Dr. Santhi Kanoktanaporn joined APO in 2016 after spending 35 years as a General Manager/ Director/ Managing Director/ Country Manager/ President/ Executive Director for two multinational firms (SGS, Switzerland and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, USA), the Thailand Productivity Institute, and the Management System Certification Institute of the Ministry of Industry (Thailand).


Dr. Santhi received

B.Sc. in Chemistry from Mahidol University,
Ph.D. in Chemistry from Sunderland Polytechnic (now Sunderland University),
Post Doctorate in Chemistry, Boston University,
Post Doctorate in Chemistry, Sunderland Polytechnic (now Sunderland University)
Master of Management (EMBA) from Sasin, Chulalongkorn University.

Dr Santhi was elected

The Chairman of the Certification Body Association, Thailand
The President of the Certification Body Forum
Member of Oxford Future Forum (OFF)

Dr. Santhi has also received several Executive Education Certificates from

Harvard Business School,
MIT Sloan Business School,
Cornell’s Johnson Business School of Management,
London Business School (LBS) of University of London,
Said Business School of University of Oxford
College of Education, Penn State University and
Certificate of the Top Management Program (Board Level) from IMD

Dr. Santhi has attended the following certification workshops:

Certificate of Balanced Scorecard Certification Master Class from the Palladium Group (Kaplan and Norton),
Diploma in Development and Understanding Scenario from Global Business Network (Peter Swartz),
Attended “Power and Love” and “Transformative Scenario Planning” workshops, REOS Partners (Adam Kahane),
Certificate in Management Consulting Essentials (CMCE) from Chartered Management Institute (CMI, UK).


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The first external evaluation of APO projects is conducted by independent experts.

A bimonthly Japanese edition of the APO News is published.

The Secretariat moves from Aoyama to Hirakawa-cho.
The APO’s 40th anniversary is marked with the First International Conference on Productivity in the e-Age in New Delhi, along with the International Forum for SMEs.
2nd World Conference on Green Productivity is held in Manila.

Lao PDR joins the APO.
First APO web-based videoconferencing project on TQM is organized.
Cambodia joins the APO.

Kuala Lumpur hosts the 1st Eco-products International Fair (EPIF) organized by the APO and others.

The One Village, One Product movement becomes part of the Agriculture Program.
Bangkok hosts the 2nd EPIF.

The APO Regional Award is conferred on four individuals and the APO National Award on ten.
After a productivity conference in Sandton, South Africa, cooperation with the Pan African Productivity Association takes off.

Singapore hosts the 3rd EPIF.
An International Productivity Conference in Bangkok focuses on knowledge management.
The EPIF in Hanoi attracts nearly 100,000 visitors.

An Observational Study Mission to Switzerland on Quality and Innovation is implemented with JETRO support.

The first self-e-learning course on the Balanced Scorecard launched.
Manila hosts the 5th EPIF.

Singapore is appointed as the COE on BE, the first APO COE.

The APO participates in the Conference on the Global Economic Crisis in Tainan, Republic of China.
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