UNFPA Thailand

Our Team

Date: 16/07/2015

Caspar Peek
UNFPA Representative for Thailand and Country Director for Malaysia

There was also life before the UN - as such he worked as coordinator of a five-country Mother-and Child Health project in Central America funded by the European Union, as advisor on development cooperation in the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua, and as a teacher in one of France's top business schools. His engagement in international development started in the late 1970s, working on school construction in Togo and countries in Eastern Europe. He was trained in France and the US and holds degrees in political science/economics and linguistics.

Caspar is married and has two daughters. Currently no pets, but at one point or other shared homes with dogs, a cat, goldfish, turtles, newts, a toucan and parrots large and small, as well as the occasional resident iguana.

Wassana Im-Em
Assistant Representative

Wassana Im-Em joined UNFPA as Assistant Representative in February 2006 and has been responsible for several key areas including UNFPA's contribution to Thailand as a middle income country. She has contributed to the development of strategic collaboration with key stakeholders, particularly in the areas of population data, statistics, surveys and population census.

Prior to UNFPA, she was an Associate Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University from 1996 - 2006, serving last as a Programme Director of the Masters Degree International Program in Population and Reproductive Health. Her research focused on gender-based violence against women, socio-demographic and health dimensions of reproductive health and HIV, and programme evaluation and monitoring. She has several publications in the field of reproductive health and population.

Wassana earned a PhD in Population Studies from the Australian National University in 1996. She was a visiting fellow at the Institut National d'Etudes Demographiques, France from 1999 - 2000. From 2001 - 2004 she was a Population Council postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology from the University of Washington.

Wassana is a native of Chiang Mai. She enjoys reading, traveling, and collecting textiles and crafts.

Ajchima Watanaporn
Personal Assistant

Ajchima joined UNFPA in October 2009. Prior to UNFPA, she served UNDP as the Programme Associate for the Environment Unit and the Secretary to the United Nations Resident Coordinator during 2005-2009. She also serves as a Leave Monitor and Human Resource focal point for the Thailand Country Office.

Ajchima holds a Master Degree in Liberal Arts from Thammasat University. She enjoys baking, reading and collecting stamps.

Amrung Teerasenee
Senior Driver/Messenger

The longest serving staff at the United Nations Population Fund Thailand Office, Amrung has joined UNFPA since 1994. Prior to that, he worked for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at Khao I Dang from 1990. A native of Bangkok, Amrung has a grown-up daughter. During his free time, Amrung joins with his volunteer rescue network to help people in emergency cases such as people in need of ambulance or firemen. Amrung says he is ready for emergency call at all times.

Panyawan Suphasri
General Programme Assistant

Panyawan Suphasri or Aoy joined UNFPA Thailand Country Office from 16 April 2013 as General Programme Assistant. Prior to this, she has 9-year experience as Executive Secretary and Programme Coordinator at Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), 6-year experience as Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator at Save the Children Sweden, SEAP Regional Office, and 10-month experience as Programme Assistant for Thailand at UN Women. She graduated from Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus. She is a native of Trang. During her holidays she enjoys travelling and taking photos.

Duangkamol Ponchamni
National Programme Officer

Duangkamol Ponchamni joined UNFPA as the National Programme Officer in November 2007. Her main responsibilities with UNFPA include Management Capacity Development, South-South Cooperation and Project/Programme Management.

Prior to this, her experience with international NGOs and academic institutes includes field work and project coordination with the Save the Children Fund (UK) from 1989 - 1998 and management as Country Director of Handicap International (France) from 1998-2002. From 2002 - 2004 she was a coordinator for the Development and Establishment of the Assistive & Prosthesis School Project, a Trilateral Project between the Ministry of Health, Mahidol University and the Nippon Foundation. She was a part-time Consultant on the Health Advocacy for Health Care Reform Project under the National Health Security Office from 2004-2006 and was a Director for the Asia-Pacific Development Communication Training Centre under Dhurakijbundit University in Thailand from 2004-2007.

Duangkamol is a trained teacher from Srinakarinvirot University, Bangkok and a trained social worker from Delhi School of Social Work, India. She is a certified facilitator from the Singapore Training Institute and has also attended a variety of project/programme management workshops and courses including Result-Based Management.

Doungdao Songphanich
Finance/Administrative Associate

Doungdao joined UNFPA Thailand Country Office as the Finance/ Administrative Associate in May 2004. Prior to this, she has more than 20 years of finance, accounting and administrative experience for both local and multi-national businesses, including Non-Government Organizations. She graduated from Thammasat University. Doungdao enjoys reading a wide range of books and articles in her free time.

Valeeporn Sinsawasdi
Finance/Administrative Assistant

Valeeporn joined UNFPA as Finance/Administrative Assistant in May 2013. She has 11 years of relevant and progressively responsible experience in the field of operations and administration through employment with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.

Nattaya Boonpakdee
National Programme Officer for Young People

Before joining UNFPA Thailand Country Office, Nattaya worked as a women's health advocate at the Women's Health Advocacy Foundation, a local NGO in Thailand in which she was a co-founder and a coordinator for 12 years. Nattaya was also an Ashoka Fellow in Public Health in 2012. She joined UNFPA Thailand in March 2014 as a National Programme Officer for Young People with a mandate to bring about changes in young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her knowledge areas include adolescents and youth; gender, human rights and cultures; sexual and reproductive health.

Rattanaporn Tangthanaseth
Programme Associate for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

Rattanaporn (Tum) Tangthanaseth joined UNFPA Thailand in May 2013 as Programme Associate for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Khun Tum has extensive experience in programme management and development assistances in the Asia and Pacific region with international organizations, including the regional HIV/AIDS programme of the USAID Regional Development Mission Asia, the regional H5N1 and H1N1 projects of the FAO's Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, the Mekong Infectious Diseases - Behavior Change and Communication programme of the Academy for Educational Development, and recently the UN Millennium Campaign. Khun Tum graduated from National Institute of Development Administration in Social Development. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and serving as a volunteer translator.

Saneekan Rosamontri 
National Programme Officer for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

Saneekan Rosamontri joined UNFPA Thailand in April 2013 as National Programme Officer for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization. Prior to this she was with Plan International leading and developing quality child centered community development programs with partners in Thailand. Her previous experience also includes managing Yuvabadhana Foundation; working in the field of advocacy, lobbying, campaigning and project management with WSPA; mobilizing resources for UN Women; and fundraising and marketing management with UNICEF EAPRO. Before joining the non-profit organizations, she worked with the private sector in management, marketing and sales positions for multinational companies such as Panasonic, ICI Paints and Caltex. Saneekan holds a Master of Business Administration from Shenandoah University, Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Thammasat University. She enjoys reading, travelling and playing music. Her favorite pets are cats and dogs.

Kullwadee Sumalnop
National Programme Officer for Communications

Before joining UNFPA Thailand, Kullwadee worked as a communication specialist for many international non-profit organisations-International Youth Foundation; Save the Children UK, regional office; and the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand. In between the positions at these organaisations, she was a PST Peace Corps trainer on cross-culture. Prior to her work for these non-profit causes, she worked in the editorial team for some wired news services including Reuters (Thailand) and Cosmopolitan Thailand and a web content writer on travelling. She has the experience of working with all levels of the stakeholders-national authorities, private sector, activists, grassroots and beneficiaries in countries in East, South East and South Central Asia. She is familiar with most of the social issues including child protection, children's rights, health, education, anti-human trafficking, young people, environment, climate change and humanitarian response. Her areas of work was also relevant to politcis and international trade.