Phar Kim Beng is a Malaysian, and a former Head Teaching Fellow of Harvard University in politics, history and economics. He holds the distinction of having published in Harvard Asia Quarterly and Harvard International Review, as well as various regional publications in East Asia, namely South China Morning Post, The Straits Times Singapore, the Edge Malaysia, and Asia Times. He has founded Echo Strategic Insight in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with the attempt to assist other students in getting admitted into Ivy League universities. He has been a former Cambridge Commonwealth Fellow, a visiting scholar at Waseda University Japan and a Senior Research Associate at University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong too. His field of expertise revolves on Asian track two diplomacy and institutional flexibility of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).