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Kirk Person

Director, External Affairs, SIL International, Mainland Southeast Asia, Thailand

Kirk R. Person currently works with SIL International, an INGO focused on minority language issues. He has conducted linguistic fieldwork in Thailand, Myanmar, and China (PRC), taught graduate linguistics courses at several Thai universities, represented SIL International to the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group and the Thematic Working Group on Education for All (both hosted by UNESCO-Bangkok), and served on the Royal Institute of Thailand's National Language Policy Drafting Committee. He is an advisor to the Patani Malay-Thai Multilingual Education program, which received the 2016 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize. Recent projects include collaboration with Save the Children on a Thai-as-a-Second-Language curriculum for migrant children, a book on multilingual education for UNICEF Thailand, and service on the steering committee for the Inclusion, Mobility and Multilingual Education Conference (hosted by UNESCO, UNICEF, SIL, British Council, etc. in Bangkok, September 2019). Kirk holds a Ph.D. from University of Texas, Arlington, US.

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