All the Mentors of the Wedu Walk 2013

Dr. Sirikorn Maneerin, former Deputy Minister of Education and Public Health

Dr. Maneerin currently holds the position of President of The Foundation of Learning and Development as well as the Thailand Knowledge Park. She is the president of the board of alternative education network. Dr. Maneerin is former Deputy Minister of Education and former Deputy Minister of Public Health, Royal Thai Government. She has also been instrumental in the founding of the Thailand Creative and Design Centre as well as the Thailand Knowledge Park.

Ms. Lyn Kok, CEO and President, Standard Chartered Bank (Thailand)

Ms. Kok joined Standard Chartered Group in the early 90s with background in economics and political science. With over 19 years with the Group, she has worked in a variety of top-level positions throughout the Asia Pacific region. She was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Standard Chartered Bank (Thai) in July 2010.


Ms. Roberta Clarke, Regional Director of UN Women for the Asia Pacific

Ms. Clarke is the first Regional Director of UN Women for the Asia Pacific and Representative in Thailand. By profession, she is an Attorney-at-Law educated at the University of the West Indies with Master’s degrees in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and Sociology from York University. Prior to her career at the United


Nations, she worked with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Between 1992 and 1999, she practiced as a lawyer in Trinidad and Tobago. Ms. Clarke has extensive experiences in civil society engagement and was associated with a number of international and national human rights organisations. She has written on violence against women in the Caribbean, human rights, law and development and has strong interest in the area of responses to the needs and rights of women and girls in a concentrated HIV epidemic and of national prevention strategies targeting populations at higher risks. She is married with four children.

Ms. Sinee Chakthranont, Director, Ashoka Thailand: Innovators for the Public

As Director of Ashoka Thailand since 1998, Ms. Chakthranont is supporting leading Thai social entrepreneurs in the launch stage, and facilitating group entrepreneurship through the Ashoka Fellowship program of over 3,000 Fellows worldwide. Ms. Chakthranont has been active in Thailand’s civic movement since the historic protests for democratic reforms in 1970s. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chulalongkorn University and a Masters of Education degree in International Development from Boston University. She has extensive experience with grassroots movements under difficult circumstances – with refugees, hill-tribe minorities, slum residents, women and children. Sinee’s in-depth understanding of cross-cutting social issues is matched by her strong ties with the Thai community of business entrepreneurs.


Ms. Napawong Snidvongs is director of ChangAi Children’s Project


Ms. Snidvongs is the Director of ChangAi Children’s Project, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by the family of her husband Joe Horn-Phathanothai that supports underprivileged children in southern Yunnan in China. ChangAi provides education and health grants for children, as well as microcredit and related training for their parents. Napawong is also director of a real estate development company based in Bangkok and an independentportfolio manager, having previously worked at Kasikorn Asset Management as equity analyst and fund manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and is a CFA charter holder.


Ms. Pimpan Disakul, Director of Knowledge and Learning Centre at Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage


The Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF) is a private non-profit organization established to improve the quality of life of the people in poverty and deprived of opportunities. The Foundation provides the people in the project area with education, proper infrastructure, and legitimate ways to earn their living, while fostering co-existence between man and nature. It also encourages the conservation of Lanna and tribal arts, traditions and cultures.


Ms. Kim Chongsatitwatana, Deputy Managing Director at Namneebooks Co. Ltd and Managing Director at Namneebooks Innovation Institute


In addition to her role as Deputy Managing Director at Namneebooks, Ms. Chongsatitwatana, also a Board member of the International Board on Books for Young People Foundation (Thailand Section), Board member and secretary at the Little Scientists House Thailand (under the patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation), Honorary advisor in learning, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. She is also a columnist, Prachachart newspaper & Krungthep Turakit newspaper. Kim holds an Executive MBA from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University and a Bachelor of Engineering, Industrial & Operation Engineering, University of Michigan.


Mr. Ariya Banomyong, Country Head, Google Thailand

Mr. Banonyong is the Country Head of Thailand overseeing Google’s sales and business development operations in Thailand. With 14 years of combined experience in telecommunications, software, management and marketing, Khun Ariya joins Google most recently from TRUE Corporation Plc., where he was Chief Commercial Officer of Convergence. He speaks four languages and holds two Master’s degrees in Mathematics & IT from the University of Marne-La-Vallée, France, and in Management from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.


Ms. Nuntawan Vichit-Vadakan, Former Dean, School of Global Studies at Thammasat University.


Ms. Vichit-Vadakan has been instrumental in establishing both the Faculty of Public Health and the School of Global Studies at Thammasat University and served as the founding dean for both institutions. Her research are in areas of air pollution and health, as well as, tobacco control have produced numerous publications and led to various national policy and intervention. She continues to serve as the lead negotiator for Thailand at the Conference of the Parties for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) which is the first international health treaty and chaired major committees at the Conference of the Parties. For her work related to WHO FCTC, she was awarded with WHO World No Tobacco Day Award for Southeast Asia Region in 2011.


Ms. Nasha Jungkankul, Founder, Kunna


Ms. Jungkankul is an entrepreneur, having founded Kunna, a health-conscious snack brand. She has leveraged on her knowledge gained from her family business in building materials. She has also opened the Thai Boxing School, “Legend Thai Boxing”, as the expanded business with health-related concept. Ms. Jungkankul is an active member and a Female Ambassador of The Thai Red Cross Society since 2006 until present. Prior to establishing her own businesses, she worked with Microsoft (Thailand) for a year and flew to Shanghai to learn more about China society and consumers behavior. She is a graduate from Political Science (International

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