Our Professors

MAIR Faculty Webster University Thailand Campus

jbJason Briggs

Mr. Jason Briggs graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Iowa and Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law. Mr. Briggs also holds a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University School of Law.

After serving as a Senior Legislative Assistant in the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, Mr. Briggs worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling. In addition, Mr. Briggs was the Regional Legal Coordinator for a United Nations Development Programme project in Bangkok, Thailand, focused on combating human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

Before joining Webster University Thailand, Mr. Briggs was an International Justice Advisor for the United States Department of State – Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Justice Sector Support Program in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Mr. Briggs served as a Community-Based Development Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.

scSandro Calvani

Sandro Calvani is a former senior United Nations diplomat with 25 years  experience  leading UN field missions in four continents, with a special focus on the rule of law and people participation as a tool to build sustainable development. 

During his 34-year career as an International civil servant, he led some of the largest multilateral humanitarian relief operations during famine crisis in Africa as well as international complex rural development programs  in Latin America and in South-East Asia. His last UN assignment was as Director of the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).  He also served as Director of the ASEAN Center of Excellence on UN Millennium Development Goals at the Asian Institute of Technology  and was a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Poverty, and Chairman of other Councils.

An alumnus and former Assistant Professor at the University of Genoa  (Italy), Dr. Calvani has published 20 books and 600 articles on sustainable development issues. He speaks English, Spanish, French and his mother language, Italian. At the Thailand Campus, he has taught Humanitarian Issues in International Politics, and Politics of Development.

somDr. Manoug Somakian

Dr. Manoug Joseph Somakian is a graduate from the University of London (SSEES, LSE). In his capacity as diplomat, he has participated in numerous Council of Europe meetings and those of the UN General Assembly, thereby bringing to Webster his practical experience in multilateral diplomacy. 

Dr. Somakian has also been member of delegation participating in Heads of State and Government meetings as well as in high level ministerial meetings/conferences. In addition, he is well versed in the workings of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.

Dr. Somakian’s research encompasses extensive report writing/analysis on issues relating to human rights, as well as of geopolitical nature. His research work at the University of Strasburg, France examined international human rights law with respect to issues relating to refugees and IDPs.