Dr. Tongchat Hongladaromp has been appointed as the new Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees with effect from 10 January 2020. He succeeds H.E. Dr. Subin Pinkayan, former Foreign Minister of Thailand and distinguished AIT alumnus.
A Thai national, Dr. Tongchat graduated with a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Chulalongkorn University and a master degree in Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), before earning his doctorate from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. Dr. Tongchat was among the inaugural inductees of the AIT Hall of Fame in 2010.
Dr. Tongchat worked with major engineering companies in the United States for three years before returning to Thailand. He has accumulated vast experience in academia as well as administration and management of many major corporations, including at AIT, Expressway and Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand, Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT), PTT Exploration and Production Company Limited (PTTEP), National Petrochemical Corporation (NPC), Telecom Asia Company Limited, Thai Telephone and Telecommunication Public Company Limited (TT&T), and Thai Petrochemical Industry Public Company Limited.
He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of Energy of Thailand, and served as Chairman of the Board of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand.
Dr. Tongchat has been appointed Chairman and Director of some major organizations in Thailand, including PTTEP, and was a member of the National Reform Council. Currently, Dr. Tongchat is serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Samart Corporation Public Company Limited, and Linde (Thailand) Public Company Limited. He is also Senior Advisor to PTTEP, PTTGC, Director of PTIT (Petroleum Institute of Thailand) Council of Trustee, Vice Chairman of PTIT (Petroleum Institute of Thailand) Foundation, and Director of Sahaviriya Steel Industries Public Company Limited.