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Former Thai Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. Tej Bunnag appointed Chairman of AIT Board of Trustees


Former Thai Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. Tej Bunnag was unanimously approved as the next Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) at a meeting of the AIT Board of Trustees held on 20 November 2008.

Dr. Tej becomes the seventh chairman in the forty-nine year history of AIT. Preceding him were Professor Puey Ungpakorn, Professor Oscar Mapua, Dr. Thanat Khoman (Chairman Emeritus), M. L. Birabhongse Kasemsri, H.E. Mr. Anand Panyarachun and H.E Dr. Tej himself from 31 October 2006 to 8 July 2008.

The President of the Asian Institute of Technology, Prof. Said Irandoust, offered warm congratulations to H.E. Dr. Tej on behalf of the Institute. 

Dr. Tej first joined AIT as member of its Board on 25 April 2005 and was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee the same year. He was first elected as Chairman of the Board on 30 October 2006, replacing H.E. Mr. Anand Panyarachun, the former Prime Minister of Thailand.

Earlier this year, Dr. Tej was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand when His Majesty the King of Thailand issued a royal command on July 26. Following his appointment as Thailand’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Tej resigned from the Chairmanship and Board of Trustees.

Dr. Tej currently also serves as Assistant Secretary General of the Thai Red Cross Society. Prior to that he had an outstanding career in the Thai foreign service, where he served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry; Ambassador to the United States, France, People’s Republic of China and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and as Permanent Representative of Thailand to UNESCO in Paris and the United Nations office in Geneva. Dr. Tej earned his D. Phil. from Oxford University (St. Antony’s College) and B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University (King’s College).

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