Surin Pitsuwan,

Surin Pitsuwan

Board Member, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Dr Pitsuwan is the former Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a position he held from 2008 to 2013. Prior to this, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Thailand from 1997 to 2001 and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1995. He has also served as Assistant Secretary to the Minister of the Interior, as well as a Member of the Thai Parliament. From 2001 to 2003, Dr Pitsuwan was a member of the Commission on Human Security of the United Nations. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as an advisor to the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty and sat on the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since the end of his term as ASEAN Secretary-General, Dr Pitsuwan has been teaching at several universities including Thammasat University in Thailand, the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies at the University of Nara in Japan, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in the United Kingdom. He joined the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue’s Board in 2013 and also sits on the Boards of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security and the International Crisis Group.