Director of SEAMEO Secretariat

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Professor Sukich  Nimmanheminda, Thai
8 February 1968 - 16 March 1969
Appointment by 3rd SEAMEC Conference, Singapore, 1968. 
(did not complete term because of his appointment as Minister of Education, Thailand).
(Ref:  Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Secretariat
          Second Meeting of the Ministerial Committee on the Permanent
          SEAMES, convened by the Government of Singapore with the
          cooperation of SEAMEO Secretariat - REPORT, Singapore
         18th-19th May 1967, Page 71)

His Excellency Sukich Nimmanheminda was born on November 25, 1906.   He received his early education at the Yuvaraj Vidyalaya School in Chiengmai and, later, at the Assumption College in Bangkok.  He went to England and received his B. Sc. (Engr.) of the University of London as well as a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Battersea Polytechnic Institute in 1930, and in 1931 he again received his M. Sc. from the same University.

He started his career in the Chulalongkorn University as a Lecturer in Mathematics and Hydraulics in 1933.  He was Secretary-General of the University in 1938 and in 1940 was appointed Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.  He became Member of the Executive Council of Chulalongkorn University with his appointment as Director-General of the Department of Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education in 1942.

Mr Nimmanheminda was appointed Member of the Senate in 1946.  He entered politics and was elected a Member of Parliament for Chiengmai in 1948, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Education in the Pibulsonggram Government later in that year.  he become Minister of Industry from 1949 to 1952, Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1957 in Mr Pote Sarasin's Cabinet, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of economic Affairs in 1958 under the Premiership of General Thanom Kittikhachorn.

He was Ambassador to India where he was accredited in 1959 and was concurrently appointed Minister to Nepal, Minister to Afghanistan and Minister to Ceylon in 1960.  As a result of the raising of the status of Thai diplomatic mission from legation to embassy in December 1961, Mr Nimmanheminda was the first Thai Ambassador ever to be accredited to Ceylon.

By Royal Command dated July 15, 1963, Mr Sukich Nimmanheminda, Ambassador in New Delhi, India, has been appointed the new Thai Ambassador to U S A.  Prior to this appointment, he was Ambassador to Ceylon as well as Ambassador to Nepal and Afghanistan.

For his service he had been, at various times, awarded with several decorations and Order of Knighthood from His Majesty the King of Thailand namely Grand Cordon of the Mahavajiramongkut of the Crown of Thailand, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the White Elephant etc. etc.


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