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Krittiya Sintupongphan

UNICEF,Thailand – participant in the Master in Management of Development, during the Inauguration of the 2015 academic year at the ITCILO’s Turin School of Development (TSD)

I would like to thank the Foreign Ministry, the  Mayor of Turin, the ITCILO Director and Scientific Committee, officers and friends for the warm welcome extended to me. It is a great honour to attend the ITCILO’s Master in Management of Development programme, run in partnership with the University of Turin.

My name is Krittiya Sintupongphan.  I was born in Phuket, Thailand, which you may well know as a beautiful beach destination and the site of a terrible tsunami in 2004. In part because of the devastation and recovery I witnessed in my hometown, I have chosen to dedicate my career to humanitarian relief projects. I currently work in Bangkok for UNICEF, where my work spans multiple sectors and combines field interventions with upstream policy advocacy. I decided to attend this Master’s programme so that I could develop new knowledge and skills, and make new contacts, the better to serve the beneficiaries of relief projects.

I have observed that humanitarian relief efforts have the greatest impact when they are implemented with a longer-term vision of development. We can envision a 2-by-2 quadrant involving "on the ground operations" and "high level policy" for both humanitarian work and development. My experience to date has been largely in one of these quadrants: high-level policy in the humanitarian sphere.

I have traveled 9,000 km to your country, your city, your university, to develop my skills in the other quadrants. I shall go back home with a deeper understanding of development economics and how "first responder" humanitarian organizations can do a better job of transitioning areas from disaster relief to recovery, and on to long-term prosperity.

Another thing that brings me to Turin is the memory of my first visit to Italy in 2012. My family and I had a wonderful time, enjoying great food, great hospitality and beautiful places. I also learned how Turin had been a capital city in the past and had gradually become a research and development hub for students from around the world. So I had no hesitation in applying for this course.

I hope that the ITCLO, in close collaboration with the government and other partners, will continue to build the city as an education hub for future generations. While focusing on the course, I will also try to learn Italian as best I can.

Once again, my grateful thanks to the ITCLO director and Scientific Committee, and the Foreign Ministry, for this opportunity. Grazie!

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