Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

  Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on 2nd April 1955, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand.

Education and Training

  Her Royal Highness studied from kindergarten to high school at Chitralada School in Bangkok. She ranked first in the National School Examinations in the primary level (grade 7) in 1967 and in upper secondary level (grade 12) in 1972.

  Ranked fourth in the National University Entrance Examination, Her Royal Highness enrolled in the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, first class honor, gold medal in History in 1976. She continued her studies in two graduate programs concurrently, obtaining an M.A. in Oriental Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Cambodian) from Silpakorn University in 1978, and an M.A. in Pali and Sanskrit from Chulalongkorn University in 1980. She enrolled in a doctoral program at Srinakharinwirot University (former College of Education) in 1981, and was awarded a doctoral degree in Development Education in 1987.

  The principle of using education as a means for community and social development which Her Royal Highness has acquired during her doctoral studies, together with her former experiences in the field, has served as a solid base for her subsequent involvement in community development activities.

  In addition to her formal degree programs, Her Royal Highness has attended several training courses and workshops to enhance her knowledge and skills in effective integrated development. These subjects include computer, cartography, meteorology, survey and photogrammetry, remote sensing and geographic information system and nutrition.

Work experiences

  Her Royal Highness has acquired first-hand experiences in working for Their Majesties the King and Queens development projects in such fields as health and hygiene, education, water resource development, agriculture and cottage industry by regularly accompanying Their Majesties on visits to remote areas. From these experiences, she has developed special interests in agricultural extension to improve school children nutritional conditions; supporting education from pre-school to tertiary levels; and mother and child care. She has also concentrated on helping the handicapped, especially in using information technology (IT) to develop independent living and learning skill.

  Her Royal Highness runs several philanthropic organizations and foundations. She is Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross Society since 1977; Executive Chairman of the Chaipattana Foundation (in charge of His Majesty’s development and environmental preservation projects), Ananda Mahidol Foundation (to promote higher education), the King Rama II Foundation (to conserve and promote Thai Culture); President of the Sai Jai Thai Foundation (to support disabled veterans), Prince Mahidol Award Foundation (to award prizes annually to members of the international community for outstanding performances in the fields of medicine and public health); and Adviser of the Committee of Thai Junior Encyclopedia Project by Royal Command of H.M. the King.

  Her Royal Highness began her teaching career in 1979 when she started teaching General Education Program at Chulalongkorn University. A year later, she joined the Department of Law and Social Sciences, in the Academic Division of Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy. Presently she is Director of the Department of History, and has played an active part in revising its curriculum. She also supervises the Thai Music Club of the Academy. She occasionally gives special lectures at several other institutions. She regularly attends academic conferences and seminars both in and outside the country.

  In addition, Her Royal Highness represents Their Majesties in various royal functions. She also presides over ceremonies as well as other social and charity functions all through the year.

Hobbies and recreations

  Her Royal Highness likes to travel in the country and abroad to obtain knowledge of physical geography and people ways of living. One of her favorite pasttimes is writing articles, poetry and short stories. Proceeds from her written accounts of her overseas travels are the main source of income of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation which was set up in 1979 to support needy students in schools, vocational colleges and universities. In 1997 the number of students receiving grants from the Foundation is approximately 1,500.

  Her Royal Highness loves Thai literature and studies literature of other countries. She enjoys playing classical Thai instruments and practicing Thai classical dancing. She sometimes paints. She is also keen on sports: jogging, swimming, biking and trekking, which gives her an opportunity to learn about plants, trees and geographical features of the areas.

Honorary Membership and Awards


Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service


Honouring Outstanding Nutritionists Award from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the Agriculture for School Lunch Project and its outstanding contribution to nutritional well-being in Thailand


Honorable Plaque for Her Dedication and Outstanding Leadership in the Program of Sustainable Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Thailand (from the International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD))


Special Ambassador of the United Nations World Food Program for School Feeding


UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Empowerment of Minority Children through Education and through the Preservation of Their Intangible Cultural Heritage


Doctor of Humane Letters, Johns Hopkins University


Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development


The International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) Special Award in Recognition of Her Exceptional Contributions through Nutrition Improvement to Development of the Disadvantaged Population


FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for Zero Hunger


Life-Time Achievement Award


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FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for Zero Hunger for Asia and the Pacific

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