NELLSEN YOUNG - PRESIDENT
Mr. Nellsen Young is the Founder and President of ASEAN People’s Association (ASEAN PAC) – Los Angeles. Nellsen strives to bring the finest identity of ASEAN across the United States and has been devoting his time to initiate the first cultural based ASEAN center in the Los Angeles. Using his deep understanding of Southeast Asia and his widespread language skills, he has forged stable relations with ASEAN communities, Consul Generals and Ambassadors of each ASEAN member state in California and Washington D.C. In addition to that, Nellsen constantly interacts with the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, American politicians, and major ASEAN and Chinese media outlets in California.
Nellsen has an extensive marketing and community outreach background. He worked for the largest Chinese media network in California. In January 2015, Nellsen founded Inspire NUSA, Inc., which ventures into event planning, entertainment, education and vacation planning. In May 2015, he spearheaded a live concert in Los Angeles for Malaysia’s “Queen of Jazz”, Dato’ Sheila Majid and the first ASEAN Fest in June 2016 that celebrated the vast and unique culture and arts of each ASEAN member state. Endorsed and supported by the ASEAN Secretariat and all Consulate Generals of the 10 ASEAN member states, ASEAN Fest 2016 was the first of its kind to be ever held in the United States. Nellsen also served in the United States Army Reserve from 2010 until 2014.
Nellsen everlasting passion to maximize ASEAN’s potential has led him to go above and beyond. 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN’s establishment, therefore he is organizing a Golden Celebration Gala Ball this September in Los Angeles, paving the way to great prosperity of the dynamic ASEAN community while working with the motto of "ASEAN: One Vision, One Identity, One Community."
AUNG M. NAING - VICE PRESIDENT
Aung M. Naing is President and Co-founder of the Network of Myanmar American Association (NetMAA) founded in 2006 with a new vision for the Myanmar Americans community to promote education, social issues, and arts and culture in the United States. Under Aung’s strategic thinking and visionary approach focusing on enhancing leadership and skills in the community, NetMAA has been able to provide 5 to 7 community outreach programs throughout the year. In 2008, Aung was appointed to the first historic Burmese Complete Count Committee (BCCC) partnership with the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, and he served as Chair from 2008 to 2010. Aung also served on the Myanmar/Burmese Arts Council at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena for three years. He was a member of the Asian and Pacific Island American Heritage Month Committee at the City of Los Angeles from 2012-2014.
Aung’s most significant achievement for the community was working two years tirelessly coordinating with the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar and the U.S. States Department in Washington D.C, to open the first ever Myanmar Consulate General office in Los Angeles which was opened on May 2, 2015, thereby establishing a new era of diplomatic relationship in Los Angeles since the establishment of diplomacy between the two countries in 1947. Aung Naing was awarded a “2009 Annual Southeast Asia Heritage” by the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California.
Aung Naing is an engineer by profession. Aung graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Civil Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He brings over 19 years of state and local governmental experience in engineering, transportation planning, operations, and administrative management.