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July 2018 Issue 49

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Dear Members,... From 
M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon, AustCham Vice Presidents

Let's get to know the Australian Alumni Awards winners, as well as this year's finalists

>> Chamber Business News in July and updated news from the Australian Embassy
>> Current issues focused on what’s happening in Thailand

Check out an interview video of July Sundowners' venue sponsor, AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel and co-venue sponsor, Anantara Riverside Resort. Additionally, for those who have missed this year's Australian Alumni Awards, we have here an overview video of what happened on the night.

Starting August with a line-up of interesting events brought to you by AustCham Thailand

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> News and events from our members
>> Warm welcome and introduction to our 7 new members!

Snapshots at AustCham's organized events in July!



Message from your Chamber


Greetings and welcome to the July issue of AustCham's Advance magazine. A special issue dedicated to the ‘Alumni’.

The AustCham Alumni has been active for over 7 years with the merging of the then TAA (Thai-Australian Alumni Association established in the 50's) and has now been re-launched under the AAA (Australian Alumni Association). The AustCham Alumni serves as a focal point for Australian graduates to exchange and share their business networks through a common bond in having an Australian education, between both recent graduates and senior alumni.

Our members have increased through the years and some have become young members of AustCham. This has been achieved by organising various events in conjunction with the Australian Embassy Bangkok and the AAA.

We recently held the AustCham Australian Alumni Awards, which is an annual celebration to recognize the outstanding achievements of Australian graduates in various fields from science, economics, business, CSR and creative arts; more details on the winners and finalists can be seen in this edition of Advance.

The Alumni is our future and by joining with AustCham, there are great opportunities for business connectivity, and to meet and built new connections with like-minded groups of friends. Also note that young Alumni members enjoy special rates when joining AustCham: https://www.austchamthailand.com/page-1860559

I personally feel very passionate, as I have been involved as an Austcham Director since 2010, and believe that we can build connections and friendships through the commonality of being educated in Australia, and this will help to foster and enhance relationships between Australia and Thailand.

For more information on the Alumni, please contact the AustCham office.

Wishing you all great success in the coming month ahead"


M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon

AustCham Vice Presidents 

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Australian Alumni Awards 2018

  Getting to Know The Winners  
 Alumni of the Year  Alumni of the Year  Alumni Leadership Award

Dr. Bandid Nijathaworn

- President and CEO of the Thai Institute of Directors
- Australian Alumni from La Trobe University

Professor Emeritus Dr. Mingsan Santikarn Kaosa-ard

- The Chair and Director of Public Policy Studies Institute Foundation, and the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Social and Economic Research of NRCT
- Australian Alumni from Australian National University

Associate Professor Dr. Bundit Fungtammasan

- Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)
- Australian Alumni from University of New South Wales
Alumni Entrepreneurial Award   Young Alumni Award Alumni Community
Engagement Award

Mr. Rutchasit Hiranyaphinant

- Chief Executive Officer at Growlab Agritech Company Limited
- Australian Alumni from Australian National University

Ms. Purnima Ghogar Ruanglertbutr

- Bangkok Patana School, Secondary English Teacher
- Australian Alumni from University of New South Wales and University of Melbourne

Dr. Thira Woratanarat

- Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
- Australian Alumni from University of Newcastle
  Getting to Know The Finalists  
 Ms. Chiman Estephan  Dr. Darika Lathapipat  Mr. Dwight Willis
Speech & Language Therapist / Autism Specialist Little Sprouts Children’s Center
Australian Alumni from University of Sydney
- President, Dhurakitpundit University
- Australian Alumni from The University of New South Wales
- Founder & CEO of Dollarsmart Global Pte. Ltd.
- Australian Alumni from Southern Cross University and Sydney University
Mr. Niti (Nick) Mukayavongsa   

Dr. Panraphee Raphiphan

Assistant Professor Dr. Rattana Wetprasit 
- Assistant Vice-President (Academic), Dhurakij Pundit University
- Australian Alumni from Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- CEO and Founder of AHAPPENER Co., Ltd.
- Australian Alumni from Monash University
- Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, Prince of Songkhla University Phuket Campus
- Australian Alumni from Griffith University
Senior Colonel Wandee Tosuwan   Dr. Veerachat Petpisit
- Defense Science and Technology Department
- Australian Alumni from The University of New South Wales
- Chief Executive Officer - Healthcare Ventures, BridgeAsia Group
- Australian Alumni from Queensland University of Technology (QUT)


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Chamber Business News: July


AustCham has had a busy schedule in July with Business Meetings and Member Briefings. To see what’s been happening in the Chamber, click here for an update...

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Australian Embassy News: July


Australian and Thai approaches to improvements in better health and well-being

On Thrusday 19 July, a crowd of 115 gathered at an event, entitled ‘Australia-Thailand Pathways to Well-Being’, hosted by the Australian Embassy Bangkok. The event featured a panel discussion focusing on Australian and Thai campaigns and programs that encourage people to exercise more, eat well and improve well-being...

THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP PRIME MINISTER:Remarks at the Afternoon Reception in recognition of the Australian Chiang Rai Rescue Team Government House, Canberra

Your Excellency’s, Ambassador Sivakua, the Honourable Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition, Your Excellency Paul Robilliard, our Ambassador to Thailand, my parliamentary colleagues and ministerial colleagues. Welcome, and a big welcome home to our heroes from Thailand...

Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s visit to Thailand

Australia’s Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Mark Coulton MP is in Thailand from 23-27 July to promote Australia’s economic and trade interests and explore new opportunities for Australian businesses...

Exercise Chapel Gold 2018

Australian soldiers arrived in Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai Province in Thailand on Monday 9 July to conduct jungle warfare training with the Royal Thai Army as part of Exercise Chapel Gold 2018...

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  Thailand to highlight digital development at World Expo 2020 in Dubai  
  Reporter: Tanakorn Sangiam; Re-writer: Praphorn Praphornkul || Source: National News Bureau of Thailand  
The Digital Economy and Society Minister, Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, and the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Thailand, Saif Abdulla Mohamed Khalfan Al Shamisi, discussed Thailand's preparation for the World Expo 2020, which will be held in Dubai, UAE...

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  Exclusive Interview video with Dr Luxmon Attapich, Deputy Secretary General, EECO  
  Source: Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EECO)  
AustCham’s Executive Director, Brendan Cunningham, interviewed Dr. Luxmon Attapich, Deputy Secretary General of the Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EECO) prior to her presentation on Thursday 12 July. If you missed the presentation, Dr. Luxmon provides a summary here, including the updates on infrastructure development, short-long term plans, targeted industries and the new EEC Act...

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  Phuket Law: Royal Decree blows work permits wide open  
  Reporter: Jerrold Kippen|| Source: The Phuket News  
Last month in part one on our series on Thailand's new foreign labour law we explained that new law allows foreigners to work without a work permit in some limited but significant circumstances...

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July sundowners interview video with AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel

July Sundowners interview video with Anantara Riverside Resort

Throw back Australian Alumni Awards 2018

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AustCham Member Briefing on “Developing the Thai Workforce”


All Chambers Sundowners


Chiang Mai Connect "Special" Edition!


Multi Chambers Luncheon: Thailand’s Regulatory Guillotine


GTCC Ice Breaker Networking - Welcome Back


Phuket Members Briefing on “Central’s Retail Developments and Opportunities in Phuket”


Phuket Sundowners hosted by AustCham


NZTCC & AustCham Rugby Event 2018


BCCT/AustCham Briefing: ASEAN Needs Vocational Skills Boost - now


BCCT Multi-Chambers Eastern Seaboard Business Networking


BCCT Eastern Seaboard Briefing: Thai Labour Law, Work Permits and Visas


BCCT Multi-Chambers Chiang Mai Business Networking


The Coffee Club 2018 AFL Grand Final Family Day

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Promotions for AustCham members

For this month, various promotions for AustCham members are here to offer you a special deal.

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Members News

Check out the latest news from AustCham members.

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AustCham Members Calendar

Find out what upcoming events our members have at AustCham Members Event Calendar.

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New Member - Air Radiators (Thailand) Ltd.

Air Radiators, which demands innovation and excellence across the organization, has worked hard to achieve market leadership. After setting technology trends for more than 40 years, we are determined to stay in front...

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New Member - Anana Ecological Resort Krabi

Saladaeng Lodge Co Ltd is the owner of the ANANA Ecological Resort Krabi sustainable tourism development in Ao Nang, Krabi. It is a 59 Studios and Suites integrated lifestyle resort with a 130 million Baht investment employing 45 Staff ...

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New Member - AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel

Whether you’re in Bangkok for a well-deserved break or looking for the perfect venue to do some serious business, AVANI Riverside Bangkok has all the things you need from an upscale hotel. 248 guest bedrooms, including 23 suites, let you relax in contemporary, understated style, with every room showcasing the Chao Phraya river....

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New Member - BHMAsia

BHMA is a regional Asian-Pacific hotel management company wholly owned by the ASX listed Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG). BHMA is a part of FCTG’s Global Hotel Network providing management for hotels, resorts, villas, serviced apartments and branded residences....

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New Member - BWI (THAILAND) CO., LTD.

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts now operates more than 4,200 properties across the globe, under its eleven distinct brands. Having arrived in Asia in 2001, Best Western has since expanded its regional presence to seven countries, including many of the region's fastest-growing business and leisure destinations. ...

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New Member - Carbits Asia Co Ltd Trading as Burson Auto Parts

CarBits Asia operates stores under the Burson Auto Parts brand in Thailand and sources product for the BAPCOR Ltd network in Australia and New Zealand. CarBits Asia is a JV with Sammitr Group Thailand. CarBits Asia is majority owner by BAPCOR Ltd an ASX listed company employing 3,500 people and operating from over 800 locations in Australia and New Zealand....

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New Member - Park Hyatt Bangkok

Park Hyatt Bangkok promises to offer a refined and uniquely Thai experience, reflecting the country’s rich culture and legendary gracious hospitality. A devoted team of hosts dedicates themselves to providing Park Hyatt’s world-class discreet and sincere service...

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4 JUL - AustCham Member briefing on Tourism Development in Thailand

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4 JUL - July Sundowners

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10 JUL - Australian Alumni Awards 2018

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12 JUL - Joint Chambers Business Luncheon “Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC): Platforms for attracting investment in 2018”

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20 JUL - AustCham ESB Manufacturing Member Briefing on “The Current and Future issues that manufacturing entities in Thailand Face”

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20 JUL -  Joint Chambers ESB Sundowners hosted by AustCham

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