Ada Chirapaisarnkul is a pioneer in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social investment in Thailand. She is currently ChangeVentures Head of Social Impact Advisory – an affiliated organization of ChangeFusion, Founder and Managing Director of Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN) and Board Member of Khonthai Foundation.
Previously, Ada was a university lecturer and co-founding executive director of GLab (Social Innovation Lab) at Thammasat University, and assistant vice president at Government Housing Bank. At the onset of social enterprise policy development in Thailand, she was a Deputy Secretariat of the Sub-Committee on Social Finance under the National Committee on Social Enterprise Promotion, chaired by the Prime Minister, and, as a project manager at the Office of the Prime Minister, led a multi-sectoral team to develop the first Masterplan for social enterprise promotion in Thailand.
Ada holds MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London, MA in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University and BA (Honors) in Economics from Thammasat University. She is a British Chevening scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellow on Social Innovation, Asia 21 Young Leader of the Asia Society, One Young World Ambassador and a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum.