Core Team

Rapid Asia has a core team of experienced project managers and consultants who are based in Bangkok. They are supported by a large network of thematic consultants, sub-contractors and freelance interviewers, which enables Rapid Asia to carry out evaluations anywhere in the world. Evaluation expertise is at the core and project teams are put together around M&E requirements. With the help of our thematic expert consultants, we can work effectively across thematic areas.

The Founder

Daniel LindgrenDaniel Lindgren, founder of Rapid Asia, has extensive experience in international business consulting, project management and research. He is a true International consultant having lived, worked and studied on four continents including Europe, US, Australia and Asia.
During his career he has held a number of senior positions with leading global consulting firms, working with economic consulting, finance, business consulting, monitoring & evaluation, political polling, and social research.

Since beginning of 2010, Rapid Asia has carried out multi country and large scale national studies across Asia and beyond, working with a number of high profile UN and other development agencies. Between 2002 and 2009, Daniel worked as a Director and later Regional Director for TNS Research International starting in Indonesia where he oversaw numerous large key accounts as well as being the Country Head of the Polling & Social Sector. In this capacity he developed and worked with a number of international Aid and Donor organizations. In 2007 he relocated to Bangkok to establish a regional hub for Social Research. During this time Daniel cultivated an extensive network of sub-contractors and clients, and carried out several large multi country projects for a variety of regional development agencies.

Daniel is an occasional speaker and has written several feature articles for various
publications. He is also joint author of several books including:

  • “The New Investor’s Handbook for Indonesia” (2004),
  • “Public Opinion Polling in a Globalised World” (2007),
  • “From Customer Retention to a Holistic Stakeholder Management System” (2008).

He is an active member of several, regional networks in Bangkok.


Thailand Office

Karnmanee Thanesvorakul, Project Manager

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Karnmanee is responsible for client service and to manage key client accounts. As part of this role she is in charge of the local interviewing team for qualitative research as well as coordinating with overseas sub-contractors for primary data collection. She also coordinates with consultants from Rapid Asia’s panel of experts as well as assisting with project coordination, analysis and report preparation.

Before joining Rapid Asia, she was Deputy Managing Director with Thanes Development in Bangkok, Thailand, an importer of health care equipment. As a member of the senior management team she was responsible for business development including negotiation and settlement of new contracts and client service.

Karnmanee holds a Master of Arts in International Law from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her dissertation topic and special areas of interest was on international humanitarian law and minority rights. While she was in London, she worked with UNESCO setting up workshops related to Ethics and Climate Change in London, in collaboration with ECCAP and Sikh Human Rights Group. Karnmanee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences (International Relations) from Chulalongkorn University. During her undergraduate years, she was a co-founder and member of Model United Nation (MUN) Club, where she was selected to represent the University at the World Model United Nations Conference 2009 in the Hague, the Netherlands. During this she also worked as an intern with Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.


Mookdapa Yangyuenpradorn, Project Assistant

39906022_232270947436762_4549012094707564544_nMookdapa has gained a great amount of experience and familiarity working on migration issues across the ASEAN region. Recently, she worked as a coordinator for the ILO KNOMAD project. The scope of her responsibility included designing questionnaire in CAPI (WBG Survey Solutions), coordinating the fieldwork teams, and doing desk research on Myanmar, Cambodian and Lao migrants in Thailand.

Mookdapa holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with first-class honour from Chulalongkorn University. She also took a minor in Political Science focusing on the study of international relations theories and practices. Before joining Rapid Asia, Mookdapa has worked in a digital advertising agency where she was responsible for producing creative contents for major key accounts, many of which were influential companies in Thailand. During her undergraduate years, she has worked as an intern with the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations in Geneva, where she developed her passion for social development works and human rights. In 2014, she has also participated in a volunteer activity organizing a humanitarian assistance workshop for United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangkok.


Christoffer Larsson, International Consultant

Christoffer LarssonChristoffer has worked as a consultant in numerous development projects since 2008. His main focus has been in finding financially sustainable solutions to development projects, and transforming the traditional charity model into one of social enterprise and job creation.

Christoffer has done this through conducting workshops and trainings for local development organizations in the SE Asian region on topics such as financial management, market value chains, and rural business development as part of the Wetlands Alliance Programme (WAP). WAP is a programme, sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), in partnership with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

Christoffer holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration resulting from studies at Asian Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Mathematical Sciences resulting from studies at the University of Western Australia and University of California San Diego.


Dewi Ratnawulan, International Consultant

dewi ratnawulanDewi has extensive experience with gender and human rights issues, having worked with various NGOs and other human rights organizations since in 1992. Special areas of interest have included community development, human rights, oral history, and gender issues including women and children development. Projects she has been involved with have ranged from grass root level such as setting up a women’s cooperative for handicrafts in rural villages in Java to having Co-founded a women’s resource centre Mitra Wacana in Yogyakarta.

More recently she has worked regionally to build capacities of NGOs and human rights defenders in the East Asia regions with special focus on supporting and strengthening the effectiveness of human rights regional mechanisms. Her commitment is to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Dewi holds a Master of Human Rights and Democratization from Sydney University, having been accepted into their scholarship program in 2011. She also holds a BA Honours in History and Politics from Wollongong University, Australia, and a Diploma Certificate on Administration Development from the Faculty of Economics at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Dewi is based in Bangkok and has been an international consultant with Rapid Asia since 2010.


Anupong Techaamnuayporn, Accountant

anupong-techaamnuaypornAnupong is a practicing Certified Public Accounting in Thailand with over 20 years experience and has been the auditor of Rapid Asia since its inception in 2010.

After working for the well know accounting firm Arthur Andersen for 13 years, he decided to set up his own accounting firm (AMA), now with over 10 full time staff to provide full consulting service for many local and foreign companies. In this capacity he has been a fellow of the working group of Institute of Federation of Accounting Professions, authorized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Thailand.

For a number of years, up to 2011, he was a member and secretary of the Quality Assurance Sub-committee of Federation of Accounting Professions as well as the Audit Committee of Thanasiri Group Public Company Limited (up to present). He holds a Master from the Master of Financial Management University, Diploma In Auditing as well as an Accounting Major Degree from Thammasat University.


Pheraphol Vichitra, Legal Counsel

pheraphol-vichitraPherapol is the Legal Counsel at Rapid Asia providing advice on legal matters and helped register the business in early 2010. Pherapol holds a LL. B. from Chulalongkorn University (1989) as well as an LL. M. from Chulalongkorn University (1996).

He is also a Member of Thai Bar Association. Pherapol has extensive experience with business law in Thailand and is the Founder of SIAM ALLIANCE LAW OFFICE, established in 2000, a Thai law firm with a substantial experience and with specialization in Corporate Law, including IP rights, and Property Law.

 


Cambodia Office

In August 2010, the Founder of Rapid Asia, Daniel Lindgren, co-founded BMRS Asia (Cambodia) Ltd., together with Andy Gower, Managing Director of BMRS Asia in Thailand. BMRS Asia Cambodia has become a major player in the research industry in Cambodia and serves as a field office to Rapid Asia for social development research carried out in Cambodia.

Andy Gower, Managing Partner & Director of Research

andy-gover-2Andy worked as Director with NFO & TNS Global before setting up BMRS Asia in Bangkok with other local research professionals in 2004. He started work in the research industry in England in 1993, with a strong focus on customer satisfaction and service research. Prior to this, he worked in both the retail and hospitality sector, managing locations across the UK. Resident in Thailand since 1997 with an in-depth knowledge of Thai and other Asian cultures, Andy combines strong research, project management and intuitive skills with a working knowledge of most types of research methodologies.

Andy was a founding member of the TMRS (Thailand Marketing Research Society) and is an active member of ESOMAR (the world organization for marketing research professionals).


Peter Bjork, Country Manager

Picture1Peter is the Country Manager for BMRS ASIA (Cambodia). He is an experienced and hands on manager and leader with expertise in Change Management and People Management. During 2018 he has helped to transform the company into a more operationally efficient and customer citric organization. He has been active in Thailand and Southeast Asia for 20 years and prior to that in Scandinavia. He has held a number of professional management roles  in the fields of Consulting, Advocacy, Change Management, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. He is a former Executive Director of the European Association for Business and Commerce and the Thai Swedish Chamber of Commerce where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He has a solid education from two of Sweden’s top Universities including a Master of Management from Chalmers University of Technology and a BSC in Economics & Organization from Uppsala University. He has have also graduated from the Swedish Military Academy in Karlberg.


Phek Siphanno, Client Service Manager

Phanno has an excellent understanding of the Khmer people from all walks of life, and his English skills enable him to provide deep insights to our clients.  Phanno has BA in Sociology and English Literature, and has been with BMRS since 2011 and speaks fluent English. He brings a wealth of experience in relation to project management in Cambodia having been involved with various projects on social development, both quantitative and qualitative, across all provinces in Cambodia. He started his career as a B2B interviewer before quickly moving to a Supervisory role. From there, his skills were further developed and he has now become a Client Service Manager for BMRS.

Phanno has been instrumental in setting up the field procedures at BMRS Asia, making sure they adhere to international best practice standards and in line with the ethical principles set by ESOMAR (where BMRS Asia holds membership). This also includes quality control procedures for data collection and data management. As a testament to his work, BMRS Asia has gained a reputation of delivering consistent data quality and as a testament to this BMRS Asia has become supplier to a number of overseas clients who seek to conduct various research projects in Cambodia. Most of the companies are from the US, Europe and Asia. He also has deep knowledge about the Cambodian landscape and can provide insight into how, where and who, when it comes to data collection. He also has extensive experience in moderating focus groups and conducting IDI’s covering a wide range of topics among various target groups.


Chhim Samnang, Operation Manager

samnangSamnang comes from the social development sector in Cambodia and has a wealth of experience working with rural communities. Samnang has a Master Degree in Rural development and Project management and 7 years’ experience in social research and field management. Her most recent position was as Operations Manager for a large development organization. Before joining BMRS Asia she worked with CWPD, providing support to female sex workers such as education on HIV prevention, family planning, gender-based violence etc. She also facilitated quantitative data collection on outputs and outcome indicators and conducted FGDs and key informant interview (KII). As field coordinator she also has provide training and orientation to field staff. Through her work she has developed considerable experience in liaising with local communities including government and non-government organizations and other stakeholder groups. In relation to participatory research she has also been directly involved with making logistical arrangements for meetings and workshops, conduct trainings, workshops and other activities. Samnang brings strong skills in terms of managing field and consulting staff and to establish a strong field team.