects in Pakistan.
ASEAN Advocacy Fellow, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Gianna Francesca M. Catolico completed her Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization from Mahidol University in Thailand, and has engaged with a number of NGOs in South Korea, Thailand, and Nepal. She is current Treasurer at the Asia-Pacific Masters Alumni Association (APMAA) and the ASEAN Advocacy Fellow of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). Gianna previously worked with the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services, the May 18 Memorial Foundation, and with the online arm of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Mr. Nir Lama is a graduate from the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (MHRD), Asia Pacific Program 2017-18 Batch and one of the current Executive Committee members of APMAA. He is currently working as a freelance researcher. He has worked for almost a decade in Nepal, leading documentation of serious violations of human rights committed during Nepal’s armed conflict and monitoring of the various elections.
Director of Research and Advocacy, The Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center
Ms. Mariah Grant graduated with the first cohort of the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (MHRD), Asia Pacific Program 2010-11. Mariah organized the first General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Masters Alumni Association and served on the first Executive Council (2015-2017); she is the current APMAA General Secretary (2019-2021). She works as the Director of Research and Advocacy for the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. Mariah has more than 7 years’ experience working on human rights issues impacting sex workers and migrants throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
News & History
New Cohort for 2021
The alumni welcome new cohort of APMA at Mahidol University in September 2021.
Second Issue of 2021 Newsletter Published
The second issue of 2021 newsletter published in September 2021.
10th Anniversary Celebration
The 10th anniversary celebrated at the University of Sydney in July 2020.
2021 General Assembly
The General Assembly conducted on 26 September 2021.