Session 5 – Regional Collaboration & Opportunity
Date: 25 July (Thursday) 09:00 – 12:15 Venue: 3F, Bldg. A, CTBC Financial Park, Ballroom B
Nares Damrongchai CEO
Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences
Dr. Nares Damrongchai is the Chief Executive Officer of Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS), a public organization with a mission to foster the life sciences industry. Nares also serves as Co-Chair of Life Science Innovation Forum, APEC's leading initiative on health and health sciences innovation.
His leadership in APEC science and technology extends back to the early 2000s when he was the Executive Director of the APEC Center for Technology Foresight and led the Center’s successful international foresight research and trainings together with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rand Corporation, the Institute of Alternative Futures, Asian Foresight Institute and others. Nares was elected to become Lead Shepherd of the APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG) during the early 2010s and led the Group’s transformation into APEC Policy Partnership in Science Technology and Innovation. Earlier in his career Nares was a scientist, later he turned to pursue his career as policy researcher.
He was instrumental in the success of Thailand first and second National Biotechnology Policy. Currently he is on the Editorial Board of Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, published by RIS, New Delhi and supported by UNESCO.
Nares obtained the degree of Master of Philosophy in Technology
Management from the University of Cambridge and Doctor of Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology with research focused on tissue engineering.