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G-Lab

Members

Our team comprises professionals with experience in social impact, social innovation, design, engineering, organizational management, and business. Our members possess former working experience in organizations such as IDEO.org, Changefusion, Thai Social Enterprise Office, Ashoka, Office of the Prime Minister, Exxon Mobil Limited, Ritchie, Tye Consulting Inc, APA Division 48 Peace Psychology, Evaristti Studios Co.,Ltd., and Kith and Kin Communications and Consultant Co., Ltd. They are graduates from leading universities including Columbia University, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Hamburg University and are scholars of Fulbright, Erasmus Mundus, and Chevening. In addition, we are part of the School of Global Studies faculty team with work experiences from the World Bank, USAID, Asian Development Bank, and UN Agencies.

Viria Vichit-Vadakan

  • Director

Viria graduated from Stanford University and worked as a Teaching Assistant for Stanford's Social Entrepreneurship class for 2 years. Viria was awarded the Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment for her strong leadership commitment to public service.

She worked for IDEO.org as a Community Manager, managing its social impact platform, designed and implemented workshops for MBA graduates and representatives from foundations interested in using design thinking methodology to tackle poverty related challenges in developing countries.

After IDEO.org, she joined Ashoka Thailand and spearheaded the efforts to support Universities in Thailand with social entrepreneurship education.

Viria established the Ashoka Thailand partnership with Thammasat University where she currently works to help create a social entrepreneurship campuswide ecosystem through the GLab.

Chanya Punyakumpol

  • Partner

Ping went to Stanford University for a BAS in Economics and Computational & Mathematical Sciences. After she graduated in 2011, she continued her study at Cornell Law School. During her time in law school, she has interned at the World Trade Organization and a SEA regional law firm across different countries and regions. After graduated in 2014, she came back to Thailand and started working with Baker & McKenzie, a multinational law firm until August, 2015. There she worked in the financial service department, Project Finance team (which involves loans and financing of large-scale projects such as power plants). Ping is interested in the area of social impact measurement and laws governing social impact and social enterprises. 

Dr. Siyanee Hirunsalee

  • Partner

Dr. Siyanee holds a B.A. degree in Urban Planning and Management from Thammasat University, Thailand (2007), a Master's degree (2009) and a Ph.D. (2013) in Policy Science from Ritsumeikan University, Japan. She worked in various capacities for Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Japan for 5 years during her time in Japan. Her areas of specialty include Urban Development and Planning, Disaster and Resilient City, Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Gaming Simulation. Her recent projects include "Community-University Collaboration for Urban Development" and "Urban Rehabilitation and Slum Upgrading".

Praewa Satutum

  • Project Lead

Praewa was formerly a Social Innovation Lead at Thai Social Enterprise Office and a Project Lead at Change Fusion. She has been involving in various social innovation projects, innovation labs, and social entrepreneurship initiatives with partners from both local and international level, such as Unltd, Rockefeller Foundation, Oxfam GB Asia, JP Morgan, USAID, and LGT Venture Philanthropy.

With the full Erasmus Mundus scholarship from European Union, Praewa attained her graduate degree in Global Innovation Management from the Hamburg University of Technology in Germany and University of Strathclyde in the UK. Prior to that, she did her undergraduate study in Information System Engineering from Asian University and worked as an engineer at Exxon Mobil Limited. Praewa has also been awarded the Royal Thai Government Scholarship, IAESTE Scholarship, Asian University Scholarship, and Oversea Ed scholarship. Her areas of interest include social innovation & entrepreneurship, 21st century learning, sustainable development, and systemic change.

Pearl Phaovisaid

  • Project Lead

Pearl Phaovisaid received her Master of Education from Harvard University and Bachelor of Science from the US Military Academy at West Point. Prior to joining SGS, Pearl served in the US Army; her military service spanned three continents and culminated at the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence where she instructed junior aviation officers in the Basic Officer Leaders Course. After active duty military service, Pearl moved to Thailand to pursue her passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring. Her areas of interest include education, technology, leadership, and social justice.

Dr. Apivat Hanvongse

  • Project Lead

Dr. Hanvongse draws on his training in group dynamics and organizational development to shape future change-makers by giving them the skills to be reflective, adaptive leaders and build effective teams. Dr. Hanvongse is part of G-Lab that helps social enterprises achieve product/market fit by combining entrepreneurial research, Lean Methodologies with Human-Centered Design.

Dr. Hanvongse holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Thammasat University, Master of Arts in Industrial Psychology from the University of Tulsa, and a Doctorate degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

Ada Chirapaisarnkul

  • Advisor

Ada was previously an Assistant Vice President in Strategic Planning at Government Housing Bank. Prior, Ada worked at the Center for Social Innovation and Partnerships, Office of the Prime Minister where she led a multi-stakeholders team to develop the first Master Plan of Social Enterprise Development in Thailand and appointed vice-secretariat for the Sub-Committee on Social Finance under the National Committee on Social Enterprise. In addition, Ada founded the Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN) in 2008 to mobilize resources - skills, expertise, network and funding - from young professionals in Thailand to build capacity for key development agents in the country. She is named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2012.

Ada is a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, GHBank Graduate Scholarship and ASEAN Secondary Scholarship by Singapore Government. She holds an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London, an MIA in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Thammasat University.

Wan Chantavilasvong

  • Design Integration Lead

Wan Chantavilasvong is an honor graduate Bachelor of Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University. After graduation she had worked as the architectural project manager of a Danish architect firm, Evaristti Studio, in Bangkok. While working there, she introduced herself to volunteer for the Creative Life Foundation to educate illegal immigrants. That was also when her interest in social issues grew exceedingly.

Given her background as an architect, she is well accustomed to human centered design and her expertise lies in spatial design that she strongly believes could be one of many tools to solve social issues.

Niyata Limpiti

  • Engagement and Development Lead