Speaker: Sarinee Achavanuntakul
Twitter & Instagram: @fringer | https://www.facebook.com/SarineeA |
Topic: What we should talk about when we talk about “Smart city” in Thailand
A financier by training, Sarinee Achavanuntakul is a Thai writer, social critic, and sustainable business advocate. She writes regularly about sustainable development, digital citizenship, new media, and games in various publications including Krungthep Turakij, ThaiPublica.org and The Matter. In 2007, in the wake of the passage of Thailand’s first Computer Crimes Act, Sarinee co-founded Thai Netizen Network (TNN) with a group of like-minded bloggers, and TNN remains today Thailand’s only civil society organization which focuses on advocating Internet freedom and online privacy. In 2011, she co-founded ThaiPublica (http://www.thaipublica.org), an online investigative news organization. In July 2013, she co-founded Sal Forest Co. Ltd. (http://www.salforest.com/), Thailand’s first “sustainable business accelerator” aimed at fostering discourse on sustainable business in Thailand, and currently serves as Managing Director, Knowledge Development.
Since 2007 when she quit investment banking, Sarinee has produced research papers in the fields of capital market, microfinance, and sustainability, as well as written and translated over 60 books on subjects of her interest, including Thai translations of Banker to the Poor, Justice by Michael Sandel, Here Comes Everybody, and Resource Revolution. Her prior experience as investment banker encompasses stints at Hunters Advisory, SCB Securities Co. Ltd., The Siam Commercial Bank, and Deutsche Bank AG Hong Kong Branch. She holds an MBA in finance from Leonard Stern School of Business, New York University, and a BA in economics from Harvard University.