The Foundation’s Board of Directors includes ten prominent and committed individuals – 4 men, 5 women, 4 Thai, 5 non-Thai - who set the direction of the Foundation’s work. They advise the Foundation on technical, legal, financial and fundraising activities and are responsible for approving major expenditures, reviewing progress, and monitoring finances.
Background of the Board Members
Edward Brian Doberstyn: Medical doctor, specialist in pediatrics, tropical diseases and public health. Retired from the World Health Organization and from the US Army Research and Development Command. American.
Krongthong Thimasarn: A medical doctor who has held several senior positions in the Thai Ministry of Public Health, notably as Director of the Malaria Division. Currently working with the World Health Organization in Burma. Thai.
Marianne Doberstyn: A Montessori teacher, former owner/director of the Montessori School of Washington, DC. American.
Kanitta Meesook Kambhu na Ayudhya: Economist, formerly Assistant Director, Department of Economic Research, Bank of Thailand, then Assistant Director of the External Relations Department and Division Chief, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C. Thai.
Tom Grobbel: An investment counsellor, Senior Vice-President – Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney, Michigan. American.
Penelope Key, OBE: A medical doctor with tropical public health and international health systems development expertise, she worked in several overseas locations then held a senior position in ODA (now DFID), the international assistance arm of the UK government. She has served on, and chaired, many boards of UN programmes and NGOs. British.
Laksami Suebsaeng: An epidemiologist/parasitologist who held senior positions in the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, before joining the World Health Organization. Recently retired from the WHO Regional Office for South East Asia, New Delhi. Thai.
Vinai Boonlue, S.J. Father Vinai is a Jesuit priest, an ethnic Karen who comes from the mountains near Chiang Mai. During his formation he established a hostel for Karen students in Baan Kaat, near Chom Thong district, and he advises many charitable education projects in the hills. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Chiang Mai University. Thai.
Richard Murray: Entrepreneur, founding director of the Bookazine book and magazine chain in Thailand. Canadian