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BCCT Briefing (Is Bangkok savvy enough to become a 'smart city'?)

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Date & Time: 16-Jul-2018 18:00  
Location: British Business Centre, BCCT office
Member Cost: THB 400.00
Non-member Cost: THB 600.00

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The 'smart city' has become a new buzzword for development policy in the Thailand 4.0 initiatives, which would see big cities in the country like Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and the Eastern Seaboard Corridor, transformed into technology hubs. The government has established the National Smart City Committee and invited various agencies and experts to join. Sarinee Achavanuntakul was one of the experts invited to sit on the committee, but she turned down the military-led invitation. A Harvard graduate economist, Sarinee had worked in banking and investment before opening Salaforest, a research firm on corporate sustainability. She has also launched and operates the respected online investigative news Thai Publica website. Her latest research project is about the current capacity of cities in Thailand to handle increasing levels of tourism. Khun Sarinee spoke to City Talk about how unsustainable Bangkok is and how big data and modern technology can help. 

Event detail: 

Date: Monday 16 July 2018

Time: 6.00 - 8.00 pm 

Venue: British Business Centre, BCCT Office, 7th Floor, 208 Wireless Road (nearest BTS station: Ploenchit exit 5) map

Topic: Is Bangkok savvy enough to become a 'smart city'? 

Speaker: Khun Sarinee Achavanuntakul, Founder of Sal Forest and Co-Founder of ThaiPublica

6.00 pm Registration and networking
6.30 pm Briefing starts
7.30 pm Q&A 
8.00 pm Close 

Cost: THB 400 per person for BCCT and members of participating chamber & THB 600 for non-members including finger food, soft drinks, beer and wine. Payment at the door. BCCT e-vouchers are accepted for advance booking only. Please state "e-voucher" in the online booking's comment box. 

Cancellation policy:  Reservations not cancelled within 2 business days of the event will be charged and invoiced as will no-shows.  

About speaker: 

A financier by training, Sarinee Achavanuntakul is a Thai writer, blogger, and social critic. She writes regularly about sustainable development and social business in various publications including Krungthep Turakij newspaper. She is the co-founder and Editorial Board of ThaiPublica (, an online investigative news organization which she launched with a group of veteran investigative journalists in September 2011. In 2012 she served as a member of Broadcast Consumer Protection Sub-committee, Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. Most recently in July 2013, she co-founded Sal Forest Co. Ltd. (, Thailand's first "sustainable business accelerator" aimed at fostering discourse on sustainable business in Thailand, and currently serves as Managing Director, Knowledge Development. 

Since 2007 when she quit investment banking, Sarinee has produced research papers in the fields of capital market, microfinance, and sustainability, as well as written and translated over 50 books on various subjects, including Humane Capitalism, Thai translations of Muhammad Yunus' Banker to the Poor and Creating a World Without Poverty, and John Elkington and Pamela Hartigans's Power of Unreasonable People. Her prior experience as investment banker encompasses stints at Hunters Advisory, SCB Securities Co. Ltd., The Siam Commercial Bank, and Deutsche Bank AG Hong Kong Branch. 

She holds an MBA in finance from Leonard Stern School of Business, New York University, and a BA in economics from Harvard University.