Mrs. Pattrawan Vechasart began her tenure as Chargé d’Affaires at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. on October 27, 2017. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission since March 2016. Mrs. Vechasart brings an extensive knowledge of Thai-U.S. Relations to her current assignment, having served twice in the United States – first, as the Consul overseeing the legal and economic sections at the Royal Thai Consulate General in Los Angeles from 1994-1998, and again from 2007-2011 as Minister Counsellor at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. Prior to her third posting in the U.S., she was also the Deputy Director-General of the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs from 2012-2016.
Her other previous assignments include Director of the South Pacific Division (2011-2012); Director of the Division of Economic Information (2006-2007); and Counsellor of the Division of Economic Relations and Cooperation, and the Division of International Economic Policy, Department of Economic Affairs (1998-2006). Over the course of her career, she has been involved with the negotiations of many free trade agreements between Thailand and foreign countries.
Mrs. Vechasart earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Thammasat University, one of the top universities in Thailand, and Master’s degree in Public and International Relations with a major in Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.