Opening Keynote Speaker
Dr. Terry Howard- Head of School at Chiang Mai International School
Chiang Mai’s UK Honorary Consul, Mr. Ben Svasti Thomson, has been awarded the Point of Light award by British Prime Minister Theresa May, in recognition of his outstanding individual charitable dedication to improving the lives of those in need in Northern Thailand.
Over the last six year, Mr. Thomson has been involved and created a range of volunteering and charitable organisations including ‘Women Against AIDS’ to educate and empower women, ‘the Mother and Child Concern Foundation’ for families affected by HIV/AIDS, ‘Grassroots’ which supports former sex workers into alternative livelihoods and ‘the Anti-Trafficking Coordination Unit’ working with Thai government agencies and civil society groups to fight trafficking and support its victims.
Mr. Svatsi Thomson is also the Executive Director of FOCUS, the Foundation of Child Understanding, which works on issues of human trafficking and child protection in our region, which he will be talking on behalf of for this CMMUN Conference.