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Ada Chirapaisarnkul

Founder and Managing Director, Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN), Thailand

Ada Chirapaisarnkul is a social investment pioneer in Thailand, and the founder and managing director of Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN). She is also the managing director and co-founder of TaejaiDotcom, the first and largest crowd giving platform in Thailand, and serves as the head of social impact advisory at ChangeVentures and the Board Director of Khonthai Foundation. An economist by training, Ada is interested in designing innovative financing mechanism and redesigning financial systems in order to channel capital from the private and citizen sectors to achieve sustainable and inclusive development. She was the deputy secretary of the sub-committee on social finance under the National Committee on Social Enterprise Promotion, chaired by the Thai Prime Minister, and, served as a project manager at the Office of the Prime Minister, leading a multi-sectoral team to develop the first masterplan for social enterprise promotion in Thailand. Ada holds an MSc in environment and sustainable development from University College London, an MA in international finance and economic policy from Columbia University, and a BA in economics from Thammasat University. She is a British Chevening scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellow on Social Innovation, Asia 21 Young Leader of the Asia Society, and a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum.

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