Kai Ostwald is the Director of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. He is also Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and the Department of Political Science. His work focuses broadly on politics and development in Southeast Asia, and has been published in leading disciplinary and area studies journals. Kai has also been involved in policy and development work for a range of organizations including the World Bank and the International Development Research Centre. He holds additional research appointments at ISEAS in Singapore and the Penang Institute in Malaysia, and was previously VP of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies.