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MEET THE TEAM

Callum
Mackenzie

Co-Founder and Director
Programs

Dr. Pipat
Yodprudtikan

Co-Founder and Chair
Business Strategy

Dr. Soontorn
Koonchaimang

Co-Founder and Chair
Academic Research

Pajaree
Koonchaimang

Co-Founder and Chair
Business Development

Dr. Faiz
Shah

Co-Founder
President

Dr. Bordin
Rassameethes

Co-Founder and Board Member
Business Administration

Prof. Muhammad
Yunus

Co-Founder
Chairman

Pathit
Ongvasith

Co-Founder and Liaison Manager
Programs

Panchica
Koonchaimang

Co-Founder and Coordinator
Administrative Support

Dr. Poonchai
Chitanuntavitaya

Co-Founder
Board Member

Dr. Yodmanee
Tepanon

Co-Founder
Board Member

Jutiwat
Sangiamsakdikorn

Co-Founder and Chair
Business Partnership

Callum Mackenzie

Co Founder & Director, Programs

Callum has a diverse range of experiences from working in the Social Business and development sector in +10 countries around the world. During 2 years at the Asian Institute of Technology, he managed the Yunus Center AIT and was a Senior Officer in the Program Design Team at AIT Extension. Callum teaches Executive Education training programs in Development and runs training programs on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation around the world.
Callum has lectured with AIT, KMUTT and Rajamangala University of Technology Isan.

He has previously worked for the European Institute of Cooperation and Development in Myanmar and Paris, starting a TVET Social Business, worked for a DfID project with a community-based organisation in Zimbabwe, and for the U.K. Department of Education.
Callum holds a Masters Degree from Sciences Po Paris and a Bachelors Degree with Honours from Queens University of Belfast.

Dr. Pipat Yodprudtikan

Co-Founder & Chair, Business Strategy

Pipat Yodprudtikan is the chairman of Thaipat Institute, a public-interest organization established in 1999 with its aim mainly in promoting corporate sustainability and responsibility in the private sector. He leads the operation since it was founded and has delivered more than 300 engagements in research, training, and consulting with many of the multinational corporations, state enterprises, and major listed companies in Thailand.
Pipat founded the Thai CSR Network in 2005 as a platform of CSR practices for businesses and serves as a hub of CSR knowledge sharing among Thai companies and co-founded the Thailand Social Business Initiative (TSBI) in 2016 to promote the concept of social business pioneered by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus in Thailand.

Pipat has B.Eng. from Kasetsart University, M.Sc. from Chulalongkorn University, and Ph.D. from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand. He is also a frequent lecturer at several universities and speaker at major public forums on many occasions.

Dr Soontorn Koonchaimang

Co Founder & Chair, Academics and Research

Soontorn is currently the deputy Dean for Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs at Puey Ungphakorn School of Development Studies, Thammasat University, and co-founder of Thailand Social Business Initative (TSBI). He was previously the Director of the Right-Livelihood Foundation and Director of the Social Enterprise Study and Development Center at Rangsit University.

Dr. Soontorn has over 20 years’ experience working in Corporate Social Responsibility, and is Founder and Chairman of Image Plus Communications. Under his management, his firm has provided CSR consultancy to Thailand’s leading corporations and has advised the Royal Thai Government Ministries and Departments on an inclusive national development process.

Pajaree Koonchaimang

Co Founder & Chair, Business Development

Pajaree Koonchaimang (Bam) is Managing Director at Expert Aspect International and is a Shared Value Affiliate for Prof. Michael Porter in Thailand. Pajaree provides advisory services to Thailand’s leading corporations to create sustainability strategies delivering shared value, social impact.

Pajaree believes in empowering young people through entrepreneurship.  She co-founded the Thailand Social Business Initiative in partnership with Yunus Center AIT and Thaipat Foundation, which works to build wider understanding among Thai youth about Professor Muhammad Yunus’ vision of Social Business as a vehicle for economic empowerment and sustainable development.

With a firm belief in the enormous potential of public private partnerships, Pajaree engages with key stakeholders to co-create effective ways to enhance social responsibility of the business ecosystem.

Dr Faiz Shah

Co Founder & President

Faiz Shah currently heads Development Management at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and is Director of the Yunus Centre at AIT. He teaches on the CSR masters program, coordinates the AITE Healthcare Resources Group, co-directs the Energy Distribution Services Management & Technology program, and is visiting professor at the College of Innovation at Thammasat University, Bangkok.

In a 30-year change management and capacity-building career in a number of countries, Dr. Shah has advised government and UN agencies, worked with major corporations, groomed over 3,000 grassroots officials, overseen over 300 community-level development projects in diverse communities from the Himalayan villages to the Thar desert. Between 1995 and 2001 he led Saga, at the time the world’s largest soccer-ball company, in pioneering a widely recognized socially responsible business model.

Bordin Rassameethes

Board Member

Bordin Rassameethes  is currently the Director of Yunus Social Business Center at Kasetsart University and a former Dean of Faculty of Business Administration and former Vice President of Kasetsart University.

He received his Ph.D. in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University in the United States. He holds a MS degree in Management from North Carolina State University, USA and BS in Computer Science from University of Miami, USA.

He has been working in the field of technology management, which includes electronic commerce, information technology, rural informatics, and supply chain management.

Prof. Muhammad Yunus

Chairman

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank and more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time” in March 2012.

In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He has received 63 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries, and has received 136 awards from 33 countries, including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal.

Professor Yunus has long been a friend of Thailand. Grameen Bank was the inspiration for the Village Development Fund, present in 88,000 locations in Thailand, and micro-finance has played an important role in the development of Thailand to a middle-income country. Professor Yunus has advised the Royal Thai Government Cabinet and the Thai business community on how Social Business can drive inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Pathit Ongvasit

Liaison Manager, Programs

Pathit Ongvasith works as a Program Officer at the Yunus Center AIT and is a Yunus & Youth Global Ambassador. He is completing his Master’s Degree in International Development at Sciences Po Paris. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University.

Pathit has previously worked at the Thailand Development Research Institute specialized in Innovation Policy, FDI, Supply Chains and with the Paris-based Human Development Research Initiative, focused on combatting Global Inequalities.

Whether through engineering new ways of doing business or changing the conventional priorities and measurements of success, Pathit integrates his belief that market-based solutions to social problems can be made sustainable and effective through his work.

Panchica Koonchaimang

Co-Founder & Coordinator

Panchica Koonchaimang (Bay) is Program Officer in the Development Management Unit at AIT Extension and plans, designs and coordinates development management courses and social business programs, whilst also leading on operational and logistics management.

Panchica also leads on digital communications and marketing at the Yunus Center AIT, designing and producing online content and managing the organization’s network. She works to maintain the Yunus Center brand strength and consistency in Thailand.

Panchica completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in Public Relations from Bangkok University, before graduating from her Master degree in New Media and Society at the University of Leicester, UK.

Dr. Poonchai
Chitanuntavitaya

Board Member

Dr. Poonchai Chitanuntavitaya, MD. is the Founder of the award winning Social health Enterprise (SHE). His health innovation improves the quality of life of people with Workplace stress, whilst training and hiring ex-convict women and tribal youths. SHE has service contracts with many corporates as a CSR-in-process innovation. Dr Poonchai and SHE have received many Awards for their work throughout ASEAN.

Dr Poonchai was elected to be Vice Chairman of Social Enterprise Thailand Association and sits on the National Committee of Social Enterprise. Dr Poonchai now works with the regulator of capital markets to turn CSR to impact investing, following the Social Enterprise Promotion Act of Thailand.

Dr Poonchai is also a trained cardiologist and surgeon, and was one of the founding architects of the 30 Baht Scheme, Thailand’s universal healthcare program.

Dr Yodmanee Tepanon

Board Member

Dr. Yodmanee Tepanon is Assistant Professor at Kasetsart University and Secretary of Yunus Social Business Center Kasetsart University. Yodmanee is passionate about and actively involved in social business initiatives by integrating the concept into her teaching and community services.

Her view of social business is any business that solves social problems by improving living conditions and enhancing the quality of life. Yodmanee received her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Hospitality and Tourism Management and MS from Arizona State University in Recreation Management and Tourism.

Through her work at YSBC Kasetsart University, she is currently focusing on both implementing social business ideas into practice and influencing decision makers at the national level to apply the concept in relevant policies.

Jutiwat Sangiamsakdikorn

Co Founder & Chair, Business Partnership

Jutiwat is Vice President for Government Relations at Miracle Star Capital Company, an infrastructural development project-based investment firm focused on Fiber Optic Network Installation and Strategic Road construction in Thailand and neighboring countries. He has experience in planning, executing and consulting for projects in Real estate development, Affordable housing, Industrial estate, Renewable Energy, Telecommunication, Agriculture, Social Business & Impact-driven entrepreneurship in Thailand and CLMV.

Jutiwat has been the National Program Liaison Manager at the Yunus Center Asian Institute of Technology since 2014. He is in charge of establishing partnerships with the Thai government agencies and leading corporates in Thailand, and top ranking universities in order to collaborate in Social Business, Sustainability, Enterprise-led Development and related programs.

In 2013 Jutiwat completed his Master degree in Business & Entrepreneurship at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK. His Masters Dissertation research was titled “Understanding SMEs and Social Entrepreneurship: A case study of ICT industry Thailand”. Since then he has been immersed in Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Sustainable development. Jutiwat completed his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing with business concentration in Finance and Banking in 2010.