Board of Directors
H.E. Mr Mark Kent - Honorary Director
Mark Kent has been British ambassador to Thailand since August 2012. Prior to that he spent a year learning Thai at universities and language schools in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen. He is also an alumni of the King Prajadhiphok’s Institute course in Politics and Governance. Mark was previously British Ambassador to Vietnam (2007-2010). He has also been posted to Brazil, Mexico, the European Union in Brussels, and NATO in Mons, Belgium.
Mark comes from Lincolnshire. He has a degree in Law from the University of Oxford and postgraduate qualifications in European Law and Economics from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Business Administration from the Open University. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1987 and has spent most of his career working with the emerging powers of South East Asia and Latin America, and with the European Union. He has language qualifications in Thai, Vietnamese, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.
Mr. Banthoon Lamsam - Director
Mr. Banthoon is Chairman and CEO of Kasikornbank. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. Since 1992, he has been at the head of one of the largest banks in Thailand, Kasikornbank, and was instrumental in steering Thailand out of the Asian Financial Crisis during the years 1997-2000. Mr. Banthoon is Council Member of the Red Cross Society of Thailand, and is member of the Advisory Board of the Sasin Graduate School of Business. He is also author of the historical novel “The Seductive Spell of Lanna.”
Dr. Piyasvasti Amranand - Chairman
Dr. Piyasvasti is Chairman of the Board of energy giant PTT Plc, Thailand’s largest company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, a Master’s degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics. His previous positions include: Energy Minister from 2006-08; head of Thai Airways International from 2009-12; and Chairman of Kasikorn Asset Management.
Mr. Chong Toh - Director
Mr. Toh is a Senior Executive Vice President in Bangkok Bank. He also holds positions of Executive Chairman at Bualuang Securities and Bangkok Capital, the capital markets arms of the bank. Mr. Toh also serves on the boards of Bumrungrad Hospital, Asia Cement, and Asia Landmark Fund. Prior to joining Bangkok Bank, he had worked as an economist at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and in investment banking with Morgan Stanley. Mr. Toh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Master of Science degree in Managment from Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, USA.
Mr. Sorachon Boonsong - Director
Mr. Sorachon is senior partner at international law firm Baker & McKenzie, serving multinational clients in a broad range of transactions and sectors. He joined Baker & Mckenzie in 1991 and became a partner in 2001. Mr. Sorachon holds a Bachelor's degree in law from Thammasat University and Master's degree in Law from both Bristol University and the University of Cambridge.
Mr. Joe Horn-Phathanothai - Director and Secretary General
Mr. Joe Horn-Phathanothai is the founder and CEO of Strategy613. Joe holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Oxford University and a Master's degree in Pure Mathematics from Cambridge University. After graduation, Joe joined Deutsche Morgan Grenfall in Singapore and later Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong. Since founding Strategy613, Joe has established himself as one of the foremost business and finance advisors in China. In addition to English, Joe is also fluent in Chinese, French and Thai.