Promboon Panitchpakdi

Promboon Panitchpakdi

Promboon Panitchpakdi is the founder and Executive Director of the Raks Thai Foundation / CARE Thailand, one of the largest NGOs in Thailand active in the areas of HIV/AIDS, natural resources, education, livelihoods and disaster relief and rehabilitation.

Leads the Raks Thai strategic program development in area of basic human rights particularly for marginalized populations including injecting drug users, migrant workers, people living with HIV and people living in poverty.

As Raks Thai Foundation is a member of CARE International, Promboon also sits on the CARE International Board.



  • Aug 1997 -present: Executive Director Raks Thai Foundation
  • 1995-1997: Country Representative, CARE Thailand
  • 1993-1995: Director of Program, CARE International in Thailand
  • 1988-1993: Deputy Regional Director Family Planning International Assistance (FPIA), Asia and Pacific Regional Office (APRO) located in Bangkok
  • 1985-1988: Associate Regional Director, FPIA
  • 1984-1985: Program Officer, FPIA
  • 1980-1984: Administrative Officer, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Secretariat (SEAMES)
  • 1978-1979: Sales Administrative Officer, Thai Industrial Gases Ltd.
  • 1975–1978: Project Officer, Family Health Division, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health

Other Experiences:

  • 2000-present: Board member and Secretary of the Thai National
  • 1998-2005: Chairperson, Thai NGOs Coalition on AIDS (TNCA) Foundation


  • Master of Arts (Public Administration) Thammasat University, Bangkok.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Anthropology), Thammasat University, Bangkok.


Up Close & Personal with Promboon Panitchpakdi

Management seeking the qualities in all relationships and not just of large customers.

I read a lot of business management and leadership books that are relevant to my work. One that I read many years ago, but find it influencing my work then and now is "The Fifth Discipline", written by Peter Senge (1990).

In development works, a five year project is onla a spec in time in the lifetime of a community. How do we make our work the more meaningful?  (from a colleague in Chiang Mai)

I don't have a specific technical / professional homepage that I use frequently. Google is my regular technical assistance provider.

I attended Thailand's most politically active university - Thamasat - and graduated in the same year as the 14 October 1973 student uprising. This built my determination to work with the social sector.

The ability to learn at all times is a gift to human beings that we often ignore.