Structure

Governance Structure

MI operates under the MI Charter which came into force when it was signed by the six governments of the GMS in 2003. It states that the institute operates as an autonomous institution under the governance of the Council and Steering Committee. 

The Council is the supreme decision-making body of the institute and its functions are to approve the strategic plan and budget and consider the recommendations submitted by the Steering Committee. This year, 2017, the Chairmanship is Thailand.

 

CHAIRMAN AND REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT

Mrs. Suphatra Srimaitreephithak
Director-General
Thailand International Cooperation Agency
Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
Bangkok, Thailand

Honorary Advisors

Dr. Tej Bunnag 
Assistant Secretary-General for Administration
The Thai Red Cross Society
Bangkok, Thailand

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Dr. Jean-Pierre A. Verbiest
Associate-Banking and Finance, West Indochina
Senior Consultant, Asian Economies
Bangkok, Thailand

 

Country Representatives

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Cambodia:

H.E. Mrs. Pen Sopakphea
Secretary of State
Ministry of Planning
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

P.R.China:

Mr. Zhang Guohua
Vice Governor
The People’s Government of Yunnan Province
Kunming, Yunnan Province
P.R. China
Mr. Songkrane

Lao PDR:

Mr. Songkane Luangmuninthone
Director-General
Economic Affairs Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vientiane, Lao PDR

MYANMAR:

Mr. Tun Tun Naing
Permanent Secretary
Foreign Economic Relations Department

Ministry of Planning and Finance
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

VIETNAM:

Mr. Le Viet Anh
Deputy Director General
Foreign Economics Relations Department
Ministry of Planning and Investment
Hanoi, Vietnam

Academic Representatives

Khon Kaen University:
Assoc. Prof. Dr.Kittichai Triratanasirichai
President
Khon Kaen University
Khon Kaen , Thailand
Hue University:
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Linh
President
Hue University
Hue City, Viet Nam

Business Representative

Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee
Chairman
MFC Asset Management Plc.
Bangkok, Thailand

Development Partner Representatives

New Zealand Aid Programme
Mr. Brent Rapson
First Secretary, Development
Representative of New Zealand Aid Programme to
Cambodia, Lao PDR., and Thailand
Mr. Tim EnderlinSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Mr. Tim Enderlin
Regional Director of the Programme for the Mekong Region
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Mr. Ramesh Subramaniam
Director General
Southeast Asia Department (SERD)
Asian Development Bank
Metro Manila, Philippines

MEKONG INSTITUTE (NON-VOTING MEMBER)

watcharasMekong Institute
Dr. Watcharas Leelawath
Executive Director
Mekong Institute
Khon Kaen, Thailand

 

 

The Steering Committee's primary function is to provide guidance on policy, strategy and funding, appraise  the performance of the institute and its management staff, and submit recommendations to the Council. The Steering Committee reports its activities and deliberations to the Council for acknowledgement and consideration.

Chairman

narongchaiDr. Narongchai Akrasanee
Chairman
MFC Asset Management Plc.
Bangkok, Thailand

Country Representatives

HE Chantum

Cambodia

H.E. Mr. Chea Chantum
Secretary-General
General Secretariat for Population and Development
Ministry of Planning
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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P.R. China

Mr. Li Hong
Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of China to UNESCAP
Embassy of P. R. China
Bangkok, Thailand

Lao PDR

Mr. Virasac Somphong
Deputy Director General
Department of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vientiane, Lao PDR

Myanmar

Mr. Htun Zaw
Deputy Director General
Foreign Economic Relations Department
Ministry of Planning and Finance
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Thailand

Ms. Sayan Kongkoey
Director of Thai Cooperation Branch I
Thailand International Cooperation Agency
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bangkok, Thailand

Viet Nam

Mr. Duong Hung Cuong
Director
Secretary of GMS Program
Ministry of Planning and Investment
Hanoi, Vietnam

Mekong Institute (Non-Voting Member)

watcharasDr. Watcharas Leelawath
Executive Director
Mekong Institute
Khon Kaen, Thailand

Led by the Executive Director, the main duties of MI Secretariat are to organize the specific activities for educational purposes through working with other reputable GMS and international institution, to supply technical and professional support for the  Council and Steering Committee, and to provide information to the GMS member countries on all areas of HRD for GMS development and co-operation.