Deputy Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Chutintorn Gongsakdi was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand since 1 October 2020.
Prior to that, he was the Ambassador of Thailand to India where his objective was to strengthen the Thailand-ASEAN-India relationship in all its dimensions: political and security; economic and people-to-people because he believes this to be a truly virtuous partnership for the future.
His past professional experience has mostly been in multilateral and regional economic diplomacy, including Asia Cooperation Dialogue, APEC, BIMSTEC, IORA and OECD. Prior to being appointed Ambassador to India, he was the Director-General at the Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand for over four years.
He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Economics from Victoria University, New Zealand and a Master of International Studies degree from Birmingham University, the United Kingdom.
Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN
for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
H.E. Kung Phoak is appointed as the Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) from 2018 to 2021. He supports the Secretary-General of ASEAN by providing leadership in implementing the ASCC Blueprint and will lead the ASCC Department of the ASEAN Secretariat. He will also oversee the implementation of projects under ASCC that focus on forging a common identity and building a caring and sharing society.
Before assuming this role, DSG Kung was the Undersecretary of State at the Office of the Council of Ministers of the Royal Government of Cambodia and was working on foreign policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia. He is a Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Cambodia.
H.E. Kung co-founded the Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies, which started in 2014 as a network of Cambodian and foreign scholars called Cambodian Strategic Study Group aimed at providing pragmatic, non-partisan and evidence-based policy solutions. He had been a visiting Doctoral scholar at the University of Oxford in United Kingdom and Cornell University in United States of America.
DSG Kung was doing his PhD in political science and international relations at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He obtained Master’s degree in public policy and Graduate Diploma in public administration at Australian National University under the Australian Federal Government scholarship. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in industrial and mechanical engineering at the Institut de Technologie du Cambodge under the Royal Government of Cambodia scholarship. He has written and published extensively on foreign policy, defense policy, national politics, and international trade.
Regional Director (East Asia & Pacific)
Infrastructure Department, World Bank
Ranjit Lamech is the Regional Director of the World Bank's Infrastructure Department in the East Asia and Pacific region. He is an energy expert with close to three decades of experience in financing projects and advising governments, energy utilities and private sector partners on energy security, energy efficiency, regional energy trade and reforms. Mr. Lamech has held technical and leadership roles across the World Bank’s energy practice, most recently as the Energy Practice Manager covering South and Central Europe, Western Balkans and Central Asia. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he led the Bank’s energy lending and advisory program in China and Turkey during a transformational period of energy market reforms, diversification of ownership and a shift to cleaner energy sources. Mr. Lamech, an Indian citizen based in Washington, D.C., began his career in 1986 with the Tata Electric Companies in Bombay, India.
He has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (1986), an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1992), and the International Tax Program Certificate from Harvard Law School (1992).