May 31, 2012 – Opening Ceremonies of the World Economic Forum's East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand


Professor Klaus Schwab
, Founder and Chairman of the World Economic Forum, led the Opening Ceremony of the WEF East Asia Summit.  Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, opened the Summit.  Other Opening Speakers were Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia; Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Vietnam; Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Laos; and H.R.H. Prince Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain.  Their talks focused on progress being made on building the necessary physical infrastructure in ASEAN, and the need to continue to make progress on building the “soft (institutional) infrastructure.” (For the full summary of the Opening Ceremony, go here.

One of the highlights of the WEF East Asia Summit was definitely the inspiring presence of Myanmar leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, in what became a historic moment: Coming to Thailand to speak at this Summit is her first international trip outside of Myanmar since her house arrest and since her eventual election as Opposition Party Leader, ahead of her plans to address the UK Parliament on June 18.

Another highlight is meeting amazing people at the Summit.  Pictured above, I am standing next to TV anchor and editor Veenarat Laohapakakul (@veenarat) of Thailand’s NBC Nation TV Group who interviewed me about Womensphere. In the photo above - I also met and had a great conversation on Thai policies and the Thai economy with Director-General Srirat Rastapana, a wonderful woman who runs the Department of Trade Negotiations at the Thai Ministry of Commerce, and with Mr. Sean Boonpracong, who is an International Strategic Advisor to the Thai Prime Minister.

I was truly inspired by the conversation between Prof. Klaus Schwab and Aung San Suu Kyi, in what was her first international trip outside of Myanmar in 24 years, and share that video here:

[The video, and photos of Prof. Schwab, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, are courtesy of the World Economic Forum.]