Professor Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, who was dubbed a “Rising World Leader” by Time in 1974, is former president of the National Institute of Development Administration, a public graduate university in Thailand. He began his teaching career at NIDA in 1989 after earning a PhD in public administration from the same institution. His research interests run the gamut from Thai politics, administration and public policy, to the political culture of the Thai middle-class.
Thamrongthanyawong has served as a board member of several key Thai public enterprises, such as the National Housing Authority, the Thai Maritime Navigation Co., and the Forest Industry Organization. Currently, he is chairperson of the Secondary Mortgage Corporation, and a member of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand.
Thamrongthanyawong received an honorary LHD from Indiana University.