public lecture by Anand Panyarachun, the Former Prime Minister of
Thailand at Brussels on June 24, 2008.
Panyarachun is a leading senior statesman in Asia. He served as Prime
Minister of Thailand in 1991 and 1992. Anand was educated in Thailand
and Dulwich College, London and entered Trinity College, University
of Cambridge, where he graduated with honours with a degree in Economics
and Law. In 1997, Anand was elected as a member of the Constitution
Drafting Assembly and was appointed Chairman of the Drafting Committee.
In August 1997, he received the 1997 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government
Service. In his long and distinguished career, Anand also served as
Thailandís ambassador to the United Nations, Canada and the United
States. He has also served on various international committees: the
Advisory Group of Anti-Corruption Issues for the East Asia and Pacific
Region, World Bank, Group of International Advisors of International
Committee of the Red Cross and of the Advisory Council of Transparency
International (TI). He has also served as UNICEF Ambassador for Thailand
since 1996. In 2005 Anand served as chairman of the National Reconciliation
Commission with responsibility for recommending policies to restore
peace to Thailandís southern provinces. His report was submitted to
the government in 2006.