Dr. Narongchai AKRASANEE

Narongchai Akrasanee, a Thai economist / technocrat, is known for his continuous involvement in the economic development of Thailand in many capacities, and in ASEAN and APEC affairs.

He had a number of appointments in the Thai Governments including an Advisor to several Thai Prime Ministers, a former Minister of Energy and Minister of Commerce, a Senator, and a member of the National Legislative Assembly.

He has worked on ASEAN and APEC affairs all along, being an initiator of AFTA and the APEC Leaders Meeting. He has also served as the Chairman of Steering Committee and Vice Chairman of the Council of Mekong Institute.

In the private sector, Narongchai is on the Board of several publicly listed companies including MFC Asset Management Plc., Ananda Property Development Plc. and the Brooker Group.

In January 2016, he has been re-appointed to be an Independent Non-executive Director of AIA Group Limited, Hong Kong.

Narongchai served as a member of the Board of many Thai public institutions including the National Economic and Social Development Board, Board of Investment, Bank of Thailand, Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand and the Insurance Commission.  He was also a Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of Thailand.

Having graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, Narongchai has a keen interest in education and research. He is the founding member of Thailand Development Research Institute, and is Chairman of Khon Kaen University Council.