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Sudharma Yoonaidharma (Professor)

Sudharma Yoonaidharma (Professor)

Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission, Thailand; Chairman, Thailand Chapter

Professor Sudharma Yoonaidharma serves as Commissioner for Energy Regulatory Commission, Thailand.

He currently also holds positions as Commissioner, Higher Education Commission; Legal Expert on Committee on Digital Economy Infrastructure and is a Member of Directors of the Chulabhorn Royal Institute. He was also a Commissioner of the National Telecommunication Commission (2004-2010) – a predecessor of the current National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Professor Yoonaidharma was the former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the NTC appointment, he taught business and economic law at Chulalongkorn University. There, he held senior posts, including Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Director General of the Intellectual Property Institute and Director General of the Science and Technology Law Center. Through the years, Professor Yoonaidharma’s other activities included the drafting of telecommunications and e‐commerce laws, and a proposal to liberalise and privatise government‐owned operators. He was appointed as a World Bank transport and telecommunications expert to work with the Ministry of Finance to facilitate corporatisation of public utility service agencies, and also prepared a position paper for the Thai Government to negotiate telecommunication services under the Uruguay Round leading to the Thai Schedule of Commitment of 1994 and 1996.

Professor Yoonaidharma has been the lead telecommunication negotiation delegate for the Japan‐Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement, Thailand‐US Free Trade Agreement (suspended), Thailand‐India Economic Cooperation Agreement, ASEAN‐China Closer Economic Cooperation Agreement and Thailand‐Australia Free Trade Agreement. He was nominated as the Chairman of the ASEAN Telecommunication Regulators Council (ATRC) in 2009, Co‐Chair of ASEAN‐Japan Telecommunication Dialogue and Co‐Chair of ASEAN‐China Telecommunication Dialogue.

Professor Yoonaidharma, a notable speaker at many international meetings and conferences, also teaches Telecommunications Law for Masters degrees at the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University.

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