Dr. Watcharas Leelawath is the Executive Director of Mekong Institute (MI). Prior to joining MI, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) in-charge of planning, supervising and conducting research projects, training programs and various capacity building activities.
Dr. Leelawath earned his undergraduate degree from Chulalongkorn University and his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas, USA. Right after obtaining his Ph.D., he worked as Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota, Morris, USA where he taught International Economics and Mathematics for Economists.
Dr. Leelawath is a trade economist with a strong interest in trade and development cooperation issues under GMS and ASEAN frameworks. He has extensive research experience in the fields of International Labor Migration, Regional Economic Integration. He has written several papers for presentation in local and international conferences, has published several articles on trade- related topics and has co-authored a book entitled “Economics and Trade in Goods: An Introduction.” He provided his expertise in a number of capacity building activities organized by ITD, ADB, UNESCAP, WTO and Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).