Nares Damrongchai obtained his degree of Doctor of Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Early in his career he conducted laboratory research in biomolecular engineering, before becoming a policy researcher at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. He took part in developing the roadmap for Thailand’s first biotechnology policy framework. He then pursuit his study in technology roadmapping and earned a Master of Philosophy degree from University of Cambridge. His recent research interests include foresight for converging technologies to combat emerging infectious diseases, low carbon society, and aging society. He is currently the Executive Director of the APEC Center for Technology Foresight and the Director of Policy Research and Management at National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, Bangkok, Thailand.
Science awareness and education
"Confidence is silent, or near so - you know you’re better, and you can quietly proclaim this while still noting your own faults and your competitors positive traits. Arrogance is loud - you think you’re better and you make sure that everyone knows that you think it. People like confidence. It illustrates a secure person that genuinely believes in their traits. People don’t like arrogance. It illustrates the uncontrollable desire to convince others that you are worthwhile to the point of lambasting all others and only focusing on your good qualities without balancing the faults in. It is often perceived as obnoxious and generally deceitful (hiding poor qualities, masking low self-image, etc)."
I attended TED4 in Kobe in 1992 as a TED fellow when I was a student in Japan. Our job was to help facilitating good communication between international participants, particularly Japanese and westerns. It was an eye-opening experience! The best speaker then was Nicholas Negroponte.
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