International Women’s Day Talk Series

Monday, March 26, 2018 6:00 PM
SEAC, FYI Centre, Asok



International Women’s Day has long been celebrated all over the world. Globally, it’s an opportunity to reflect, acknowledge and celebrate women’s achievements and push (or ‘press’) for a more gender equal world.

This year’s international theme is #PressForProgress and AKIN ASIA is excited to feature a lineup of female speakers who are working across different sectors to create and lead change. These speakers will share their personal stories on how they are working to #PressForProgress and opinions on how we can foster greater equality in our workplaces, personal lives and as a global citizen.


Online Tickets 26 March 2018 500 THB
Pay at the Door 26  March 2018 650 THB


Following International Women’s Day, AKIN ASIA will be holding a TEDx-style event in which five female speakers from across diverse and varying industries will speak on the IWD theme of #PressForProgress.

What does Press For Progress mean in your context? How might gender equality finally be realised in your industry? Are there some stories you can share that will inspire action? We want to hear from you! These questions and more will be explored by our five fantastic speakers.

We will hear from the experience of Cindy Sirinya Bishop, Rot Chai, Hanh Dang, Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj and more.

This event is open to anyone! Men are encouraged to attend and we welcome your input into the discussion! Ticket includes a welcome drink and limited snacks and due to limited capacity we recommend booking fast as we expect this event to sell out.

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Cindy Sirinya Bishop is a model, actor and host, including host of Asia’s Next Top Model. Also, most importantly, Cindy is a mother of two and an entrepreneur.  She is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and is actively involved in many environmental and social causes, including Fin Free Thailand, and Operation Smile. For the past four years, she has been involved with the N-Peace Awards, a UNDP initiative that focuses on women’s rights, peace efforts and stability in Asia. Through her social media platforms, women’s workshops and speaking engagements, Cindy aims to empower and inspire other women to have confidence, and to embrace their own unique beauty to overcome their fears and be successful. As a role model to many young girls in the region, Cindy is passionate about spreading positive, healthy messages about body image and self-esteem.


Zar Nee Phyo is Mon which is one of the main ethnicities of Myanmar. She, however, prefers to be called Rot Chai as it reflects her real identity as a Mon. She is a second year student at Bangkok University International majoring Communication Arts. In 2006, Rot Chai decided to leave the school in Myanmar while she was in grade-eight then moved to Sangkhlaburi near Thai-Myanmar border to study Thai and English languages. Since then, she had worked at Mon News Agency as a broadcasting journalist for five years. Later, she obtained GED-General Educational Diploma from Minmahaw Higher Education Program-MHEP in Mae Sot. Rot Chai is an active member of Mon youth students in Thailand where she volunteers as a content writer and education consultant for the Facebook page called Path to Scholarship. Moreover, she occasionally works as a freelance interpreter and translator for the languages of Thai and English. Meanwhile, she is pursuing a bachelor degree with a scholarship award from Child’s Dream Foundation as well as working as a part-time marketing assistant at Dr. Sunil International Dental Clinic. She has found knowledge and experience of radio scripts preparations, news translations. She is proficient in Thai, English, Burmese and Mon as mother tongue.


Hanh Dang is a Country Program Coordinator for the Australia – Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons-AAPTIP, based in Hanoi, Vietnam. She has 20 years of experience working in development sector, for international organizations and UN agencies; and 15 years of intensive work in counter trafficking in persons (TIP), labor and migration issues. She was also used to be a gender equality and women’s empowerment activist and a member of the gender-based violence and gender and community network in Vietnam. She has been supporting program activities to build capacity on counter trafficking in persons for government officials, particularly criminal justice agencies and TIP practitioners. In addition, she is also trainer and facilitator for trainings and workshops for law enforcement, prosecutors and judges on victim support and protection, and gender sensitivity in handling human trafficking cases in Vietnam. Over the last 15 years, she has had the opportunities to work with more than 100 victims of human trafficking through the reintegration process. She has learned that gender inequality has so much impact on the causes and effects of TIP to the victims and how the TIP cases were judicially addressed. She hopes the ideas shared in the AKIN ASIA forum—as ongoing efforts–can raise awareness and call for action to improve gender equality within criminal justice sector to improve the handling of trafficking cases and to protect and assist victims.


Choltanutkun (Cholt) Tun-atiruj is a Staff Writer at Bangkok’s leading lifestyle publication, BK Magazine. She originally went to music college and studied to be an audio engineer, an industry she worked in for two years, but when she wasn’t given enough freedom to be creative and argue she decided to quit. She then became a Nightlife Writer at BK Magazine where she would write about alcohol and where to go out in Bangkok after dark. Being an outspoken person who is not afraid to disagree with people, Cholt’s journalism style reflects this and has given her a certain reputation almost straight away. Despite the fact that BK Magazine is a lifestyle publication and not a hard-news website, Cholt always tries to squeeze politics and social issues into her writings that align with her personal interests. She has written about drugs, LGBTI issues, and has interviewed plenty of political activists as well as people who have done incredible things for society. “Journalism for social change” has always been her career motto which she keeps in mind when writing about something. When she is not out checking new bars and tasting alcohol for her work, she can always be spotted asking questions at panel discussions held at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.


Supavadee Tantiyanon is the Founder of Experience Matters. She brings with her over 25 years of Asian and international business leadership experience. She was the CEO for MullenLowe Group Thailand from 2013-2016, the leading creative agency group in Thailand. Before joining MullenLowe Group, she was the General Manager for, and prior to this, set up and led the digital framework and CRM at Minor Global Solutions – one of Thailand’s biggest conglomerate organizations spanning hotels, restaurant development and distribution for large global brands. In the agency arena, Supavadee was formerly Senior Regional Consultant for Asia Pacific responsible for China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand as well as a member of the Regional Management Team for OgilvyOne. Prior to that she had lead OgilvyOne Bangkok’s office as the Managing Director and Head of Consultant Team at OgilvyOne Bangkok. She also launched and led the CRM Interactive business unit under Arc Worldwide, a subsidiary of Leo Burnett. Supavadee started her career at Unilever in Research and Brand Management. Currently, she has founded her own consultancy company called Experience Matters to focus on helping Brands to create the customer experience framework for the omni-channel world. She has a keen interest in observing how people and culture are synchronised. History, art, music and how we live, act and communicate are related.