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Ada Chirapaisarnkul

GLab : School of Global Studies Social Innovation Lab
Executive Director and Lecturer
Thammasat University, Thailand
I am currently an Executive Director of the Social Innovation Square (SI2) and a Lecturer at School of Global Studies, Thammasat University. Previously, I was an Assistant Vice President at Government Housing Bank; and prior worked as a Project Manager of the Social Innovation and Partnership Unit at the Prime Minister's Office, where I led a multi-stakeholder team to develop the first National Master Plan for social enterprises in Thailand, and served as a Vice-Secretariat of the Social Finance Sub Committee under the National Commission on Social Enterprise. I founded the Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN) in 2008 to mobilize resources – skills, expertise, network and funding – from highly educated, young professionals in Thailand to build capacity for key development agents in the country. TYPN presently has over 2,500 members with notable projects including the Brain Exchange Initiative (http://brain-exchange.org) and Social Enterprise Business Plan Competition (SEBP). I am a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship. I hold an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London, an MIA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Thammasat University.