Viria Vichit-Vadakan serves as the Director of New Business Development for Learn Education—a leading edtech social enterprise in Asia. She leads the company’s new business unit—serving as a research and innovation arm to create learning products for K-12 students in all types of schools throughout Thailand and the region.
Prior to Learn Education, Viria helped establish the Bachelor of Arts program in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship (GSSE) and a social innovation lab “G-Lab” at the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Thailand (www.sgs.tu.ac.th). As a Founder and former Director of G-Lab, she managed social impact projects including: working with an edtech startup to scale its technology to reach 50 schools and implemented an accelerator for 100 emerging social entrepreneurs to scale their social enterprises in areas of education, health, agriculture, and community based tourism in partnership with JP Morgan Global Philanthropy. Prior to G-Lab, she worked at Ashoka and IDEO.org. Viria received graduate training in human-centered design from the Stanford Design Institute (d.school). At Stanford she was a teaching assistant for 2 years for the social entrepreneurship course. Viria was named Global Shapers by the world economic forum in 2015. She is interested in working with organizations, both public and private, to greater their social impact/ innovation, and improving the quality of education in Thailand and the region at large.