The Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation. A Talk by Geoffrey Longfellow



The Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation was established in 2014 in order to preserve and enhance the legacy of His Majesty King Rama IX. Sustainable Development has become much more than diversified farming for people in rural Thailand, to a challenge for lifestyle change worldwide. Geoffrey Longfellow has visited families in rural Thailand, met with diplomats and civil society groups, and has taken the message of Sustainable Development abroad.

Geoffrey Longfellow, a native of Maryland, first came Thailand in 1977, as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps. He holds a Master’s degree from The Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University. Longfellow has worked at the National Economic and Social Development Board of Thailand. In the aftermath of the 1997 economic crisis, he helped facilitate debt buy-backs for several leading Thai corporations. Longfellow has been an adjunct lecturer at both Chulalongkorn and Thammasat universities, has taught courses in American Foreign Policy and has done live coverage of several U.S. presidential elections on Thai network television.

Since 1995, he has been a volunteer for several projects under the auspices of the Bureau of the Royal Household. Since 2014 he has been Director of Special Projects at the Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation. Longfellow is a fluent speaker of the Thai language. He was granted Thai citizenship in 2006.

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

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