Dr. Watcharas LeelawathExecutive Director, Mekong Institute (MI)
Dr. Watcharas Leelawath is currently serving his second term as the Executive Director of Mekong Institute (MI).
Prior to joining MI, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) in-charge of planning, supervising and conducting research projects, training programs and various capacity building activities. He was also Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota, Morris, USA where he taught International Economics and Mathematics for Economists.
He is a trade economist with a strong interest in trade and development cooperation issues in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and ASEAN frameworks, and has extensive research experience in the fields of International Labor Migration and Regional Economic Integration. Dr. Leelawath has written several papers presented in local and international conferences, has published several articles on trade-related topics and has co-authored a book entitled “Economics and Trade in Goods: An Introduction.” He has also provided his expertise in a number of capacity building activities organized by ITD, ADB, UNESCAP, WTO and Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).
Dr. Leelawath earned his undergraduate degree from Chulalongkorn University, and his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas, USA