Network of Men Leaders
Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders
Dr. Kittipong Kittayarak
Dr. Kittipong has been instrumental in shaping judicial reform in Thailand. His career accomplishments include the implementation of new drug diversion programs, the supervision of major organizational reform of the Ministry of Justice of Thailand, and the introduction of restorative justice and community justice programs as an alternative to the mainstream criminal justice system. In 2008, he was appointed as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice, the highest position of civil servants. He is the youngest civil servant to serve as permanent secretary.
Dr. Kittipong is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Thailand Institute of Justice, a newly established public organization. He also gives lectures at the Bar Association of Thailand, Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University, and Ramkamhaeng University, and is a frequent visiting expert at the United Nations Asia and the Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) in Tokyo, Japan.
In addition, he is on the board of directors of Transparency International Thailand and on the board of trustees of Mahidol University. Among his many honors, he was selected "Man of the Year" by the Association for the Promotion of Women's Status under the Royal Patronage in 2000.
Dr. Kittipong earned an LL.M. degree at Cornell Law School in 1983 and returned to Thailand, where he qualified for the Thai bar. He subsequently studied at Harvard Law School and Stanford, where he obtained another LL.M. degree and a J.S.D. degree in 1988 and 1990 respectively.