Joint Luncheon with Dr Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of Population and Development International (PDI)

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013
  • 11:30 - 13:30
  • Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (BTS: Asoke station / MRT: Sukhumvit station)


  • Open to any employee of an AustCham member company. To register for website access please go to the 'member info' tab on the AustCham home page and select 'apply for website access'.

    Members may register guests at the non-member price.
  • For those who are not members of the chamber and not employed by an AustCham member company.

    You may register additional guests.

We are pleased to invite AustCham members and friends to a joint luncheon presentation on "Saving Thailand’s Education” with distinguished guest speaker, Dr Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of Population and Development International (PDI) with a special musical performance by the Bamboo School Band.

Join the presentation where Khun Mechai will share his journeys, passions, philosophy, the envelope-pushing Mechai Pattana School, and the new education system he is creating for Thailand.

Event details

Tuesday 24 September 2013
11:30 - 12:00 registration
  12:00 - 13:30 lunch and speaker segment
Cost: Baht 800 for AustCham, AMCHAM, BCCT, TCCC, ITCC, NZTCC and SATCC members
  Baht 900 for non-members
Location: Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Road
MRT: Sukhumvit

Guest Speaker

Dr Mechai Viravaidya
Chairman, Population and Development International (PDI)

Khun Mechai Viravaidya, better known in Thailand as the Condom King, has been at the forefront of Thailand's non-governmental work to effect nation-wide economic and social change for forty years. Most renowned for his public campaign on creating and promoting easy access to contraceptives to aid family planning and thereby reduce poverty, Khun Mechai remains a household name for Thai people of every generation.

After forty long years of work in family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention, and other progressive public health policies and campaigns, Khun Mechai has arrived at the foundation of social progress: education.  In 2008, a secondary school to provide alternative education was established by the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation to be a life-long learning centre for all citizens in the surrounding communities as well as a focal point of social and economic development. This new integrated development endeavour is known as the School - Based Integrated Rural Development program (School-BIRD), and it aims to produce a new generation of honest, philanthropic, and socially conscious rural citizens.