Abhisit VejjajivaPrime Minister of Thailand
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was born on August 3, 1964 in New Castle, United Kingdom (UK). He is married to Assistant Professor Pimpen Sakuntabhai Vejjajiva. They have two children, Ms. Prang Vejjajiva and Mr. Pannasit Vejjajiva.
Prime Minister Vejjajiva studied at the Chulalongkorn Demonstration School in Thailand and completed his secondary education at Eton College, UK. He received a BA with first class honors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. He also earned an MPhil in Economics from Oxford. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by Ramkhamhaeng University.
Before 1992 Vejjajiva was a special lecturer in Economics at Oxford University, and also taught at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy in Thailand, where he ranked second lieutenant.
After 1992 he was a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics at Thammasart University. He became a Member of Parliament in the Democrat Party. He was elected a Member of Parliament in 1992 to Bangkok District 6, in 1995 to Bangkok District 5, in 2001 to the Democrat Party List, in 2005 until February 2006 to the Democrat Party List, and in 2007 to Democrat Party List, Zone 6.
Since 1992 he has served as a Government Spokesperson, Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs to the Prime Minister, Chairman of the House Committee on Educational Affairs, Chairman of the House Committee to Consider the National Education Bill of 1999, Deputy Leader of the Democrat Party, Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, and currently serves as the twenty-seventh Prime Minister of Thailand.
Vejjajiva has been awarded the Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (1999) and the Knight Grand Cordon of the Most Noble order of the Crown of Thailand (1998).
He was named one of 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum (1992), one of six up-and-coming leaders for Asia by Time Magazine (1997), and one of 20 Leaders for the Millennium Politics and Power by Asiaweek magazine (1999).