Thailand national programme team profiles
National Programme Director
Dr. Kasemsun Chinnavaso
Deputy Secretary General
Office of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning (ONEP),
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
Deputy Programme Director
Mr. Santi Boonprakub
Director of Natural Resource and Environmental Management Division
Dr. Nawarat Krairapanond
Chief of Coastal and Marine Resource Management Group
National Programme Coordinator
Mr. Tawatchai Rattanasorn
Mr. Rattanasorn has a Master’s in Education from the Chiangmai University in Thailand, as well as a Bachelor's in Agricultural Extension from the MaeJo University in Chiangmai, Thailand. Mr. Rattanasorn’s recent professional experience includes working as Programme Coordinator for the CARE/Raks Thai Foundation in Bangkok and as a Rural Finance Development Expert in the Social Support Project (SSP) Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC).
National Communications and Training Coordinator
Ms Panjit has a Master’s in Government and Public Communication Management from Thammasart University in Bangkok and a Bachelor’s in Public Relation from Chandrakasem Rajabaht University in Bangkok. She has been working on training and education in wildlife conservation at WCS-Thailand Program and has experience to work with government such as Border Patrol Police, local forestry staff and school around national park.
Ms. Kwanjai has a Master's in Environmental Management from the National Reserch Center for Environmental and Hazardous Waste Management, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from Chulalongkorn University, also. Prior to joining MWBP, she worked as a Project Officer of Implementation of Ramsar Convention, Management and Protection of Wetland Areas, MPW DANIDA.
Songkhram team profiles
Rattaphon Pitaktapsombut is a forester graduating from Kasetsart University in Bangkok (1993). He has experience in community-based forestry and has carried out field research in different field sites, working on Rural Sustainable Buffer-zone Development Project and with Thailand Environment Institute and RECOFTC. He has experience in field projects concerned with community-based natural resources management and livelihoods.
Sopon Naruchaikusol has a degree in International Trade Economics from The University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, and an MSc. (Interdisciplinary Programme) in Resource Management from Kasetsart University. He has had several years (1996-2005) of research experience in field of economic, eco-tourism, sustainable land-use and natural resource management, natural resource valuation, and natural resource economic work for academic institution, research project, and research institution (Biodiversity Research and Training programme: BRT). He previously worked for IUCN-The World Conservation Union (IUCN) as a ForestPACT Thailand Assistant, Regional Forest Programme from 2004-2005. His main responsibility was the programme coordinator and secretary.
David J.H. Blake
Virayuth Niyomchat has a degree in communication art and experience with media and local NGOs. Before joining MWBP, he worked with a local newspaper for three years, and the Ubonratchatanee Local Community Networking Union for two years. He previously worked for the Southeast Asia River Network (SEARIN). Much of Virayuth’s work has focused on publications, coordination, and field implementation. Currently, he is working as a Thai Baan assistant researcher focusing on the flooded forest plant and fish diversity study.
Aom Momthairat has a background in community development from Rajabhat University Sakon Nakhon. Before joining MWBP, she was involved with many community development projects such as community assessment and a feasibility study for reservoir construction and setting village fund, etc. Currently, she is working as a Thai Baan assistant researcher focusing on a riverine agriculture system and fish diversity study.
Angkana Sangprom has a background in community
development from Rajabhat University Sakon Nakhon. Before joining MWBP, she was involved with many community development projects such as community assessment, and feasibility study for reservoir construction and setting village fund, etc. Currently, she is working as Thai Baan assistant researcher focusing on the flooded forest ecosystem and fish diversity study.
Nipaporn Satuchat has a background in community development from Rajabhat University Sakon Nakhon. Before joining MWBP, she involved with various university activities and community development projects such as data collection, community assessment, and feasibility study for reservoir construction, etc. Currently, she is working as Thai Baan assistant researcher focusing on the local livestock and fish diversity study.
Wipada Senapakdee has a background in business computer from Vongchavalitkul University. Before joining MWBP, she worked with a private company as computer staff. In 2004, she started working in the Songkhram site as a financial assistant and administration. Currently, she is working as a Thai Baan assistant researcher focusing on the fishing gear and fish diversity study.
Rattana Buaprom has five years experience working with academic institution and tourism company. Most of her previous jobs have related to education, administration, and accountant. She is studying a bachelor degree in education at Rajabhat University Sakon Nakhon, while working as a finance assistant for MWBP at Songkhram site.