Mr. Wanawit Ahkuputra has specialized expertise in Security & Technology transfer and business development. He has a proven track record of building capacity, overseeing business development, identifying relevant technology-based solutions for complex problems, recruiting partners to participate, and managing related projects for a large variety of organizations, both from public and private sectors. In his most recent role as the Deputy Executive Director of ETDA, he was entrusted with crucial roles involving planning, promoting, developing, and implementing technological solutions that would transform Thailand into a digital economy in accordance to the government’s policy under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society.

Prior to joining ETDA, he had acquired managerial expertise in the field of information and communication technology, as well as electronic transaction from both private and public sector entities for more than 30 years. Despite being a Thai born national, Mr. Wanawit has experience living overseas for years and has traveled extensively for business to multiple countries worldwide throughout his professional career. This includes experience with various companies and organizations overseas in France and in Finland. He has over 20 years of professional experience working with Finnish High-Tech companies, which makes him knowledgeable when it comes to interacting and dealing with Finnish co-operators. His input to the management and Board of many companies has been proven to be extremely valuable not only in terms of his expertise, but also his understanding of the markets along with the relevant government initiatives.

He is also the founder of Privy Consulting, a management consulting firm born out of demand for consulting services overseas, particularly from Scandinavian countries. His strong competence and extensive network in Asia proved to be of value to his role as principle and senior partner in the company since its establishment in 2005. His primary focus was on Data Privacy, Data & IT Security, Market Penetration, Business Development/Expansion, and network establishment for new businesses that were looking to enter the Asia market. Between 2005 and 2011, he also worked with several venture capitals and private equity funds, and took an advisory role in business development in several Nordic companies in Finland and Thailand.

Key Professional Experience

Deputy Executive Director  ( 5 years : 2012 – 2017)

Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Tasked with crucial roles in planning, promoting, developing, and implementing projects geared towards transforming Thailand into a digital society and society in accordance to the government policies under the Ministry of Digital economy and Society. ETDA is the primary agency responsible for promoting and supporting the development of electronic transactions that is reliable and is able to provide equal opportunities for all
  • Lead the organization’s key units namely IT standard, Law Affairs, Strategic planning, and International Cooperation

Director  (2 years : 2010 – 2011)

Leancom Oy (Helsinki, Finland)

  • Spearheaded strategic and business development for the company globally. Leancom Oy (Ltd.) is an established engineering firm based in Helsinki, Finalnd, which develops and patents filtration systems for use in industry, forestry and agriculture. The company is active in the Nordic region, North America, and Asia, and it also designs and manages processes in manufacturing and automation

Asia Director, Catalyst  (4 years : 2008 – 2011)

Catalyst Oy (Helsinki, Finland)

  • Responsible for Strategic and Business Development for Catalyst Group in Asia. The Catalyst group brings patented innovative technologies to new countries and markets where such technologies are unknown but there is a definite need

Advisor  ( 5 years : 2007 – 2011)

Electronic Transaction Commission THAILAND (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Appointed by the Electronic Transaction Commission, Ministry of ICT, the Royal Thai Government, Mr. Wanawit acted as an advisor in the sub-commission on regulating business relating to electronic transaction in Thailand. He was also the member of the sub-commission on standard, development and research relating to Electronic Transaction Thailand

Vice President (7 years : 2005 – 2011)

ATPER, (Paris, France)

  • ATPER, which stands for The Association of Thai Professionals in Europe, is a legally registered group of Thai professionals who live and work in Europe or are Thai graduate students in Europe. The organization was founded in 1993, inspired by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment of Thailand

Principal Partner & Founder, Privy Consulting  (14 years : 2005 – Present)

Privy Partner Co., Ltd. (Bangkok, Thailand)

Senior Advisor   (2005 – 2007)

Orienteq Capital Oy (Helsinki, Finland)

  • Responsible in technical evaluation and market feasibility, along with business development and networking as a primary objective. Orienteq Capital Oy is the Fund Manager of Finn-Thai Technology Fund, which is the Venture capital Fund financing for technology companies which have proven concept and objective to develop their business operations in South East Asia

Advisor to Director (2004 – 2006)

Software Park THAILAND (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Spearheaded the Nordic business development initiative. Software Park Thailand had the mission to be the region’s premier agency that supports entrepreneurs and helps to create a strong world-class software industry that will enhance the strength and competitiveness of the Thai economy

Managing Director, Setec Card Ltd.  (2000 – 2004)

Setec Card Ltd., Setec Oy Group (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Established Setec Oy operations in Asia and Setec R&D resources in Bangkok under Software Park Thailand with 22 staff. Responsible for Sales & Marketing, Partner management, Business Development of Setec’s product and technology. Represented the company in several regional forum and official meeting i.e. Mobile E-service Bazaar, Finnish-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Asia Pacific Smart Card Association, Asia Card Forum
  • Key Achievements:
    • Payment Technology: First operator in the world for second generation chip card pay-phone based on SAM with Thailand National Telephone operator (TOT Corporation)
    • Implemented the first electronic purse operator in Thailand – Bangkok Payment Technology (BPT) Mobile Technology: Micro-browser STK and Security Plug-in Development
    • Chinese Unicode Wireless Internet browser and tools development
    • Mobile digital Signing (Silver National Innovation award 2001) via Mobile Phone IRDA
    • PKI Technology: Cryptographic Service Provider for Microsoft development for Windows 2000 which is based on PKCS#11 Architecture
    • PKI Infrastructure implementation for national scheme of Malaysia – Digicert in 1999 which is the first CA operator in Asia
    • EFS card security for BahtNet for Bank of Thailand

R&D Manager (Chief Technology Officer)

Setec Limited, Setec Oy Group (Singapore)

  • Specialist in the Smart card/Security and E-government for markets in Asia

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) work

1986 – 1987 Project Evaluator, Project Department
Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees (COERR), (Bangkok, Thailand)

1986 Field Officer, Site B Evacuation Center
United Nations Border Encampment Operation (UNBRO), Aranyaprathet
(Bangkok, Thailand)

1985 Project Consultant, Nong Daeng Agricultural Center, Ban Vinai Encampment
Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees (COERR), (Loi, Thailand)

1983 Project Staff, Project Department (Summer Job)
Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees (COERR), (Bangkok, Thailand)

1982 Assistant Construction Coordinator, Processing Center Chonburi Camp (Summer Job)
UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Chonburi, Thailand)

International Associate Memberships

Aug 2004                Vice Chair

Government Advisory Committee (GAC) of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN))

  • Working Group Chair
  • GAC Public Working Group (PSWG)
  • Working Group translation and transliteration of Contact Information (PDP)
  • Cross Community Working Group (CWG)

Aug 2004                Member, Multistakeholder Advisor Group

Internet Governance Forum

Aug 2004                Team Leader of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

Trade Negotiating Committee (RCEP-TNC) Working Group

Aug 2004                Member

Privacy Advisory Group (PAG), UN Global Pulse

Skills

  • Computer Programming, Deployment and Management, Systems Operation and Management
  • Security Technology both Logical and Physical aspect: Management, Design, and Implement
  • Management, Project Financing, Company Establishment, Board of Director Secretariat, Legal Advisory
  • Networking, Partner management, Sales and Marketing skills