Doug Blunt – President and Treasurer
Douglas Blunt originally became a member of the Australia Thailand Business Council in the 1980’s as a result of a long connection with Thailand reaching back to 1971. He joined the Executive Committee and became Treasurer in 2002, Joint President/Treasurer in recent years and President in 2017. He is a former career banker having held management positions with several banks and finance companies over more than 40 years in Australia including Singapore and two PNG postings. His many senior international banking positions included Deputy Manager International Business Development with Commonwealth Bank, Head of Correspondent Banking and Credit in Australia for Chase Manhattan Bank, and Head of Trade Asia and RBC Trade Asia Hong Kong for Royal Bank of Canada. Many of these roles involved much interaction with various banks and companies in Thailand. He later became a consultant and head of marketing in Australia, New Zealand and Japan for corporate receivables with Siemens Financial Services, Munich. Douglas is now a Director of Centrelease Australia specialising in lease finance.
Jamie Gibson – Vice-President and Secretary
Jamie Gibson is currently the General Manager Corporate and External Relations for Kingsgate Consolidated Limited (an ASX listed gold mining company), which is the largest Australian investor in Thailand. Jamie joined the Board of the Australia Thailand Business Council in 2013, and became Vice-President in 2017. Jamie is a government and community relations expert given his strong background in resource sector regulatory affairs, public affairs, and investor relations. In his +20 year career, he has worked as a Trade and Investment Advisor across various levels of government, with a special focus on Asia and the Middle East. He has also previously been a Chief Advisor in both industry and resources portfolios (primary industries, metals and coal).
Peter Siripol – Assistant Secretary and Board Member
Peter or Pichai Siripol was elected a board member and Assistant Secretary of the ATBC on 8 November 2017. As a Thai expat living in Canberra, he worked in the Department of Infrastructure and Transport with an extensive experience especially in the last ten years in Australia’s participation in the Asia and Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC, relating to transport. He had experience in organizing international meetings and workshops. He was also responsible for the management of capacity building projects on supply chain connectivity and public and private partnerships covering Thailand and certain APEC economies. He was part of Australian delegations to numerous APEC meetings. He started his career in the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after his Bachelor Degree (Hons) from Thammasat University, Bangkok. After his Masters of Economics from Sydney University, he pursued his career in the Australian Public Service. He still maintains a network with his colleagues and friends from Thailand and other APEC economies.
Mason Lee – Executive Director
Mason Lee is currently a Principal Analyst within Fuel and Operational Insights at Qantas Airways. Trained as an engineer, he has a unique career background in both Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and the aviation industry. He has recently joined the Board of the Australian Thailand Business Council in 2021. Mason has extensive knowledge in Strategic Analysis, Digital – Analytics, IoT and Embedded Technology.
Glen Robinson – Board Member
The ATBC is delighted to announce that Khun Krirk-Krai Jirapaet has accepted a role as an Honorary Adviser to the Council. Khun Krirk-Krai Jirapaet’s illustrious career both in the government and private sectors spans over almost four decades. He held numerous high-ranking positions in the Thai bureaucracy, culminated in Ministerial positions as Vice-Minister of Tourism and Sports and subsequently Minister of Commerce.
As an Eminent Person, he is currently a member of the Council of State (กรรมการกฤษฎีกา), the Executive arms of the Government responsible for the drafting of legislation. He holds top positions in several companies both listed and unlisted. He also makes his expertise and skills available to think-tank institutes and not-for-profit organisations.
Khun Krirk-Krai received a Bachelor of Political Science (Hons) from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and a Master of Economics from the University of Sydney, a Certificate of Economic Development from Japan and a Certificate of Project Appraisal from Oxford University.
He still keeps in touch with alumni from his post-graduate studies, especially those from International House, the University of Sydney during his Master of Economics years. He is a keen golfer, gym-goer and occasional short-story writer. He is married with two adult children.
The ATBC looks forward to working with Khun Krirk-Krai and utilising his exceptional experience and networks.
You can more about his incredible career and achievements by downloading his CV here.