Board of Trustees
The ISB Board of Trustees’ (BOT) primary role is to set, support, review and promote the School’s mission. The ISB mission is to inspire students to achieve their academic potential, become passionate, reflective learners, caring global citizens, and lead healthy, active and balanced lives. In order to achieve this, the Board employs and supports the Head of School and conducts regular performance reviews. In addition, the Board oversees the School’s long-term financial stability and provides guidance and oversight to the strategic learning plan. The Board focuses on strategic issues, collaborating with and supporting ISB administrators who are responsible for day-to-day school business and affairs. The BOT is made up of 15 trustees, 11 of whom are elected by the International School Association (ISA) members. (Every parent of an ISB student is an ISA member.) Elected trustees serve a 2-year term commencing in August following the Annual General Meeting. Elections are held every year and positions are open to current parents who can commit to serving for two years. Up to 4 additional trustees are appointed by the Board itself. These appointed members also serve 2-year terms, which are renewable at the discretion of the BOT. The BOT elects as officers, a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, a treasurer and a secretary to serve 12-months terms. The BOT meets regularly throughout the school year. Each meeting has an open session to which all ISA members are invited, followed by a closed executive session. There are 3 permanent board committees: the Business Committee; the Committee on Trustees; and the Strategic Improvement and Learning Committee. The Head of School attends all BOT meetings as a non-voting participant.
Janewit “Jack” is currently Future Businesses Associate at CP Medical Center. His previous roles include managing True Group’s Internet Data Center business and strategic planning department, management consulting at A.T. Kearney, and brand management at P&G. He holds an MBA from Kellogg, Northwestern University. His hobbies include angel investing and soccer.
Dr. Henrietta Bullinger
Henrietta is a German/British national and graduated from the International School in Hamburg. She has a PhD in Environmental Science and Policy and works as an independent consultant on water and sanitation as well as governance issues. Henrietta has 2 children at ISB and has been living in Thailand since 2014. She has lived and worked in Kenya, the UK, India, the USA, and Germany.
Born in Hong Kong, Andy Chan grew up in Jakarta, then graduated, lived, worked in San Francisco for 10 years. In Thailand since 1996, Andy currently works with a CSR project in Bangkok, and prior to that spent 18 years in sell-side investment research. With three kids who are passionate about tennis and soccer, Andy has been an ISB parent since 2007 and will be until the Class of 2025!
Gráinne is Irish, a graduate of Trinity College. Her professional background is in development project management, marketing and human resources. Gráinne’s husband is UNICEF’s regional chief of operations. They have four children at ISB spanning all three schools. Previously Gráinne served as vice-chair of the school board and trustee at the International School of Dakar, Senegal. She has lived and worked in Kenya, Burundi, the UK, Republic of Georgia, Nepal, Nigeria, Canada, Senegal and now Thailand.
Dr Prathip Chiaravanond
Dr. Prathip Chiaravanond received his Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S) in Plant Science in 1971, Master of Science Degree (M.S) in Vegetable Crops in 1972, and his Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Plant Physiology in 1975. All of the degrees were received from the University of California, Davis campus. He has been on the BOT since the year 2000 to the present.
Nimit has 2 children attending ISB. His wife is active in the ISB Thai PTA. He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University. His profession is in Real Estate development for Leasing, Renewable Energy, and Civil Engineering Design and Construction. Presently, he spends most of his time with his family and very much values the importance of school education. He served as a board member at NIST International School before joining ISB.
Ira is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He has been a resident of Thailand since 1994, where he is founding partner of a law firm and several other businesses. Ira has had 5 children attend ISB. He is very active in the baseball community, where he has coached the travel baseball teams for the past 6 years.
Andy is a German/Thai national and graduated from the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law. Currently, he is managing partner of an international law firm and has been a director on the board of various profit and non-for profit organizations. Andy has 2 children at ISB, his wife is an active member of the PTA and Thai PTA.
Gurdist “Chan” Chansrichawla
Chan is currently Chairman Mittare Insurance PCL, Managing Partner Capital Research Co., Ltd. He is a graduate of the National Defence College of Thailand, Class of 57 (2014) and has a BSc. (HONS) from City University, London.
Tim has three children attending ISB. Tim and his family lived in Thailand over 10 years ago, and they were happy for the opportunity to return to Thailand this year. The family’s previous postings included China, Mexico, and Malaysia. Tim has his undergrad degree from Tennessee Tech University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He works for Laureate Education as CEO for Thailand and Malaysia.
Dr Vorapol Socatiyanurak
Dr Vorapol is a member of National Legislative Assembly of Thailand, and Chairman of Finance, Banking, Financial Institutions and Capital Market Sub-Committee of National Legislative Assembly of Thailand. Previously, he was Secretary-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand (SEC) and Chairman of the Capital Market Supervisory Board. Dr. Vorapol earned his PhD in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is President of Wharton Club of Thailand and a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia.
Jessica is a career foreign service officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) who has worked in international development for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Mozambique, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Afghanistan. Ms. Zaman is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Prior to joining USAID she worked for the International Foundation for Election Systems, the United States Congress, and the Motion Picture Association of America. Jessica has two children at ISB.
John’s kids are 3rd generation ISB Panthers. They are in the 9th and 12th grade. He graduated with the class of ’89.
Christopher Helmkamp is a career Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State with over 25 years of international experience. He has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Zambia, Mexico, Kenya and Lithuania. His background is in finance and accounting and prior to joining the Foreign Service he worked for multi-international companies and public accounting firms. He has a Masters degree in Taxation and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron. He is married and has two children at ISB.