Speakers

Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee

Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee,

Former Minister of Energy and Minister of Commerce of Thailand 

Dr. Narongchai, a Thai economist / technocrat, is known for his continuous involvement in the economic development of Thailand in many capacities, and in ASEAN and APEC affairs.

He had a number of appointments in the Thai Governments  including an Advisor...

Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee,

Former Minister of Energy and Minister of Commerce of Thailand 

Dr. Narongchai, a Thai economist / technocrat, is known for his continuous involvement in the economic development of Thailand in many capacities, and in ASEAN and APEC affairs.

He had a number of appointments in the Thai Governments  including an Advisor to several Thai Prime Ministers, a former Minister of Energy and  Minister of Commerce, a Senator,  and a member of the National Legislative Assembly.

He has worked on ASEAN and APEC affairs all along, being an initiator of AFTA and the APEC Leaders Meeting.  He has also served as the Chairman of Steering Committee and Vice Chairman of the Council of Mekong Institute.

In the private sector, Dr. Narongchai is on the Board of several publicly listed companies including MFC Asset Management Plc.,  Ananda Property Development Plc. and the Brooker Group.

In January 2016, he was re-appointed to be an Independent Non-executive Director of AIA Group Limited, Hong Kong.

Dr.Narongchai served as a member of the Board of many Thai public institutions including the National Economic and Social Development Board, Board of Investment, Bank of Thailand, Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand and the Insurance Commission.  He was also a Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of Thailand.

Having graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, Dr.Narongchai has a keen interest in education and research. He is the founding member of Thailand Development Research Institute,  and is Chairman of Khon Kaen University Council.

Datuk M. Supperamaniam

Datuk M. Supperamaniam,

Former Malaysian Ambassador to the WTO

Datuk M. Supperamaniam joined the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1970 and served the Ministry of International Trade and Industry for a period of 34 years in various capacities including Senior Trade Commissioner of Malaysia to Hong Kong and China, Director,...

Datuk M. Supperamaniam,

Former Malaysian Ambassador to the WTO

Datuk M. Supperamaniam joined the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1970 and served the Ministry of International Trade and Industry for a period of 34 years in various capacities including Senior Trade Commissioner of Malaysia to Hong Kong and China, Director, Department of International Trade, Deputy Secretary-General (Trade] and Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the World Trade Organization. During the tenure of service; he was mainly charged with responsibilities and functions relating to the development of national trade policy and export development strategy. He represented Malaysia at various bilateral, regional international conferences which included his participation in various senior official meetings as well as in Ministerial conferences of ASEAN, APEC, UNCTAD and UNESCAP. He was assigned a key role in representing Malaysia in various negotiations at GATT/WTO/UNCTAD. APEC ASEAN as well at the bilateral level. Since his official retirement from Government he is now actively engaged as a resource person/consultant to many workshops, and conferences organized by UN Agencies, regional and international organizations and think tanks.

Currently he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia and Adjunct Professor at the International Islamic University Malaysia and the Management and Science University Malaysia. Currently he serves as a member of the International Advisory Board & Fellow of the International Academy of the Belt & Road Initiative based in Hong Kong. He is also a Board Member of a couple of public listed companies in Malaysia.

Session I: Dynamics of Geopolitics and Geo-Economics: Past, Present and Future

Ms. Holly A. Miles

Ms. Holly A. Miles

Pickering Fellow, Econ Section

U.S. Embassy, Thailand 

Ms. Holly A. Miles is a Pickering Fellow in the Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy, Bangkok.  She covers environment, science, technology, and health issues, along with topics relating to trade and investment.  She has also worked at the U.S. State Department in...

Ms. Holly A. Miles

Pickering Fellow, Econ Section

U.S. Embassy, Thailand 

Ms. Holly A. Miles is a Pickering Fellow in the Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy, Bangkok.  She covers environment, science, technology, and health issues, along with topics relating to trade and investment.  She has also worked at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Conservation and Water, under the Bureau for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.  Holly recently graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, in Monterey, California, with a degree in International Environmental Policy and a focus on Natural Resource Management.  

Prof. Dr. Hikari Ishido

Prof. Dr. Hikari Ishido,

Professor of International Economics, Chiba University

Hikari Ishido, Ph.D. in Economics is Professor of International Economics and Director of the APEC Study Center at the Faculty of Law and Economics, Chiba University. He was born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, in 1969, and graduated from the Faculty of Engineering...

Prof. Dr. Hikari Ishido,

Professor of International Economics, Chiba University

Hikari Ishido, Ph.D. in Economics is Professor of International Economics and Director of the APEC Study Center at the Faculty of Law and Economics, Chiba University. He was born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, in 1969, and graduated from the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo (with BA and BSc) and the Department of Economics, the University of London (with MSc and PhD). He formerly served as Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) within Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

In the context of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), he often represents the country of Japan as an expert on formulating the Asia Pacific region’s trade and investment regime. He has given lectures at various international organizations including the United Nations, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). He has published various journal articles as well as book chapters centering on the theory and empirics of international trade and investment.

He serves as Secretariat of the research network among Japanese scholars, APEC Study Center Japan (ASCJ) (http://ascj.web.fc2.com/).

Assoc. Prof. Xiong Bin

Assoc. Prof. Xiong Bin,

Faculty of Management and Economics, Kunming University of Science and Technology

Ms. Xiong Bin is currently the Director of HUST-KUST ASEAN Study Center and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Management and Economics at Kunming University of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China. Her specialization...

Assoc. Prof. Xiong Bin,

Faculty of Management and Economics, Kunming University of Science and Technology

Ms. Xiong Bin is currently the Director of HUST-KUST ASEAN Study Center and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Management and Economics at Kunming University of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China. Her specialization focuses on regional economic development and international economics. She has accomplished her Master’s degree in International Business and Managerial Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and is in the process of accomplishing her Ph.D. in World Economics at Yunnan University, Kunming, P.R. China.

 

Ms. Xiong has accomplished numerous research projects that emphasize regional collaboration between various stakeholders particularly highlighting countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. She also focused on agricultural trade, poverty reduction, and inclusive growth and development for her research work. Her most recent publications underline trade competitiveness and investment analysis. She published the book entitled “The Research on the Promotion of the Economic Cooperation between Yunnan and the GMS countries.” In 2010, she won the HongYun Prize for the Excellent Teachers award at Kunming University of Science and Technology. 

Dr. Prabir De

Dr. Prabir De

ASEAN-India Centre (AIC)

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India

Dr. Prabir De is a Professor at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi. He is also the Coordinator of ASEAN-India Centre (AIC). Dr. De works in the field of international economics and...

Dr. Prabir De

ASEAN-India Centre (AIC)

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India

Dr. Prabir De is a Professor at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi. He is also the Coordinator of ASEAN-India Centre (AIC). Dr. De works in the field of international economics and has research interests in international trade and development. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO), Chiba; Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo; and visiting Senior Fellow of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok. He has been conducting policy research for the Government of India and several international organizations.

Dr. De has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He has contributed several research papers in international journals and written books on trade and development. His recent publication includes “Myanmar’s Integration with the World: Challenges and Policy Options” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). He is also the Editor of South Asia Economic Journal, published by Sage.

Dr. Soraphol Tulayasathien

Dr. Soraphol Tulayasathien

Executive Director, Macroeconomic Policy Bureau, Fiscal Policy Office,

Ministry of Finance, Thailand

Dr. Soraphol Tulayasathien is an expert in macroeconomics, public finance, and financial risk management. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan; M.S. in Engineering from Stanford...

Dr. Soraphol Tulayasathien

Executive Director, Macroeconomic Policy Bureau, Fiscal Policy Office,

Ministry of Finance, Thailand

Dr. Soraphol Tulayasathien is an expert in macroeconomics, public finance, and financial risk management. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan; M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University; B.S. in Engineering and B.S. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania; and LL.B. from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. He also received Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager certificates from USA.

Dr. Soraphol has an extensive experience in public, private, and academic sectors. He was a treasury strategist at Siam Commercial Bank and a director of the Agriculture Futures Exchange of Thailand. He was selected to enroll in the Public Sector Executive Development Program at the Prime Minister’s Office before joining the Ministry of Commerce as a trade negotiator.

Dr. Soraphol is currently the Executive Director at Macroeconomic Policy Bureau, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance and an advisor at the National Credit Bureau. He also teaches part-time at Thammasat University and NIDA Business School.

In addition to various researches and newspaper articles, Dr. Soraphol contributed to a textbook on public economics, wrote a pocket book on tax, and translated a book on behavioral economics.

MODERATOR: Dr. Watcharas Leelawath

Dr. Watcharas Leelawath

Executive Director of Mekong Institute

Currently, Dr. Watcharas Leelawath is the Executive Director of Mekong Institute (MI). Prior to joining MI, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) in-charge of planning, supervising and conducting research projects, training...

Dr. Watcharas Leelawath

Executive Director of Mekong Institute

Currently, Dr. Watcharas Leelawath is the Executive Director of Mekong Institute (MI). Prior to joining MI, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) in-charge of planning, supervising and conducting research projects, training programs and various capacity building activities.

Dr. Leelawath is a trade economist with a strong interest in trade and development cooperation issues under GMS and ASEAN frameworks. He worked as Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota, Morris, USA where he taught International Economics and Mathematics for Economists. He has extensive research experience in the fields Economic Integration as well as International Migration. He has written several papers for presentation in local and international conferences, has published several articles on trade-related topics and has co-authored a book entitled “Economics and Trade in Goods: An Introduction.” He provided his expertise in a number of capacity building activities organized by ITD, ADB, UNESCAP, WTO and Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).

Dr. Leelawath earned his undergraduate degree from Chulalongkorn University and his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas, USA.

Session II: Re-assessing Impacts on Development Cooperation in the GMS

Mr. Min Zar Ni Lin

Mr. Min Zar Ni Lin,

Senior Technical and Policy Analyst, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar

Mr. Min Zar Niis an economics graduate from Chiang Mai University in Thailand and currently working as a Senior Technical and Policy Analyst at the Center for Economic and Social Development, a think tank led by renowned Myanmar...

Mr. Min Zar Ni Lin,

Senior Technical and Policy Analyst, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar

Mr. Min Zar Niis an economics graduate from Chiang Mai University in Thailand and currently working as a Senior Technical and Policy Analyst at the Center for Economic and Social Development, a think tank led by renowned Myanmar economist Dr. U Myint. He is also a member of Mandalay Regional Government's Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development working group. He had worked as a Deputy National Coordinator at the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI) National Coordination Office, to facilitate a collaborative process with government, private sector and civil society to promote transparency and accountability in the extractive sector of Myanmar. He has been involved on the EITI implementation process in Myanmar since the earlier stage.

His research interest is in the area of SMEs, labour migration and remittance, revenue transparency, public finance management and natural resource governance.

Mr. Zach Center

Mr. Zach Center

Country Manager, PACT, Cambodia

Zach Center has been the Country Manager for Pact in Cambodia since August 2015, where he oversees a portfolio of projects focusing on systems strengthening for improved governance, livelihoods and natural resource management outcomes. In his role, Zach also oversees elements of the regional...

Mr. Zach Center

Country Manager, PACT, Cambodia

Zach Center has been the Country Manager for Pact in Cambodia since August 2015, where he oversees a portfolio of projects focusing on systems strengthening for improved governance, livelihoods and natural resource management outcomes. In his role, Zach also oversees elements of the regional Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership project, funded by the US Department of State, which aims to improve coordination of capacity development initiatives in support of sustainable infrastructure development across the Lower Mekong Sub-region. Previous to his work in Cambodia, Zach was based in Washington, DC where he worked with multiple NGOs focusing primarily on issues around access to finance and civil society strengthening in developing countries.

Zach has more than nine years of experience working in the international development space, and spent more than three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad, Mozambique and Liberia. Zach has an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.

Dr. Kensuke Yamaguchi

Dr. Kensuke Yamaguchi

Project Assistant Professor 

Policy Research Unit Global Energy Policy and East Asia, 

Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), Tokyo  

Mr. Kensuke Yamaguchi is an Assistant Professor in Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) at the University of Tokyo. Before joining PARI, he had been  a visiting researcher...

Dr. Kensuke Yamaguchi

Project Assistant Professor 

Policy Research Unit Global Energy Policy and East Asia, 

Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), Tokyo  

Mr. Kensuke Yamaguchi is an Assistant Professor in Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) at the University of Tokyo. Before joining PARI, he had been  a visiting researcher at the Energy Research Institute (ERI) at Chualalongkorn University for three years, where he managed a joint research project between ERI and PARI. He has also been involved with energy policy training and advice for Myanmar government officials. His work mostly focuses on the political economy of energy resources in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

Dr. Edgard R. Rodriguez

Dr. Edgard R. Rodriguez,

Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Center (IDRC)

Dr. Edgard Rodriguez is the lead officer for the Myanmar Initiative at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian government agency that funds research in developing countries.  He is an expert on small-enterprise...

Dr. Edgard R. Rodriguez,

Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Center (IDRC)

Dr. Edgard Rodriguez is the lead officer for the Myanmar Initiative at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian government agency that funds research in developing countries.  He is an expert on small-enterprise development and labour markets in Asian and Latin American economies. Before joining IDRC, Rodriguez worked for multilateral development organizations and the Canadian public service. He evaluated small-enterprise development programs in Asia and Latin America for the World Bank in Washington, DC, and worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on lending and technical assistance for business development in the Philippines and Indonesia. Rodriguez also worked on local economic development with the Canadian International Development Agency, and undertook research on inequality, productivity, and investment in Canada at the Department of Finance in Ottawa. He regularly lectures on evaluation and economic development in local universities. Rodriguez holds a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto with specialization in economic development and labour economics.

Mr. Kunzang N Tshering

Mr. Kunzang N Tshering

Director (Bhutan)

Bay of Bengal Initative for Multi-Sectoral, Technical & Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr. Tshering joined the Royal Bhutan Civil Service in 1983 and rendered 33 years of continuous service to the Government and people of Bhutan as of today. He joined as one the Directors...

Mr. Kunzang N Tshering

Director (Bhutan)

Bay of Bengal Initative for Multi-Sectoral, Technical & Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr. Tshering joined the Royal Bhutan Civil Service in 1983 and rendered 33 years of continuous service to the Government and people of Bhutan as of today. He joined as one the Directors in the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka, Bangladesh in March 2016.

Prior to this, he served in various capacities in the Royal Government of Bhutan, including 17 years in the Royal Civil Service Commission, the Central Personnel Authority in Bhutan and 11 years with the Local Governance. He was the Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan, prior to his posting to the BIMSTEC.  

During his tenure as the Chief of Protocol, he coordinated and accompanied the head of State and Government to a number State and Official Visits abroad.

Beside his long and dedicated service to his nation, Mr. Tshering had hands-on experience in working with UN Systems as an intern at the United Nation's headquarters in New York and Geneva respectively in 1989. Over the span of 33 years of his active service, he received a number of trainings both locally and abroad and had been a part of the Government delegation to various national and international seminars, conferences, and Summits, including Non-Alignment, SAARC and BIMSTEC Summits and the United Nations General Assembly. 

Recently, Mr. Tshering attended a seminar in the National Government Administration in Japan, Labor and Employment Statistics in Washington D.C, the Executive Seminar on Strategic Planning and Information Management at the US National Defense Academy, Washington and the Seminar on the Regional Security Cooperation at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), Honolulu in the US Island State of Hawaii.

Mr. Tshering has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from India and Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from the United Kingdom.  He is a recipient of the Coronation Silver Medal (2008), Bhutan Civil Service Silver Medal (2013) and the Civil Service Gold Medal (2014).

He enjoys any sporting events, hiking, and visits to field and heritage sites.

He is married and a happy father of three children, with no restrictions on diet.

 

 

MODERATOR: Ms. Maria Theresa S. Medialdia

Ms. Maria Theresa S. Medialdia

Director of the Agricultural Development and Commercialization Department, Mekong Institute

Ms. Maria Theresa S. Medialdia is the Director of the Agricultural Development and Commercialization Department. She joined the Institute with more than 20 years of experience in development work, research, project...

Ms. Maria Theresa S. Medialdia

Director of the Agricultural Development and Commercialization Department, Mekong Institute

Ms. Maria Theresa S. Medialdia is the Director of the Agricultural Development and Commercialization Department. She joined the Institute with more than 20 years of experience in development work, research, project management, training, and teaching in various disciplines including supply chains and marketing, industrial organization, farming systems/sustainable agriculture, community development, impact assessment, project monitoring and evaluation, and socio-economics.  

Prior to joining Mekong Institute, she worked as University Researcher and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the University of the Philippines Los Banos and was on secondment to the International Rice Research Institute and the Philippines Department of Agriculture in some years. She has worked in the US, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines as researcher, trainer, facilitator, technical adviser, and consultant with various international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization, German Agency for International Cooperation, the European Commission, Canadas International Development Research Center, and the World Bank.

She obtained her BS degree in Agribusiness from University of the Philippines Los Banos, MS degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Kentucky, USA, and post-graduate diploma in Executive Program in Management from Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands.

Session III: Re-adjusting Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Strategies for the GMS

Dr. Zaw Oo

Dr. Zaw Oo,

Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar

Zaw Oo is Executive Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Development, an independent think-tank dedicated to inclusive development in Myanmar.  Previously, he was Presidential Economic Advisor from 2012-2016, representing the principal on several...

Dr. Zaw Oo,

Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar

Zaw Oo is Executive Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Development, an independent think-tank dedicated to inclusive development in Myanmar.  Previously, he was Presidential Economic Advisor from 2012-2016, representing the principal on several inter-ministerial committees on fiscal and monetary reforms, SME development, land and resource governance, public administration and labor market reforms, and disaster risk management. In 2012, Zaw Oo contributed to the Framework of Economic and Social Reform, a strategic policy framework that guided reforms in Myanmar.

 

In his capacity as Chairman of Mobile Operator Selection Committee from 2015-16, he championed liberalization of ICT sector and encouraged inclusion through technology.  On the international front, he was National Coordinator for Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) until recently and successfully led Myanmar’s membership to international association in 2014.   He also served as chief negotiator for Paris Club agreement in January 2013, which led to historic decision of donor countries in cancelling 60% of Myanmar’s debt. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and American University in development, finance and banking, and political economy.

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon,

Director General, Trade, Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO), Thailand

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon is the Director-General of Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO) at the Ministry of Commerce, Thailand.  She is also the Spokesperson of the Ministry.  TPSO is a Department-level office at the Ministry of Commerce that was...

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon,

Director General, Trade, Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO), Thailand

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon is the Director-General of Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO) at the Ministry of Commerce, Thailand.  She is also the Spokesperson of the Ministry.  TPSO is a Department-level office at the Ministry of Commerce that was established in  2015  and  is  responsible  for  charting  the  country's  trade  policy  direction  - both internally  and  internationally  - as  well  as  devising  appropriate  trade  strategy, overseeing  trade  data  analysis,  trade  index  and  indicators  and  coordinating implementation  steps  and  steering  the  various  Departments  towards  the  Ministry's common policy goals.

Prior to this, Ms. Pimchanok was Minister (Commercial) and Head of Office of Commercial Affairs  at  the  Royal  Thai  Embassy  to  Belgium  and  Luxembourg  and  Mission  of Thailand to the European Union.  She began her career at Ministry of Commerce in 1990  and  has  been  covering  a  broad  range  of  issues  from  textile  negotiations, commodity  trade  (tapioca),  trade  and  environment  and  labour,  trade  in  services, investment, e-commerce, trade in goods, dispute settlement to climate change.  Her specialized  areas  are  services,  investment,  trade  and  environment  and  Thailand international trade policy.  Her negotiations experiences span from multilateral level (WTO), regional level (ASEAN and APEC) to bilateral level (FTA).

While posted as Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the World Trade Organisation  during  1999-2003  in  Geneva,  Pimchanok chaired  the  Committee  on Specific Commitments under the Council for Trade in Services at the WTO (2001/02).  After her return to the capital, she served as Lead Negotiator for Thailand on services in numerous FTA negotiations such as EFTA and Australia-New Zealand.  She was Deputy  Lead  Negotiator  for  Services  and  Investment  in  the  Thai-US  and  Japan- Thailand  FTA  negotiations  and  was  one  of  the  Lead  Negotiators  on  Trade  and Sustainable Development for the Thai-EU FTA negotiations.

Ms. Pimchanok  received  her  B.C.A  (Bachelor  of  Commerce  and  Administration)  from Victoria  University  of  Wellington  in  New  Zealand  under  scholarship  from  the  New Zealand government and obtained her M.A. on Public Policy from Graduate Institute of  Policy  Studies  in  Japan  under  the  Monbusho  Scholarship  from  the  Japanese Government.  She attended training courses on Trade Policy at the WTO and Good Governance in Managing Public Policy at L’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (l’ENA) in France under scholarship from the WTO and the ADB, respectively. In 2011, she attended  an  executive  education  course  at  the  Harvard  Kennedy  School  of Government on Global Change for the 21st Century.

Her  published  works  include  Trade  Policy  in  Thailand  :  Pursuing  a  Dual  Track Approach (with  Pawin  Talerngsri)  in  ASEAN  Economic  Bulletin (2005),  Services Negotiations  at  the  WTO (2008)  and  Improving  Public  Participation  Process  on International Trade Negotiations (2008).ticipation  Process  on International Trade Negotiations (2008). 

Mr. Viengsavang Thipphavong

Mr. Viengsavang Thippavong,

Deputy Director-General, Economic Research Institute for Industry and Trade (ERIIT), Lao PDR

Mr. Viengsavang Thippavong worked at the Economic Research Institute for Industry and Trade (ERIIT), Ministry of Industry and Commerce Lao PDR, for more than 10 years. As the Deputy Director General, he is currently...

Mr. Viengsavang Thippavong,

Deputy Director-General, Economic Research Institute for Industry and Trade (ERIIT), Lao PDR

Mr. Viengsavang Thippavong worked at the Economic Research Institute for Industry and Trade (ERIIT), Ministry of Industry and Commerce Lao PDR, for more than 10 years. As the Deputy Director General, he is currently supervising two divisions: Trade Policy and Industrial Policy Research Divisions. The two divisions are an integral part of the Institute on trade and industry policy research and economic research related to trade and industry issues.

He received his Bachelor of International Trade from National Economic University in Vietnam and his Master of Development Economics (Advanced) from Queensland University, Australia. Mr. Thipphavong also completed the advanced course on Training of Trainer on International Trade and Competitiveness, which was organized by Estey Centre in Lao PDR.

Mr. Thipphavong completed more than 12 research papers on trade policy and economic related to trade and industry, four of which have been done in english. His recent research works are on AID-FOR-TRADE in a New Challenge of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, The Impact of Global Value Chain on Lao PDR's SME Development, and Cross-Border Impact of Thai SEZs on Lao SEZs and Collaboration in the Midst of Regional Integration.

Dr. Piyaporn Aeimtitiwat

Dr. Piyaporn Aeimtitiwat

Deputy Executive Director of International Institute For Trade and Development (ITD)

Dr. Piyaporn Aeimtitiwat received her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from Bangkok University in a Collaborative Program with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.A. in 2006, an M.B.A. in Marketing from...

Dr. Piyaporn Aeimtitiwat

Deputy Executive Director of International Institute For Trade and Development (ITD)

Dr. Piyaporn Aeimtitiwat received her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from Bangkok University in a Collaborative Program with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.A. in 2006, an M.B.A. in Marketing from Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University, U.S.A. in 1985, and a B.A. in Cost Accounting from Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University in 1983.

She served as a Senior Policy and Plan Analyst of Department of Export Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce (Thailand), Marketing & Sales Manager of Siam Cement (Public) Co. Ltd. and Toshiba (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Chief of Analysis and Warning for SMEs in Production Sectors at the Office of SMEs Promotion under the Ministry of Industry (Thailand), Program Chair of M.B.A. in Logistics Management at Christian University of Thailand, and Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Policy and Strategy Office at the Thai Red Cross Society from 1986 to 2016.

She has also been a part-time lecturer and a guest speaker at Assumption University, Bangkok University, Christian University of Thailand, and Siam Cement (Public) Co. Ltd.

She is currently a Deputy Executive Director of the International Institute for Trade and Development under the Ministry of Education (Thailand). Her research interests cover the areas of strategic management, entrepreneurship, international and small business.

Mr. Marc Proksch

Mr. Marc Proksch,

Chief of Business and Development Section, Investment and Enterprise Development Section, UNESCAP

Mr. Marc Proksch has a Master Degrees from the Free University of Amsterdam in political science, international relations and of the London School of Economics in international political economy with specializations in foreign...

Mr. Marc Proksch,

Chief of Business and Development Section, Investment and Enterprise Development Section, UNESCAP

Mr. Marc Proksch has a Master Degrees from the Free University of Amsterdam in political science, international relations and of the London School of Economics in international political economy with specializations in foreign investment and international trade.  

After working in the private sector in the UK as a research analyst at a management consultancy, he joined the United Nations as a permanent staff member in 1990 working in the areas of industrial development, small and medium-sized enterprises, privatization and private sector development, industrial finance and promotion of foreign direct investment in the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok.  

From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Proksch worked in ESCAP’s Trade Policy Section of the Trade and Investment Division, with particular interest in the multilateral trading system and Doha Development Agenda, in particular agricultural trade, trade and investment and competition policy, intellectual property rights, as well as on regional and bilateral trade agreements and their relationship with the multilateral trading system.  

Mr. Proksch is currently Chief of the Business and Development Section in the Investment and Enterprise Development Section and manages the work of the Section in the areas of development of small and medium-sized enterprises, promotion and facilitation of investment for development and the promotion of responsible business practices.

Dr. Chuta Tharachai

Dr. Chuta Tharachai 

Senior Manager 

Domestic MICE Department of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Dr. Chuta Tharachai serves as the Senior Manager of the Domestic MICE Department of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). From 2009 to the present, she initiates the MICE cities project in major Thai cities...

Dr. Chuta Tharachai 

Senior Manager 

Domestic MICE Department of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Dr. Chuta Tharachai serves as the Senior Manager of the Domestic MICE Department of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). From 2009 to the present, she initiates the MICE cities project in major Thai cities including Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. At the same time, she works with public and private sector representatives in promoting and upgrading MICE cities to meet global standards. Prior to TCEB, Ms. Tharachai worked with the Tourism Authority of Thailand as Project Coordinator and Marketing Officer. Ms. Tharachai has a master’s degree in international political economy from Warwick University in United Kingdom and received her doctorate degree in economics in 2003 from Kyoto University in Japan.

Moderator: Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta

Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta   

Director of the Trade and Investment Facilitation Department, Mekong Institute

Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta is currently the Director of Trade & Investment Facilitation at Mekong Institute (MI). Prior to joining MI, he served as Research Director of Economic Institute of Cambodia (EIC) and Adviser of Cambodia India...

Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta   

Director of the Trade and Investment Facilitation Department, Mekong Institute

Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta is currently the Director of Trade & Investment Facilitation at Mekong Institute (MI). Prior to joining MI, he served as Research Director of Economic Institute of Cambodia (EIC) and Adviser of Cambodia India Entrepreneurship Development Institute (a bilateral project of Governments of India and Cambodia). Mr. Dutta has also been recently conferred as the Honorary Advisor to the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Cambodia through a royal degree by the Prime Minister and the King of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Mr. Dutta has over 20 years of experience in private sector development in South Asian and South East Asian countries. His key areas of interest are entrepreneurship, SME development and trade facilitation. He has designed and implemented several multilateral capacity development projects on SME and Trade Facilitation in the GMS including the ‘Private Sector Development in the East West Economic Corridor (EWEC)’ and ‘SME Competitiveness in Southern Economic Corridor’ (SEC) funded by Japan; Trade Facilitation Project in the North South Economic Corridor (NSEC)’ funded by China; ‘Integration of CLMV Economies into AEC’ funded by New Zealand, Certified Logistic Master Program funded by Republic of Korea among others.

He has also provided consultancy to various agencies - UNESCAP, ADB, World Bank, GIZ, UNDP, IFC, ILO, USAID, IFAD, OXFAM, World Vision, Chemonics International etc. on SME policy development, value chain, tourism, investment feasibility, green business, private sector innovations etc.

Mr. Dutta earned his Master Degree from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and an additional Master of Science in Regional Development Planning and Management from Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. He also holds an advanced diploma in regional development planning.