President of NSTDA, Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul concluded that the BCG strategy of Thailand is not just to echo the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of UN. The ultimate aim is to develop a more sustainable and inclusive economic growth model by incorporating the participation of all stakeholders, such as governments, businesses, civil societies and international partners.
Other outstanding international researchers participated in the discussions are Prof. Dr. Hassan Mandal ( President of TÜBITAK from Turkey), Prof. Joachim von Braun ( Director of Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn University from Germany), and Prof. Emeritus Dr. Kraisid Tontisirin ( Senator of Thailand and Former Director of Food and Nutrition Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
Dr. Chen, Chien-jen is a Johns Hopkins-trained epidemiologist and an expert in viruses. He has received many honors and awards domestically and internationally for his influential research. He’s well-known for the researches on the arsenic exposure and its link to blackfoot disease and other studies on liver cancer risks, etc. Being a faithful Catholic, he was invited to visit the Vatican several times by Pope John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. He has been invested as a Knight of the Equestrian of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (2010) and a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (2013).