Thanong Bidaya

Thanong Bidaya (Thai: ทนง พิทยะ; RTGSThanong Phitthaya), born Thanong Lamyai (ทนง ลำใย), is a Thai politician and deposed finance minister. After the military overthrew the government of Thaksin Shinawatra, he remained in Singapore where he was attending the annual meeting of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund.

Thanong Bidaya
Finance Minister of Thailand
In office
21 June 1997 – 24 October 1997
Prime MinisterChavalit Yongchaiyudh
Preceded byAmnuay Weerawan
Succeeded byKosit Panpiemras
In office
3 August 2005 – 19 September 2006
Prime MinisterThaksin Shinawatra
Preceded bySomkid Jatusripitak
Succeeded byPridiyathorn Devakula
Minister of Commerce
In office
11 March 2005 – 2 August 2005
Prime MinisterThaksin Shinawatra
Preceded bySomkid Jatusripitak
Succeeded byWatana Muangsook
Personal details
BornJuly 28, 1947 (age 71)
Suphan Buri, Thailand
Political partyThai Rak Thai Party
Alma materYokohama National University
Northwestern University

Early life and education

Thanong was born in Suphanburi Province. He has four siblings, all of whom are teachers. Thanong was the only boy in his village to earn a bachelor's degree. He later earned a PhD.

Academic and research career

Thanong became the Dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration or NIDA Business School, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA). He also worked for a time as a researcher at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

He later left his academic career for a career in business, citing insufficient income. From April to August 2007, Thanong was a visiting professor at the International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Yokohama National University, Japan.

Business career

Thanong became president of Thai Military Bank.

Political career

Thanong was invited by the government of Premier Chavalit Yongchaiyudh to be finance minister from June to October 1997, the height of the Asian financial crisis.

He served as finance minister in the government of Thaksin Shinawatra for a second term from August 2005 until the military coup of September 2006.


Political offices
Preceded by
Amnuay Weerawan
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Kosit Panpiemras
Preceded by
Somkid Jatusripitak
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Pridiyathorn Devakula
2006 Thai coup d'état

The 2006 Thai coup d'état took place on 19 September 2006, when the Royal Thai Army staged a coup d'état against the elected caretaker government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The coup d'état, which was Thailand's first non-constitutional change of government in fifteen years, followed a year-long political crisis involving Thaksin, his allies, and political opponents and occurred less than a month before nationwide House elections were scheduled to be held. It has been widely reported in Thailand and elsewhere that General Prem Tinsulanonda, Chairman of the Privy Council, was the mastermind of the coup. The military cancelled the upcoming elections, abrogated the constitution, dissolved parliament and constitutional court, banned protests and all political activities, suppressed and censored the media, declared martial law nationwide, and arrested cabinet members.

The new rulers, led by General Sonthi Boonyaratglin and organised as the Council for Democratic Reform (CDR), issued a declaration on 21 September setting out their reasons for taking power and giving a commitment to restore democratic government within one year. However, the CDR also announced that after elections and the establishment of a democratic government, the council would be transformed into a Council of National Security (CNS) whose future role in Thai politics was not explained. The CNS later drafted an interim charter and appointed retired General Surayud Chulanont as Premier. Martial law was lifted in 41 of Thailand's 76 provinces on 26 January 2007 but remained in place in another 35 provinces.

Elections were held on 23 December 2007, after a military-appointed tribunal outlawed the Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party of Thaksin Shinawatra and banned TRT executives from contesting in elections for five years.

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National Institute of Development Administration

The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) Thai: สถาบันบัณฑิตพัฒนบริหารศาสตร์) is a public graduate university in Thailand under the Commission on Higher Education, the Ministry of Education.NIDA has 10 graduate schools aimed to serve economics and social development. One of the founding schools, NIDA Business School, was the first graduate school in Thailand to offer an MBA program. NIDA Business School received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Pridiyathorn Devakula

Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Devakula (Thai: ม.ร.ว.ปรีดิยาธร เทวกุล; RTGS: Mom Ratchawong Pridiyathon Thewakun; [prīːdìjāːtʰɔːn tʰē:wâkūn]; born 15 July 1947) is a Thai economist. He was the Governor of the Bank of Thailand from 2001 to 2006. Following the 2006 Thai coup d'état he served as minister of finance and deputy prime minister in the interim civilian government led by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. Following the 2014 Thai coup d'état he was appointed as a deputy prime minister in the first military appointed cabinet under General Prayut Chan-o-cha. Two days earlier he had resigned from his position as chairman of the board of Post Publishing PLC, the publisher of the Bangkok Post, Thailand's leading English-language newspaper.

Shinawatra University

Shinawatra University (SIU) is a private international university in Thailand, established by Dr.Thaksin Shinawatra and his colleagues. The campus was designed and developed by Soontorn Boonyatikarn in 1997. The Ministry of Universities granted the license for operation in 1999. The first Shinawatra University Council Meeting was held on 19 May 2000, and the first batch of students was admitted in September 2002. As of 2018 the university had students and faculty members of over 30 nationalities.

Somkid Jatusripitak

Somkid Jatusripitak (Thai: สมคิด จาตุศรีพิทักษ์, RTGS: Somkhit Chatusiphithak, Chinese: 曾汉光; born 15 July 1953) is a Thai economist, business theorist, and politician.

A mentee of Philip Kotler, he has (co-)authored books on competitiveness and taught marketing at Thai universities. He was a co-founder and leader of the Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT) and was mainly responsible for developing the party's progressive and reformist economic and social platform. After the party's electoral victory, he served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Commerce in Thaksin Shinawatra's government. Following the coup d'état in 2006, the junta chose him as an economic envoy, advocating the royally-endorsed "self-sufficiency" economic agenda.

After another military coup in 2014, he served as the junta's advisor on foreign economic relations. Since September 2014 he has been a full member of the so-called National Council for Peace and Order.

Sudarat Keyuraphan

Khun Ying Sudarat Keyuraphan is a Thai politician, former deputy leader of the Thai Rak Thai Party, and President of Thai Peung Thai Foundation. She was the former Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Former Minister of Public Health, Former Deputy Minister of Interior, Former Deputy Minister of Transport, and multi time re-elected Member of Parliament.

Thai Rak Thai Party

The Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT; Thai: พรรคไทยรักไทย, RTGS: Phak Thai Rak Thai, IPA: [pʰák tʰaj rák tʰaj]; "Thais Love Thais Party") was a Thai political party founded in 1998. From 2001 to 2006, it was the ruling party under its founder, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. During its brief existence, Thai Rak Thai won the three general elections it contested. Eight months after a military coup forced Thaksin to remain in exile, the party was dissolved on 30 May 2007 by the Constitutional Tribunal for violation of electoral laws, with 111 former party members banned from participating in politics for five years.

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