Our Board of Directors
Ms. Chalida Tajaroensuk, Chairperson of PSPF, has extensive experience supporting vulnerable groups in their policy advocacy and lobbying efforts, by building bridges between the victims of human rights violations and authorities accountable for their security. Ms. Chalida Tajaroensuk has been working with local grassroots for the past 20 years and has been advocating for their rights with high level officials in Thailand, and has been engaged in advocacy at the regional and international levels. Her sincerity is accepted and welcomed by all authorities, and she has been invited to give lectures to Thai authorities from different institutions.
Parinya Boonridrerthaikul (Ann) has worked on civil / political rights and economic / social / cultural rights issues over the past 20 years, with strong experience in both program and management functions.
Most recently, Ann served for five years as Executive Director for Amnesty International – Thailand and as Country Director and Senior Policy Advocacy Officer with Asylum Access for a year and a half.
Ann coordinated the Thai Civil Society Organization (CSO) Coalition for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, during Thailand’s second review in 2016. In 2015, Ann worked on advocacy campaigning for rights-based migration management for urban refugees and stateless persons, by helping to establish the Coalition for the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons.
Ann was a member of Civil and Political Rights Sub-Committee of Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission in 2017.
Early in her career, Ann held positions in both the Regional and Thailand Offices of ActionAid, as Project Coordinator (rights-based in development) and Finance and Office Manager.
Having earned dual bachelor degrees in Arts and Education and a Master of Arts in History, Asifa has worked as a teacher and a child development expert and has been an advocate and activist on behalf of vulnerable people, particularly children and refugees.
With over five years’ experience working as a teacher in both Pakistan and Thailand, her passion as an educator is realised through hands-on teaching, coaching, and mentoring of children and young adults. She formerly lead a team of over 100 people and worked in a corporate setting as an operations manager.
Having obtained over a dozen further short-course qualifications from organizations including UNHCR, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (“APRRN”), the Jesuit Refugee Service (Bangkok), and Amnesty International, Asifa has developed a broad range of skills including providing interpretation, counseling, facilitating of training and seminars, being a first responder to provide psychological first aid, and providing sustained support to victims of abuse.
Asifa has been a frequent speaker and trainer in skills-based programs in Bangkok both for local residents and international participants. In 2017 she was selected to represent refugee youth at the UNHCR Annual Consultation in Geneva.
Asifa believes in informing and empowering both individuals and communities and has worked tirelessly to do so. She continues to develop and lead numerous initiatives to raise the voices of those who would otherwise not be heard.
With a passion for literature and history, on the rare occasions when Asifa is not working she may be found writing or reading novels and poetry.