Alumni Entrepreneurs: an evening with Khun Mechai

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2012
  • 17:30 - 20:00
  • Glowfish, 6th floor Asoke Towers, Sukhumvit 21


To book for this event you must first be registered with the AustralianAlumni website. Please click the 'join us' link and take a minute to register your details.
Please join us on Wednesday 8 February for the first in a series of AustralianAlumni presentations focussing on the achievements of Australian alumni entrepreneurs. In what is sure to be an inspirational presentation, Khun Mechai Viravaidya will discuss his innovative and enormously successful approaches to community and social development.  The event will include an opportunity for alumni to network with one another over a glass of Australian wine and finger-food courtesy of venue sponsor Glowfish.

We will also be giving away a Sony Cybershot digital camera to one lucky winner has registered with the brand new AustralianAlumni website (this is in addition to the draw for tickets to Australia with Singapore Airlines!).

Program of events:
5.30pm  Registration commences, refreshments and networking
6.20pm  Welcome from sponsors and AustralianAlumni
6.30pm  Presentation by Khun Mechai
7.30pm  Refreshments and networking continue

Price: 200 Baht if pre-registered through AustralianAlumni website. Walk-ins 300 Baht.
Venue: Glowfish, 6th floor, Asoke Towers, Sukhumvit 21
MRT: Petchaburi (five minute walk from station)
BTS/MRT: Asoke/Sukhumvit (ten minute walk from the station)
Parking: Available on the third floor (bay 3AN), sixth floor (bay 6B) and seventh floor (bay 7B)
Please note that to book for this event you must first register with the AustralianAlumni website.  There are great reasons to register anyway, including the chance to win a flight to Australia with Singapore Airlines!

Khun Mechai Viravaidya:
A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Khun Mechai is perhaps not an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, he has developed his own brand of world-leading social entrepreneurship which blends commercial success with community mindedness, individual responsibility and continual personal development.

Khun Mechai is an honorary Patron of the AustralianAlumni program. He is founder of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) and has a long and remarkable history of Thai community development work, including sustainable programs to prevent HIV/AIDS and fight rural poverty.

Mechai Viravaidya founded the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in 1974 to address the unsustainable population growth rate in Thailand of over three per cent annually at the time. A variety of humorous, innovative, and unorthodox methods were utilised in conjunction with mobilising and educating a network of rural school teachers and village community members to make contraceptives available throughout Thailand. This resulted in the more sustainable population growth rate of 0.5 per cent by 2003. When HIV/AIDS first appeared in Thailand in the mid-1980s, similar methods were used to launch a major prevention program, which resulted in a 90 per cent decline in new infections according to UNAIDS and an estimated 7.7 million lives saved according to the World Bank, within 12 years. In between running PDA’s activities, he was appointed to such key positions as Thailand’s Cabinet spokesman, the Minister of the Office of the Prime Minister, and Chairman of several of Thailand’s largest government-owned enterprises. He was also elected to the Senate between 1987-1991, 1996-2000, and 2000-2006. 

To see Khun Mechai's full bio, please click on the link below:

Venue Sponsor: Glowfish 
Glowfish is a boutique corporate function venue which can be utilised for a variety of corporate events, including; meetings, conferences, training workshops and promotional parties for your company, product or brand. Our strikingly decorated meeting rooms located in The Pride - Asoke Towers, were thoughtfully designed for the comfort and flexibility of all guests.

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