Raising Thailand's Potential: The Service Sector as a New Driver of Growth
December 19, 2016Bangkok, Thailand

Joint Seminar by Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration and the World Bank on Thailand's economic outlook.

Thailand Economic Monitor 
Raising Thailand's Potential: The Service Sector as a New Driver of Growth

2.00 pm: Registration and Refreshments
2.30 pm: Welcome remarks by Professor Dr. Dipak C. Jain, Director, Sasin
2.35 pm:  Opening remarks by Dr. Ulrich Zachau, Country Director for Southeast Asia, World Bank
2.40 pm: Group photo and video "The Thai Economy: Why It Matters to All of Us"
2.50 pm: Presentation on "Thailand Economic Monitor” by Dr. Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, Senior Economist, World Bank
3.10 pm:

Panel discussion on "Raising Thailand's Potential: The Service Sector as a New Driver of Growth" 

  • Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool, Vice Minister, Office of the Prime Minister
  • Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash, Vice Chairman, Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand

Moderated by Associated Professor Dr. Kritika Kongsompong, Sasin

4.10 pm: Q & A

Note: In English and Thai with simultaneous translations

  • Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool

    Vice Minister, Office of Prime Minister
    Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool joined Bangkok Bank in 2010 as Executive Vice President, International Banking Group. He was a former Senior Executive with the Bank of Thailand and the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in 1996-2010. He was seconded to SET in 2008-2009 as Senior Vice President (Strategic Planning) and Executive Director of the SET Research Institute for Capital Market. Dr. Kobsak also served as the former member of the Constitution Drafting Committee before being appointed as Vice Minister. Dr. Kobsak holds a PhD in macroeconomics and international economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in mathematics and economics from Williams College.
  • Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash

    Vice Chairman, The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand
    Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash started his career working with the Thai government for nine years coordinating technical and economic cooperation programs between Thailand and major European countries. He then joined the International Development Research Center for 23 years serving mainly as Asia Regional Director overseeing development research grants. Currently, he is the Honorary Chairman of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Forum and Executive Vice Chairman of Loxley Public Co. Ltd and Muang Thai Insurance Public Co., Ltd. Dr. Jingjai received his PhD in Public Law from the University of Caen Normandy.
  • Dr. Kiatipong Ariyapruchya

    Senior Economist, World Bank Thailand
    Dr. Kiatipong Ariyapruchya is the World Bank Senior Economist for Thailand. He also works on Myanmar and South Korea. His work focuses on macroeconomic assessment and structural reforms. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the Bank of Thailand in the Monetary Policy Group and at the Puey Ungphakorn Research Institute. He was also Director at the Capital Market Research Institute at the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Economist at the International Monetary Fund where he participated in program negotiation and surveillance missions to Egypt, Georgia, Nepal and South Korea. He holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University and BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.
  • Dr. Kritika Kongsompong

    Associate Professor, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration
    Dr. Kritika has over 20 years of managerial experience in service industry marketing both with domestic and international companies. She has published many books and articles as well as being a consultant for many projects. She is the Executive Member of many organizations and was recently appointed as Advisor to the Bangkok Governor: AEC Committee. She was awarded Thailand Exemplary Woman Business Development & Strategic Planning in 1999. Dr. Kritika holds a PhD in Marketing from Thammasat University.
  • WHEN: Friday, December 19, 2016; 2:30PM-4:30PM
  • WHERE: Sasin Hall, 9th Floor, Sasin Graduate Institute of Chulalongkorn University
  • REGISTER: Kindly RSVP by Thursday, December 15, 2016 to Angkanee Luangpenthong via email: or tel: 02-686-8349