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03 March 2017 – Chairman’s Circle

Chairman’s Circle Strategic Forum 2017

“ASEAN @ 50”



Chairman Circle 2017

On March 03 2017,the Human Development Forum Foundation organized its first Chairman’s Circle Strategic Forum for the year 2017 with the theme of “ASEAN @ 50”, which was graciously sponsored by The Asia Foundation as previous events in the last four years. H.E. Mary Jo A. Bernardo – Aragon, the Philippine Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand also participated in the event as well as some Deputy Head of Missions. About 50 interested participants from different Foreign Embassies, (I)NGO’s, UN agencies, and independent journalists both based in Thailand and abroad, joined the forum and also shared their own insights towards each respected topics that were given..

Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) at Chulalongkorn University, an ASEAN scholar with also more than two decades work experience as a journalist for The Nation, gave his topic as the 1st panelist: “Quo Vadis ASEAN? 50 years and what will come next?” and Mr. John Brandon, the Senior Director of The Asia Foundation’s International Relations Program, as well as being the Associate Director of the Washington, DC office, presented his topic “New US Presidency and ASEAN” as the 2nd panelist.

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Chairman Circle Forum 2017

Chairman Circle Forum – 2017

ASEAN at 50

The Human Development Forum Foundation (HDFF), a Thai Foundation focused on human security issues, is co-hosting a half-day forum with The Asia Foundation (TAF) to promote further understanding and awareness of ASEAN .

Our vision is to address the needs of communities in the framework of Human Security issues in order to create new opportunities to empower and strengthen the capacities of people. We seek to reach all levels of society from grassroots to top leaders.



1.) “Quo Vadis ASEAN? 50 years and what will come now?” by Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, ASEAN Scholar, The Nation.

2.) “New US Presidency and ASEAN” by Mr. John Brandon, Senior Director, International Relations Program; Associate Director, Washington, D.C., The Asia Foundation.

Date: Friday, 03 March 2017

Time: 08:30-12:15

Location: Aloft Bangkok-Sukhumvit 11, 35 Sukhumvit Soi 11,Sukhumvit Road,Klongtoey-nua, Wattana Bangkok 10110  

Event is free of all charge.  

Lunch and Coffee breaks included!

Download Registration Form Here.

Download Full Event Programme Here.

Questions or Concerns? Please direct your inquiry to or

We Look Forward to Seeing You at The Forum! 


NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Presented by the Human Development Forum Foundation



The past three weeks have seen Thailand, a bright and vibrant country; quickly shift to one of black and white. From the grief and mourning there has been a constant sense of community, as Bangkok fills with those coming to pay their respects. In this time there has been an overwhelming outpouring of kindness and generosity as individuals and organizations alike take time out of their busy days to do what each can.

At HDFF the past few weeks have seen the office working on a black ribbon project, cutting and sewing ribbons that can then be distributed to the public to show respect and mourning during this time. Walking the streets of Thailand, bags of carefully crafted ribbons in hand, the team endeavored to hand out as many ribbons as possible.

Each ribbon exchanged was met with a smiling and appreciative face. Handing over the ribbon, the HDFF team was able to share a small moment with people visiting Thailand and locals alike. From the streets of Mo-chit and Sphan Kwai, the black ribbons may be small tokens, but their significance is much larger, expressing a sense of community, togetherness, and the strength of a country in the face of adversity. Over 500 black ribbons were handed over and HDFF was happy to be part of this memorable event where locals and expats share the same compassion.

To watch the video please click “Here.”