Dr. Saisuree Chutikul: Influential Leader

Dr. Saisuree Chutikul: Influential Leader

G. Steele

My final report is inspired by Dr. Saisuree Chutikul, a world leading voice in the fight against human trafficking and the protection of women and children’s rights.   Her life and career shows how she used many leadership traits, styles and teams, to create laws, action groups, and shape global policy.


Dr. (Mrs.) Saisuree Chutikul was born on March 2, 1935 in Bangkok, Thailand.   She studied in the US and her Educational background includes a B.A. in Music (cum laude) and a B.Ed from Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, a M.S. in Educational Administration and Ed.D in Educational Psychology and Guidance from Indiana University, and a Certificate from the National Defense College, Ministry of Defense (Thailand).   Her current positions are numerous and include: Member of the National Commission on Women’s Affairs, Member of the National Education Commission; Chairperson of the Committee on Eradication of Trafficking in Children and Women; and Chairperson of the Task Force on Revision of Laws related to the Rights of the Child.   Past positions in Thailand include: Cabinet minister (1991-1992), responsible for children, youth, women, education and social development, Senator (1996-2000), also chairing the Standing Senate Committee on Women, Children and Youth and the Elderly, and Member of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)(1989-2000).   Actually the list is a lot longer, her background is amazing.   As you can see, she has dedicated her life to the rights of woman and children and has been part of every possible group or team that has given more visibility and enacted laws to combat these issues.

The Problem

Thailand is a source and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation.   Thailand’s „relative“ prosperity attracts immigrants from neighboring countries who are fleeing...