Speakers and Panelists Academic Impact Day
Keynote Speech “Like Father, Like Daughter: Female Succession in Thai Family Business”
Vice President of Siam Park City, Bangkok
Chirawan Diskul is the Vice President of Siam Park Bangkok. The company operates the first ever amusement park and water park in Thailand, situated across 120 acres and widely recognized as “Siam Park City (Suan Siam) Bangkok Inland Sea”. Today, Siam Park City is one of the largest Water Parks in Southeast Asia with 40 rides including certified world-class rides, featuring 5 separate attraction zones with the World’s Largest Wave Pool in the Guinness World Records.
Chirawan is the second generation of Luangamornlert family and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Financial Economics and Finance from the London Metropolitan University. Involved in the traditional family business since her childhood, she joined the Siam Park Bangkok management team after graduation with strong dedication to her family business.
Speaker “Female Leadership in Action”
Fashion Designer and founding owner of Nhoo Matthews Atelier
Nhoo Matthews trained in fashion design, haute couture tailoring, and pattern-making at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She also worked in the New York fashion industry in a variety of companies including haute couture houses such as Marchesa, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Rowley, as at ready-to-wear manufacturers like Garan Inc., August Silk, and Notations. In 2014, Nhoo returned to Thailand to found her own fashion house, Nhoo Matthews Atelier, offering custom-designed-and-made bridal wear. Her plan has been to differentiate her business by the high design and production standards from her New York experience as well as through an exceptional quality of personalized customer service for every client. Nhoo also taught private classes in fashion design, draping, and fashion history while she was developing her initial lines.
Currently, she is expanding her business with a new bridal line using exclusively Asian fabrics, called “East Couture,” a soon-to-be-launched retail line of casual-and-party wear, called “Uptown,” and a new line of bridal cosmetics beginning with bridal lipstick in once-in-a-lifetime colors.
Chief, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section, Social Development Division
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Ms. Cai Cai is the Chief of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section of the Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). UNESCAP is the largest and most comprehensive United Nations entity in the Asian and Pacific region with a membership of 62 governments.
Ms Cai Cai is responsible for overseeing UNESCAP’s programmes in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as disability–inclusive development in the Asia–Pacific region. She has 16 years of rich experience with the United Nations at the country, subregional and regional levels, covering a wide range of socioeconomic development issues. Prior to joining UNESCAP, she had worked with UNICEF and UNDP, focusing on policy development and advocacy that aimed to empower women and girls as well as vulnerable groups as a key strategy for pro–poor growth and sustainable development. Ms Cai Cai holds a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Managing Director and Co-Founder of U Drink I Drive
Sirasom (Si) started U drink I drive five years ago as a chauffeur-on-call service to partygoers, driven by the mission to lower road accidents caused by drunk-driving and by doing so, helping to save people’s lives. Road accidents caused by drunk-driving in Thailand still remain high despite ongoing awareness campaigns when findings from the World Health Organization showed that 40% of the road accidents in Thailand, ranking 2nd in road accidents globally, are caused by drunk-driving.
Instead of defining her business success by an increase in application users, Si defines success by reduced road accident numbers, caused by drunk-driving. Her ultimate goal is to target zero drunk drivers behind the wheel. Sirasom now expanded U Drink I Drive in a 24-hour service called U Sit I Drive when seeing a high demand for professional chauffeurs who could drive customer’s cars and run errands on their behalf.
Founder and General Manager of Gourmet-one, Bangkok
“Being a young entrepreneur at 24 is already tough, but being a young entrepreneur and a woman at that age is much more tougher. No doubt it is challenging”.
At 3am in the morning Nuntiya has to get up and be ready to supply all sorts of fruits and vegetable to Star cruise at Leamchabang Port. This has led her to setting up Gourmet one Food Service which has now become one of the top fine food suppliers to all five stars hotels in Thailand and in neighboring countries. Gourmet one is importing fine food such as beef, foie gras, truffle, and pastry items from around the world and perishable product from Europe, Australia and America.
Not only working in food industry, she is also one of the founders of one of the famous charities “Bangkok Chefs Charity Gala Dinner”, established in 2009. The purpose of this charity is to raise funds for underprivileged children. All of the fund raising contributes to the Border Patrol Police under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to underprivileged children in remote area in Northern Thailand. More than 120 million THB have been raised in these past
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Amanda Bullough
Professor for Management and Global Leadership
Co-Director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware, USA
Amanda Bullough is a Management and Global Leadership professor, and Co-Director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware. Her research spans global leadership, organizational behavior, cross-cultural management, entrepreneurship, and international development. Amanda publishes in premier academic journals like the Journal of Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Leadership Quarterly, and others, and have presented at numerous international business and management conferences. Her most prominent streams of research include entrepreneurship in war zones and under adverse conditions, global mindset, and women’s entrepreneurship and leadership.
Amanda Bullough’s teaching experience includes global leadership, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, sustainability, multicultural teams and leadership, professional development, international business, and business plans, to executives, and undergraduate and graduate students. She has executive education teaching experience with clients like Christiana Healthcare, New Castle County, the Produce Marketing Association, and a program for high-potential women’s leadership development. Amanda also does consulting for high-profile clients like the World Bank, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program, and the Global Business School Network (GBSN).
CEO Mudman Group, Bangkok
Nadim Xavier Salhani has twenty years knowledge in the hospitality industry. In 1997 he was the start up General Manager for Starbucks Coffee in Thailand, responsible for opening the first 40 stores and established the brand in the market.
Being an entrepreneur, Nadim went on to assist a failing company and do a successful turnaround and develop a successful group of companies: “Mudman” being a house of international retail food brands and the authorized master franchisee for: Au Bon Pain Bakery Café, Baskin Robbins, and Dunkin’ Donuts. The stock listed company also owns its own brands in Thailand and International markets: Greyhound Original that designs, produces and sells fashion and accessories, Greyhound Café , Another Hound Cafe’, Le Grand Vefour (Paris), MKitchen Catering Services, altogether, owns and operates more than 400 locations in the domestic and international market.
Besides being the CEO for Mudman PCL., Nadim Xavier Salhani is a dedicated speaker and guest lecturer at Bangkok University and at Chulalongkorn University.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Guelich
Bangkok University School of Entrepreneurship and Management
Board Member GERA (Global Entrepreneurship Research Association)
GEM Thailand Team Leader
Ulrike Guelich is Assistant Professor Ulrike Guelich is Assistant Professor with Bangkok University’s School of Entrepreneurship and Management. Her 25 years of entrepreneurship experience include years as business owner in a manufacturing family business in the 4th generation and leading an IT start-up as supplier to the automotive industry. Ulrike’s research interests evolve around women entrepreneurship, the use of entrepreneurial networks and their influence on innovation in entrepreneurial activities.
Ulrike joined the GEM Thailand team in 2012 and is currently its team leader. She contributed to several national and international reports on entrepreneurial activities, attitudes and aspirations. She is currently also member of the Board of Directors with the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association.