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Council of the Siam Society

The Society is run by a Council, which is elected by the membership for a two year period. Council for 2016-2018 is as follows:-
 

President
Ms. Pikulkeaw Krairiksh
Vice-President
Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn
  M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn
  Dr. Christopher Baker
Leader, Natural History Section
Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn
Honorary Secretary
Mrs. Somlak Charoenpot
Honorary Treasurer
Mr. Suraya Supanwanich
Honorary Librarian
M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn
Honorary Editor, JSS
Dr. Christopher Baker
Honorary Editor, NHBSS
Dr. Prachya Musikasinthorn
Members of Council
Mrs. Pimpraphai Bisalputra
  Mr. Brian Blugerman
  Mrs. Eileen Deeley
  Mrs. Beatrix Dayde Latham
Mr. Paul Russell
Mrs. Kulathida Sivayathorn
Dr. Pusadee Tamthai
  Dr. Navamintr Vitayakul

POSITION: PRESIDENT

Mrs. Pikulkeaw Krairiksh

Present occupation and position:
Vice President of the Siam Society

Education:
- L’Ecole Vamont, Lausanne, Switzerland
- L’Université de Lausanne
- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

Other experience, skills, and interests:

- President of Women Parliamentarian Caucus (2011)
- Chairwomen on Foreign Affairs Committee, Senate (2009 – 2014)
- Director, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation (2007 – 2009)
- Director, Mom Chao Pichitchirapa Devakul Foundation (2007 – present) promoting Scholarship Fund.


POSITION: LEADER OF THE NATURAL HISTORY SECTION, 1st VICE PRESIDENT

Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn

Present occupation and position:
Supervisor on Botany and Environment, The Crown Property Bureau

Education:
- B.Sc. (Biology) Chiang Mai University
- M.Sc. (Botany) Kasetsart University
- M.Ph & Ph.D. (Plant Systematics) City University of New York,
Campus: The New York Botanical Garden

Other experience, skills, and interests:
- Executive Board Member of Suanluang Rama IX Foundation
- Executive Board Member of H.M. Queen Sirikit Park Foundation
- Secretary General of Wat Thipsukontaram Foundation

I have written various articles about native Thai plants. Some of my other interests include photography of Thai plants, hiking, as well as gardening.


POSITION: HONORARY LIBRARIAN, 2nd VICE PRESIDENT

M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn

Present occupation and position:
- Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA)
- 2nd Vice-President, Honorary Librarian, the Siam Society
- Retired Civil Servant (Lecturer), Chiang Mai University, Thailand
- Goodwill Patron, UNESCO Memory of the World Programme Committee for Asia/Pacific
- Member, Register Sub-committee of the International Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme
- Chair, Register Sub-committee of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme Committee for Asia/Pacific
- Member, Faculty of Humanities Board, Chiang Mai University
- Member, Executive Committee, Thailand-Myanmar Association for Friendship Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Member, Executive Committee, South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Religion
- Honorary Member, Executive Committee, Thailand Music Educators Association

Education:
- B.A. (History & Political Science), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1969)
- M.A. (Southeast Asian History), Cornell University, U.S.A. (1975)
- Ph.D. (Southeast Asian History), Cornell University, U.S.A. (1984)

Other experience, skills, and interests:
- 1973 – 2004: Lecture in History, Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand
- 1979 – 1985: Chairman, Department of History, CMU
- 1985 – 1993: Director, Center for the Promotion of Arts and Culture Project, CMU
- 1990 – 1997: Director, CMU Library
- 2001 – 2004: Deputy Director for Administration and Communication, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat


POSITION: HONORARY TREASURER

Mr. Suraya Supanwanich

Present occupation and position:
Business owner of Tipperty Co. Ltd., an Investment and Real Estate Company

Education:
- Master of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, 1985
- Bachelor of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, 1982

Other experience, skills, and interests:
- Working experience mainly in finance, investment, procurement, business partnerships in banking and telecom business
- Areas of interest: high tech, finance, human culture and development, civilization, Thai heritage and Buddhism


POSITION: HONORARY SECRETARY

Mrs. Somlak Charoenpot

Present occupation and position:
- Secretary General of Silpakorn Association (Fine Arts Department Association)
- Advisor to Museum Association of Thailand (President, 2004-2010)
- Advisor to Ban Kamthieng House Museum, The Siam Society (2008-2010)

Education:
- Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, Silpakorn University (1970)
- Master of Art History (Museum Studies), Denver University, U.S.A. (1975)
- Certificate in Museum Management from Asian Cultural Centre for UNESCO, Tokyo (1985)
- Certificate in Museum Management from the Banff School of Advanced Management, Canada (1986)

Other experience, skills, and interests:
I have worked in the Fine Arts Department for 35 years and retired in the position of the Deputy Director General of the Department in 2008. With academic background and experience in museum works throughout my career, I was director of many national museums: National Museum, Bangkok; The National Gallery and National Museum in Honor of H.M. The King, before becoming Executive Director of the Office of National Museums under the Fine Arts Department. Also, I have been a special lecturer on museology and art history at many universities, namely: Silpakorn, Thammasat and Kasetsat Universities and others.  I wrote a book on 44 National Museums for the Fine Arts Department among other articles on art history and museum work for Silpakorn and the Museum Association of Thailand Journals and an article on the Thai Junior Encyclopedia Project on “Museum.”


POSITION: MEMBER OF COUNCIL

Mrs. Pimpraphai Bisalputra

Present occupation and position:
Managing Director of Sathorn Thani Co., Ltd., Managing Partner of “iuDia on the river” and freelance writer

Education:
- M. Eng., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
- B. Sc.,  London School of Economics and Political Science

Other experience, skills, and interests:
Special interest in Chinese Society in Siam as well as Chinese export ware to Ayutthaya and Bangkok. Other interests include photography, reading, bridge and dining.


POSITION: MEMBER OF COUNCIL

Mr. Brian Mark Blugerman

Present occupation and position:
Corporate Lawyer. I have extensive practice experience at leading international law firms and am qualified as a lawyer in Canada, the U.K. and Bermuda.

Education:
- Juris Doctor (Law) – University of Toronto
- BA (Philosophy) – University of Toronto

Other experience, skills, and interests:
I continue my interest and research in philosophy, including Buddhist and Hindu philosophy. As well, I am a musician. I have performed as a professional pianist and guitarist across the U.S. and Canada. I continue to play those instruments and have also learned to play the guqin, the ancient Chinese 7-stringed zither.


POSITION: MEMBER OF COUNCIL

Mrs. Eileen Deeley

Present occupation and position:
- Retired from teaching position at New International School of Bangkok
- Council Member of Siam Society 2006 – 2012, 2014 – 2016
- Head of Working Committee on Music and Special Events

Education:
- B. Mus. – University of Tennessee, U.S.A.
- Diploma - Academy of Music, Vienna, Austria

Other experience, skills, and interests:
- Past coordinator of National Museum Volunteers
- Lead study trips both in country and abroad, specialising in China, the Silk Road and Central Asia
- Present lectures and organize cultural events at the Society


POSITION: MEMBER OF COUNCIL

Mrs. Beatrix Dayde Latham

Present occupation and position:
Retired

Education:
Boarding school in England. French bachelaureat Latin Philosophie 3 languages. English literature at London University. Cambridge degrees. British Chamber of Commerce degree. Business administration school in Paris. Bachelor in Law. Archaeological Studies about “MARI’ civilization with Prof. André Parrot (Sumer specialist). Khmer studies with Prince Subhadradis Diskul.

Other experience, skills, and interests:
- Wrote and published “Le Palais du Roi” in Phnom Penh
- Donor of San Francisco Museum of Legion d’Honneur , The Bauer Museum in Geneva Museum, E.F.E.O. (École Française d’Extrême Orient) and Guimet Museum Paris Jan
- Granted the highest decoration in  France, “Chevalier dans l'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur” for services rendered as a French citizen for preservation of Asian Art



POSITION: MEMBER OF COUNCIL

Mr. Paul G. Russell

Present occupation and position:
Chairman of Paul G. Russell & Associates Ltd., a Thai international law firm which specializes in Thai Food and Drug Administration and Ministry of Agriculture regulatory matters

Education:
- Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Mass. USA, LLB 1957
- Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA, AB (Hon.Pol.Sci) 1950
- Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio USA 1946

Other experience, skills, and interests:
- Council Member and  former Vice President of the Siam Society
- Executive Committee-Harvard Club of Thailand
- Founder and member of Board of AMCHAM Thailand Charitable Foundation
- Founder of Healthcare Committee of American Chamber of Commerce
- Rotary Club of Bangkok South

Prior to moving to Thailand in 1990, over 25 years experience as a partner of leading law firms in the United States


POSITION: MEMBER OF COUNCIL

Mrs. Kulathida Sivayathorn

Present occupation and position:
Executive Vice President, Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited

Education:
- Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Stetson University, Florida, USA
- Advance Management Program, Harvard Business School, Massachusetts, USA
- Director Certification Program, Thai Institute of Directors
- Chief Financial Officer Certification Program, Federation of Accounting Professions


POSITION: MEMBER OF COUNCIL

Dr. Navamintr Vitayakul

Present occupation and position:
General Manager, Rose Hotel and Ruen Urai Fine Thai Cuisine

Education:
- B.A. in Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
- M.A. in Communication and Theater, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Ph.D. in Media and Communication, University of New South Wales

Other experience, skills, and interests:
Experiences and skills in marketing, branding, and advertising
Interests in the arts and culture, history, archeology, textiles, cuisines, and photography