VIJAVAT ISARABHAKDI

Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
 
     
       
Date and Place of Birth                     28 June 1957, Bangkok, Thailand  
       
Previous Positions   • Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand  
    • Member of the Sub-Committee on the Promotion and Protection of Thailand’s Image and Interests Overseas, Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Legislative Assembly  
    • Thailand’s Representative on the APEC Vision Group  
    • Board Member of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD)  
       
Work Experience      
Oct. 2017
  Retired from the Thai Foreign Service  
Feb. 2015 - Sep. 2017
  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to Canada  
May 2015 - Sep. 2017
  Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal  
Nov. 2015 - Sep. 2017
 
Non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
 
Jun. 2016 - Sep. 2017
  Non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Jamaica      
Oct. 2013 - Feb. 2015
  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America  
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2013
  Deputy Permanent Secretary (Bilateral Affairs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand.  
Feb. 2011 - Sep. 2012
  Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand.  
Feb. 2008 - Jan. 2011
  Ambassador / Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.  
Apr. 2006 - Jan. 2008
  Minister / Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.   
Feb. 2001 - Mar. 2006
  Minister-Counsellor / Minister; Foreign Affairs Coordinator, Office of the Prime Minister.  On secondment to the Secretariat of the Prime Minister. Bangkok, Thailand.  
May 1998 - Feb. 2001
  First Secretary / Counsellor / Personal Assistant to the Foreign Minister Secretariat of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand.  
Jan. 1998 - Apr. 1998
  First Secretary (Malaysia Desk Officer).  East Asia III Division, Department of East Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand.  
Oct. 1994 - Dec. 1997
  First Secretary (Political). Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C., United States of America.  
May 1994 - Aug. 1994
  Congressional Fellow.  Office of U.S. Senator Hank Brown (R-Colorado), Washington, D.C., United States of America.                       
Jan. 1994 - Apr. 1994
  Congressional Fellow.  Office of U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), Washington, D.C., United States of America.  
Oct. 1992 - Oct. 1993 
  Second Secretary / Personal Assistant to the Foreign Minister. Secretariat of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.  
May 1992 - Sep. 1992
  Third Secretary (China Desk Officer).  East Asia III Division, Department of East Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.  
Feb. 1990 - Apr. 1992
  Third Secretary / Attaché (United States Desk Officer). Americas Division, Department of Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.  
       
International Conferences   Headed Thailand’s delegation to the following multilateral and bilateral conferences:
• 4th Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 9-12 Nov. 2010
 
 
  • 4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Istanbul, Turkey, 9-13 May 2011  
 
  • Plenary Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 30 Jun. 2011  
 
  • 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Geneva, Switzerland, 28 Nov. - 1 Dec. 2011  
 
  • 64th Session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva, Switzerland,  30 Sep. - 4 Oct. 2012  
 
  • Senior Officials’ Meeting of the 9th ASEM Summit, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 1-4 Nov. 2012  
 
  • Political Consultations with South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Switzerland, Estonia, etc.  
       
Education      
1985-1989
  Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Relations
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts
University, Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
 
1982-1984
  Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D.)
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts
University, Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
 
1976-1980
  Bachelor of Arts (B.A., First Class Honours).
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
 
 
     
Decorations   • Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, 2014  
 
  • Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, 2011  
 
  • Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, 2008  
 
  • Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, 2005  
 
  • Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, 2000  
 
  • Commander (Third Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, 1998  
 
  • Commander (Third Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, 1996  
 
     
Honours   • Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in the United States of America (1982-1984)  
 
  • Congressional Fellowship sponsored by the American Political Science Association and the Asia Foundation (1993-1994)  
 
  • Award for Outstanding Civil Servant of the Year (2000)  
 
     
Publications   • Translated A Diplomatic History of Thailand by H.R.H. Prince Wan Waithayakon Krommun Naradhip Bongsprabandh, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand (1990)  
 
  • Translated The Birth of the ThaiHealth Fund, Thai Health Promotion Foundation (2002)  
 
     
Marital Status        • Married to Wannipa Isarabhakdi, with one daughter, Natasha  
       

 

 




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