Board Of Directors
Andrew is currently the CEO of a large and fast growing Franchisee of the KFC Brand in Thailand, Restaurants Development Company Limited (“RD”). RD established operations in 2016 to become only the second Franchisee for KFC in Thailand in over 30 years. The business is headquartered in Bangkok and employs over 4,000 staff across Thailand. RD is a significant investor into Thailand and is committed to creating more employment and development opportunities for its team. At the start of 2022 RD was operating 230 KFC restaurants in the Kingdom of Thailand. In the last 5 years RD has been one of the fastest growing food retailers in Thailand, opening over 120 new KFC restaurants across the Kingdom.
Andrew has over 25 years of experience in blue chip professional services, FMCG and Retail organizations leading Finance, Operations and Business Development teams across Australia, the UK and Thailand. Andrew relocated to Thailand in 2011 with Yum Restaurants, the US Listed global brand owner and Franchisor for KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands.
Andrew graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business degree with Distinction. Andrew is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Andrew is passionate about contributing to the significant growth opportunity for leading consumer brands in Thailand and the employment, training and development for Thai people available as a result.
In 2020 Andrew was elected to the Board of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and in 2021 became a Vice President of the Chamber. During 2021 Andrew led the Corporate Social Responsibility sub-committee for the Chamber.
Andrew has lived in Thailand since 2011 with his wife and 3 children
Country Manager, Linfox Thailand
Saj Iqbal is Country Manager for Linfox Thailand and manages all of Linfox’s logistics business in the Kingdom.
Saj first arrived in Thailand with Mars in 2000 and has 30 years of logistics experience. Saj joined Linfox in 2006 and was responsible for large implementations and growth projects in China, India, Indonesia and Thailand. In 2013, Saj became Country Manager for Linfox Malaysia and in 2016, Saj took on a dual role and added Country Manager for Linfox Indonesia to his responsibility. At the beginning of 2018, Saj was appointed as Regional Account Director for Linfox with specific responsibility for the Unilever Business in Asia Pacific. Saj’s commercial expertise supported continuous improvement savings and incorporated innovation platforms with significant benefit to the customer in Thailand and across Asia. He was appointed Thailand Country Manager in 2019.
Linfox has been operating its logistics business in Thailand and Southeast Asia for over 20 years and serves customers in the FMCG, retail and industrial markets. As Platinum sponsor and through its previous board and committee members, Linfox has been a strong supporter of the chamber and is keen to work side by side to improve the chamber’s relations and service offerings to its members.
Co-founder and CEO Dollarsmart Global (“DSG”)
Company: DSG established in 2014, is a leading Asian and African International payments company, making thousands of payments for our personal and corporate customers every day into Asia and Africa. A fast growing FINTECH company, developing all our own software, with 20+ employees based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
2019 – selected by Bank of Thailand as one of Thailand’s Top 8 FINTECH companies.
Experience: 30+ years of international banking experience in large global banks in London, Sydney and Singapore focused on Financial Markets and Technology and now 6 years of FINTECH startup experience in Thailand and Asia.
Austcham Chamber Experience: Headed Austcham Technology Subcommittee for 3 years. Ran various Technology events.
I am interested in nominating for a Austcham Director position and can contribute the following:
Based in Chiang mai, I can help Austcham establish a strong presence in Thailand second largest city and Northern Thailand.
Deep Technical and Startup experience to the chamber and help build on the Technical subcommittee initiatives we ran over the last few years.
General Manager – KING Furniture Thai Company Limited
Frank Holzer is Australian born and has been a resident in Thailand since 2005.
A director for AustCham for the past 5 years and 2 as Treasurer
Also runs the monthly Eastern Seaboard Business Dinner for the past 5 year’s
His professional profile:
King Furniture Thailand ( King Living ) – 2021 till present
ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions – 2017 – 2021
MHG Asia Pacific Operations – 2015 – 2017
-Executive General Manager
General Motors Thailand (Chevrolet) – 2005 – 2015
-Director ASEAN Manufacturing Finance
General Motors Holden – 1979 to 2005
-Various positions – Manufacturing, Quality, HR, IT, Finance.
Partner, Tilleke & Gibbins
Khun Chaiwat is a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group and head of the firm’s property practice. A seasoned attorney with over 15 years of post-qualification experience, he advises domestic and multinational companies on a wide range of legal matters related to doing business and real estate matters in Thailand. He graduated with an LL.B. from Thammasat University in 2002, and an LL.M. (with honor) in International Business Law from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in 2006; and is a member of the Lawyers Council of Thailand and the Thai Bar Association. His professional experience and understanding of local laws will be of great benefit to the Board and to AustCham as a whole, and will use knowledge to keep members aware of the latest business and legal developments.
Chief People Officer Asset World Corp Public Company Limited
Khun Chokdee is an experienced business executive with proven records in incubating, developing, and managing multi-business units, in large organisations. He considers himself very fortunate having work in many disciplines namely accounting, operations, project development, business development, and most recently human resources, across various industries from banking, hotel, chain restaurant, consultancy, media, asset management, and real estate.
Currently, he is the proud Chief People Officer at Asset World Corp Public Company Limited, a holding company under TCC Group. The company has two main businesses consisting of Hospitality business managed by world-renowned hotel brands such as Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, Melia, Le Meridien, and Sheraton and Retail, Wholesale, and Commercial properties whose projects include ASIATIQUE the Riverfront, Gateway Malls, AEC Trade Center, Empire Tower and Athenee Tower.
Having been given many opportunities in his career, he is at the stage where he can contribute back to the business community and particularly to the younger generation. AustCham has been his preferred Chamber of Commerce during the past years. He has professionally benefitted and enjoyed networking at Sundowners. Thus, it would be a true pleasure to return his service to AustCham members as a Director on the Board.
Director of Business Development, SO/ Bangkok
Juthamas Carranco, known as Kwan, is a passionate hotelier with over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality & tourism industry, particularly in five-star hotels. Kwan holds extensive experience in key destinations throughout Thailand such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Samui. She is an Australian Alumni, holding a Masters degree in Marketing Management from Griffith University, Brisbane. Kwan has a comprehensive background in Sales & Marketing, Business Development, Branding and Marketing Communication. She also serves on the Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) as Co-Chairperson for the Marketing Committee, working towards promoting Thailand as the top MICE destination in collaboration with TICA, having been selected by TCEB to be part of the Convention Task Force committee, contributing her vast knowledge and skills towards building Thailand as a world class destination for conventions.
Kwan’s passion involves giving back to the community, volunteering as a teacher for AustCham since 2007, in addition to contributing a great deal to Thai society, such as performing as a guest speaker for multiple organizations and universities, such as, TICA, HSMAI, Luxellence, PATA and many other leading universities. Her talents have been well recognized with many awards including Finalist of Australian Alumni Leadership Award 2019, IHMP – International Hospitality Management Program for Accor Leadership Program Class of 2017, Nominee for Best Employee Development Program in 2013 and High Potential Program in 2011 for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. She was nominated and elected to join the Austcham Board of Directors in 2021 with her large network in hospitality & tourism sector and being a part of the founding committee for AustCham Women In Leadership, which has been converted now to Diversity & Inclusion supporting AustCham’s commitment with an inclusive culture that embraces and promotes diversity. In the new term, Kwan will support the Hospitality & Tourism sub-committee driving new ideas and more values for AustCham members.
Kwan joined SO/ Bangkok in 2012, becoming one of the brand ambassadors for SO/ hotels and resorts in building SO/ brand, recognized worldwide. SO/ Bangkok is a flagship of SO/ hotels & resorts globally, and one of the leading lifestyle brands under the portfolio of Ennismore, a global company managing 14 lifestyle brands under the umbrella of Accor. SO/ Bangkok is luxury lifestyle fashionable-led designed hotel working in collaboration of five well-known Thai designers and the world renowned fashion guru, Monsieur Christian Lacriox. Located on the corner of Sathorn Road and Rama IV Road providing a stunning view of Lumpini Park with one of the most beautiful infinity pool and rooftop bar in town.
2022 AustCham sub-Committee: Lead on Diversity & Inclusion Sub-Committee.
2019-2021 AustCham sub-Committee: Member of Women in Leadership Sub-Committee.
Partner – BDO in Thailand
With over 19 years’ experience, Matthew works closely with Boards and c suite professionals primarily helping them execute on strategy. He has done this across three continents, the United Kingdom, Australia and for the last four and a half years here in Thailand.
The connection to AustCham came as a result of Matthew living and working for BDO Australia in Perth, Western Australia for ten years prior to his arrival in Thailand giving Matthew an extensive business network in Australia and a passion for cross border business opportunities between the two countries . AustCham has played a significant part of Matthew’s life since arrival in Thailand due to the many great events and initiatives run by the chamber.
Its now time to give something back to the Australian and Thai business communities by representing AustCham on the board.
Key areas of focus will be to help AustCham under its new leadership challenge and refine its existing strategy, help with best practise principles of corporate governance and manage risk to enable the chamber to grow and increase its impact on the community.
Qualifications & Affiliations
•Master of Mathematics “MMATH” –University of Sheffield
•Chartered Accountant Australia “CA Aus”
•Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant “FCCA”
•Registered Company Auditor Australia “RCA Aus”
•Graduate of Thai Institute of Directors “IOD” Certification program
Head of School – Ascot International School
Mrs. Ciempka is currently Head of School at Ascot International School and has worked in education for over 25 years. She has served and held leadership roles in a wide range of schools both internationally and nationally.
In addition to working in schools, Donnah ran her own consultancy business, guiding schools through accreditation processes, strategic planning, policy development, and curriculum implementation. She has worked alongside universities, not-for-profit organisations, and government departments aligning policy and pedagogy throughout South East Asia.
With a heart for community and collective efficacy, Donnah’s work in the areas of diversity and inclusion is widely known and acknowledged through her speaking engagements and opportunities to present locally and internationally. This year Donnah has served AustCham through the Education subcommittee establishing and moderating webinars and panel discussions. Connecting communities and people is an area that she would love to continue to support AustCham and its members.
Her desire to connect communities has also seen her work with the Joint Foreign Thailand Chamber of Commerce supporting both their BMA Schools Project and the Skills Passport initiative. In Australia, Donnah has held a number of roles on Boards of Directors in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
As a lifelong learner, Donnah has a number of qualifications and roles that support her application to the AustCham Board.
Bachelor of Education – Queensland University of Education
Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership – Melbourne University
Diploma in Positive Education – Institute of Positive Education, Geelong Grammar
Certificate in Policy Design – Harvard University
Currently studying a Master of Leadership – at Deakin University
Scholarship recipient for Executive Leaders Colloquium through the National Excellence in School Leadership Institute, Melbourne University 2016.
Director/COO – Move Ahead Media
As a young Australian woman and seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in the travel, hospitality, technology, and digital industries, Joana is eager to bring her expertise to the AustCham Thailand community. With a background in leadership development, change management, and organizational design, she has a passion for supporting startups and SMEs and helping them grow and scale which constitutes 50% of AustCham’s membership base.
Joana’s interest in becoming a Director for AustCham Thailand stems from her desire to give back to the Australian and Thai communities and make a positive impact through initiatives in corporate social responsibility, education, mentoring, and leadership advocacy. She is also motivated by her goal to add value to the Chamber by leveraging her expertise in the areas of people and culture, training and development, digital innovation, and technology.
With a focus on promoting and bringing in new members, particularly in the travel, digital, and technology sectors, Joana is committed to advocating for emerging and upcoming leaders, women in business, women in digital and tech and, helping to elevate the voices of underrepresented groups. Through her involvement with AustCham Thailand, she aims to support the Chamber’s continued growth and success while also making a meaningful contribution to the communities and committees she serves.
Director/COO, Move Ahead Media, Bangkok, Thailand
Co-Founder/Executive Director, Simple Scalable Solutions, Sydney, Bangkok (2017-present)
Chief People Culture & Operations Officer, Wendy Wu Tours, Sydney, London, Xian, China (2017-2019)
Director of HR & Operations, Excite Holidays, Sydney, Bangkok, Singapore, Athens, London, North America (2012-2017)
Director of HR, Excite Group, Excite Digital Media (Questa), Sydney, Bangkok, London, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Latin America, US (2012-2015)
National HR & OHS Manager, Stamford Hotels & Resorts, Australia, New Zealand (2008-2012)
HR/Admin Executive, Globus Family of Brands, Australia, New Zealand (2003-2008)
Sales & Marketing Executive Assistant, Leo Burnett, London (2001-2002)
Project Office Assistant, Credit Suisse, London (2000-2001)
Ex Officio Director
Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Thailand and Laos at Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Australian Embassy Bangkok
Michael is an International Trade and Investment leader with deep commercial and government acumen. He has extensive experience working with investors from North Asia, ASEAN, Europe, India and North America and a diverse range of Australian exporters.
His previous assignments include leading Austrade’s Infrastructure and Energy teams, as Trade Commissioner in Jakarta and as a Diplomat in Kuala Lumpur, as well as in the NSW Premier’s Office.
Committee & Working Groups
We are please to introduce AustCham honorary members
1977 Adrian L. Gundlach
1978 Adrian L. Gundlach
1979 Desmond H. Keneally
1980 Robert F. Goninon
1981 Robert F. Goninon
1982 Robert F. Goninon
1983 Robert F. Goninon
1984 Michael D. Ryan
1985 Michael D. Ryan
1986 John W Hancock
1987 Kenneth Bradley
1988 Kenneth Bradley
1989 Kevin F. Smith
1990 Kevin F. Smith
1991 Philip W Forrest, Keith M. Folwell
1992 Gary H. White
1993 David Took, Barrie Law, Roger Lindeman
1994 Gary H. White
1995 Gary H. White
1996 Gary H. White
1997 Gary H. White
1998 John W Hancock
1999 Max Lindsay
2000 Max Lindsay
2001 Hugh Mosley
2002 Mark Driscoll
2003 David Wright
2004 David Wright
2005 Gary Woollacott
2006 Gary Woollacott
2007 Gary Woollacott
2008 Shane Torr
2009 Andrew Durieux
2010 Andrew Durieux
2011 John Anderson
2012 John Anderson
2013 Leigh Scott – Kemmis
2014 Leigh Scott – Kemmis
2015 Leigh Scott – Kemmis
2015 Brenton Mauriello (from Sept 2015)
2016 Brenton Mauriello
2017 Brenton Mauriello
2018 Brenton Mauriello
2019 Wayne Williams
2020 Benjamin Krieg
2021 Benjamin Krieg
2021 Chris McLoughlin
2022 M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon