Carolina Conversation: Early Childhood Development

The Club’s “Carolina Conversation” about Early Childhood Development in the Provinces of Thailand was a tremendous success. In total, more than 30 people, representing NGO, academic, government, and private sectors, participated in the conversation. We would like to thank our outstanding panelists (listed below) for their exciting presentations and powerful insights about early childhood development.


Conversation with Government, NGOs and the Private Sector:
Early Childhood Development in the Provinces of Thailand

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Formal program starts at 6:00 p.m.

Venue: The NIST Learning Hub

Directions: The campus of the New International School of Thailand (NIST). From Sukhumvit Road, proceed 600 meters down Soi 15. The school is on your right side, past the Wattana School. Free parking is available on-site. Proceed to the reception counter just off of the parking area. You will be guided to the venue.

Cost: Free of Charge

Format: Conversation over dinner. Panel of speakers followed by discussion. Translation provided.

Program: This evening brings together principals from government, academia, NGOs and the private sector to enhance the professional development of teachers and care-givers with respect to early childhood development in the provinces of Thailand.

•Adriana Van Dam: Researcher, Author and Consultant on Early Childhood Development
•Ian Porter: Founder of “Baan Donread” Project for Early Childhood Development and Former Country Director of the World Bank, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Mongolia
•Brett Penny: Head of School, NIST
•Khun Jarin Jakkapak (or designee): Director General, Department of Local Administration, Royal Thai Government Corporate Partners
•Khun Kiatchai Sophastienphong, Vice Minister of Finance, The Royal Thai Government

RSVP to Michael Markels at or Alex Coclanis at

February 16, 2017
5:30 pm — 8:30 pm