Phar Kim Beng, is the founder of Echo Strategic Insight. His doctoral thesis revolves on the institutional design of ASEAN Regional Forum, with a focus on Track I and II Diplomacy and South China Sea, at University of Helsinki, Finland. He was a former Japan Foundation scholar at Waseda University, and is a fellow at Meiji University.
He was the former Head Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, specializing in Modern World Economy, International Relations, Modern China and Cultural Revolution. He has an MPhil from University of Cambridge, and MA in International Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame.