Women IN Environment

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 5:30 PM
Bangkok University



AKIN ASIA in partnership with WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management) have put together a discussion on environment and sustainability. We will hear from leading female experts who have worked in water resource management, forestry, solar power and more talk about their experience, share ideas for innovative change and discuss predictions for the future of the region.



Regular Tickets 2 November 2016 500 THB



As a fast developing region, Southeast Asia has it’s fair share of environmental issues. From deforestation to heavy air & water pollution, waste management and energy production, awareness is slowly spreading of the need for urgent action. Governments work on policies, the private sector invests in sustainable value chains, NGO’s tackle advocacy and awareness, while community groups strive for actions with immediate results.

This discussion will hear from leading female experts who have worked across diverse projects with an environmental focus. We will hear from the speakers’ personal journey as women leaders in the environment sector and discuss innovative ideas to empower women as agents of change to tackle environmental issues. Joining us will be Dr. Wandee Khunchornyakong Juljarern – Solar Power Company Group’s (SPCG), Madeleine Recknagel – Bangkok University, Saranarat Oy Kanjanavanit – Green World Foundation, and Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk – Sustainable Development Foundation. The discussion will be led by Regan Pairojmahakij a climate change and forestry consultant.

This event is open to anyone currently working in the environment sector 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



Saranarat Oy Kanjanavanit is the Chairperson of the Green World Foundation. She is known for her popular writings on natural history and sustainable development, and in particular the development of investigative environmental education programme in Thailand, and more recently, the articulation for the movement to make Bangkok a more bicycle-friendly city. She currently holds the position of the Chairperson of the Green World Foundation, a Bangkok-based local NGO. It is with this foundation that she founded “Environmental Detectives” education programme, which develops popular techniques for public biological monitoring that leads to creating better awareness of the state of local environment, and the empowerment of local community and/or civic society in the management of their natural resources. Starting with “Stream Detectives” in 1997, her environmental monitoring techniques now cover coastal habitats and the urban environment. The techniques are now widely used by schools and local conservation groups throughout Thailand. Her most recent development is the use of lichens as indicator of air quality in cities and industrial zones. She also works with a naturalist network to monitor and promote urban biodiversity, and is actively campaigning for ecologically resilient Bangkok. She is currently focusing on urban re-wilding and nature connection for Bangkok citizens. Ms Kanjanavanit was graduated in archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London (UCL). She then went on to complete her PhD on geography at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she studied the ecology of forest fire in the savanna forest of Thailand.




Madeleine Recknagel is a full-time Lecturer at the International Tourism Management department at Bangkok University International College, where she advises on internships and mentors students who are taking on their own entrepreneurial journeys. She also actively promotes a zero waste/ sustainable behaviour among her students and colleagues at the University. In her spare time, she supports the Project Koh Sak (beach clean ups), the BIG Tree Group, Environmental Hub at BACC, The Courageous Kitchen, Youth Club Bangkok, the Creative district in TRASH ART project/Clean up the World Weekend as well as THE HOME BKK (creative space for art, music, etc). Over the past year, Madeleine has taken to teaching others how to live with less – she now facilitates educational workshops, seminars and clean ups for schools, universities, businesses and community groups providing insights on the current waste/ environmental issues as well as simple solutions. Her brand, “The Sustainable Self” is now also her identity. Today, she lives a nearly’ zero waste lifestyle in the context of Bangkok.




wandee-k_akin-asiaDr. Wandee Khunchornyakong Juljarern is the Chairperson and CEO of SPCG Public Company Limited (SPCG) and Chairperson of Solar Roof Company Limited (SPR). SPCG is the largest solar power generation company in Thailand with solar investments attracting more than USD 800 million. Dr. Wandee is a pioneer in her field and has over 30 years of experience in the solar industry. She recently received The Leading ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs award in 2015. UNFCCC has awarded her to be a Leading women-powered solar energy transformation under the Momentum for Change, 2014 reducing 200,000 tons of CO2. In 2013, she was named Women Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. Nowadays, Dr. Wandee is a renowned figure in the solar energy business as a producer of 36 solar farm projects with a total capacity of 260mw and the top of solar farm commercial scale in Thailand and ASEAN. Dedicating herself to charity works, she’s President of The National Council of Women of Thailand (NCWT) and President of The ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisation. Dr. Wandee graduated with a Master of Science in Renewable Energy from Naresuan University and holds a PhD of Philosophy from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University.




screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-9-27-22-amRavadee Prasertcharoensuk is the Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF). SDF is a Thai non-government organization that works with and for marginalized and vulnerable upland and coastal communities on right to productive resources and livelihoods, sustainable resource management practices, biodiversity conservation, disaster risk reduction and building climate change resilience. SDF applies rights-based and gender justice approaches in promoting community participation in sustainable natural resource management. SDF makes extensive use of spatial planning, ecosystem-based management and multi-stakeholder participation techniques in its work. The foundation has extensive experience working with marginalized groups, local, provincial and national partners on natural resource management issues, and is an active member of both national and international networks. SDF is active at the policy level both at the national and international levels. Prior to working with SDF, Ravadee worked with various organisations to provide direct help to post-tsunami survivors with diverse services, promote women-centered management of natural resources and the environment and good governance on Environment Research and Development Program.