Kirida Bhaopichitr, a Thai national, is a Senior Economist at the East Asia and Pacific Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit of the World Bank. Based in Bangkok, she is the Country Economist for Thailand.
Dr. Bhaopichitr joined the World Bank Bangkok Office in 1999. She has been the main author of the World Bank’s bi-annual Thailand Economic Monitor since 2003 and also authored the 2008 Thailand Productivity and Investment Climate Study.
Her responsibilities in Thailand include monitoring and assessing the country’s economic developments, investment climate, and reforms in the public sector. Bhaopichitr recently worked on the macroeconomic impact assessment of the 2011 floods in Thailand.
Dr. Bhaopichitr has significant regional experience, having worked on Lao PDR, Cambodia, and South Asia. She regularly contributes to the World Bank’s bi-annual report on economic developments, the East Asia and the Pacific Update.
In 2010, Dr. Bhaopichitr spent a year at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, where she worked on regional issues in East Asia and authored a paper on estimating the remittance trends in South Asia.
A recognized fixture in economic and business circles in Thailand, she appears regularly in media and speaks at high-level forums organized by both public and private organizations in the country and abroad.
Dr. Bhaopichitr holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University through the prestigious Anandha Mahidol Foundation scholarship. She finished her bachelor degree in Economics with first class honors at Thammasat University.