Dr. Lynn Thiesmeyer specializes in Upper Mekong regional development. She is Professor Emerita of Environmental Information at Keio University, where she was Professor since 1995. She has worked as an advisor and co-researcher with the Asia-Pacific Economic Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank Gateway for Gender and Development, and the Mekong Institute. She has also lectured for the United Nations Global Seminars in Japan and the Graduate Program of Health Social Sciences at Mahidol University. Her publications include Informal and Illegal Movement in the Upper Greater Mekong Subregion (IRASEC, 2010). She received the Career Award for Socio-economic impacts of Regional Development Projects in Southeast Asia.