The Bangkok Post has named the Thailand Development and Research Institute (TDRI) as the Person of the Year for 2012. This is an excellent choice, as are the reasons given. The front page article by Soonruth Bunyamanee gives appropriate credit to the present president and three former presidents. However, it fails to mention the founder and first president, Anat Arbhabhirama.
The whole concept of TDRI as an apolitical think-tank and advisory body was the brainchild of Mr Anat, then a professor at the Asian Institute of Technology. His enormous success in setting up the TDRI and immediately obtaining the funding to bring it to a viable size created the basis for its success.
It is important that this be recognised as we celebrate the occasion and the realisation of Mr Anat's dream.
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