Positions Held

  • Charles Santiago is Director of Monitoring Sustainability of Globalization (MSN), a Malaysian based NGO think-tank.
  • Charles is a coordinator of a Malaysian based NGO, Group of Concerned Citizens, a minority based group working towards minority democratic participation and empowerment of the poor.
  • Charles Santiago worked as the Coordinator, Stamford Center of Economic and Social Research; and Senior Lecturer at the School of Economics, Finance and Accounting, Stamford College, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
  • Internationally, he has served as Expert Consultant for the European Commission, Brussels.
  • He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Waldorf College, Iowa, USA and has worked as a Consultant at Economic Consulting Services in New York.
  • He has been involved in working visits, fact finding missions and lobby tours to the United States, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.
  • In 2003, he was involved in consultations with members of the European Parliament on the Asia-Latin America (ALA) regulations on Development Cooperation.
  • Charles Santiago is an economist, trained at the New School for Social Research, NYC, USA.

Interests and Activities

Currently his areas of interests and research include Free Trade Agreements, including Asia-Europe trade and security issues; the General Agreement on Trade in Services and its impact on developing nations; bi-lateral and regional trade agreements, water privatization and developing a Bill of Rights vis-à-vis social safety protection.

Most recently, he was involved in formulating the ASEAN Social Charter together with national, regional, global trade unions, think-tanks and civil society in the South East Asian region.

At present, MSN is coordinating a research paper on Malayisa-US FTA, EU-ASEAN FTA and migrant labor in the Asia-Pacific region. Furthermore, MSN is coordinating a regional water privatization research project involving four countries, namely the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.