Board of Governors

According to Thai Public Broadcasting Service Act, B.E.2551 (2008), there shall be a Board of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Board of Governors) consisting of nine members selected and appointed from qualified persons, as follows:

     - Two qualified persons in the field of mass communication;
     - Three qualified persons in the field of organization management;
     - Four qualified persons in the field of democratic promotion, community or local development, learning and studying, child, youth or family protection and development or promotion of the rights of the disadvantaged.

The Board has the powers and duties, among others, as follows:

     - To lay down general policy of the Organization;
     - To protect and preserve an independence of the Executive Board, Director, and official from any intervention;
     - To approve business administration plan and schedule plan of the Organization to be in with the objective of the Organization
     - To issue the code of conducts, together with penalties, of the Executive Board member, Director, administrative official and employee of the Organization;
     - To prepare and submit an annual report to the Council of Ministers, the House of Representatives and the Senate and to disseminate such report to the public.

Currently in 2015, the members of the Board are as follows:


Narong Petprasert

Ass. Professor Dr.Narong Petprasert finished Ph.D.in Political Economy at LaTrobe University, Australia. He, firstly, started his academic work at the Board of Trade of Thailand, later the researcher and loan analyst at Bangkok Bank, and the economist of the Bank of Thailand. He has been the lecturer of the Faculty of Economics,Chulalongkorn University since 1979, and he was also the founder of the Political Economy Sections of this faculty.

According to other experience, he was the chairman of the Board of Director of the Diary Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand, the chairman of the Executive Board of the Rubber Organization, the chairman of the Zoo Organization, the chairman of the Labour Relations of the Forest Industry Organization. During 2010 – 2013 he was a member of the Reform Committee and the Reform Assembly. Besides, he specializes in labour and vulnerable people conditions. In February 2015 he has become a member of the Board of Governors of TPBS, then, the chairman of this board.


Somsri Hananuntasuk

Somsri Hananuntasuk was a leading human rights activist in Thailand. Her previous career was an international election observer in Asian countries.  She was a Chair of Amnesty International Thailand, a committee for PollWatch Foundation and an Executive Director for Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL).  Her training role for civil society in Myanmar, Timor Leste, Afghanistan and Thailand was significant on promoting free and fair elections.  With her long term campaign on human rights and democracy in ASEAN sub-region, she is now convincing public media in Thailand to broadcast news and stories of the people and social development in ASEAN community to broaden people’s views and information. Somsri currently takes part in human rights organizations as a board member for Cross Cultural Foundation and Friends of Women Foundation.  


Chatchawan Thongdeelert

Chatchawan Thongdeelert is a member of Board of Govornors, Thai PBS in 2015. Graduated with a B.A. in Laws from Thamasart University, he has held many posts in professional communities; he was a coordinator for Cultural Education of Northern Community for Development Project, a Coordinator Northern Development Foundation, a Coordinator Northern Committee to Promote Fund Raising for Development, Director of College of Social Management, a former president of Lanna Wisdom School and Secretary General of the Association of Alternative Education Thailand. He was a book editor on “Sustaining Lanna” and “Love-Forest Community”. Mr. Chatchawan was also a member of the Drafting Committee on “Bill on Life Education Promotion” and “Alternative Education Network”.


Somphant Techaatik

Dr.Somphant Techaatik received his Ph.D. in Social Development from Naresuan University. He has been working and researching in Social Development fields for decades with his expertise in Community Development, Evaluations, Democracy Development, Civic Politics, Good Governance and Public Health Policy. He has been a columnist for Matichon Newspaper and Siamrath Newspaper for 30 years. Dr.Somphant is currently teaching at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University where he received the Outstanding Award for Academic Services in 2014. 


Pranee Tinakorn

Professor Dr.Pranee Tinakorn holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has taught at the Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University since 1979.  Her experiences include the following: Dean of Faculty of Economics, Council Member of Thammasat University and Krirk University, Director and Council Member of Thailand Development Research Institute, Distinguished Researcher in Social Sciences (Economics) awarded in 2002 by the National Research Council of Thailand. She was Advisor to Finance Minister in 2007 and also served as a Reform Committee Member during 2010-2011. She also sits as an independent board member in some private organization. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of Thai PBS since August 2012. She joined Thai PBS as a Board of Governor on the Management side and she is also the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of Thai PBS. 


Ladavan Bua-aim

Ladavan Bua-aim joins TPBS Board of Governors since November 2014. She is a graduate of Arts and Communications Arts from Chulalongkorn University and Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. She has a Master in Political Science from Thammasat University. She has 39 years of national and international experiences in media and communication. She held a number of senior management at the Government of Public Relations namely Deputy Director-General, Executive Director of Foreign Office, Director of National Policy and Planning Committee. Information Counsellor, Office of Information, Royal Thai Embassy, Malaysia, committee member on broadcasting personnel development, under the office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)


Teerapat Sanguankotchakorn

Teerapat Sanguankotchakorn member of Board of Governors, Thai Public Broadcasting Service, known as ThaiPBS, the only public broadcaster in Thailand. He holds Ph.D in Information Processing from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He is an Associate Professor at Asian Institute of Technology since 2004. He held many posts in the professional communities, namely a member of Board of Directors of MCOT Plc., the largest broadcaster in Thailand, committee member of National Digital Terrestrial Television Policy Commission, National Digital Terrestrial Television Switch Over Policy Commission under the Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the regulator in Thailand 


Rungmanee Mekhasobhon

Rungmanee Mekhasobhon has almost four decades’ experience in journalism, with a record of being at the forefront in print, radio, television and new media. Besides accomplishments in Thailand, Rungmanee was a producer for the BBC Thai Service in London. Rungmanee did not only cover events in Thailand, but also was one of the first Thais to report regionally.  Besides being a reporter and analyst, Rungmanee also has managerial experience of media organizations. The turning point in her career came when she went on to write books on Thai political history and Thailand’s relations with neighbouring countries. All of her books were well received. 


Pipat Chanasongkram

Pipat Chanasongkram is a member of Board of Governors, Thai PBS in 2015. Graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Ramkhamhaeng University  and a Master of Arts in Political Economy from Chulalongkorn University, he has held many posts in journalist organizations such as The News Broadcasting Council of Thailand,  Thai Broadcast Journalist  Association and Thai Media Law & Policy Center. Pipat held executive positions in media companies such as Thai TVD and T-News. He was also an advisor to Committee on Human Rights, Right and Liberties and Consumer Protection of the Thai Senate and an advisor to the Chief Commissioner of Transportation, House of Representatives. Pipat is currently Managing Director of Thai Vision Institute.