Nichapat Na Thalang
BFP: What do you do?
NN: I am the Senior Outreach Coordinator at the CSR Asia Center, based in our Bangkok Office. I am responsible for the overall visibility of the CSR Asia Center though partnership creation and outreach activities here, in neighbouring countries and in other LDCs in Asia. I will be particularly focused on the lead-up to the 10th CSR Asia Summit, taking place in Bangkok from 17th to 18th September 2013. My aim is to deepen and strengthen the Center’s focus on development and poverty alleviation. I work on responsible business strategies and innovative models for sustainable and inclusive development.
BFP: What is the best part about your job?
NN: To witness and experience with my own eyes the change of development paradigm and the increasing role of the private sector in addressing global challenges. My job gives me a chance to be part of the solution.
BFP: What have been your greatest challenges?
NN: To find a balance between the business agenda and development agenda by integrating them together and putting them into a practical solution.
BFP: How have you overcome these challenges?/ What advice, would you give to others?/ What is the secret of your success
NN: My favourite challenge is to foster win-win solutions for all stakeholders. It has to include enough of a win to encourage the private sector to include sustainability into their core business strategy. Above all, you need to have a good understanding about business and development objectives and be very positive and creative to design an action using partnership as a key.
BFP: If someone wants to do what you do, where should they start?
NN: If this is your passion then you will find the way. I started my journey in 2010 by having a conversation with someone from the private sector who strongly believed that the development agenda and business agenda would never share common values. But I don't share that view: I believe in shared value and partnership.
BFP: Finally, what do you hope to get out of being part of the BFP community?
NN: I hope to be able to share and learn from everyone. And hopefully strengthen South-South relationships through knowledge and wisdom sharing.
As we are organizing a summit this year in Bangkok, I will be looking forward to welcoming friends from the Business Fights Poverty Community to Thailand!
Thank you to Nichapat Na Thalang for taking the time to do this interview.
Read previous Member of the Week interviews here.