2018 SA Annual Dinner

Thu 25 Oct 2018
7.00pm to 11.00pm

(Arrival time: 6.30pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Adelaide Convention Centre
Riverbank Room
Adelaide SA


Single Members: A$180.00 Non-members: A$220.00

Mechai Viravaidya AO

Mechai Viravaidya AO

Former Politician and Economist

Mechai Viravaidya had a pivotal role in Thailand’s immensely successful family planning program, which saw one of the most rapid fertility declines in the modern era.

Following his education in Australia at the Geelong Grammar School and the University of Melbourne, Mechai returned to Thailand and started his career with a governmental development agency. He served as Chairman to several of Thailand’s biggest companies including Krung Thai Bank, the Petroleum Exploration and Production Company, and the Telephone Organisation of Thailand.

After his success at promoting family planning and HIV prevention, Mechai has aggressively approached the problem of rural poverty by empowering the poor through the Village Development Partnership, to build sustainable entrepreneurial capacity, community empowerment, income generating activities and environmental protection at the village level. This project, which is a partnership between a rural village and a sponsoring company, is marked by extensive community involvement as beneficiaries, planners, managers, and most importantly – as partners and leaders.

In 2008, he established the Mechai Bamboo School in Buriram province, Northeast Thailand, to re-engineer rural education and to enable the school to be a life-long learning center as well as a hub to improve the quality of life of all community members. The Bamboo School aims to foster a new generation of rural youth who are honest and innovative social entrepreneurs and community development leaders. Today, with the help of the private sector, over 150 small rural schools have begun to adopt this concept and have begun to take on a greater role in their surrounding communities.

For his efforts in various development and educational endeavours, Mechai has been bestowed with numerous awards, recognition, and honorary doctoral degrees, including those from Melbourne, Monash Universities in Australia and The University of Warwick in England. He was presented with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service (1994), recognized as one of Asiaweek’s “20 Great Asians” (1995), the United Nations Population Award (1997), one of TIME Magazine’s “Asian Heroes” (2006), the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health (2009), the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health (2007) and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2008).

A conversation with Mr Mechai Viravaidya AO – How leadership can change the world.

The SA/NT Division of The Australian Institute of Company Directors are proud to present an evening with one of the most influential people in Asia—Mechai Viravaidya—at our 2018 SA Annual Dinner.

Mechai, who was educated in Australia, will be speaking on the theme: How leadership can change the world - How one man saved 7.7 million lives (according to the World Bank), changed Thailand's population growth by empowering the nation and in particular the poor through; education, recruitment of large corporations, business and social entrepreneurial enterprises - using his "method of mass protection".

“Mechai is an utterly inspiring figure because he saw through analysis what had to be done. He recruited allies, scandalised bureaucrats and moved whatever mountains were in his way to change an entire national culture, and put in place the foundations for sustainable economic growth in Thailand. His energy, creativity, humility, and a drive to make things better from the basis of a real connection to the people with the most at stake – the rural poor of Thailand were key drivers of his success”, says Dr Roger Sexton, SANT President.

This year’s dinner is held at the world renowned, newly expanded Adelaide Convention Centre, with sponsored wine from a local boutique SA winery, Main & Cherry.

Join us as Mechai shares the stories and achievements of his journey from Economist to Minister, to being affectionately known in Thailand as Mr Condom. Ali Clarke of ABC radio will MC the evening. The dinner promises to be an exceptional opportunity to network and reconnect with business leaders of SA. Book early to avoid missing out on this must attend event in the business calendar.

Dress: Black tie with miniatures.


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Contact details

Katherine Masters
Events Coordinator
E. saevents@aicd.com.au
T. 08 8236 2808