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13:30 - 14:30

Climate Change and What's Next? (THAI)

Nanticha Ocharoenchai

Founder of Climate Strike Thailand

Sanathorn Ratanapoompinyo
Weeraya Manamweerasit

Founder of Too Young to Die

Moderated by Thanyarat Doksone

Listen to how Thai youngsters of the new generation tackle climate change, the global catastrophe which affects everyone in our society, but is not receiving adequate attention from governments and world leaders. Share ideas about how youth movements around the world plan to safeguard their future and learn how everyone can and must adapt their lifestyle to confront climate change.

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15:00 - 16:00

Inching Towards Equity: Schools, Education and LGBTQI Realities

Chonchanok Phonsing

Museum Siam's Curator 

Joao Valerio

LGBTI Activist

Kevin Colleary

Professor and Textbook Author  

Kwan Ross

Clinical Psychologist and founder of Little Sprouts and Little Explorers  

Moderated by Prempreeda Pramoj Na Ayutthaya

Vice President of the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand and representative of “Be Visible Asia” Project.

A panel of educators from Thailand and around the world discusses the challenges and successes around efforts to end the official school silences on LGBTQI/sexual diversity realities by including educational content and teacher-student-community dialogue in primary through university level classrooms.


16:30 - 17:30

Recalibrating Asia’s 21st century power dynamics

Frank Dikotter

Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and Author  

Peter Frankopan

Professor of Global History at Oxford University and Author

Nigel Gould-Davies

incoming senior fellow for Russia/Eurasia at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London and author

Moderated by Gwen Robinson

Editor-at-large of the Nikkei Asian Review and FCCT President

The geopolitical battleground in Asia is shifting. Sino-American rivalry is intensifying and Russia is “turning to Asia”. The struggle for influence is being waged not only with military assets but increasingly, through infrastructure, aid and development funding with the rival visions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the US-led Free and Open Indo-Pacific. Amid rising trade friction, security concerns and economic tensions, the region’s small and middle powers face new choices and dilemmas. How will this complex situation evolve and shape the balance of influence between great powers and local actors?

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18:00 - 19:00

How to be a Dictator: The Cult of Personalities in the Twentieth Century

Frank Dikotter,

Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and Author  

What do MussoliniHitlerStalinMao ZedongKim Il-sung, Haiti’s “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Romania’s Nicolae Ceauşescu and Ethiopia’s Mengistu Haile Mariam have in common? Often born into obscurity and frustrated as young men, they crave respect and admiration but are often friendless, lonely and paranoid. In the twentieth century, as new technologies brought leaders directly into their citizens' homes, dictators exploited the cult of personality to achieve the illusion of popular approval without ever having to resort to elections.

Using a breadth of archival research and his characteristic in-depth analysis, Samuel Johnson prize winner Frank Dikötter give a fascinating portrait of dictatorship, a guide to the cult of personality, and a map for exposing the lies dictators tell to build and maintain their regimes.

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13:30 - 14:30

Mekong Downstream Blues

Carl Middleton

Director of Center of Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University

Pianporn Pianporn Deetes

Thailand and Burma Campaigns Director at International River

Sean Chadwell

Executive Director of Luang Prabang Film Festival 

Moderated by Jonathan Head

Southeast Asia Correspondent for the BBC

The 4,350 km Mekong river rises in China and is the world’s 12th longest river. Current unsustainable practices are a severe environmental threat to the livelihoods of tens of millions in downstream countries. Unregulated mega dam projects on the upper Mekong, apart from blocking 90% of the flow of silt so vital for agriculture, have giant reservoirs releasing methane from the rotting vegetation. China has a water shortage and does not hesitate to extract water from the Mekong with no regard for downstream countries. In addition, it is estimated that the many planned dams will prevent fish migration thereby reducing fish catches by up to 50-60% and removing the main source of protein from Cambodia and Vietnam.

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15:00 - 16:00

2020: The Year of (Manmade) Public Space in Bangkok (THAI)

Assistant Professor Niramon Serisakul

Director of Urban Design Center Development

Who said that the future of Bangkok's green space is grim? 2020 starts with a project which links Bangkok's both sides of Chao Phraya River via the Phra Pok Klao Sky Park. connecting pedestrians between Phra Nakhon and Thonburi. The project makes use of pylons erected for an unfinished electric railway more than three decades ago.


Phra Pok Klao Sky Park is a collaboration between public agencies, local authorities, academia, professionals and communities. It is an urban project which reflects the fact that even though Bangkok lacks green space to enhance the quality of life, the economy and connectivity, opportunity can arise from this crisis to create ‘hand-made public spaces’.


Apart from Phra Pok Klao Sky Park, Bangkok will soon have more green space projects that become Bangkok's lung and veins connecting lives such as the Bangkok Green Bridge project linking Lumpini and Benjakiti park. 2020 really is the year of hand-made public space for Bangkok.


16:30 - 17:30

What's the Cost of Your Dream Vacation?

Montonn Jira

Co-founder of Wonderfruit

Peta Bassett

Expert and author

Saisiri Xoomsai

Owners of Tongsai Bay

Everyone has their dream vacation but how much does this planet have to pay for it? Responsible or sustainable tourism is currently a hot topic. You can still enjoy your trip of a lifetime while being conscious about its impact on both the environment and humanity. Three speakers from different areas of expertise will share their experiences of various aspects of responsible/sustainable tourism, from a pioneer of a green hotel to Thailand's first sustainable festival and an author whose research has explored numerous tourism projects in Thailand.

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18:00 - 19:00

Social Enterprise - With Good Intention and What Impact? (THAI)

Nop Ponchamni

Singer and CEO of LIFEiS Group

Somsak Boonkam

founder of Local Alike

Moderated by Pattraporn Yerburgh

Managing Director - Knowledge Dissemination of Sal Forest

Social Enterprise has become very popular and people from various sectors have employed it as solution to tackle social and environmental issues through business models, in the hope of creating tangible changes together with financial profits. Two founders of social enterprises - Nop Ponchamni (singer and songwriter) and Somsak Boonkam (global award-winning entrepreneur) will discuss their projects with Pattaporn Yerburgh, expert in social impact assessments and research reports on sustainability issues in Thailand, in order to find out what is needed for social enterprises to succeed financially besides "good will".




13:30 - 14:30

"Where are the Women?": Closing the Gender Gap

Theresa W. Devasahayam

Author and expert on gender equality

Pavida Pananond

Associate Professor of International Business at Thammasat Business School

Moderated by Amy Sawitta Lefevre

Policy Communications Manager at Facebook

A conversation with experts on the underrepresentation of women in various arenas; the factors for this trend; and what are the solutions. From the corporate world to electoral politics, women are still underappreciated. Will 2020s see the rise of female leadership in these roles?

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15:00 - 16:00

Book Talk -"The New Silk Road: The Present and Future of the World

Peter Frankopan

Author and Professor of Global History at Oxford University

Interviewed by Jane Purananda

Peter Frankopan, best-selling author and academic, will talk about the changing world of the 21st century – ranging from the rise of Asia to the challenges of climate change, pandemics, and how we can learn from history to understand not only the past, but the present and the future as well.

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16:30 - 17:30

Book Talk - Every Woman Guide's to Saving the Planet

Natalie Isaacs

Author, activist and CEO of 1 Million Women

When it came to climate change, Natalie Isaacs used to think it was someone else's issue. After all, what can one person do to make a difference? Then she cut her electricity bill by 20 per cent and saw how much money and pollution she'd saved. Feeling empowered, she embraced action instead of apathy and changed her life. She has never looked back. In Every Woman's Guide to Saving the Planet, Natalie shares her journey from from climate bystander to international campaigner. Now the founder and CEO of the globally recognised climate action organisation 1 Million Women.

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18:00 - 19:00

Working on the Frontline

Philip Sherwell

Jonathan Miller, Correspondent and author of “Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines”

Hathairat Phaholtap

Academic and former reporter at ThaiPBS

Philip Sherwell will explore this challenging topic and examine how the role of the reporter has changed over the past decades.



13:30 - 14:30

How to Sort Waste Properly? (THAI)

Naphat Phongpheat

Coordinator for Scholar of Sustenance 

Dome Boonyanurak

CMO and Co-founder of GEPP 

Medhawarintr Dhanarachwattana

Volunteer for Precious Plastic BKK 

Moderated by Nattapak Atichartakarn

CEO of Trash Lucky 

A panel discussion by representatives of three non-profitable organizations who have been active on waste management; be that plastic waste, other recyclable waste or food waste. How should they be handled properly for optimum benefit? The panellists will share experiences in working with communities and will explore solutions to simple and realistic household waste management, together with ideas of how we can add value to discarded items.

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15:00 - 16:00

Fashion in the 2020s (THAI)

Patipat Chaipukdee

Designer and Founder of Dry Clean Only

Thamonwan Virodchaiyan

Co-founder of Moreloop

Passadee T. Kodata

Founder of Folkcharm and member of Fashion Revolution

Moderated by  มนทกานติ รังสิพราหมณกุล

Fast Fashion is currently facing great challenges as people have started to be aware of its negative environmental impact and have ventured into upcycling their fashion items and buying or swapping secondhand pieces to prolong the life expectancy of their clothes. Our panelists are drawn both from different sectors of the fashion industry and diverse roles; from an internationally acclaimed designer, a garment factory owner whose solution to deadstock has created a circular economy, and the founder of a social enterprise that works with local communities to source cotton. They will share their knowledge and concepts and take part in a dialogue regarding new fashion trends where environmental impact has become the focal point.


16:30 - 17:30

Digital Disruption and the Media Landscape of t he 21st Century.

Anjan Sundaram

Author and Filmmaker

Thitirat Thipsamritkul

Lecturer at Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

Voranai Vanijaka

Political and social commentator, content producer and adjunct professor

Moderated by Cod Satrusayang

journalist and political commentator

The media landscape in the 21st century is under threat. Many thought Web 2.0 would portend a significant shift in how media is portrayed, how it is monetized and signal the death of print. 
All of this is happening but few would claim to have predicted how else technology would affect the news media. The rise of fake news has not only put traditional media under threat but has destabilized entire political systems. Social media has paved the way for politicians and global players to communicate directly to the public and bypass the traditional media. 
In light of these technological disruptions, how does media harness the power of Web 2.0? How does it change and adapt? 
How does media address issues related to fake news and campaigns of disinformation? 
Has media addressed accusations that it is slow to adapt and its role as gatekeeper of information is dated?

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18:00 - 19:00

Mekong 2030 Directors' Talk

Kulikar Sotho

Film Director

Anysay Keola

Film Director

Sai Naw Kham

Film Director

Moderated by Kong Rithdee

Columnist and Translator

The 4,350 km Mekong river rises in China and is the world’s 12th longest river. Current unsustainable practices are a severe environmental threat to the livelihoods of tens of millions in downstream countries. Unregulated megadam projects on the upper Mekong may eventually block up to 90% of the flow of silt, which is vital for agriculture. Though touted as ‘green energy’, huge megadam reservoirs release the deadly greenhouse gas methane from submerged rotting vegetation. China has a severe water shortage and will not hesitate to divert water from the Mekong, with no regard for downstream countries. In addition, it is estimated that the many planned dams will block fish migration, which could potentially reduce fish catches by up to 50-60% thus removing the main source of protein from Cambodia and Vietnam.

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