Dr. Varakorn Samakoses is a widely known economist and educator who has served as Deputy Minister of Education and as a university president.
Dr. Varakorn first served on Kenan Institute Asia's Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2003 and rejoined the board in 2008 after his service in the cabinet. He is currently a member of the Kenan Institute Asia Executive Committee.
As former president of Dhurakij Pundit University, Dr. Varakorn led one of Thailand’s largest private universities, which included fourteen faculties, a graduate school, and an international college. He was also an advisor to the minister of education, chairman of the Christian Children’s Fund, advisor to the Fiscal Policy Research Institute and a member of the University Council of Prince of Songkhla University. Dr. Varakorn is also a columnist for Krungthep Dhurakij newspaper, writing on topics in economics politics, and social.
Previously, Dr. Varakorn served in government as Deputy Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister Surayud and as Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister under Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai.
In his academic career, Dr. Varakorn has served as vice-president for planning and Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University, Vice-President of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutes of Thailand, visiting professor at Waseda University, Kyoto University and University of Okinawa University, and special lecturer at the University of Maryland.
He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Western Australia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kansas. He also has a diploma from the National Defense College.