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Our Governance

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Our Governance

The NIST Foundation

As one of the only not-for-profit schools in the Bangkok international school community, NIST is overseen by the NIST International School Foundation, represented by members who are both elected by parents and appointed. The majority of the members of the foundation must be parents or guardians of children who attend NIST, and thus represent the interests of the entire community through their governance.

The NIST Executive School Board

Elected by their peers on the NIST Foundation board, the NIST Executive School Board oversees the school on its behalf. Through their work they support the NIST’s mission and vision, maintain financial oversight, and contribute to the community’s strategic direction. In addition to oversight of the school’s operations, together with NIST Foundation members, the board forms committees to support particular areas.

A Detailed Look at Our Governance

Our community strives to be as transparent as possible in the role and function of both the NIST Foundation and Executive School Board. Their respective responsibilities and the election process are detailed in our governance overview.

NIST Foundation Board

Mr. Sarath Ratanavadi-Chairman

Mr. Sarath Ratanavadi


Mr. Prabsharan Singh Thakral-School Board Chair

Mr. Prab Thakral

School Board Chair

Mr. Ravi Sawhney-Founding Member

Mr. Ravi Sawhney

Founding Member

Mr. Bruce G. Hemmingsen-Secretary

Mr. Bruce G. Hemmingsen

Secretary & Treasurer

Mr. Anders Frummerin-Member

Mr. Anders Frummerin


Ms. Angkana Uthaisangchai-Member

Ms. Angkana Uthaisangchai


Mr. Daniel Holmes Friendly-Member

Mr. Daniel Holmes Friendly


Mr. Hans-Jurgen Ebbing-Member

Mr. Hans-Jurgen Ebbing


Mr. Krisada Lamsam-Member

Mr. Krisada Lamsam


Ms. Narawadee Bualert-Member

Ms. Narawadee Bualert


Ms. Nathalie Taib-Member

Ms. Nathalie Taib


Dr. Nattavut Kulnides-Member

Dr. Nattavut Kulnides


Ms. Pornpan Chayasuntorn-Member

Ms. Pornpan Chayasuntorn


Mr. Quentin Job-Member

Mr. Quentin Job


Mr. Sathaporn Kamkong-Member

Mr. Sathaporn Kamkong


Mr. Stephen J. Cooper-Member

Mr. Stephen J. Cooper


Mr. Suksawat Watewai-Member

Mr. Suksawat Watewai


Mr. Tanon Tantisunthorn-Member

Mr. Tanon Tantisunthorn


Mr. Thanes Rajatapiti-Member

Mr. Thanes Rajatapiti


Mr. Wai Kiat Michael Soon-Member

Mr. Wai Kiat Michael Soon


Mr. William Angus Kent-Treasurer

Mr. William Angus Kent


Mr. Yosathep Singhsachathet-Member

Mr. Yosathep Singhsachathet


Executive School Board

Mr. Prab Thakral (Board Chair)
Ms. Narawadee Bualert (Parent Representative)
Ms. Angkana Uthaisangchai (Member)
Mr. Bruce Hemmingsen (Member)
Mr. Krisada Lamsam (Member)
Ms. Pornpan Chayasunthorn (Member)
Mr. Quentin Job (Member)
Mr. Tanon Tantisunthorn (Member)
Mr. Wai Kiat Michael Soon (Member)
Dr. James Dalziel (Staff Representative)
Ms. Poonam Sachdev (Member & Secretary)

School Board Committees

Members of the NIST Foundation, NIST Executive School Board and school leadership serve on various committees that contribute to the ongoing development of the school, while also providing oversight to ensure that progress aligns to our mission and values.

Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

“The community understands and has embraced the shift from an achievement-oriented to a growth-oriented learning model and its connection to developing lifelong learners.”

— 2018 NEASC Accreditation Report

Welcome to NIST International School

The first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, Thailand

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We encourage all families to make an appointment to tour the school. Your visit will offer you a unique view into our community and allow us to provide more in-depth information in order to help you make the best educational decision for your family.


First and foremost, thank you for considering NIST as an option for your child. As you explore our site and admissions information, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about our curriculum, philosophy or any other aspect of the school.

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The IB Philosophy

The International Baccalaureate (IB) does not merely promote a curriculum, but rather a mission to transform the world through education.


Our community has cultivated a well-deserved reputation for excellence in academics over the past two decades. Being the first full International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Thailand and a frequent early adopter of programme developments, NIST enjoys an unparalleled relationship with the IB, remaining at the forefront of progressive, research-based teaching and learning.

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Positive Impact

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
– William Durant – 


Extra Curricular Activities

NIST encourages all students to push beyond their limits through the Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) Programme, which offers more than 300 activities in areas as diverse as sports, drama, music, art, technology, academics, language, and social and environmental activism.

We believe in the power of education

We believe in the power of education

All of the members of the NIST community, past and present, see education as a force that can enlighten and transform.

Welcome to NIST International School

The first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, Thailand

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