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President & CEO, AIT (Asian Institute of Technology), Bangkok
 Professor Said Irandoust, a Swedish national, serving as President of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), an international institute of higher learning, based in Thailand with affiliated Centers in Vietnam and Indonesia, was born in 1960 in Tabriz a province of Azerbaijan, north-west Iran. He gained a M.Sc. in chemical engineering in 1984 and a PhD in 1989 with a thesis on monolith reactors at Chalmers, Sweden. Prior to joining AIT he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Borås, Sweden from 2001–2005. During his presidency, Borås University developed a new, innovative concept to become the first Swedish University of Professions. Before that he worked with one of Sweden’s leading universities Chalmers from 1990 to 2000, with his last position being that of Vice President. As the Vice President at Chalmers, he initiated and supervised a number of development projects within higher learning, further education for professionals, and internationalization. He has served as a Chair of the Swedish Government’s Committee for Promoting Mathematics; and as members of the Swedish Government’s Committee for the Widening Recruitment; the Board of the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) and the Board of the National Museums of World Culture, Sweden. Professor Irandoust has received the Medal of Progress from the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics in Moscow.


Professor and Coordinator, Energy Field of study School of Environment, Resources and Development, AIT (Asian Institute of technology)

Sivanappan Kumar, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s (honours) in mechanical engineering from University of Madras, India; master of engineering (energy technology) from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; and doctorate from the Institute National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France. He was reader at the Madurai Kamaraj University, India, and Program Research Fellow of the International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) at the University of Ancona, Italy. He joined AIT as assistant professor in 1995, and has been a professor there since 2005. He was the dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development at AIT 2005 – August 2009 and is also the coordinator of the energy field of study at AIT


Dean & Associate Professor School of Environment, Resources and Development AIT (Asian Institute of Technology)
Dean School of Environment, Resources and Development Sept 2009-present, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand Associate Professor Energy Field of Study Jan. 2003-present School of Environment, Resources and Development Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, Coordinator Energy Field of Study, Nov. 2003 – Oct 2005 School of Environment, Resources and Development Jan. 2008-Aug 2009 Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand Secretary General Secretary General, Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research


Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Thailand

A career diplomat who studied Political Studies and Law, Dr. Schumacher has served in many countries – including Tel Aviv, the German Foreign Office, Namibia, Sarajevo, the UN, Finland and Iraq. He’s been Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Thailand since October, 2008.


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