Khun Arnop Phorndhiti
Arnop Phorndhiti has over 40 years' professional experience in the general insurance industry. He was appointed head of Thai operations of a leading British non-life insurer in 1988 following his return from secondment in the UK. Arnop is well known and respected in the insurance community in Thailand and is currently the Chairman of the Executive Committee of MSIG Insurance (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Khun Chainarong Indharameesup
Chainarong Indharameesup received his Master of Public Administration degree from National Institute of Development Administrator (NIDA), Thailand, then continued his studies in Executive Programs at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Previously he was the Audit Committee Chairman of the National Scientific Research Institute of Thailand. He also held positions on the Audit Committee at King Prajadhipok's Institute, and Executive Committee of The International Institute for Trade and Development. He was also an adviser to the Prime Minister of Thailand.
He is now Chairman of Boyden Associates (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and CSN Associates Co. Ltd.
Mr. David John Armstrong
Date of birth: November 25, 1947
1969: Editor, Tharunka (student newspaper)
1969-75: General and political reporter in Sydney and Canberra, The Australian
1975-76: Government and private public relations
1976-80: Features writer, The Bulletin (national news-magazine)
1980-83: News editor; Deputy Editor, The Australian
1983-85: Senior feature writer; Deputy Editor, The Bulletin
1985-86: Editor, The Bulletin
1987-89: Special Political Reporter; Deputy Editor, Sydney Daily Telegraph
1989: Deputy Editor, The Australian
1989-92: Editor, The Australian
1992-93: Editor, the Canberra Times
1993-96: Editor, Editor-in-Chief, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
1996-2002: Editor-in-Chief, The Australian
2002-03: Senior corporate executive, News Limited
2003-05: Group Editor-in-Chief, South China Morning Post
2005-06: Director, Editorial, South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Post Publishing PCL
2006-09: President & Chief Operating Officer, Post Publishing;
Member, Executive Committee of the Board of Post Publishing;
Director, Hachette Filipacchi-Post (now Post International Magazines)
2009-2011 Adviser to President and Chief Operating Officer, Post Publishing
2010-2012: Chairman, Post Media Ltd, Phnom Penh.
2003: Awarded the Australian Government Centenary Medal for services to journalism and the newspaper industry
2006: Founding Member, Asia Board, International News Media Association
2007: Passed, with credit, the Thailand Institute of Directors' "Directors Certification Program". The certificate is recognized by the Australian Institute of Company Directors
2009-10 Director, Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce
Khun Kitti Wasinondh
Date of birth: November 23, 1951
Career (Thai diplomat)
1978-79: Attaché then Third Secretary Southeast Asia Division, Department of Political Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1982-85: Third Secretary then Second Secretary, Belgrade
1986-87: Department of Economic Affairs: Second Secretary then First Secretary, Chief of GAAT Section, Division of International Economic Affairs
1988-90: seconded to Royal Thai Army
1991: Chief of Secretariat then Chief, Division of Economic Relations
1993: Minister Counsellor, Brussels
1997: Director, Commerce and Industry Division, Department of Association of Southeast Asian Nations Affairs
1998: Deputy Director-General, Department of Information
1999: Deputy Director-General, Department of East Asian Affairs
2000: Consul-General, Sydney
2002: Director-General, Department of Association of Southeast Asian Nations Affairs
2006: Director-General, Department of Information
2007: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St James
2012: retired from diplomatic service
2005: awarded Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
2010: awarded Knight Grand Cordon of the Exalted Order of the White Elephant
Khun Sukhavichai Dhanasundara
Khun Sukhavichai Dhanasundara, has been involved with the industrial sector for over 40 years in the fields of industrial promotions as resource person for the BOI, industrial estates and factory development as Managing Director of TFD plc and partnering with the IEAT, project development and financing under IFCT, and factory operations with Ideal Standard and American Standard plc.
Currently Khun Sukhavichai lectures in MBA and BBA programs at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland) and Bangkok University International College. He is a founding member of the BCCT Management Development Group, and is also Advisor and Facilitator, Asian-Pacific Development Communication Centre, and Director, Thai Business Coalition on Aids.
Khun Sunthorn Arunanondchai, CBE
Sunthorn Arunanondchai is the Vice Chairman of CP Group of Companies, the largest Thai conglomerate with businesses in agricultural feeds, telecommunication and real estate amongst others. In 1998, he created a highly successful joint venture between the CP Group and Tesco PLC (UK). The company has since become the largest hypermarket operation in Thailand.
Over the past 36 years, Sunthorn has been continuously active in the field of education, lecturing regularly at local universities and sitting on boards of management. He has donated a building to the College for Graduate Studies in Management at Khon Kaen University. Furthermore, he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the university.
Being an active and charismatic leader with diverse interests, Sunthorn is currently an Associate Judge for the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court. In 2005, Sunthorn received the Alumni International Achievement Award at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
Additionally, he was bestowed an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2007.
Khun Tiraphot Vajrabhaya
Tiraphot Vajbhaya was born on the 1st of February 1953 in Bangkok. He holds a BA in Economics and Commerce from the University of Melbourne, Australia in which he graduated in 1976. He then received an MBA from Boston University, USA in 1981. He is married to Varita and they have a son and a daughter.
Tiraphot joined the Shell Co. of Thailand Limited in 1978 as a Senior Assistant in the Systems Evaluation Department. and worked in a variety of roles in the fields of Finance, Supply & Shipping, Personnel and Marketing in addition to an assignment at Shell International Petroleum Co., Ltd., U.K. in 1995. He then became Retail Director in 1998 and General Manager Retail for Thailand in 1999.
He retired as Chairman of Shell Companies in Thailand in 2008.
Khun Vikrom Koompirochana
Vikrom Koompirochana graduated in History from Chulalongkorn University in 1967 and received his MA and PhD degrees in History from Michigan State University in 1972. He first joined the civil service as a lecturer in History at the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University before transferring to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973.
He has served as Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore (1991-1995), Malaysia (1996), New Zealand (1997-1999), Italy (2002) and the United Kingdom (2003-2006). During 2000-2001, he served in the Headquarters as Deputy Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Vikrom served in the Thai foreign service for 34 years until he reached the statutory retirement age of 60 in 2006.
He is now Chairman of the Board of Dragon One PCL; Chairman of the Audit Committee, Oishi Groups of Companies; Advisers to TCC Holding Co., Ltd. and TCC Land Co., Ltd.
Dr. Virachai Techavijit
Dr. Virachai Techavijit graduated in Accountancy from Thomas More College-Ft. Mitchell, KY, USA in 1973 and received his MA and PhD degrees in the same field from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA in 1979. In the same year he also received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification from the State of Nebraska USA.
After he received an Advanced Teaching Certificate in 1966 from the Ministry of Education Thailand, he undertook the position of Headmaster at Joseph Upatham School, Thailand from 1967-1969. He then worked at universities in the U.S.A. from 1975-1981. The last university he worked for was the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as an Appointed Full Time Lecturer.
In 1994-1995 he was Chairman of the Board of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA). From 1996-1997 he was an Official Adviser to The Prime Minister. Currently, he is Chairman of Ventures Group of Companies and, since 1994, Founder /Chairman of The Regent's Schools.
Dr. Wimonkan Kosumas
Education: 1999: Ph.D in Foreign Affairs (majoring in International Political Economy, University of Virginia, USA (Japan-ASEAN Scholarship), 1990: M.A. in Foreign Affairs (majoring in Soviet Studies), University of Virginia, USA (Fulbright Scholarship), 1983: B.A. in Political Science (Comparative Politics), Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
Work Experiences: 2014-Present: Acting Director-General, Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion. 2013-2014: APEC SME Working Group Chair. 2009-2014: Deputy Director-General, Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion. 2002-2009: Director, International Cooperation and Policy Support Department, Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion. 2000-2001: Policy Analyst, Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1996-1999: Leave. 1991-1995: Soviet Desk Officer, Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1985-1987: East Asia Desk Officer, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1984: Project Officer in charge of Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, Department of Technical and Economic Cooperation, Office of the Prime Minister
Mr. Graham Macdonald MBE
Business – Past
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Mr. Grenville Fordham
Grenville Fordham is an Honorary Life Member of the BCCT. Gren has been a great supporter of, and adviser to, BCCT in Phuket since our first event there more than 15 years ago.
Gren moved to Thailand in 1995 and worked as a journalist in Bangkok before moving to Phuket in 1998. In 1999 he founded IMAGE asia and quickly established it as a key player in the publishing sector of Southern Thailand's vibrant tourism industry. With several print and digital titles under its belt, the company also founded Thailand's first international boat show (PIMEX) and one of the country's main yachting events (Phuket Raceweek) – both of which it subsequently sold to focus on its core publishing business.
Most recently Gren developed the - Meetinthailand.com - MICE website, Thailand's first and only in-depth, interactive online portal for the MICE industry. The website now hosts detailed business profiles of almost 700 MICE suppliers. The objective is to give venues and suppliers in Thailand's MICE and weddings industries an opportunity to showcase their offerings in a detailed, searchable, multimedia environment, which they can access and update themselves. For more information please connect with Gren.
Gren was also previously Commodore of the Phuket Yacht Club, Chairman of the British Business Association Phuket and Chairman of the Marine Alliance of Thailand.