Bangkok’s first-ever Action Learning Conference to be co-hosted by MIT Sloan and Sasin School of Management on July 25


Distinguished corporate and academic speakers from Thailand, the United States and around the world slated to present impactful methods for leaders on driving change

Bangkok, Thailand, July 17, 2018––How do today’s leaders drive real change in their organizations? In an era of “always on” learning, how can leaders maximize the potential of their executives or their students?On Wednesday, July 25, MIT Sloan School of Management—one of the top-ranked business schools in the world—joins Sasin School of Management—one of the top schools in Southeast Asia—in hosting Bangkok’s first-ever Action Learning Conference to be held on the Sasin campus at the Sasa Patasala Building Soi Chula 12, Phyathai Road, Bangkok.

Action Learning, an impactful teaching method that is increasingly applied in management education and executive leadership training, enables teams and organizations to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-life management challenges to drive change and innovation.

Distinguished speakers from Thailand’s corporate, finance, banking, academic and political sectors will join top MIT Sloan and Sasin academics to share how Action Learning methods are being applied to shape management education, improve leadership practices in corporations, and drive social change in the Asia-Pacific region. Organizers stress that professionals and academics alike will benefit from the conference presentations.

Since 2002, approximately 625 MIT Sloan Action Learning projects across five graduate-level lab courses have been engaging students across Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. A total of 15 Action Learning projects have taken place in Thailand since 2009, many of which are now conducted jointly with Sasin.

Kobsak Pootrakool, Minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office, Royal Thai Government, will be serving as the inaugural keynote speaker. Slated panelists include, among others:

  • Nok Maneerut Anulomsombut – CEO, SEA Thailand
  • Ada Chirapaisarnkul – Managing Director, TaejaiDotcom
  • Peetachai Dejkraisak – CEO/Co-Founder, Siam Organic Co., Ltd.
  • Phongstorn Ermongkonchai – Chief of Commerce, Thai Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Yasheng Huang – MIT Sloan Professor; Faculty Director, Action Learning, MIT Sloan
  • Charamporn Jotikasthira, Executive Director, Bangkok Bank PCL
  • Loredana Padurean – Associate Dean, Asia School of Business
  • Chaipong Pongpanich – Director, Sasin Management Consulting
  • Korpong Rookkapan – Director, Paknampo Hospital Group
  • Siriyupa Roongrerngsuke, Interim Deputy Director, Sasin
  • Urmi Samadar, Director, Action Learning, MIT Sloan
  • Kulshaan Singh – Chief People Officer, Charoen Popkhand Group
  • Chartsiri Sophonpanich – President, Bangkok Bank
  • Pitipong Tiasuwan – Representative, Joint Commission on Corporate Social Responsibility, Pranda Jewelry

“In an increasingly tech-enabled world, learning to interact effectively with people is more relevant than ever before. That’s where Action Learning comes in:  a method that enables teams and individuals to apply conceptual knowledge to real-world scenarios in an iterative way to drive change,” says Urmi Samadar, Director of MIT Sloan Action Learning. “We at MIT Sloan are delighted to partner with Sasin to share our experiences of student learning and regional impact through Action Learning.”

"Transformative Action Learning is at the core of our teaching and learning at Sasin,” says Paron Israsena Na Ayudhya, Director of the Sasin School of Management. “Participants in our programs get valuable hands-on experience on real projects—they learn by doing. In today's constantly changing digital world, every organization should be using action learning to ensure their teams are resilient, adaptive, dynamic, and able to act with purpose and intent for the benefit of all stakeholders."

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About MIT Sloan Action Learning

MIT Sloan's action Learning model, which is based on an ongoing, iterative process of learning, acting, and reflecting, is the foundation of MIT Sloan students’ Action Learning lab experiences. Action Learning develops resilient, thoughtful leaders capable of solving complex, often ambiguous problems across business functions. This approach has served as a model for business schools since the early 2000s, when MIT Sloan expanded its offerings to send more students to work on projects with organizations around the world. For more on Action Learning, please visit: 

About MIT Sloan School of Management

The MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, is one of the world's leading academic sources of innovation in management theory and practice. With students from more than 60 countries, it develops effective, innovative, and principled leaders who advance the global economy. To learn more, please visit:

About Sasin School of Management

Sasin School of Management (also known as Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University) is an AACSB and EQUIS accredited business school founded in 1982 through a collaboration among Chulalongkorn University, the Kellogg School of Management, and the Wharton Business School. Sasin became the first school in Thailand to receive AACSB accreditation in 2010 and the first to receive EQUIS accreditation in 2010. For more information, please visit: