Women IN Development Vol. 4

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:30 PM
Four Points Sheraton Sukhumvit 15, Bangkok



Advancing technology affords great opportunities for social and developmental impact. The Tech4Good and Tech4Development movements are evidence of this, with entrepreneurial communities combining talents to build innovative systems and traditional development agencies partnering with technology organisations in order to mobilise impact. Technology is getting more and more innovative and excitingly is being used for good. This event will showcase some Tech4Development programs working in Southeast Asia and hear from the experience of the women running them. 


Regular Tickets 27 September 2016 500 THB



This event will be our final Women IN Development panel discussion for 2016. From our launch earlier this year, these development focussed events have gained traction and formed the basis for dynamic discussion with Bangkok’s development community. To conclude our series for 2016 we will be focussing on the topic of Tech4Development and will be hearing from leading professionals working in this space.

The structure of this event will be slightly different to our previous talks. Each speaker will begin by giving a mini presentation where they will talk about their current projects and the impact they are making, followed by a general discussion and an engaging Q&A session. Joining us for this will be Karianne Melleby of Telenor, Dr Kamolrat Intaratat of CCDKM, Vansa Chatikavanij of SkyVIV and Aliza Napartivaumnuay of Socialgiver. The discussion will be moderated by Adrianne Johnson.

Note: Unfortunately Dr Kamolrat Intaratat of CCDKM will be unable to join us, however Wanda Gabai, International Consultant CCDKM will speak on her behalf.

This event is open to anyone currently working in development or interested in the field. 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.

Problems securing tickets? Email info@akinasia.com


karianne1Karianne Melleby serves as VP and Head of Telenor´s Global Partnership team. Currently located in Bangkok. She has been in this position since 2013, and has been with the company since 2000. Her primary role is to accelerate Mobile Internet growth by co creating growth strategies together with the global Internet services such as Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Spotify, Netflix and many more. She is passionate about building long lasting partnership by utilizing the energy where two partners share the same passion for growth. The partnerships with Internet service provider is also used as an enabler to drive and inspire the digital change within Telenor. Karianne has extensive experience from working with Internet services, developing Telenor´s first broadband content services back in 2001 and later taken on the responsibility for building our Nordic IPTV services. From there she was appointed to be the VP Head of Moving pictures in the early days of Telenor´s new digital entity, Telenor Digital, with the ambition to build key digital assets for Telenor Group, including a new global service deployment infrastructure. Karianne has represented Telenor as a member of the Board in several companies over the last years as well as been engaged as a keynote speaker in conferences across Telenor´s 13 markets of operation. In addition to her positions in Telenor, she has been an athlete on the Norwegian National Sailing Team, attending World Championships and participating in the World Cup of Sailing.




img_1087Wanda Gabai is International Consultant at The Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) based at Sukhothai Thammatirat Open University in Thailand. She has supported projects and initiatives to strengthen Thai rural women’s capacities in Smart SME Business solutions and entrepreneurship in partnership with UN Women, ITU, Microsoft, Intel, and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), among others. Wanda has experience in entrepreneurship, media, marketing and communications. Her recent projects include training marginalized communities in Thailand on ICT and entrepreneurial skills, community based tourism, and the competencies needed in the Digital Economy to promote and sell products and experiences online, reach new markets and join international supply chains. Contributed to winning the following awards with CCDKM: UNESCO WENHUI AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION 2015. GEM TECH AWARDS 2015, APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT. UN WOMEN and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).


Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.52.47 AMVansa Chatikavanij is the Director of Precision Agriculture and Water Resources Management at Sky Visual Imaging Services (SkyVIV.com). She manages the piloting and integration of agriculture technologies such as on-farm sensors, data analytics, drone and satellite information, GIS, weather, climate and market information to enable development of mobile information services for rural farming communities. In addition, she also leads financial structuring for waste-to-energy projects at L-Tag Technologies Co. Ltd., and provides water resources management and disaster risk reduction consulting services to the World Bank Group and the Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre. Her project experience spans across South Asia, East Asia, and Latin American countries. Prior to moving to Bangkok, Vansa worked at the World Bank Group and the World Resources Institute in Washington D.C., as well as the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor degree from Middlebury College (Vermont) and a Master degree from Columbia University (New York).



alice-profileAliza (Alice) Napartivaumnuay is the co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise, Socialgiver. She is revolutionising fundraising by tapping into consumer spending power with the vision of turning the world’s spare capacity into social progress. She launched Socialgiver – an innovative solution that helps consumers, businesses, and social projects to work together to create positive social impact. This giving ecosystem is based in Thailand and hopes to change the world by working together in a creative and sustainable way that promotes a better, more inclusive society. Her interest in creating social impact project stems from her previous roles in the corporate sector managing new project developments for top retailers from a supply chain and distribution perspective for more than 9 years. Combining with her passion to create a positive change to the community and the environment, she works with the philosophy that in order to create sustainable change, it must be done through public participation.  Her new adventure as a social entrepreneur is creating technology for change by allowing people to connect online yet produces tangible impacts offline. Her key priority is in growing Socialgiver in Thailand while planning regional expansions.  Aliza has lead Socialgiver to win awards such as the Thailand’s Social Enterprise Award for 2015, The Venture Thailand, and a winner of the Global Social Venture Competition for South East Asia alongside being nominated as a Changemaker by the US State Department program and an active member of the Young South East Asian Leader Initiative where she was invited to meet with President Obama. Prior to Socialgiver, Aliza has received her Masters Degree in Master of Science in Supply Engineering and Logistics from the University of Warwick , UK and her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management from Chulalongkorn University. Aliza loves travelling, reading, playing sports, cooking and urban sketching.