Who we are

Michelle Bonnici is the Institute Director. Michelle has extensive senior and executive management experience in government in Australia.  

Kristen Wylder is LAI’s HRD Program Advisor. Kristen has a background in Human Resources and Organisational Development with over 10 years’ experience in government, private sector and higher education in the Asia-Pacific region.

Siphone Phamavanh is our Australia Awards alumni holding a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Melbourne and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Monash University. 


Chanthala Vongxaysana (Pui),  a New Zealand Scholarship Alumni, is a Human Resource Associate responsible for alumni engagement activities. 

Sianong Phomkong is a Fulbright Fellow. In 2000, she graduated from the University of South Carolina, USA, home of the Fighting Gamecocks, with a Master Degree in International Relations. Nearly a decade earlier she had been an honors student at the Varonezh State Pedagogical Institute in former Soviet Union, where she received her first Master Degree in Russian Language and Literature. 


Anouvone Thammavong (Teva) is an Australia Awards alumnus who received her Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources) from Canberra Institute of Technology in 2017.


Hormdorkhuk Xaisomphaeng is the LANS Support Officer for the National University of Laos in Vientiane. 

Ta Vongpiasa is the LANS Support Officer for Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang Province. 

Namchaythip Souvannavong (Judy) is LAI’s PR Manager. She is a communication specialist and creative designer with more than 10 years experience across communication for community development and social marketing for international organisations, NGOs and private companies.


Soudaphone Sayasone (Mock) is our Australia Awards alumna holding a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Western Australia.

Thavivone Soukaloun is the Finance and Administration Manager. She holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Chiang Mai University and finished a masters degree in Finance at Lattana College.