H.E. Mr. Norachit Sinhaseni, former Ambassador of Thailand to the United Nations

Mr. Sinhaseni served as Thailand’s Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 – 2015. Until his appointment, Mr. Sinhaseni was Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2007. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Ambassador to New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga. In 2001 he was appointed Director General in the Department of Information and Foreign Ministry Spokesman, and later Director General in the Department of East Asian Affairs.

From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Sinhaseni served as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, having been given the rank of ambassador and attached to the Foreign Ministry in 2000. From 1994 to 1999, he was concurrently Deputy Director General in the Department of East Asian Affairs and the Department of International Organizations.

In a previous New York posting, he was Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations from 1990 to 1994, prior to which he had served as Second Secretary in the Philippines from 1982 to 1986. From 1987 to 1989 he held various positions in Bangkok, including Chief of the Office of the Foreign Minister, having joined the Ministry in 1979.

A graduate of Thailand’s National Defence College, Mr. Sinhaseni earned a Bachelor of Laws from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and a Master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, United States.

Born on 7 November 1954 in Bangkok, Thailand, he is married and has two children.

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