Dr Monthip Sriratana Tabucanon is currently Senior Adviser to the National Research Council of Thailand. During her long tenure in government, she held key positions at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment including Deputy Permanent Secretary. She is a former Member of Parliament of Thailand (Democrat Party). She obtained her PhD in Urban Engineering from The University of Tokyo. She is a recipient of several prestigious international awards including a Royal Decoration from King Carl Gustaf (XVI) of Sweden – The First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star and the Japan International Cooperation Agency Recognition Award for the promotion of international cooperation.