Panachit Kittipanya-ngam, Ph.D.August 30, 2018
Dr. Kittipanya-ngam is the Vice President of the Innovation Department at the Electronic Government Agency, and is responsible for driving digital innovation for the Thai government. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Vision from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of digital platform strategies for businesses, innovation of products and services, as well as commercialization with creative marketing and partnership strategies. Currently, his work mainly focuses on drafting a roadmap, driving policies, and implementing platforms for innovative government services. Many successful Thai startups have moved abroad due to the lack of proper tools for technological innovation, and laws strictly designed for traditional businesses. Dr. Kittipanya-ngam sees the need for faster regulatory responses, as well as open-mindedness, agility and courage among those driving policies to assist the country in handling emerging technologies. Recently, he was named National Startup Leader of the Year 2016 by the National Innovation Agency.