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The 'Night Out' for AseanAffairs Business Council

AABC’s Leisurely ‘Night Out’ Goes Beyond Socialising
A Curtain-Raiser to AseanAffairs Events Series 2009

Bangkok, 11 June 2009
— The latest edition of AseanAffairs Business Council’s (AABC) monthly ‘Night Out’ saw a mix of key business players and commercial attaches across Southeast Asia and the region’s major trade partners who took the monthly gathering beyond making friends.

“What we’re doing here is beyond socialising,” said Dr Chiengchuang (Audi) Kalayanamitr.

The event, held on June 10 at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park in Bangkok, was organised by AseanAffairs, a Bangkok-based independent media company dedicated to connecting Asean (Southeast Asia) to the world and vice versa.

“The big business sector needs the media to advocate it, and with the AABC, the two are virtually integrated,” noted Dr Kalayanamitr, board chairman and shareholder of Maxon Systems, a leading telecoms equipment manufacturer.

He is also an advisor to Thailand’s Committee on Sciences, Technology, Mass Communication and Telecommunication

Among the highlights of the event was a feature – a business perspective and trade updates on Southeast Asia – a presentation given by Steve Buckley, the trade and investment director of the British embassy in Thailand.

Speaking to the select group of participants to the AABC, Daniel Schwartz, vice president of marketing for AseanAffairs, shed light on unfolding opportunities in the wake of global economic crisis, and how AABC events are bringing private and government sectors together to forge win-win solutions.

“Right now we are seeing the greatest shift in distribution of wealth, with major investors rediscovering great opportunities in Southeast Asia (Asean),” he said.

He called the AABC Night Out a curtain-raiser to a series of events AseanAffairs has lined up for the year 2009.

Preceding the next AABC, scheduled for July as a half-day event, is the Sixth Asean Leadership Forum, coming up on June 19, at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, in Bangkok, and AseanAffairs CEO Summit, tentatively scheduled for November.
Blue-ribbon speakers at the Sixth Asean Leadership Forum include Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who will deliver the keynote address, former Asean Secretary-General Rodolfo Severino, GE Southeast Asia President Stuart Dean and Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapon Bijleveld. 

AseanAffairs is presenting the forum in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Kuala Lumpur-based Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI).

For more information on the upcoming events, call (662)9380156-7 or visit

Asean Affairs Business Council Attendees
Alan Miu

TNT Express Worldwide (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.
Country General Manager

Ali Adam Halcrow Group Ltd
Regional Director - East Asia
Anakkawat Kowathanakul American Express (Thai) Co., Ltd.
Vice President
Consumer Card Thailand
Aurelio Giraudo Swissotel Nai Lert Park
General Manager
Benjamas Charnkasikupt Hankyu Cargo
Sales Supervisor
Chao Krivith The Royal Gems Golf City Co., Ltd.
Golf Construction Director
Deepak Mittal Aditya Birla Group
Dr. Chienchuang Kalayanamitr Maxon Systems (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Chairman of the board of Directors
Dr. Gustav Gressel Embassy of Austria Commercial Section
Commercial Counsellor
Heather Suksem Property Care Services (Thailand) Ltd.
Managing Director
Jay shankar 3i Infotech (Thailand) Ltd
Country Manager
Jean-Jacques Bouflet Delegation of the European Commission
Kiratima Na Pattalung American Express (Thai) Co., Ltd.
Executive, Cardmember Communications
Mark Wood The Australian Embassy
Counsellor (Commercial) and Trade Commissioner
Meeporn Oeawpanics Phookeethra Co., Ltd.
Group Director
Mira Kim Korean-Thai Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director
Narongsak B2S
Nor Azlan Zulkifli CCM Siam Ltd.
Country Manager
Ralf Hundertmark AIT
Senior Vice President Business Development
Rangsan Thammaneewong Prudent Advisory Company
Steve Bukley British Embassy
Director of Trade and Investment
Sumitra Eksithichai UCSI Blue Ocean Strategy Regional Centre
Country Manager
Tanmaya Lal Embassy of India
Tharika CHOTO Wilding Golf Co., Ltd.
Senior Marketing Manager
Tony Prehn Lowe
Chief Executive Officer
Wiriya Pienchob Halcrow Group Ltd.
Country Manager

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