Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community


Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee


H.E Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee is appointed as the Deputy Secretary General (DSG) of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community from 12 October 2015 – 11 October 2018 to support the ASEAN Secretary-General in implementing the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint, as well as managing relations with ASEAN Dialogue Partners and the International community.  Prior to this appointment, H.E Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee was assigned as Director, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Justice of Thailand.                           

Born in 1970, H.E Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee graduated in Bachelor of Arts in History from Whittier College, USA. He obtained his Masters of Arts (International policy Studies) in 1997 from Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA.

H.E Vongthep started his career in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand from 1994 to 2008. His overseas assignments included Royal Thai Embassy in Kuwait and Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations at Vienna, Austria. He was mainly known as Thailand’s chief negotiator in the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ). He also served as Vice Chairman of the 50th session of Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) as well as Alternate Governor in the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). At headquarters, he served in the Departments of International Organizations, Information and Economic Affairs, dealing with such global issues as human rights, sustainable development and environment. 

In 2009, he joined Ministry of Justice of Thailand being in charge of a special project to develop the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners, also known as the “Bangkok Rules”. He was subsequently appointed Director, Office of External Relations and Policy Coordination, Thailand Institute of Justice (2012-2014). In that capacity, he also served as Principal Advisor to the Chairperson of the 21st session of the CCPCJ while playing a key role in promoting the rule of law, crime prevention and criminal jusice in the post-2015 development agenda.