Dr. Nares Damrongchai
Chief Executive Officer, Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS), Thailand
Dr. Nares Damrongchai is the Chief Executive Officer of Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS), Thailand’s public organization dedicated to supporting translational research and fostering the life sciences industry. He is on the Editorial Board of Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, published by RIS, New Delhi. Currently he is Co-Chair of the APEC Life Science Innovation Forum.
From 2005 to 2012 Dr. Damrongchai was the Executive Director of the APEC Center for Technology Foresight, the time during which he conducted a number of international foresight research and training workshops through works with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute of Alternative Futures, and Asian Foresight Institute. He was elected Lead Shepherd of the APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG), chairing the group during 2011 – 2012 and led the Group’s transformation into APEC Policy Partnership in Science Technology and Innovation.
He was a Senior Director at the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) during 2009 – 2012.
Early in his career he was the manager of the Cell and Biomaterial Laboratory conducting research on cultured human epidermis tissue replacement at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The cultured skin tissue technology was well received and before long transferred to hospitals in parts of Thailand. In 1999 he became a policy researcher and played key role in developing the roadmap for Thailand’s first National Biotechnology Policy Framework.
Dr. Damrongchai obtained the degree of Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (Technology Management) and Doctor of Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Bioengineering).