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The Emerging Middle Class in Southeast Asia

Dr. Phisit Pakkasem is a 1960 graduate of Claremont McKenna College. He received a master's degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in development economics from Pittsburgh University.

Pakkasem is the former secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board in Thailand, serving from 1989-1994. He is currently a senator and member of the Judicial Council in Thailand, the chairman of Thai Securities Company Limited, and the director of Siam City Cement Public Company, Limited.

Pakkasem will be speaking on the topic of "The Emerging Middle Class in Southeast Asia" and its impact on the changing democracy in the area. Pakkasem's speech represents the "kickoff" presentation for the weekend-long Claremont Colleges' Asian Conference, which includes such notable speakers as Professor Peter Drucker, the honorable James Lilley, former United States ambassador to China, and the honorable Han Sung-Joo, former foreign minister of South Korea.